Casual to Formal Event Appetizers

Have you ever been to a fancy restaurant and the menu looks like its in a foreign language? We’ve all been there where we have to put our head down and ask the waitress to really interpret what the menu is saying.

Even just last week, I ate at a restaurant and the waitress was going over the daily specials and her favorite choices on the menu when she read something off and followed it with “that’s just a fancy word for ranch.”

The point of the story is, there are many different types of events you may need to cater food for. It could be as casual as a large family gathering in your backyard, or as formal as a wedding. We keep this in mind when we curate our monthly menu’s.

Appetizers & Hors D’oeuvres


For example our appetizer and hors d’oeuvres list has over fifteen dishes, some being as simple as you would guess, a fruit and veggie tray, and others a bit on the more formal side, like bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts.

The appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are very important for any event, formal or casual. These dishes are going to make the first impression for what’s to come the rest of the night. We pay very close attention to detail in all of our dishes, but especially our appetizers, we are all about making the right first impression and leaving our guests hungry to try more!

All of these dishes are filling enough to keep your guests happy and satisfied without ruining the main course. Our main course is our main course for a reason, so we make sure our appetizers do their job, line the guests up and get them excited for what’s next.

Depending on the type of event you’re hosting, we have a few different recommendations. We just finished busy season, with tons of graduation parties happening all of June and July, but that doesn’t mean the outside festivities are close to being over.

All summer long there are family gatherings, wedding showers, baby showers, neighborhood block parties, the end of the year baseball party, the list goes on and on, but we’re here for each and every event!

To start off our recommendations, we have the casual backyard gathering.

Casual Backyard Gathering

For your casual backyard gathering whether that be a family reunion, grad party, baby shower, you name it, we suggest our classic wrap platter. Wraps are always a great appetizer and commonly enjoyed by the typical individual. A wrap is a light snack that isn’t difficult to eat, but won’t leave you feeling hungry afterwards. The great thing about the wrap platter, is the variety of combinations within it. We don’t just serve one type of wrap.

In addition to wraps, for more of a light snack, we offer our infamous dips. Our dip selection includes: sundried tomato dip, spinach and artichoke dip, and creamy herb dip served with crostini and pita chips. Dips are a delicious way to get the meal started or offer a light snack if you are only serving appetizers during the event.

Formal Rehearsal Dinner

Formal in terms of food usually means healthy, fresh, and unique. We believe it’s important to offer easy to eat hors d’oeuvres so you aren’t making a mess on yourself, but we believe that no matter how formal an event is, ingredients and flavor will always be number one.  

Sometimes fancy restaurants and caterers can overdo it, by going too far out there. Maybe 5% of the people at the event are on your level and fall in love with the appetizers, but we don’t want to go after just that 5% that enjoy the fanciest dishes. We want 100% of the people at the event to enjoy our food, no matter how casual or fancy the event may be.

For more of a formal event like a rehearsal dinner, or corporate gala, we suggest our bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts, bruschetta, stuffed mushroom caps, and our meatballs. (Notice that we still like to keep our names simple, even though they are a bit fancier hors d’oeuvres.)

Bacon is one of the most delicious foods out there, but if it’s not styled right, it may not come off in the fanciest way. That’s why we wrap these delicious and healthy Brussels sprouts in a nice crispy slice of bacon. It appeals to the health conscious and the non health conscious individual.

Wrap Up

Whether you go for the classic sandwich wrap, or spice it up a bit with the bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts, we have the perfect appetizer for your event. With a selection of over fifteen dishes, you can go very classic and conservative or offer your guest something they’ve never tried before.

Just like the fashion trend of mixing high price items with low price items, we can do the same with appetizers. Feel free to offer your guest the classic veggie and fruit trays, with our wrap platter, but then mix in a high item such as our, spanikopita, a bite size puff pastry baked with spinach and feta cheese.

We love being a part of your big events and gatherings. It is our joy to provide the best dishes and plates for your special day! If you are ready to try any and all of these appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, feel free to order online, or call us at (513) 272-1494.