2016 Catering Trend: Serve It Up with Stations

Photo via Huffington Post

Whether you’re planning a corporate event, anniversary party, or a wedding, food stations are a great way to have a lot a variety in your menu and are perfect for an event with a more casual, congenial atmosphere. With stations, three to five smaller tables are placed around the room, generally with three to four items at each table (we usually recommend at least one or two entrees with two sides). Check out some examples of stations we’ve done below!

Salad and Appetizer Station
Gorgonzola Pear Salad
Assorted Local Cheeses with
Grilled Vegetables
Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Pineapple
Beef Tenderloin Kabobs
Brisket Carving Station
Chef-Carved Beef Brisket
Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
Skillet Green Beans
Assorted Dinner Rolls
Build-Your-Own Mashed Potato Bar
Garlic Smashed Potatoes
(served in martini glasses)
Shredded BBQ Pork
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheddar
Ranch Dressing
Build-Your-Own Slider Station
Pulled Pork with Slider Rolls
Bubb’s BBQ Sauce
Cider Mustard Sauce
Door County Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Big Country Coleslaw
Smokehouse Potato Salad
Pasta Station
Cheese Tortellini
Spinach Fettuccini
Marinara Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Grilled Chicken Breast
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Warm Breadsticks
Dessert Station
Assorted Dessert Bars
Gourmet Cupcakes
Butter Cookies
Mini Cream Puffs
Mini Éclairs
Mini Cheesecakes

Stations are also a unique way to feature different cuisines from around the world. At a wedding, it’s a clever way to feature a couple’s love of travel. For example, you could have an Italian Station, a German Station, and a Mexican Station!

Things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the space you’re considering is appropriate for stations. The area needs to be large enough that you can place the stations around the room without having them all in one line. If you position them too close together, people may just stand in line like a traditional buffet.
  • If your event is larger and you have a lot of people attending, you’ll need to have more stations to avoid long lines.
  • Consider a longer serve time. With a buffet-style meal, we usually recommend serving for around an hour. However, with stations, you will want to keep them open for at least two hours in order to ensure everyone gets to try everything they want!
  • Be creative! Not only are there so many different ideas for stations, but there are also a variety of displays you can create based on the look you’re going for or the theme of the event.
With stations, the possibilities are endless and with a little creativity, you can ensure yours is the event people remember!

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