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Gino Spano

 Tags: Catering Trends

You may not be a sommelier, but a great food and wine pairing is appreciated by everyone. If your catering menu ideas have left you stumped regarding which alcoholic beverages to serve at your function, it’s important to keep in mind what wines pair well with various food items.

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Follow these ten perfect pairings and you’ll be on your way to throwing a very successful event.

1. Calamari and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand sauvignon blanc is known for its acidity. In order to cut the acidic taste so that it’s not too harsh, it is paired perfectly with deep-fried foods. If you’re looking for classy catering menu ideas, calamari is the perfect choice for sophistication.

If you’re looking to keep things a bit more casual, you can choose your go-to deep-fried pub foods, like fries or mozzarella sticks, to achieve the same result.

2. Strawberries and Champagne

This classic dessert pairing is adored by anyone and everyone. You can never go wrong with a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of bubbly. Add a chocolate fountain to really let your guests indulge.

3. Pad Thai and Moscato

Moscato is the perfect wine to eat with spicy foods. Give your taste buds a cultural awakening with spicy foods and allow the sweetness of the wine to tame the spice, making it an enjoyable experience all around. 

4. Foie Gras and Riesling  

Rieslings are a versatile wine. It’s fruity and dry, which makes it a nice contrast to the fattiness of the foie gras. While very different, these two pair perfectly together, proving once again that opposites attract. 

5. Pork Chops and Pinot Noir

Is your heart set on having pork chops catered to your event but you’re at a loss when it comes to which wine to serve? Never fear, pinot noir is here to save the day. With its acidity and fruitiness, this wine is the perfect companion to your pork dish.

6. Sushi and Pinot Gris

Whether you’re serving up California, Philadelphia, or red dragon rolls, the perfect pairing to any raw fish is pinot gris. Pinot gris is zesty and refreshingly acidic, making it and sushi a match made in heaven.

7. Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Merlot

Turkey with cranberry sauce is a holiday staple. The table simply wouldn’t be complete without it. If you’re looking to have one of your special holiday dinners catered this year, you’ll need to have the perfect wine to bring the meal together. A ripe merlot is the perfect option to satisfy all of your guests and reassert your choice in catering menu ideas. 

8. Beef Burgers and Cabernet Franc

Are you looking to add a bit of sophistication to your catered BBQ? Cabernet Franc and burgers are a surprising yet delicious pairing. Virtually everyone loves a good burger, but you’ll be surprised with how the right wine can change something you’ve been eating your whole life (for the better).

9. Charcuterie and Rose

Charcuterie is conventionally eaten with either white or red wine—why not have both? It’s so hard to pick between the two—settling in the middle is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds.

Featuring prosciutto is a great way to tie the wine and the charcuterie board together. A charcuterie spread is always a crowd pleaser for any catered occasion, and you really can’t go wrong with rose!

10. Baked Brie and Chardonnay

One of the essential rules of pairing wine and cheese is to match a creamy cheese to a wine with high acidity. Chardonnay and brie balance one another out, offering up an explosion of tastes and flavours.


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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