As Beggars Banquet’s Currey Fountain put it, “Hors d’oeuvres are the first area where we can really highlight what is unique to any couple or family.” But that doesn’t mean your caterer can’t get a little creative on their own. We asked three local caterers to choose their top passed offerings: their own favorite, their clients’ favorite, and their most original. Here’s what they came up with.
From Mike Lund, owner of Mike Lund Food
Miniature falafel with cucumber tzatziki.
“I make a potent little falafel mixture with chickpeas, green peas, parsley, and pickled carrots. That is flash-fried and placed on a round of naan lined with marinated cucumber and a dollop of tzatziki.”
BBQ shrimp and grits (top)
“It doesn’t matter how many I bring to an event, it’s never enough!”
From Currey Fountain, Executive Chef and co-owner of Beggars Banquet
Sushi-grade Maguro with a Thai pickled chili and pickling brine.
“As you can probably imagine, this one is for a very particular palate—mine!”
Sweet potato biscuits with Kite’s Country Ham and Yoder’s apple butter.
“The heart can be a nice touch.”
Diced ahi tuna tartar in a cucumber cup with chive sticks, wasabi, lemon, and sea salt.
“It’s not something I’d keep in constant rotation, but the couple loved it and that’s what it’s all about.”
From Sarah Sargent, Director of Catering at The Catering Outfit
Pork belly bites.
Toasted, bite-sized challah bread with a tarragon aioli, torn butter lettuce, a bite-sized piece of slow roasted pork belly, and housemade local tomato jam.
“This family recipe takes a Sister Schubert’s yeast roll brushed with brown sugar butter and filled with country ham. Simple yet divine!”
Snapping turtle shooters: a hearty turtle chili in a shot glass, topped with Trump Winery Cru reduction crème fraiche.
“A client mentioned to us that one of her fondest food memories was her father catching snapping turtles and making soup for her as a kid. So at her tasting, we surprised her.”
Eat for yourself. Get in touch with one of these caterers to start your big-day menu.
(540) 661-0121, beggarsbanquetcatering.com
(540) 878-9900, mikelundfood.com
The Catering Outfit