Ideas for Catering Food at Your Next Party or Event

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Weaver House offers diverse catering options for unforgettable events in Asheville, NC. From farm-fresh finger foods to sustainable main courses and sweet conclusions, our menus feature locally sourced ingredients. Highlights include seasonal crudité, miniature heirloom tomato skewers, carving stations, and interactive dessert bars

Think back to the last major wedding, party, or event you attended. We’re willing to bet that one of the first things that comes to mind is the food.

Memories of a remarkable meal can serve as anchors. Each one will remind you of marvelous memories and wonderful times spent with friends and family. Thus, creative ideas for catering food can be the key to crafting unforgettable celebrations.

At Weaver House, we take food ideas for catering seriously, and no two menus are ever exactly alike. That’s because our onsite chefs serve as collaborators, helping you craft the delectable spread of your dreams. With that said, there are a few tried and true staples that guests seem to love. In this blog, we’ll provide a few popular catering food ideas for parties, weddings, birthday parties, and more.

Continue reading to find farm-to-table, locally sourced inspiration for your next gathering in Asheville, NC.

Farm-Fresh Finger Foods and Dishes

The difference between an ordinary meal and a celebration is that at a party, you can eat with your hands! At Weaver House, we offer guests the option to offer grazing platters, passed apps, small plates, and more. Below are a few of our favorite bite-sized catering food ideas for weddings and events.

  • Seasonal Crudité Platter

When your vegetables are as fresh as ours, you don’t need to do much to create a memorable grazing dish! We’ll slice up and present produce from local farms and pair them with house-made dips. From hummus to delectable goat cheese spreads, we’ll keep your guests grazing until It’s time for the main course!

  • Miniature Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Skewers 

Add a colorful pop of color to your appetizer table with a classic combination. Fragrant local herbs bring out the flavors of the brightest tomatoes available. Delectable pearls of locally sourced cheese will melt in your mouth. We can also craft a delicious bruschetta, or a range of rainbow-inspired skewers, for those looking to mix things up!

  • Mini Quiches with Seasonal Greens 

Our chefs know how to craft the perfect bite. They’ll use the freshest available local eggs to create delicate, flaky mini quiches. These savory custard tarts pair perfectly with vibrant local greens. We can offer vegetarian-friendly options so every guest can enjoy these incredible apps!

Sustainable Main Course Options Featuring Local Ingredients

Whether you offer a buffet spread or a seated meal, guests will be anticipating the main course. All of our favorite catering food ideas for parties feature farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients. We guarantee you’ll be able to taste the difference! Here are a few suggestions to help you start menu planning.

  • Carving Stations with Local Meats 

Serve guests the freshest local proteins cut to their satisfaction by our talented carvers. Consider offering whole roasted chicken, herb-crusted rack of lamb, or a slow-roasted pork loin, all sourced from nearby farms.

  • Seasonal Risotto with Local Vegetables and Herbs 

Every so often a vegetarian option comes out from the kitchen and makes every nearby carnivore jealous. Our tender risotto transforms with the seasons, featuring rich autumnal squash or bright spring peas. Delight in the depth of flavor as you savor each thoughtfully seasoned mouthful.

  • Braised Short Ribs with Root Vegetables 

Winter brides or birthday celebrants are lucky enough to enjoy slow cooked, decadent comfort food at their event. Melt-in-your-mouth braised beef pairs perfectly with seasonal root vegetables from local farms. Believe us when we say guests will be fighting for the last parsnip!

Sweet Conclusions Crafted Onsite

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The best catering food ideas for birthday parties demand a dessert or two! Luckily, an all-inclusive event package includes a few treats! Plan a stunningly sweet finale with interactive elements to keep guests engaged.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Ice cream sundae bar with luxury toppings
  • Local honeycomb with fresh berries and cheese
  • Individual cheesecakes with seasonal fruit
  • A selection of house made pies a la mode
  • Miniature seasonal fruit tarts

Your most delectable celebration yet begins when you consult with our event planning team. Schedule a free consultation to begin building your catering menu.

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