Are you looking to create a unique atmosphere at your next event? Consider serving a family style meal. This style of service has been gaining popularity for the past few years, and for good reason; it creates a more casual, interactive atmosphere that brings people together.
A family style dinner is less formal than a plated meal and more elegant than a traditional buffet with large platters delivered to each table and guests serving themselves.
“Events have more energy and fun when you bring out a big platter of food to share,” says Jamie Maolen, chef de cuisine at Sea Change Restaurant in this recent food trends article in Minnesota Meetings and Events.
Speaking of trends, a recent article on The Huffington Post predicts family style will be the most popular wedding food trend in 2014. You can learn the three reasons why here.
Fun, rustic food presentations lend themselves perfectly to this style of service and provide a great alternative to traditional plated or buffet style services. The following is an example of a delicious family style dinner menu by the Chef at Meydenbauer Center.
Sample Family Style Dinner Menu
Grilled artisan romaine, garlic croutons, parmesan crisps served with herb garlic dressing and fresh bread
Spit roasted Cascade Farms game hen
Bacon wrapped Northwest trout with lemon parsley beurre blanc
Herb roasted fingerling potatoes with pancetta & sage
Grilled asparagus & glazed heirloom carrots
House made Tiramisu served with freshly brewed Starbucks Coffee
What do you think about family style food service? Make sure to check out our “family style dining” Pinterest board to find inspiration for your next event!