Potatoes are the favorite American side dish. And while some may shy away from this inexpensive add-on, the potato is one of the most versatile foods. Plus, almost everyone enjoys potatoes. Sure some will scoff at the carbs, but almost everyone — from toddlers to Grandmas — will enjoy seeing spuds on the plate.
To start, the potato meets everyone’s dietary restrictions. Almost no one is allergic to potatoes. They are gluten free. They are ideal for vegans and vegetarians. And even meat-lovers love to see a nice potato au gratin next to a big American steak. And lastly, even kids (the pickiest eaters) will chomp on potatoes in any form.
The potato is also the perfect base for a buffet. Offering a baked potato and a slew of toppings like chili, cheese, and ground beef is a great way to allow your guests to customize their meals. If you’d prefer, make the center of each table a mini-buffet so the guests never have to leave their seats to find the perfect toppings.
Luckily, potatoes are inexpensive. Your caterer has hundreds of ways to dress up or dress down the basic potato to fit your event — all for a very reasonable price. And don’t be shy about asking your caterer to create a potato dish to your exact specifications.