Catering Tips: 5 Must-Have Winter Menu Items

The holidays have come and gone, but the cold weather is here to stay. In the hospitality industry, there’s nothing more important than ensuring guests are having a splendid time at your events, which means you’re fighting an uphill battle when they arrive to your event cold and hungry.

Warming up your guests as quickly as possible doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the thoughtful details that set your food apart from the rest of the industry. Anyone can set out a plate of cookies and coffee dispenser. (Yawn!) But not anyone can make your guests feel truly warm and cozy with these 5 winter menu recipes.

2. Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Dish out this classic winter meal to your guests before the main course. This soup is hearty enough to tide them over and light enough to not spoil their appetite. Serve in our new Teardrop Bowl and garnish with fresh chives. (Find the recipe here!

2. Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Cornish Game Hens

This delectable personal-sized poultry is a perfect winter dish because of all the different glazes and garnishes you can pair it with. A pomegranate marinade is an unusual take, but you can just as easily go with cranberry for a more traditional bird. Prep time is longer for these, so be sure to have an oven on stand-by to keep them warm. (Find the recipe here!)

3. Nutella Hot Cocoa

Hot chocolate is the drink of choice for Santa and his elves (they don’t need caffeine, they run on Christmas cheer!) and your guests will love the Nutella twist to this traditional toasty beverage. Sprinkle crushed candy-cane on top and serve in one of our Ivory Rim Footed Cups to melt even the coldest coffee-drinker’s heart. (Find the recipe here!)

4. White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Icicles

Forego the store-bought biscotti and serve hot cocoa with pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate. Match the sprinkles to your color theme and serve on a saucer or a rectangular platter for an extra splash of fun! (Find the recipe here!)

5. Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

After this hearty and delicious meal, your guests may need a cup of coffee to stave off the food coma! If they happen to have a little appetite left over, this coffee cake/apple crumble hybrid is sure to pair nicely and do the trick. (Find the recipe here!)


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Did we miss any winter menu items? Share some of your best  winter recipes with your fellow caterers and event hosts in the comments section below. Have a question for our event supply experts here at International Event Products? We’d love to help solve your catering conundrums!