Food bars are a fun trend that is popping up at more and more events as more caterers recognize how great they are. Not only does it take some of the work off of your plate, it allows guests to totally customize their food while mingling and socializing! In our last blog, we started to go over some delicious and inventive food bar ideas to implement at your next event. In this blog, we will continue the list.
Grilled Cheese Bar
Who doesn’t love grilled cheese sandwiches? This delicious comfort food offers great possibilities for your food bar because not only is it simple, it provides essentially endless options. All you need is bread and cheese, but there are many directions in which you can go. For example, you can offer a cornucopia of bread options, from plain white bread to sweet potato bread to spicy jalapeno bread. Throw in some croissants, flatbreads, English muffins, and perhaps something even more exotic, like naan! Don’t forget to also include a diverse range of cheeses, from American to gouda to goat cheese and more. Finally, offer a few toppings and condiments; bacon, tomato, ketchup, and hot sauce are all must haves.
Trail Mix Bar
A trail mix bar lends itself well to a more casual affair, an event for the health-conscious, or a camping-themed party. Trail mix is naturally great for customization, and with so much flexibility, you can get creative with your ingredients. Naturally, you will want an assortment of nuts and seeds such as peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and pistachios. You may also include a variety of dehydrated fruits like banana, cherries, mangoes, and cranberries. Yogurt chips, chocolate chips, gummy bears, and other candies are also standard. Give your guests a variety of choices and let them get creative!
A donut bar is a great option for breakfast that will sure to be a crowd pleaser. Not only do donuts come in different sizes and shapes, there are also many different flavors and toppings. You can offer plain donuts, as well as glazed, chocolate, jelly-filled, and more. Give your guests a selection of donuts from which they can choose, and then offer a variety of toppings, such as sprinkles, fudge, honey, and nuts. Get creative by adding more unusual toppings, such as nutella, ice cream, or even bacon! Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to try something new and delicious.
Popcorn is another crowd pleaser that is as easy as pie to serve. This light snack is great for an event with snacks but no need for a heartier meal. Popcorn is also great for a food bar because it is so versatile. Whether savory or sweet, your guests are sure to create some deliciousness with this classic snack. Include classics like butter, caramel, and cheese toppings, but don’t shy away from unusual flavors like cayenne, salt and vinegar, and BBQ! You can include many different toppings as well, such as M&Ms, chocolate chips, and gummy bears.
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