Who doesn't love brunch? The combination of breakfast and lunch is casual, delicious, and a great excuse to enjoy Bloody Mary's and mimosas before noon. That's why it should come as no surprise that many couples choose to say goodbye to their wedding guests with a morning-after meal! Here, two caterers share tips for crafting the perfect post-wedding party menu, ensuring a satisfying close to your weekend-long celebration taking place this summer.
Every summertime brunch should offer coffee, tea, juice, and two cocktail staples: mimosas and Bloody Mary's, which serve double duty as hangover relievers. Peggy Liversidge, owner of Kitchen Chicks Catering & Events in Kennebunkport, Maine, suggests setting up a DIY Bloody Mary bar with housemade mix and an assortment of toppings, including fun tasty upgrades like candied bacon strips, jumbo cocktail shrimp, hot sauces, Old Bay seasoning, horseradish, lemons, celery, house-pickled vegetables, and bleu cheese-stuffed olives. Couples can also set up a mimosa station with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, orange juice, and peach puree. A wide range of garnishes, like berries and peaches, can give the beverages a touch of sweetness.
Take full advantage of summer's robust flavors by selecting a menu that emphasizes seasonal produce and fresh ingredients. Consider incorporating berries and fruit into the sweeter entrée choices; Liversidge often serves blueberry muffins, lemon ginger scones, and seasonal fruit tossed with mint. A well-balanced brunch will also have many savory items. Classic, well-liked breakfast foods (like bagel sandwiches and omelets) are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Another common brunch item for summertime festivities is smoked salmon, thanks to its light texture and refreshing taste. Heikki Rouvinen of Deco Catering in Minneapolis recommends serving the fish with red onions, capers, dill sauce, and chopped eggs; new potatoes and fresh dill pair well as a side dish. Don't forget to stock up on pastries and bread items, and enjoy your delicious brunch with your nearest and dearest!