It’s no secret that food ranks as a major detail wedding guests really care about, and couples tying the knot in 2019 understand that sentiment more than ever. This year, couples not only want to wow the crowd with the top 2019 wedding food trends, including innovative eats and a personalized menu, but they want to make the entire meal an experience in and of itself.
Ready to embrace your inner foodie for a culinary adventure all your guests will love? We interviewed some of the best caterers in the country and have the full breakdown of the biggest 2019 wedding food trends.
“Couples are looking for more interaction, more conversation, and more engagement amongst their guests. Dinner is a chance to bring your friends and loved ones around the table to truly share your experience, so we’ve seen a shift toward less formal, more conversational seating and service styles,” Joel Chaiken of Food for Thought in Lincolnwood, Illinois said. “Many of our clients ask for tavern-style seating—either glammed up or farm style and rustic—to bring guests closer and build a buzz of conversation. Settings like these are perfect for family-style dinners and are ideal for the ever popular farm-to-table menu.”
According to Food for Thought, the 2019 wedding food trends will include an uptick in couples looking to showcase the traditional dishes of each family’s home country. “We’re really excited to see the emergence of the multicultural menu. We’re seeing couples come together from completely different parts of the globe—each with their own rich culinary traditions—which can play out spectacularly in their menu requests,” Chaiken said. “These menus serve as such a celebration of the couple’s family history, as well as their journeys to that moment.”
Move over, Jordan almonds because this year’s couples want to gift their guests take-home bites that break the mold, according to Courtney Curry of Fork & Flair Catering and Events in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From homemade jams to gourmet desserts, “placing one food favor at each place setting is an adorable way to make each guest feel welcome while giving your guests a touch of something you love,” Curry said.
Couples have seriously upped the ante when it comes to desserts, making post-dinner sweets a talked-about event. “More and more we are seeing couples shy away from the typical wedding cake and go for a more memorable dessert presentation,” Jacqueline Matera of Ken’s Creative Kitchen said. “We continue to see dessert installations like doughnut walls and cupcake towers, pie and cookie tables, as well as unique plated options such as strawberry shortcakes or chocolate tarts.”
The experts at Capers Catering note that organic ingredients are here to stay as couples continue to request in-season and ethically sourced food on the plate of each guest. With the heightened awareness of sustainable agriculture, couples care about where their food came from and are looking to provide their guests with the freshest, farm-to-table experience possible.
When it comes to cocktail hour, it’s all about the pint-sized presentation and 2019 wedding food trends include having more fun than ever with out-of-the-box ideas, according to Ken’s Creative Kitchen in Annapolis, Maryland. From grilled cheese and tomato soup in a shot glass to shrimp and grits in a tasting spoon, no food experience is off-limits in miniature form.
The Late Night Hot Spot
While late-night snacks are nothing new at wedding receptions, 2019 wedding food trends include more sophisticated requests. The typical sliders or pizza are being replaced with unique eats that reflect the couple’s favorite comfort foods.
“Couples want food from their favorite hang-out spots. Food that means something to the couple more personally,” noted Kevin Marsland of Capers Catering in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
Chaiken of Food for Thought agreed, adding, “given the access we have to food from around the world, the opportunities are endless–think soup dumplings, Roman pizza, ramen, and Nashville chicken sliders. Our clients are looking to replicate their favorite night spot; the place they 'end up at' after a night out or even the place where they enjoyed a first date. It’s a chance to relive and share their unique moments with friends and family.”