Are you looking to try something new when it comes to the catering for your next big event? Whether you’re helping to create a stunning wedding or hosting a big conference, catering well for large groups of people can be challenging.

When it comes to a move away from traditional plated dining or prepared cocktail snacks, interactive food stations fit the bill. Setting up food stations around a venue can be a great way to get your guests involved, making it a bigger part of your event, while ensuring they get fed and enjoy a wide variety of delicious options.

1. Chef Shadowboxes

For a recent event at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature in Dallas, Wolfgang Puck Catering employed a “chef shadowbox.” Meant to provide a strong visual behind a more standard food station, a chef in a shadowbox prepared appetisers as guests looked on.

Chef Shadow Box
Bar-on-the-Go

2. Bar-on-the-Go

Add to the guest experience with a mobile bar, where guests can skip the long lines and get a fresh drink made for them as they continue to mix and mingle.

3. Donut Wall

This gourmet grazing station is eye catching and fun to entertain your guests as well as spark conversation over dessert! Individual donut hangers allow you to alternate and add different flavours together and you could also incorporate donuts in your theme colours to make it stand out further.

Donut Wall
Grazing Table

4. Grazing Tables

Skip the canapés and offer grazing tables as a cocktail-hour option by replacing the main course with a family-style spread – a fun and delicious way to look after your guests!

5. Tacos & Tequila

Finger foods are nothing new but marrying them with a mini cocktail is!

Tacos & Tequila
Nitrogen Ice Cream Station

6. Nitrogen Ice Cream Station

Wow guests at your next event with this imaginative food concept. Mix a little molecular gastronomy, delicious home-made ice cream and a lot of wow factor to create excitement at your event.

7. Fork Displays

A fun way to serve individual bites is to skewer them on upright forks, like these cheese examples below.

Fork Display
Salad Buffet

8. Salad Buffet

Featuring assorted freshly harvested greens with an array of fresh crudité, in-house pickled items and dressings, so guests can create their own fresh salads.

9. Candyland

Like something out of Willy Wonka, you could transform your dessert station into a wonderful candyland complete with pinwheel lollies, like this one we did for an awards ceremony for a well-known hotel brand.

See the photos here.

Candy Display
Smores Bar

10. S’mores Station

Make-your-own s’mores station around an outdoor fire pit for a truly unique interactive food experience.

11. Scotch & Cigar Station

Create a “vice” station, like the after-dinner scotch and cigars table here, with your favorite poison and some smokes for guests to enjoy.

Bourbon Bar
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