Catered Food Ideas That Level Up Pizza and Burgers
There are plenty of ways to spice up your office holiday party, graduation, cocktail hour, and fundraiser with catered food ideas that are as exotic and intoxicating as they are budget-friendly and able to quickly feed a hungry crowd. Food trucks offer all those elements to hosting memorable events and more. But, what should you serve? With food trucks, there are many options to choose from. So, let’s take a look at some culinarily creative ideas for some of the most popular reasons people get together!
WAKE UP WITH A EUROPEAN BREAKFAST FROM CAFFE ARONNE
There’s an easy way to upgrade that pot of coffee in the office breakroom with breakfast catering from Caffè Aronne. Jump-start the work week with their menu of cappuccinos, macchiatos, and cups of espresso. Made from the finest beans across Europe and South America, Caffè Aronne takes coffee to the next level. But breakfast wouldn’t be complete without freshly baked pastries. Forget that box of Entenmann’s and opt for decadence instead with Caffè Aronne’s assortment of croissants, scones, tarts, and more. When you want to add a jolt to the morning office routine, Caffè Aronne’s provides a much-needed caffeine kick.
Catered food ideas: Host an office breakfast pairing with selections of hot and iced coffees and complimentary pastries.
ENHANCE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH EXOTIC BOWLS
If you own a health and wellness company, you’re probably seeing an influx of new members looking to shed holiday pounds. But keeping those resolutions is challenging. A survey by YouGov found only one-third of respondents stuck to their goals. How can you help people make new routines permanent? Try catered food ideas that’ll keep your customers coming back. New York’s Exotic Bowls brings deliciousness to healthy fruit bowls, smoothies, and bubble teas. Packed with vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants, Exotic Bowls’ customizable combinations promise to deliver only the good stuff to your body and tastebuds.
Catered food ideas: Host a weekend morning yoga class for members of your studio and treat them to a selection of bowls made with fresh fruits and toppings like cacao nibs, bee pollen, and Gogi berries.
TACO TUESDAYS MEET HAPPY HOUR AT DISCO TACOS
It’s always a great idea to wind down a long workday and enjoy some good eats and cold drinks. But, the local dive near the office is wearing out its welcome. Bring the party to you instead. Disco Tacos pairs the freshest beats with the freshest tacos this side of the border. Feeling freaky? “The Super Freak,” made with pulled pork al pastor, “will never let your spirits down.” And Disco Tacos is ready to help you wash down those tacos with icy margaritas and cold beers.
Catered food ideas: When you take disco-themed tacos, boozy beverages, and a food truck that plays all the best hits it’s only natural your happy hour becomes a dance party. Celebrate by letting your hair down and hitting the dancefloor.
SOUVLAKI GR: ‘GO GREEK’ WITHOUT LEAVING HOME
Traveling anywhere, let alone to far-flung destinations is not in the cards right now. But that doesn’t mean your tastebuds can’t take a vacation. Souvlaki GR is a “little taste of Mykonos” in New York City. This award-winning food truck will elevate your next game day gathering. The usual pigs-in-a-blanket and plate of nachos get boring after a while. Trade those stale snacks for gyros piled high with charcoal-grilled meat and stuffed with the freshest fixings.
Catered food ideas: Score a touchdown with authentic Greek dishes, like Souvlaki GR’s Greek fries sprinkled with imported feta cheese, made from family recipes passed down from generation to generation.
UPGRADE YOUR SUMMER BARBECUE WITH VAN LEEUWEN ICE CREAM
Hamburgers and hot dogs make any backyard barbecue delicious, but ice cream makes an outdoor party a summer staple. So, ditch those gallon tubs with premium-quality ice cream from Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Using the finest ingredients, Van Leeuwen’s ice cream is made for sophisticated pallets. While there are classic options for ice cream purists, Van Leeuwen also offers vegan-friendly creations and unique seasonal flavors.
Catered food ideas: Enjoy your barbecue with an ice cream station that lets guests serve themselves Van Leeuwen’s latest concoctions like Chocolate Chip Key Lime Pie, Wedding Cake, and Guava Paloma Sorbet.
THE PERFECT COCKTAIL HOUR SNACK? CHECK OUT WANNA EMPANADA
Cocktail hours are informal gatherings before the main event. There’s a lot of mingling and milling about, making it difficult to walk with a plate of food in your hand. But, empanadas are made for cocktail hour. These portable snacks pack a flavorful punch in the palm of your hand. Wanna Empanada believes the options are endless for these hand-held delights. From mojo pork and pepperoni pizza to strawberry cheesecake and dulce de leche, there are over 70 empanadas made to hit the spot.
Catered food idea: If you’re hosting an intimate wedding, save yourself the time and money planning an elaborate reception with a cocktail hour for your closest loved ones. Wanna Empanadas savory and sweet empanadas are both filling and can accommodate all cravings.
THINK BEYOND A NEW YORK SLICE AND TRY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FROM CENTO PERCENTO
Cento Percento is an Italian sandwich shop on wheels, serving Tuscan paninis just like on the streets of Florence. While Pizzas are an office lunch staple, think outside the box and try Cento Percento’s “Johnny Boy,” made with prosciutto, arugula pesto, tomato jam, and fresh mozzarella. Or, take a bite out of the “Nonna Frances,” made with spicy capicola, tomato jam, whipped pecorino. With ingredients imported from Italy, Centro Percento’s paninis, appetizers, and desserts will make a “working lunch” extra special.
Catered food ideas: Cento Percento’s antipasti menu make a great spread to feed hungry coworkers after a long meeting. Assorted meats and cheeses, cherry peppers stuffed with prosciutto and provolone, and homemade focaccia are perfect for getting over that mid-day hump.
CREATIVE CATERED FOOD IDEAS THAT WILL ELEVATE YOUR NEXT PARTY
Few people can say “no” to a great party, and even less can refuse a delicious meal, cold drink, or sweet treat. Combine all of the elements with catered food ideas that will make any party memorable. New York is one of the culinary capitals of the world and it’s more than easy to expand your horizons with exotic cuisines from local food trucks that’ll satisfy, surprise, and delight every guest for every celebration.
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