Cultural Food Stations
Couples often want to personalize their wedding menu with foods that celebrate their backgrounds, or the fusion of both of their heritages. Or if you’re having a destination wedding you’ll want to serve up local foods that highlight the culture. Here are some cultural wedding food station ideas for your wedding.
A taco bar can be interactive by allowing guests to build their own, but that also leaves room for making a mess of their fancy duds. To help avoid any fashion disasters you can have a server behind the table to help people create their own tacos, or make sure that the toppings aren’t dripping with grease, sauce or overly messy. You’ll need the basics: guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, lettuce, cilantro and beans. But then you can get creative with other ingredients: shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, pickled cabbage, corn, rice, sour cream and jalapeños.
Celebrate one or both families’ Italian heritage with an antipasto bar. With a mix of vegetables, meats and cheeses to choose from you’ll be able to create a wide variety that will suit every appetite. Here are some yummy ideas to consider: For meats opt for prosciutto, pepperoni and salami. Vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes can be grilled and/or marinated. Make sure to serve a range of cheeses – Drunken Goat, Manchego, Gouda – and olives too. Breads can be toasted or not, but have a few plain and flavorful options, such as garlic bread and focaccia.
Tapas bars have become very popular in the past few years, so if you and your fiancé enjoy going to them create a tapas bar during your cocktail hour. Include cheeses, fried olives, garlic shrimp, chorizo, empanadas and shots of gazpacho in your Tapas Bar menu. You can also pair the menu with a selection of Spanish wines.
A pasta station may sound and even look delicious, but it’s hard to eat Spaghetti Bolognese or Fettuccini Alfredo neatly, especially when you’re standing. Go for an Italian-inspired food station with a Rustic Pizza Bar. You can serve up slices from a personal pizza (12” across) so it’s not a full meal and much more manageable to enjoy while working the room. The pizzas can range from classic Margherita to a white Bianca, and with an assortment of toppings from vegetables to meats.