As told by top chefs
The beginning of New Year marks the inception of new trends – in fashion, décor as well as catering. There is no denying that there has been a substantial change in the food options and assortments at almost every Indian wedding. The days of seven to ten standard dishes on the wedding menu are gone. Now it is more about an elaborate spread with distinct variety.
Chef Tarun Sibal, Director, One Fine Meal and Chef Kasi Vishwanathan, F&B Director, Radisson Blu Atria, Bengaluru spill the beans to make you au courant with the catering trends that are going to be dernier cri in 2020 and how the wedding catering has evolved over the years.
Chef Kasi Vishwanathan
Chef Tarun Sibal
Pass Arounds – Earlier, the only option was to layout buffet with the most popular dishes. With the passage of time and the advent of social media, we became more aware of the food decoration and we wanted our food to look good. Pass Arounds serves this purpose, with each piece designed like an A la Carte portion, serving the individual portions of Soups, Canapé, Sliders, Kebab served with Mini Parantha, Cheese balls and other.
Local Cuisine - Though most of the Indian weddings have popular dishes from across the nation, an additional section for the regional favourites has also become popular with the people. From Bihar’s famous Litti Chokha, Rajasthan’s Dal Baati Churma to Mumbai’s street food like Pav Bhaji and a variety of chaats, you can get it all.
Live Counters- “You eat with your eyes first” and live food stalls serve the same purpose. Catering companies keep this in mind, creating an exceptional experience for the guest. The most popular live counter is hot dim sum station with different noodles and sauces; for the kids, there is an action pasta station with an outdoor wood fire pizza preparation along with a hot cotton candy bar. They not only serve food full of flavours but also make sure that the food looks appealing to the eyes.
Bespoke Drinks- When it comes to D-day beverages, it has to be special and innovative. Today’s beverages menu is not limited to Beer and Whiskey only. Catering companies and hotels provide professional bartenders and mixologists to make your regular drinks extraordinary. This provides a whole new experience to your guests. As for your big-day toast, champagne is still the perfect bottle to pop.
Desserts and Wedding Cakes- No wedding is complete without desserts and cake cutting. This year we will see the combination of international and Indian desserts like warm apple pie, pear cobbler, and gingerbread Gajar ka Halwa, Moong Daal Halwa, Gulab Jamun, and Jalebi with Rabri. Wedding cakes are a relatively new trend and couples usually stick with the traditional options aka rich flavours like dark chocolate, caramel, red velvet. For the non-traditional cake-lovers, there are avant-garde options such as a combo of French vanilla and bourbon, or even peppermint and white chocolate.
With the change in trends and demands, wedding catering companies and hotels are emphasizing both on the food quality as well as variety. It is time to experiment with new trends and give hosts and guests the best wedding experiences.
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