John Hearn, executive head chef at Tapenade, one of the UK’s top caterers, talks us through this year’s biggest wedding food trends.
Gourmet comfort food
Couples want to serve guests foods they’ll love so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more people swap a la carte in favour of classic comfort foods made with gourmet ingredients. We created a truffle mac ‘n’ cheese for one recent wedding and served an indulgent game pie and mash at another.
Photography: Jessica Grace Photography [one of our suppliers!]
Traditionalists may shy away from the idea of meals on wheels at a wedding but this festival-inspired food trend is going from strength to strength. Whether it’s for a reception, late-night bites or complete catering, the possibilities are endless with mobile food vendors. We often create street-food stands and vintage ice-cream vans which always delights guests.
DIY food & drink stations
Everything is more fun when you make it yourself and we’re seeing more couples taking a hands-on approach when it comes to catering. Our ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ bar is always a firm favourite for a drinks reception with flair.
Pairing & sharing
Swap traditional canapes for fun mini pairings of your favourite food and drink. Classic combos such as tacos and tequila or oysters and bloody Mary’s never fail to impress our guests.
Mix & match crockery
Couples looking for a more relaxed wedding breakfast are opting for shabby-chic mix and match tableware. This trend is also perfect for couples on a budget as coloured glassware and vintage crockery can be found anywhere.
Photography: eva photography [one of our suppliers!]
Whether to mark a favourite holiday destination or to honour a culture, couples are becoming more and more adventurous when choosing their menus. We created a variety of mezzes and passed plates for a recent wedding and love how sharing banquets will bring the whole family together.
Take-away table decorations
Weddings are all about making memories so why not give guests a piece of the day with a take-away table decoration whilst also ensuring that nothing goes to waste. Potted plants, packets of seeds and jars of jam make perfect keepsakes.
From farm-to-fork, guests like to know that they’re eating local. At Tapenade we champion seasonal, locally produced food where ever possible. Sometimes our chefs can be found foraging within close proximity to the venue, choosing ingredients from near-by farms or serving regional specialities, connecting guests to the food to create a story that will bring dishes to life.