Catering Ideas

Here's an archive of the most up-to-date trends in catering, ideas for unique food presentations, and tips and strategies from the latest festivals and tastings.

Beyond the Buffet: 5 Fresh Ideas for Catering Stations

These visually appealing and creative food setups from caterers around North America will grab guests' attention.

The Scout Posted April 18, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

Art Fare: 10 Beautifully Constructed Catering Ideas

Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and desserts that offer a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.

The Scout Posted April 11, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

9 Surprisingly Elegant Beet Dishes for Events

The popular vegetable adds a pop of color and plenty of flavor to hors d'oeuvres, salads, and even cocktails.

Idea File Posted March 30, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

12 Eye-Catching Ideas for Dessert Buffets

These creative sweets tables included surprising props, color-coordinated candies, and unusual presentations.

Idea File Posted March 16, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

Let's Do Lunch: 13 Portable Meals for Afternoon Meetings

These meals, snacks, and desserts are ideal for lunch meetings on the go.

The Scout Posted November 2, 2015, 7:30 AM EST

Special Request: 12 Dishes for Guests With Dietary Needs

From vegan to gluten-free, these dishes will satisfy guests’ speciality diets—and hearty appetites.

The Scout Posted August 17, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

9 Ideas for Matching Desserts to a Theme

Here are clever ideas for desserts that follow a specific event theme.

Idea File Posted June 16, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Tips, Strategies & Trends

How to Pick the Right Food Setup for Your Event

Service style can impact your guests’ satisfaction with their meal and can also help you achieve your event objectives.

Catering Week Posted December 4, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

5 Tips for Donating Food After Events

There are safe, efficient, and legal ways for event professionals to provide leftover food to charitable organizations.

Catering Week Posted December 3, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

5 Innovative Ways to Serve Large Crowds

Mealtime for the masses doesn’t have to mean a standard buffet or plated meal. Consider these options for your next trade show, convention, or other large event.

Catering Week Posted December 2, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

Ideas from Events, Festivals & Tastings

19 Drool-Worthy Dishes From the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Get catering inspiration for your next event by checking out these dishes served at the mega food festival.

Idea File Posted March 3, 2016, 7:30 AM EST

What Happens When a Chef Plays Event Planner

Media company Swoop partnered with Marc Forgione to create a no-rules dinner for its clients. Shoes optional.

Event Report Posted October 22, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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