4 Center of the Plate Specialties For Your Next Event

September 28, 2018 | Philip Nestler

Food presentation is an essential part of event planning. Every guest should be treated to a satisfying entrée on the center of the plate. While meat used to take center stage on the plate, current trends have changed things so that you can choose from more options than ever before. From vegetarian-friendly dishes to the favorite classics, you will find a dish that fits your audience perfectly out of these four center of the plate specialties.

Create an Impressive Presentation With Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille Tarts

With brightly colored vegetables on full display, these tarts create a dramatic presentation on each plate. Our roasted vegetable ratatouille tarts are filled with eggplant, red bell peppers, and squash that have been sautéed in a blend of garlic, olive oil, and tomatoes. Each filled, hand-shaped pastry shell is a perfectly proportioned serving, and the hearty filling appeals to both meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. With this on the center of each plate, guests will sit down to a lovely surprise that gets them excited to see what comes next on the menu.

Serve a Unique Dish With a Caponata Phyllo Star

Although center of the plate specialties should typically include protein, you do not have to stick to the usual meat dishes. Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish that is similar to a ratatouille that relies on eggplant to carry the sweet and tangy flavors. While caponata is often served in bowls or on bread, we make it easy for guests to eat without making a mess by enfolding the savory mixture into a phyllo star. The tofu serves as a form of protein, which makes this a great option for any event where you know that vegan guests or people on heart-healthy diets are attending.

Cater to Classic Tastes With Beef Wellington

You can never go wrong with beef wellington on the menu, but this classic dish is time-consuming and challenging for the food service staff to pull off in a small kitchen, especially when you are expecting a large crowd. Fortunately, we make it easy by preparing a classic beef wellington dish that only requires you to heat it up before serving. We take a French-style puff pastry and fill it up with delicious pieces of beef tenderloin that are smothered in mushroom duxelle. Each entrée-sized portion is perfect for adding to the center of your guest’s plate, and you can add a variety of different sides to this classic dish, which gives you ultimate flexibility when planning the rest of the menu.

Give Your Guests Kabobs

Events that involve a diverse crowd require careful planning when it comes to center of the plate options. Kabobs are always a crowd pleaser. Not to mention, they fit into any type of event whether you are planning an outdoor company picnic or a sit-down formal dinner for a wedding. Although kabobs are always a hit, they can be time-consuming to make since you must cut up pieces of meat and vegetables and put them onto skewers. Ours come already pre-set and cooked, so that all you have to do is warm them up and present them on your guests’ plates. You can even choose from chicken or beef so that your guests have options.

A memorable meal always begins with a delicious entrée placed front and center on each guest’s plate. Now that you have this essential part of your menu planned, you can move on to putting together the sides and desserts that complement your choice.