Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

Caribbean Catering we offer lots of menu styles. Each wedding is unique and each couple has a vision of what they want their wedding guests to experience. Each menu style lends itself to a different ambiance or experience for dinner. Take a look at some Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends that we offer, their price points, and the guest experience they lend themselves to.

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

Plated Dinners

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

A plated dinner is certainly the most traditional route for a wedding. It is perfect if your vision is of a formal affair, where all the guests are seated for a full-service meal. Most of our guests that choose this type of menu will choose two proteins, two sides this will also be paired with a salad and bread course. Each guest will receive a dual plate with both of the selected proteins and sides. Alternatively, you can have a choice menu where your guests will choose their protein on the invitation and all guests would receive the same sides for both choices. You will then also need to assign each guest to a seat and their dinner selection will be represented at each setting for service.  The price point for a sit-down plated dinner will vary depending on your protein selections, however, we don't charge any extra for this type of service. Here is a sample menu that we offer:

Crabcakes with Roasted Red Pepper, Jerk Grilled Pork Medallion Herb Rice/Orzo Medley, grilled sweet potatoes with rum glaze. Island Salad and home baked bread. Cost: $45.00/person

Buffet Dinner

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

With this style of menu you will have more flexibility with your menu selections, we have had people add on up to four different proteins to their menu. Each guest will have the option of having everything or pick and choose what they want. A buffet style meal has a more laid back feel to it if your vision has people mingling and eating their delicious dinner as they please this is the perfect selection for you. However, we also offer the option of blending these two styles together. We can do a plated salad course followed by a buffet dinner. This will give you an element of that formality but still keep things light for dinner service. Here is possible buffet menu:

Island Snapper with key lime sauce, rum glazed beef, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, Caribbean salad, fresh baked bread. Cost: $45.00/person

Roving Dinner

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

This type of dinner service is great for an off-beat wedding with a focus on a less formal atmosphere and lots of mingling and partying. Heavy passed appetizer as dinner is a really fun way to feed all of your hungry guests. Contrary to what most people may think this type of dinner service is not going to save you any money. Guests will certainly still leave with a full stomach, there will be plenty of food for all. Appetizers while they may be small bites, they are more labor intensive and have several different types of protein so it works out to be about the same price as a regular buffet or plated service. Here is a sample menu of a roving dinner:

             Mini Cubans

            Mini Burger Sliders

            Hummus w/ spicy chips

            Chicken Potstickers

            Mozzarella & Tomato Crostini

            Spinach & Feta Triangles

            Fruit & Cheese Skewers

            Shrimp cocktail

                        Cost: $35./person      Chef Fee  $150.00


Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

This is a new trend that we are getting asked about quite often these days. I think it is a great service style for a laid-back wedding (we do a lot of those here on Keys time). In this style of service, you will have live action stations where you guests will receive small plates of a large selection of flavors. It is almost like tapas style dinner, everyone tastes a bit of everything. This style of service is the most expensive in most cases because of the amount of staff needed as well as the larger selection of food. If it is in your budget a really fun service style. Below is a sample stations menu:

Cold Station:

  • Individual Mozzarella Tomato Salad with a Balsamic Reduction served on a rubber leaf
  • Asian Noodle Salad w/ julienne veggies, ginger, scallions, water chestnuts, pea pods in a coconut milk lemongrass sauce  served on bamboo plates.
  • Fruit Skewer display like flower arrangement, with pineapple, watermelon & strawberry
  • Home baked bread/roll assortment & Earth Balance butter

Seafood Station:

  • Deconstructed paella with Shrimp, Clams, mussels & scallops displayed with cast iron Pot
  • Saffron Rice in large cast iron skillet  Paella served in white china bowls
  • Pulled Pork topped w/ cilantro in mini corn husk boats.
  • Chicken Tropical served on bamboo mini plates.
  • Seared hogfish and yellowtail snapper rubbed with key lime rub & topped with tropical honey veggie slaw served on a banana leaf  on a Bamboo Plate.
  • Cooked onsite:  Chef & Flattop Grill Fee   $250.
  • Cost: $60./per person

We are happy to help you plan your wedding service style along with your menu planning. Come in and see us to book your wedding or event!

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