One of the most enjoyable parts about planning a wedding is picking out the food. After you've wrapped on the formal dinner menu, loosen up and have some fun with the late night eats and snack options. Donuts, mini hot dogs and pizza are tried and true favorites, but if you're looking for ways to surprise your guests, here's a few suggestions that haven't been overdone.
Gourmet Childhood Favorites
Who doesn't have fond memories of the junk food they ate as a kid? Executive Chef Todd Anni of Bold Catering & Design is bringing the nostalgia back, by offering gourmet twinkies. The customized cake (in your choice of vanilla, red velvet, or chocolate) is filled with buttercream or cream cheese frosting that comes in flavors like caramel bacon, lemon blueberry and chocolate raspberry.
If you prefer pastry desserts, then perhaps his pie pops are more your scene. The mini disks come on a hand-held skewered in flavors like Nutella, pineapple sage and bourbon peach. If Chef Todd isn't an option for you, seek a caterer or baker who is producing less-than-traditional dessert items.
Taking the mobile bar one step further, Powell Village Winery in Columbus, Ohio offers customers a "mobile winery." Customers can purchase and custom label, locally-made wine at their tasting room, and then have it delivered and served up to guests out of a cute, vintage trailer. If you're not in the Midwest, do an online search or speak to your caterer about local wineries in the area.
All Mexican Everything
You only need to check Instagram to see how popular Mexican food options are. Two years after the fact, we still get compliments on the taco truck we brought in to serve late night eats. By why stop there?
Look into vendors offering churros, paletas (the cream and fruit bars available in flavors such as avocado, mango with chili powder and pecan) and fruit cups seasoned with lime, salt and spices. The bright, variety of color, umami pairings and over the top nature of its presentation make it fun food destination at your wedding. Work with an ethnic caterer to deliver authentic flavor or visit your favorite Mexican restaurant to see if it's something they provide.
Truffles are a tried and true classic, and vendors are offering couples the chance to put their own unique spin on them. Katherine Anne of Katherine Anne Confections works with couples to design a flavor that's designed especially for them. In one couple's case, that meant using the groom's home-brewed porter to flavor the truffle.
Chef Todd is also in on the trend. He offers his sweet treat in the form of a miniature ice cream cone, in flavors such as lavender milk chocolate and dark chocolate olive oil with fleur de sel. Perfect as an on-the-go snack for the guest who wants to get back on the dance floor.
From Sour, To Sweet
The Miracle Fruit is a berry from Africa that changes flavor perception so that sour foods taste sweet, making lemons and limes as sweet as candy. Ask your caterer to add it to lemon tarts or berry sorbets for a flavor-filled experience your guests will talk about for years to come. The effect wears off after an hour.
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Ximena N. Larkin is as a writer and publicist. She lives in Chicago with her husband and dog.