Food stations are a fun new trend for 2018 weddings! Spreading your food options across your wedding floor plan is a fun way to create a culinary experience for your guests! The good news is that our friends over at Nashville area caterer Chef's Market have so many great food station ideas... and Taylor is sharing them with us in today's post! So whether you are looking to do a savory or sweet station, Chef's Market is here to give us all the scoop on how you can achieve this at your wedding (and the best news is, it doesn't have to break the bank!). Check it out below!
There are so many ways to get creative with your wedding food stations! What are some popular savory food stations you've seen lately?
Taylor: Chicken and waffles have made their way onto the scene but this is an option that is both sweet and savory that really gets the party started. Planners and brides alike are both going back to stations and buffets that are being served to their guests which options the notion of short plates: braised beef with winter vegetables have been a constant craving. Another fun option is a grits station! Top it with anything you like and it becomes a fun addition to any meal.
What type of wedding/venue is best to accommodate food stations?
Taylor: When building a menu, and especially one with dinner stations, make sure the venue has enough room to fit everything you need! Be sure to ask to see a floor plan during the early stages of menu planning for any menu with a station concept and never underestimate the outdoor capabilities of serving food at a station (weather permitting of course).
How are food stations best laid out logistically? Should there be plates at the station or at the guest tables?
Taylor: For stations, you definitely will need to look into additional rental options that will be placed per guest at each station. This goes for plates and silverware alike, though you can still have a fun table setting! It's your day to have it just as you like it!
Are there any fun food station ideas for dessert?
Taylor: Interactive stations for desserts are a great option to get guests up and out of their chairs after a big meal! Roast your own s'mores station and chocolate fountains are making their way into the forefront, but one of my absolute favorite dessert station is the create your own shake station! Add a touch of liquor and it becomes the perfect nightcap for any reception!
Can you predict what food stations will be popular in 2018?
Taylor: I think guests are looking for more of a variety to the menu when they attend events such as a wedding and giving them smaller portions or tastes of many different items gives the event more options to choose from!
Is there anything else you'd like to share about food stations?
Taylor: Don't be fearful of having a lower budget and not having a stationed dinner option - you can always break up the buffet by creating two different areas of food for guests to nibble on: for example, take a dinner buffet with salad, dinner rolls, an entree and two sides. You can split those items up between two tables and give it a station feel without breaking the bank!
Goodness, I am loving this food station trend! It definitely gives wedding guests an elevated experience - and more options of fun things to try and do at your wedding. Thank you, Taylor for sharing all about Chef's Market's food stations! You can check out more on Nashville area caterer Chef's Market here and also follow their deliciousness over on Instagram!