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Gino Spano

 Tags: Wedding Food

It can be pretty tough trying to make decisions about your wedding, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect food and drinks. There are endless options when it comes to wedding reception food and the right caterers will be able to create a reception menu that makes your mouth water just by looking at it.

Many couples want their wedding reception food to be the highlight of the whole party, something worthy enough that guests will want to post about it on social media. But when your caterer’s culinary creativity knows no bounds, how do you zero in on the best reception food ideas for you wedding? Well, here are a few mouth-watering food ideas to get your imagination started.

1. Chocoholics

We haven’t met many people who don’t enjoy a good dose of chocolate now and then. A chocolate-themed reception can be a fun and delicious way to shape your wedding reception food, especially if the bride and groom are both chocolate-lovers.

There are so many ways to tie in this theme, from using chocolate in (almost) every menu item, including savoury dishes, to having a straight up chocolate bar where guests can carve a chunk off big blocks of the sweet stuff with labels for the chocolate’s origin and cocoa content. You can even have a dessert bar where chocolate is the star ingredient of every sweet creation. No matter how you choose to work with this one in, chocolate is always going to have your guests’ mouths watering.

2. Breakfast for Dinner

You may be thinking that breakfast for dinner sounds like a bit of a crazy idea for your wedding reception food, but if you think about it, it starts to make perfect sense. Aside from being a popular menu option as more and more couples turn to daytime weddings to save a bit of money on their wedding budget, breakfast is also one of the most beloved meals of the day.

Think of those grand brunch spreads that you see in upscale hotels, restaurants, and food magazines where everything is beautiful, colourful and most of all, looks absolutely delicious. 

Your wedding reception brunch menu could feature favourites like smoked salmon benedict, a prime rib carving station, vibrant tropical fruits, and a crepe station where an expert chef prepares crepes with your favourite decadent fillings like wild blueberries and sweet cream. The mouth-watering brunch menu doesn’t have to end with the food either—your bar menu can feature elegant beverages like blood orange mimosas, gourmet caesars or bloody marys, or a white peach sangria punch.

3. Late Night Indulgences

It is no secret that at most weddings, there is a lot of drinking and celebrating that goes on as family and friends toast the new happy couple. Food seems to take on new meaning and new pleasures when you’ve had a couple of drinks beforehand, so one great way to satisfy your guests is offering something really indulgent for your late night snacks.

Think about your favourite sinful “after the bar” foods, like poutine, burritos, and Shawarma, then take these crowd-favourite street foods and add in a bit of a gourmet twist, like poutine with truffle oil or burritos made with freshly grilled carne asada and salsa verde. Adding extra special touches makes these comforting favourites elegant enough to impress your party guests and perfect for soaking up all those late night libations.

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Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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