Wedding Food Trends 2017

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Your Private Chef

Wedding Food Trends 2017

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We asked one of our favourite caterers, Your Private Chef, to share the yummy wedding food trends that everyone is eating up in 2017. I hope you’re not hungry while reading this because these dishes are set to ignite some serious cravings…Bon appetit!

Food Trend Alert: Doughnut Walls

Take that little ball of doughy joy, sprinkle it with all sorts of glazed, colourful love and place it on a framed shrine AKA ‘wall’ and everyone will lose their minds. The best thing about the doughnut wall is how versatile it can be. Spell out the word ‘love’, theme your colours, adorn it with flowers and you’re all set!

Donut Wall Wedding Food Trends 2017

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Food Trend Alert: Sliders for Canapé Hour

Mini brioche, artisan, petite and coloured buns filled with seriously delicious fillings are a crowd favourite and now these tiny delights are becoming a very popular option for cocktail hour.

Check out the goodies on our Your Private Chef new menu; mini crisp chicken burgers on brioche buns with slaw and chipotle mayo, vegetarian mini charcoal brioche sliders with sumac-crusted halloumi, roasted pepper, coriander and chipotle aioli or mini slider buns with pulled beef brisket, cola bbq sauce and spiced slaw.

Sliders Wedding Food Trends 2017

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Food Trend Alert: Food Stations

We eat with our eyes first, so styling a table filled with plentiful delights always gets plenty of crowd ‘wow’s. We have two kinds, our opulent food station designed to allow your guests to fill their plates for a seated meal, or a variety of specialised grazing stations, from seafood to ploughman’s, Asian and Mediterranean plus many sweet stations too. Insta-worthy all the way!

Food Trend Alert: BBQ-grill

Australia’s love affair with BBQ isn’t going anywhere, but daggy presentation and boring menu options are dead. We love flipping BBQ on its head and combining styles, such as our ‘Canapé on the Grill’ menu. Then there is the beautiful table styling that comes with every BBQ, the epitome of rustic charm to show off a plentiful table spread. Deliciously casual and by far the most popular choice of dining style for the majority of the year, BBQ catering can be very gourmet indeed, especially when teamed with grilled king prawns, whole baked fish and even lobster.

Barbecued Salmon Wedding Food Trends 2017

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Food Trend Alert: Food Trucks 

Food trucks are no longer the dodgy stands you used to see on the street corner; instead, they are a perfect way to achieve a variety of food options with a quirky edge for your event. Food truck culture is super popular at weddings, with some of the world’s best chefs leaving their Michelin star posts to open up their own food trucks. Did you know Your Private Chef loves working with food trucks at events and we can recommend some great options?

From barista vans to artisan nitrogen ice cream and even pizza vans for the late night party dwellers, we have some great trucks we love to recommend.

Food Trend Alert: Share Platters 

Food connects people. It is this shared experience that makes us love our food stations as well as our fine dining 3-course menu done in shared-platter style. There is something infinitely binding about connecting with a friend over a platter of food, admiring the presentation, the way the flowers compliment the props and, of course, their favourite tastes on offer in front of them.

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Food Trend Alert: Upscale Comfort Food 

Comfort food is never leaving us, but it’s now served with a twist. Upscale comfort food is ideal for a stand-up grazing event. Here are some of our new upscale comfort delights: miso eggplant spring rolls, spinach and tofu dumplings with ponzu sauce or how about our famous mac and cheese croquettes? Simple, classy and yet feels like ‘home’ in each bite.

Food Trend Alert: Bowl Foods and Tacos 

Tacos have now surpassed pizza and pasta as Australian’s favourite casual dining choice. Your Private Chef takes taco and tapas-style individual bowls and turns them into some seriously sexy grazing items that are easily eaten while standing.

Think tacos with black beans, brown rice, salsa and jalapeño or pulled beef, shredded cheddar, jalapeños and smokey salsa. Panko chicken, warm spiced slaw, salsa and cheese…mmmmm. Or how about our salt and pepper squid with lemon pepper chips served in a bamboo boat alongside dill caper aioli. Or even mini hoki fish burgers in a brioche bun, with crispy lettuce and house-made tartar sauce. Plus so much more…

Food Trend Alert: Meat Techniques 

We are seeing a revival of more traditional and rustic styles of cooking, such as the classic spit roast, which we love. We’re also enjoying less common meats occasionally being requested such as Alpaca and Kangaroo.

Our new fine dining menu enjoys rustic cuts of meats, like slow-cooked beef cheeks with bordelaise sauce, button mushrooms, smoked gammon, caramelised red onion, pomme purée, croute and truffle oil, our gluten-free sous vide duck breast with chestnut purée, Dutch carrots, caramelised plum and jus and braised lamb shanks with soft polenta, roasted garlic and gremolata.

Image by Angela Gallo

Food Trend Alert: Beautiful Desserts 

Hanging cakes decorated with lush green vines and flower buds, grand high tea sweet stations with jar cakes, lemon curd meringues and raspberry and rose water mini éclairs are in. As are decadent cheese towers with a garnish of native flowers, berries, nuts and rustic props. We love desserts and paying homage to them with a shrine full of sweets puts a smile on our faces.

Image by Angela Gallo

Food Trend Alert: Zero Waste 

2017 (and beyond) is all about minimising food waste and packaging waste. Which is why we write our menus in such a way as to be able to utilise all of our supplies with next to no unnecessary wastage. We also actively recycle and reuse packaging where it is safe to do so. We also enjoy working with like-minded suppliers and Victorian small businesses who also do their bit to support local farmers and minimise the carbon footprint of unnecessary transport.

Image by Angela Gallo

Ms ZigZag says: I’m both a savoury and a sweet kind of gal, so this delicious food trend post has got my tastebuds watering. I’m now extra excited for the two weddings that I have been invited to attend later in the year. Here’s hoping there is a doughnut wall! 

About Your Private Chef: When every last detail needs to be utterly perfect you can completely rely on Your Private Chef Catering & Events to provide an unforgettable gourmet food experience with exceptional service. Your Private Chef delivers unforgettable wedding catering – Melbourne style – fusing fresh flavours with the best ingredients to suit all budgets.



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