The trend towards mini-eating continues into the Fall of 2015 as small drinks are matched up with coordinating bites. Mini has popular is haute cuisine for years — think of tiny entrees that are delicious but not filling. And mini desserts have been a dining trend for nearly a decade. But now bite-sized savories are getting served with complimenting drinks like wine, beer, soda, and even flavored water.
Imagine a miniature sloppy joe served with a dark ale; or a slice of salmon served with grapefruit soda. This kind of pairing has gone from the tables of New York and San Francisco to wedding receptions around the country. Especially popular — finding local breweries and vineyards to provide the drinks along with a food pairing suggestion. (And some breweries are so eager for new business, they are willing to cut prices if you agree to put their logos on the menu.)
As an added benefit, you might find that you bar costs drop. When you provide smaller serving of alcohol alongside a savory treat, guest tend to shy away from bigger bar drinks in anticipation of the next pairing.
You can also continue the trend into the sit-down dinner by adding a flight of wines to the servings. White wine almost always goes with a salad followed by some reds for the main entree. Of course, at a wedding, a champagne toast can accompany the dessert.
Ask your caterer about pairing food with beer, wine, and water. Be bold and daring with these offerings. Regardless of how they like one mini pairing, they will probably look forward to the next.