Shauna: What’s the most popular food style for 2019?
Peter: Honestly, many people are still opting for the traditional 4 course meal. However, I create restaurant style courses, not silver service. All my food is plated, presented and served how it would be on my restaurant nights. Couples do want to create their own menu which reflects their personalities. We have lots of couples from all over the world and often from different countries and backgrounds, so I have found myself creating more and more ‘multicultural’ menu’s!
Shauna: Multicultural menus? So slightly different from a typical hotel wedding?
Peter: Certainly. There’s no reason why banqueting food should be substandard, and more and more venues and caterers are offering a better menu choice with the option of creating your own menu! I do enjoy ‘breaking the mould’ so to speak and creating something entirely different to wow guests! I’m currently working on a Jamaican themed menu – it will be awesome!
Shauna: What about BBQ’s, Hog Roast’s and similar? Are you seeing much of these?
Peter: Absolutely! Who doesn’t love a good BBQ and a beer!
Shauna: Yes, agree! Have you many BBQ style weddings in 2019?
Peter: Yes! I had a wedding in December 2018 which was a BBQ. The best part of the day was the shock and delight for the guests, everyone was expecting turkey and ham so they were delighted with the odd winter choice! There are more BBQ and Hog roast style menus this year for sure, people are opting for a more relaxed day and the food often reflects this. The only downside is often the price.
Shauna: I would have thought it would be cheaper?
Peter: Well it depends on the menu choice, but typically for a BBQ, you will need to offer choices of meat, normally up to 3 which is more expensive than your sides and salads.
Shauna: And what’s the difference between a BBQ and Hog Roast?
Peter: Hog Roast is typically a pig on a spit with sides, whereas a BBQ is normally burgers, sausages, steak. Obviously, I do my own ‘twist’ on these to make sure the guests have something they wouldn’t have at home!
Shauna: So informal dining is on the rise at exclusive venues and multi-cultural menus are now a ‘thing’! Are there any other trends you can see in 2019?
Peter: More frequently we are creating miniature versions of ‘old favourites’, whether its tacos, burgers, or soup in a shot glass they are great for canapes or evening buffet. For evening buffets, we are seeing more couples wanting to replicate their favourite food from the food spot they might end up in after a night out, or maybe where they had their first date. It’s a chance to relive that moment and share it with their loved ones!
Shauna: Awww, that is quite a sweet thought creating food from your first date for your guests.
Peter: There is nothing I’d ever like to share with my parents or family from a first date….
Shauna: (Eyes rolling) Lets end this conversation here!