When it comes to wedding reception catering, buffet tables are one of the most convenient options. When you serve the appetizers, main courses, desserts, and even beverages buffet-style, guests can customize their own dinners according to their preferences. As long as you provide a few vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well, all of the reception attendees can find something that pleases their palates.
You can either choose one specific theme or cuisine, or provide a few different choices on the buffet table. Along with all of the prepared food, your wedding catering service will most likely also provide condiments and any other necessary items to complement the meal.
Following are some dinner buffet ideas to consider when planning your reception:
1. Italian-Themed Buffet
A buffet filled with traditional Italian dishes is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Start with classic appetizers, such as an antipasto tray featuring salami, sliced cheeses and olives, fried mozzarella sticks, bruschetta and fresh caprese salads.
An Italian-themed buffet is also handy because you can serve most of the main courses family-style. Some options include classic and vegetarian lasagna, ricotta cheese-stuffed shells in marinara sauce, rich, creamy mushroom risotto and eggplant parmesan.
For desserts, you can go wrong with a sampling of spumoni ice cream or gelato, biscotti and coffee, and tiramisu, which features espresso-soaked lady finger cookies.
2. Mexican-Themed Buffet
You can also tempt guests' taste buds with a flavorful Mexican-themed food spread. Begin the meal with fresh dips such as homemade salsa, guacamole and queso, along with classic Mexican tortilla and menudo soups.
Mexican main courses include cheese enchiladas in a green or red sauce, crispy chimichangas and flautas, burritos and grilled fresh fish and vegetables. You can also set up a taco bar filled with flour and corn tortillas, seasoned ground beef, beans, shredded cheese, lettuce and toppings such as salsa, chopped cilantro and sour cream.
End the meal on a sweet note with a spread of churros, Mexican hot chocolate with whipped cream, and flan.
3. Sandwich Buffet
If the reception has casual, low-key vibe and is held in a rustic venue, such as a country barn or a garden, consider treating guests to a sandwich bar. Start with a selection of breads and include buns, croissants and even tortillas for wraps as well.
Provide buffet trays of traditional deli meats, along with some vegetarian, soy-based alternatives. Fill additional trays with cheese slices and a mix of classic and gourmet fillings, such as pickles, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, roasted red peppers and eggplant, and bacon.