So you live in a state where the winters aren’t exactly kind. You live in a town where temperatures might drop below zero, and overnight snowfall might actually prevent your kids from going to school. It seems like a long time before you’ll be able to get outside in a shorts and a t-shirt again, enjoying the warm spring breezes and budding flowers. Outdoor BBQ? That seems like a particularly long way off.
But winter doesn’t mean you have to put an end to your catering plans; in fact, as you certainly know, life goes on despite the cold and snow. There are still graduations, company parties (a lot of them, in fact, thanks to the holiday season), weddings, and countless other events. Obviously, the vast majority of these events are going to be held indoors. The important thing to remember is that having events catered during the winter months can still be exciting and fun. If you’re thinking about having a party catered this winter, here are a few ideas to keep in mind.
1. A tropical oasis
A winter wonderland may seem more fitting, but what about giving your guests a little respite from the cold and snow? A tropical theme can be a rare treat, and depending on your caterer’s skill, a summer-themed barbeque might actually be possible. You may want to go with a more traditional choice — but for some, burgers and brats in December sounds like a great change of pace.
2. The turkey dinner
Ok, maybe the traditional choice is more appealing after all. How can you go wrong with a turkey dinner, including all your favorite fixings? Well, you can go wrong if you hire the wrong caterer. People have high expectations when it comes to this type of meal — everybody compares it to their mom’s home cooking. In order to live up to that expectation, you’ll need an experienced caterer who knows their stuff!
3. Ribs, hams, and pork loins
These are also very popular choices during the cold winter months, and they’re definitely big crowd-pleasures. A rack of succulent barbequed ribs, a perfectly prepared ham, or a juicy pork loin from a quality local source — these are great choices for all winter occasions. Just make sure your caterer works carefully to develop a complete menu that your guests are going to love — and make sure they use the highest quality ingredients!
Searching for the right caterer this winter
No matter where your event falls on the annual calendar, it’s always important to find a caterer you can trust. Putting your event in the hands of a professional can be nerve wracking, even if it’s only a small party for 30 or 40 people. You want to leave a great impression, and make sure your guests have a great time. Working with a seasoned and reputable caterer is going to make all the difference in this respect. There are probably any number of companies operating in your area, but the outstanding ones are always going to give you the best overall value for your winter catering budget.