Hosting a special event requires tons of special attention in order for it too flow flawlessly. Paying attention to the food you serve at the event is also important. Creating a dinner menu beforehand can help ensure what is being served is filling and satisfying to the taste buds. To help create the perfect dinner menu there are some things to consider.
Style of the Meal
Before you can plan a menu, decide what style of cuisine dishes are doing to be served at the event. For example, is it going to be Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Asia, Indian, American, or Greek dishes. Once that is decided the rest of the meal can be planned out properly and with ease.
Appetizers help start the dinner being served at the event being hosted. Appetizers shouldn’t be filling if full course meals are being served. Keep them light, yet pleasing to the taste buds so guest look forward to what is being served next. Popular appetizers these days are shrimp cocktails, lobster tails with butter, oysters, sushi, cheese and crackers with a side of wine and fresh fruit, and slices of warm bread sticks or baked bread.
An entrée typically comes after appetizers and is something simple and fresh such as a leafy green salad topped with garden vegetables and fruit with a light dressing. Other choices that are popular for entrees are fish dishes, soups with a side of bread for dipping, risotto, and quiche. Entrée dishes are what lead into the main dish so make sure the entrée and main course pair well when planning out a dinner menu.
Next on the menu should be the main course, which most of the time consists of a protein and two sides dishes which are usually roasted, baked or steam vegetables. For example, oven roasted chicken breasts with green beans and mashed potatoes, or slowly grilled pork chopped with sides of mashes sweet potato and cinnamon baked apples. With that said, sometimes main courses are as simply as homemade pasta topped with a sauce of some sort.
All savory course meals need to end with a sweet satisfying treat. Some of the most popular desserts served on the menu at special events are fruit tarts, chocolate lava cakes, gooey brownies, macaroons, crepes, cobbler, and pie. Make sure the dessert chosen is one that pleases the taste buds and leaves your guest commenting on what an amazing dinner they had at the event.
Planning out the dinner menu for a special event doesn’t have to be difficult. Remember, pick out the style of cuisine dishes first, and then decide on how many courses are going to be served. Most dinner menus consist of 3 to 4 course meals, but some can go up to 6 depending on how fancy the event. After, pick out your entrée, main course and dessert and make sure all meals flow together so the entire meal is satisfying.