With California’s temperate, year-round weather, there’s no reason to stop grilling just because summer comes to an end. In fact, on a cool, autumn afternoon, your guests might be more willing to enjoy an outdoor event space. Take advantage of the many flavors that come with grilling and ask your caterer to create an autumn or winter menu that includes some barbequed items.
Seafood can be especially good when grilled. In fact, many people who might otherwise shy away from shrimp or salmon will eagerly anticipate a dish with these grilled meats. Of course beef and chicken grill well, but ask your caterer to offer some additional options like German sausages and mutton.
For the vegetarian guests, of course you can offer a wide selection of grilled veggies. However, most vegetarians will appreciate the addition of a good veggie burger or well-made soy sausage. Because some vegetarian dishes often lack strong, inherent flavors, be sure to ask your caterer to whip up some fun toppings — like a sweet, mango chutney and hot pepper salsa.
Potatoes are the best starch for a plate of grilled food. In fact, if your caterer wraps each potato in foil and cooks them in the coals, then you can provide baked potato toppings at each table. Plus, potatoes are a filling food for for the vegetarian and vegan guests.
Finally, you don’t have to serve everything on a bun. Grilled food doesn’t have to feel like a country picnic. Meat, potatoes, and veggies are the typical triad for a plated meal and you don’t have to add a hamburger or hotdog bun to make the grilled meat easy to eat. However, for the kids, you might want to offer the option of a standard or gourmet bun.