Cocktail party menu

Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party Tips

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Drinks, wedding menu | author: By Iwan Stoev,    

Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party TipsMany wedding guests look forward to the wedding cocktail party most, given the wide range of fabulous catering options in those spectacular stations and buffet dishes, as well as the many passed hors d’oeuvres that circulate around the party space, thrilling guests with the delectable menu options and gorgeous food presentation. Add in signature drinks and top-shelf drink at the bar, and guests are ready for enjoying and mingling in this relaxed pre-reception portion of your wedding celebration. At our weddings, we take great pleasure in helping our NJ wedding couples select each option of their cocktail party menus, and pairing many dishes with the perfect drink options. There has been a return to indulging wedding guests, giving them a great variety of menu choices so that everyone in attendance can enjoy the entirety of the cuisine offerings. We know that wedding guests often have special dietary restrictions and preferences, so our chefs work endlessly to develop menu options to suit all dietary needs.

To help you plan your standout cocktail party, we offer some of our top-viewed, Best-Of blog posts all about the cocktail party details:
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Sharing your Wedding Menu Planning Process with Your Parents

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | Filed under: Parents and wedding planning, wedding menu, wedding planning, Wedding Venue’s Chef | author: By Keith Sly,    

Sharing your Wedding Menu Planning Process with Your ParentsPlanning your wedding menu with the help of your NJ wedding catering team is one of the most enjoyable wedding planning tasks, as you create your list of delectable wedding menu items from your wedding chef’s list of possibilities and select a personalized wedding menu perfect for your day. They say the food makes the wedding, standing out as a remarkable and memorable foodie experience for all of your guests. A wedding featuring the top wedding menu trends and farm-fresh ingredients, plus your wedding catering venue’s expertise and magic with food preparation and presentation is sure to make your day even more amazing.tips dan trik android

Long before your big day, you’ll meet with your wedding venue’s banquet manager to choose the dishes for your wedding cocktail party menu, reception menu and dessert choices, at a meeting of the minds (and palates) that begins to turn your wedding menu wishes into reality. And many of our NJ wedding couples opt to bring their parents to the meeting, for their input and as a much-appreciated chance to share in the excitement of this important part of wedding planning.

Involving parents in wedding menu selection has become a big wedding trend for 2016, and we’re always happy to welcome wedding couples along with their parents for a menu adventure and the creation of the best wedding menu plan possible. Here are some tips for including your parents in the wedding menu planning process:
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Wedding Cocktail Party Menu: Hand-Passed Hors D’oeuvre Trends

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, wedding ideas, wedding menu | author: By Keith Sly,    

Your wedding makes a fabulous first impression when guests are approached by smiling, white-gloved waiters presenting them with spectacular hors d’oeuvres on silver platters. As sensational as it is to welcome guests in VIP-manner, the true measure of a successful wedding cocktail party is the variety and pleasing gourmet tastes of hand-passed hors d’oeuvres.

Here at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, as well as at our sister wedding venues the The Manor, the Highlawn Pavilion and the  Ram’s Head Inn (the latter located in Galloway, New Jersey), we finesse our cocktail party fare to include the top appetizer menu trends originating from the world’s best regional and cultural fare, organic and imported food trends, and our own chefs’ sophisticated palates and advice on which tastes pair perfectly with others. Any fan of Top Chef knows that dishes need to coordinate, to pair well with one another, to make sense in a presentation. Our New Jersey wedding couples come to us with impressive culinary wishes and experience, and we hear equally from bride and groom about their preferences for their wedding cocktail party hors d’doeuvres list.

Here are the top wedding hors d’oeuvre trends for your wedding’s sensational start:

Hot Hors D’oeuvres

  • Offer five or six hot hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail party, no matter the season.
  • Offer exotic flavors such as Moroccan chopped chicken salad on garlic toast and Thai curry samosas with tamarind dip.
  • Offer unique twists on meat appetizers, such as hangar steak on brioche crouton with a shallot marmalade or an andouille sausage en croute.
  • Offer unique twists on non-meat choices such as fontina cheese, asparagus tips and mushroom Panini.
  • Include gourmet cheese options such as hors d’oeuvres made with Camembert, Fontina, and Brie, since wedding guests adore palate-pleasing bites of tasty cheeses they might not buy for their own meals and parties.
  • Seafood appetizers are a top trend, including wedding classics such as Maryland crab cake, scallop Rockefeller and sautéed shrimp – again, crowd-pleasers to guests who may not prepare gourmet seafoods for themselves.
  • Risotto dishes are also a top trend right now, with lobster risotto requested often by our New Jersey wedding couples.

Cold Hors D’oeuvres

  • Offer tasty cold bites served on ceramic spoons, such as our red snapper ceviche with pink grapefruit and cilantro.
  • Offer creative seafood salad spoonfuls or toast-toppings, such as a crab salad with apple and chive.
  • Tartlets are easy-to-enjoy appetizers, with guests enjoying cheese flavors such as our artichoke, goat cheese and black olive tartlet.
  • Hand rolls and vegetable sushi hors d’oeuvres please guests who enjoy fresh and healthy appetizers, and the trend is for unique twists on hand rolls – such as our smoked salmon and avocado cream cheese hand roll.
  • Gourmet meats such as tuna tartars and beef Carpaccio give guests an upscale raw  appetizer to enjoy (and again calls to the dishes our New Jersey couples see prepared on Top Chef.)

Presentation Points:

  • Pair your hot and cold hors d’oeuvres with gourmet dipping sauces, such as creamy ginger sauce or mango dipping sauce.
  • Make it easy for guests to help themselves to appetizers, offering them on ceramic spoons or with appetizer spears or picks.
  • Choose colorful dishes, such as those topped with bright green herbs or dots of sauces.
  • Have wait staff offer cocktail napkins printed with your married initial monogram as a fine, personal touch to your cocktail party menu presentation.

Bon Appetit!

Chef Robert Albers, Executive Chef, Pleasantdale Chateau

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-731-3100.