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Fall Wedding Food

The biggest trend in fall wedding food? Comfort Cuisine. Both sweet and savory.

We’ve noticed that caterers get pretty creative with fall wedding menus. How about beginning the meal with a creamy soup in a hollowed-out mini pumpkin? A harvest salad featuring roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, and goat cheese would make an excellent next course. We’ve even seen full-on Thanksgiving-esque wedding buffets with all the fixings—from turkey and stuffing to mashed potatoes and gravy.

For dessert, you may want to consider a hot cocoa or coffee bar with cinnamon-sugar donuts, mulled apple cider with cinnamon stick stirrers, or a dessert table with seasonal fruit pies.

And anything pumpkin. Obviously.

follow these caterer-approved tips for a delicious and seasonal reception menu.

Appetizers

Fall is all about mixing flavors. Pairing sweet and savory is the name of the game when it comes to food for fall weddings. This is due to people’s palates tapering off the fresh summer foods and transitioning into the heartier foods associated with winter. Since the appetizers should prepare your guests for the main meal, choose small bites that incorporate a seasonal flavor profile. Stick with crowd favorites, like pimento cheese crisps topped with candied bacon, a tomato bisque shooter topped with a mini grilled cheese sandwich, or mushroom caps stuffed with sausage and cranberry.

Entrées

When selecting your entrée, remember that guests will crave warm, comforting, stick-to-your-bones options. Try incorporating autumnal flavors, but avoid serving anything extremely heavy, as these options will leave guests feeling lethargic and full. Red meat or a saucy, cream-based chicken dish, as well as more creative options like salads with gorgonzola and green apples, seared pork topped with blackberry gastrique, and butternut squash risotto or pumpkin ravioli.

Side Dishes

Take full advantage of the fall harvest when choosing side dishes for your reception. Use the freshest ingredients. Include sides full of roasted root vegetables, sweet potatoes, candied carrots, garlic herbed mashed potatoes, and green bean almondine.

Desserts

The desire for hearty comfort food also translates into dessert, and people often crave spicy-sweet confections during the autumn months. Think about your favorite fall flavors—like pumpkin pie, apple cider, and cranberry sauce—and transform them into a crowd-pleasing dessert. According to Salazar, many couples serve pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies. Other popular options include spiced wine or cider, bread pudding, crème brulee, pumpkin cakes, warm fig tartlets, donuts, and spice-centric cakes.

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