Brides today aren’t just looking to book a dinner buffet for their wedding, they want a delicious and memorable dinner experience for their guests.
We chatted with a few Atlanta catering experts to get a glimpse into what experiences are most requested at the moment. From chef plated meals to trail mix and pizza, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind dinner experiences for brides to choose from.
According to Kate Holaway of Three Sister’s Catering, buffets and long lines for standard wedding food fare has been replaced with trendy plated dinners and edgy chef attended stations. Requested menus for dinners and stations include fresh, locally grown food with a unique twist to a dish, like their seared sea bass on top of fingerling potatoes and topped with an olive tomato salad and white wine beurre blanc. Yum!
Nicole Bernale from D.B.A. Barbecue told us she is seeing a surge in the snack bar trend, and the options are endless. Their most popular is the biscuit bar which includes smoked ham, homemade butter biscuits, honey butter and a medley of jellies and preserves. For something sweeter, D.B.A.’s smore’s bar is not to be missed. The s’mores bar offers a bite of a chocolate and a little taste of nostalgia. But the food bar trend isn’t just for biscuit and sweets lovers. Trail mix bars are a popular option for brides that want a lighter option. A trail mix bar allows guests to graze throughout the evening, and comes complete with baggies to fill up with goodies as a favor (hello, late night snacks!)
Couples are also looking for ways to put a modern twist on tradition, according to Kristin Coleman of Southern Crust. Southern Crust’s vintage Chevy outfitted with an Italian wood fired oven acts as a both an interactive station, as well as decor for an outdoor affair. The truck can also be used as a mobile kitchen for events that want a sit-down dinner family style. The family-style setting provides a more intimate experience, without sacrificing sophistication. Popular pies from southern Crust include the pistachio pesto pizza that is topped with fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh arugula and spicy honey. We hear people go nuts for it (pun intended).
For more info on dining experiences mentioned here, check out these tasty caterers’ websites: