The Ultimate Guide to Catering: Crowd-Pleasing Canapés

The Ultimate Guide to Catering: Appetizers

Photos: Scott Skey & Nick Hoosea/Bite; Illustration by Christina Park

Let’s face it: When it comes to wedding planning, details matter. Particularly when you’re thinking about your reception food and drink. In order to help you pull off the biggest and best dinner part of your life, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about wedding catering. We’ve already covered your food options and explained bar pricing, so now we’re sharing some expert-approved appetizers.

Whether you’re planning a cocktail-party reception or simply offering passed bites as hors d’oeurves, picking the perfect canapés are a great way to get the party started off right. Here, we share six of our favorite apps, cooked up by Bite Caterers in New York City.

1. Glazed Black Cod

This bite-sized seafood canapé features tasty black cod paired with pickled plum, daikon, and shiso for an Asian-inspired appetizer perfect for any type of wedding. Plus, the bright colors couldn’t be more inviting!

2. Roast Chicken

Offer Thanksgiving-inspired appetizers for a tasty snack with nostalgic appeal. Bite Caterers layer roast chicken over a mini piece of sage stuffing and celery root with a baby Brussels-sprout petal and a black trumpet mushroom.

See More: Is It Appropriate to Serve a Strictly Vegan Wedding Menu?

3. Charred Venison

Carnivores will love this mini meat-and-potatoes inspired app. A slice of charred venison is layered over ruby beets, celeriac gratin, and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms.

4. Nantucket Bay Scallops

Give your guests a taste of New England with this delicious seaside-inspired canapé. Layer seared scallops over a crispy parsnip pancake with green apple and dill for a bright bite.

5. Beggar’s Purse

An elevated dumpling is sure to please even your pickiest guest. This tasty option in made with a mix of caviar and crème fraiche tucked into a doughy crêpe pouch and tied together with chives.

6. Croque Madame

This classic French dish becomes the perfect pre-wedding snack when cut into a one-bite square. Instead of a fried egg, Bite Caterers used a sunnyside quail egg overtop the griddled Gruyere, jamon, and nutmeg sandwich.

For more great food and drink advice, be sure to check out our April/May issue, available on newsstands and for download now!


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