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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Food Station Ideas for Your Reception

Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services, Guest Author

If you like the idea of food stations, but are unsure what types of food are ideal, take a look at a few of the suggestions below. So many possibilities!

Falafel Station

falafelstationFor a Middle Eastern treat, consider a falafel station. Foods might include falafels, pita pockets, Greek salad, Lebanese tabouleh, couscous and macaroon cookies.

Mashed Potato Bar

You say “potato”, we say “potato bar!” Guests fill a martini glass with mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash, then add toppings of their choice. Toppings might include sour cream, chopped scallions, sauteed mushrooms, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, whipped butter – whatever you dream up!

Taco Station

Always a fun a popular choice, tacos can be served with a fresh ingredients including shredded lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, black olives, Spanish rice, refried beans and home style tortillas. Ole!

Wok Station

Bring the Orient Express to your reception! Crisp stir-fry vegetables, beef, pork or chicken, a variety of sauces, friend rice and lo mein noodles. Don’t forget your fortune cookie!

gnocchistationPasta Station

Pasta ia a carb lovers delight! Choices might include angel hair, fettuccine, tortellini, bow tie, rotini or penne. Delicious sauces such as marinara, pesto, alfredo, bolognese, basil cream, white wine or cajun cream sauce will make your pasta come to life.

Gnocchi Station

With a dumpling dish as delicious as gnocchi, this station is sure to be a hit! The main ingredient is of course gnocchi. Sauces could include roasted garlic, vodka, bolognese or pest with clam. Condiments choices may include parmesan and roasted peppers. Not that’s Italian!

Children’s Buffet

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No kidding, these dishes are sure to please the under four-foot crowd! Dishes could include meatloaf, chicken fingers with dipping sauces, spaghetti, pizza, french fries, macaroni and cheese and fruit. Avoid the candy and chocolate, kids have tons of energy and they don’t need to be revved up with lots of sugar and caffeine. No the question is, how to keep the adults away!

Sweets

For your guest with a sweet tooth, this station is the sweetest. Besides your wedding cake, you might want to include a candy buffet, cake pops, chocolate fountain, mini-cupcakes, s’mores, caramel popcorn, cotton candy, nuts, truffles, mini-mousse, carmel apples and funnel cakes. Now that’s sweet!

Larry’s NOTE: If serving your guests a buffet seems unappetizing and a sit-down meal seems too expensive, then isn’t it time to find a stylish, sophisticated alternative to the tried-and-true ways to feed your guests? The possibilities for food stations are endless. One of my favorites is a Salad Station ~ Cascades of Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons and Classic Dressing, Mesclun Salad with Pear Tomatoes, Goat Cheese Medallions & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pencil Thin Asparagus with Fresh Raspberries & Sliced Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad. Yummy! In Arizona the Taco Stations are very popular.

Copyright © 2013 – Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services. Reprinted with permission (A special “thank you” to Teri Ambrose Posegate, Publisher). Arizona’s leading magazine for wedding venues and wedding services. Visit their Website: http://www.FinestWeddingSites.com/

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