Winter Food Wonderland


Winter, reminds me of the warm smells of my kitchen filled with rich and delicious recipes made by my mother. I’m a huge fan of seasonal foods because they help me embrace the seasons and if you love the winter season too, it is easy to incorporate your favorite seasonal foods into your reception menu. We’re going to break down the traditional menu giving you some examples of winter foods that will warm every one’s souls.

Cocktail Hour/Small Bites


  • Oysters with Volpaia vinegar mignonnette
  • Bluefin toro with marinated chives
  • Mini spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese
  • Warm brie with sauteed pecans
  • Cheeses, olives, and warm roasted vegetables
  • Panini sandwiches on a stick
  • Pomegranate champagne cocktail
  • Eggnog cocktail
  • Hot cocoa and variations of coffee

Soup & Salad

Bibb Lettuce with Warm Vegetable Vinaigrette
  • Any type of chowder (corn, clam, chicken, etc.)
  • Butternut squash soup with pumpernickel croutons
  • Potato-leek with amaretto creme fraiche
  • Candied walnut Gorgonzola salad
  • Fennel and watercress salad
  • Warm duck and cabbage salad

Main Dish

Filet Mignon
  • Scottish beef wellington
  • Filet mignon with risotto cake
  • Horseradish-crusted lamb chops
  • Lemon baked salmon
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Chicken with sourdough mushroom stuffing

Side Dish

Herb Roasted Mushrooms
  • Jumbo portabella mushroom stuffed with cornbread
  • A trio of peppers with three types of risotto
  • Winter vegetable hash (potatoes, peppers, acorn squash, kale, and shiitake mushrooms)
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Sherry baked winter fruit (dried apricots, dried apples, dry sherry, and apple cider)
  • Quinoa stuffing


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  • Mini chocolate cakes
  • Self service candy bar with white chocolate covered pretzels, M&M’s, white chocolate covered cranberries, etc.
  • Chocolate cheesecake lollipop
  • Christmas/Holiday cookies
  • Mini meringues
  • Chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate and peppermint frosting

I know my mouth is watering with these amazing seasonal food options and hopefully yours is too. Even if you don’t choose these food items remember, winter foods have a sense of warmth and aroma that is reminiscent of the holiday season so work with your caterer when recreating that ambiance.

Happy Planning!