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Gino Spano

 Tags: Catering Trends

The new year will see some familiar fads mixed with new, innovative wedding catering trends. If you’re getting hitched in 2018, be sure to include a few of these wedding catering trends on the big day.

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1. Flowers in Drinks

We’ve seen signature cocktails and spins on classic favourites, but 2018 ushers in a new way to bring in taste and design. Consider adding visible floral hints such as hibiscus, rose, elderflower, and lavender in your cocktails. 

This aromatic scent and pretty feature provides delicious flavour and makes for a great Instagram wedding shot. See how the caterer can add flower cocktails to your wedding menu—it’s sure to be a hit.

2. Farm-to-Table Locality

Despite the number of people living in urban areas, food menus continue to return to their roots. The farm-to-table concept will remain strong in 2018, where better taste and unrivalled flavour remain staples on the dinner menu. It’s still about quality over quantity, and working with caterers who shop in the local community is an easy way to keep that momentum. 

“Locally inspired” menus attract guests to the best in their own backyard, from the main course served to the drinks offered at the bar. Shopping local brings the freshest food to the menu.

3. Decadent Comfort Food

Homemade dishes get a decadent upgrade. Classic meals over fancy plates are rising in popularity, particularly due to the number of street food trucks and alternative catering companies available.

If you didn’t think fried chicken was appropriate wedding food, think again. Drizzle a garlic aioli over it and plate it with a fresh green salad to combine wedding catering trends. Serve gourmet lobster macaroni and cheese and mini sliders. Bring life to favourites with an elegant spin.

4. Mobile Bars

The rising popularity of prosecco bars, craft beers, and whiskey stations has paved way for this new trend. Put a spin on the way drinks are offered to guests, such as serving cocktails and beer from a vintage camper or refurbished box.

Bold, quirky options bring creative ways to provide guests refreshments in 2018, and these eye-catching bars add a unique perspective to the venue décor and menu.

5. Pop of Colour

Some catering trends can be loud, but this one reverts to minimalist ways. Wedding cakes in the new year will move away from the bright, overly decorated designs towards understated, traditional confectionary with only a pop of colour. T

his year, cakes will grace the stage in neutral colours, where guests will see a brighter hue on one tier of the cake instead of throughout each layer.

6. More Desserts

The other end of the dessert spectrum includes a variety of cakes and treats, instead of just one dessert. You may choose to provide a range of cakes, such as cheesecake and mousse, along with other sweets such as cookies, s’mores, and doughnuts.

There’s no need to stick with the traditional dessert menu when there are so many ideas to choose from. When it comes to cakes versus cupcakes, there are many alternative wedding desserts to choose from. Bite-sized options let guests try a bit of everything, instead of being confined to the traditional wedding dessert. This personal approach is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


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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