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Gino Spano

 Tags: Catering Trends

Everything about a baby shower is fun: the games, the company, and, of course, the delicious food. Make the day extra special with a catered meal. For catering menu ideas that every guest will love, consider any of these nine ideas.

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1. Mini Quiches & Omelets

Serve egg whites filled with chopped spinach and tomato, or egg, cheese, and ham quiche. This tasty miniature breakfast variety isn’t as heavy as its regular-sized counterpart, making it perfect for nibbling and serving alongside other dishes.

2. Gourmet Finger Sandwiches

Go beyond the usual tuna or ham and swiss sandwiches with fancy varieties your caterer can recommend. Spice it up with creative bite-sized paninis full of flavour, such as prosciutto and provolone or sundried tomato with eggplant and gouda. An updated medley adds instant class to the traditional menu item.

3. Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Ask the caterer to incorporate healthier food items for guests. There are many tips to keep catering menu ideas both healthy and delicious. Serve transparent plastic cups filled with granola, plain Greek yogurt, and mixed berries, fitted with a ribbon and wooden mini spoon. Not only does this look and taste delicious, it’s a lighter option guests can choose.

4. Sandwich Cups

Flip the sandwich concept on its head by placing them in bite-sized, savoury, flaky phyllo cups. You can serve the classics if you’d like, such as chicken salad or turkey club. Guests will love the new twist instead of the usual presentation, making this menu item a definite hit.

5. Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a crowd-pleasing, delectable choice that makes the list of scrumptious catering menu ideas. Besides serving the traditional tomato and oil, offer new flavours, such as herb shrimp and pepper or mushroom and feta with tomatoes. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over roasted vegetables, made of finely chopped onion, carrot, zucchini, and tomato, or offer a basil pesto topped with spinach and crumbled feta.

6. Deviled Egg Trio

The deviled egg gets a culinary upgrade. For guests who like a bit of spice, serve bacon and jalapeno. For those with a calmer palette, serve edamame. Everyone loves a good deviled egg, so offer a diverse assortment for guests to enjoy.

7. Updated Dips

Serve a mix of hot and cold dips for guests to pick and choose. Warm, baked pimento cheese pairs perfectly with fresh pumpernickel and crackers. Modernize the traditional onion dip by caramelizing the onions first to enhance their rich, sweet flavour. The novel seven-layer Greek dip combines everything you love about Greek salads into a finely chopped version. Everybody loves a good dip: It’s one menu option that never fails.

8. Baby-Themed Sugar Cookies

You and your guests will likely want a sweet treat after the meal, and sugar cookies are the perfect afternoon snack. Ask the caterer to use cut-outs in baby-friendly shapes, such as rattlers, pacifiers, bows, and ducks, and have them frosted in coordinating colours from blues and yellows to pinks and whites. Arrange on a tiered tray for expert presentation that will have everyone going back for another.

9. Mocktails & Cocktails

Ask the caterer to serve a mix of drinks everyone can enjoy, from the traditional version to something that’s a little more mommy-friendly. The array of baby shower mocktails you can serve, from lime zingers to virgin margaritas, is far-reaching. Offer raspberry punch with a sherbet twist or serve mock champagne so everyone gets a chance to say “cheers” with bubbly. Whether you lean towards berry flavours or prefer classic lemonade, there are plenty of great alternatives to enjoy.

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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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