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5 Unique Food Bar Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

If trying exotic and innovative foods gets you giddy, celebrate your inner foodie at your wedding reception with a unique food bar. Fun for guests, food bars make for a memorable experience and highlight your love of food.

Before you start selecting a menu, make sure your wedding venue’s chef is up to the challenge. Here are some of suggestions to simply fulfill your foodie fantasies, making your reception an unforgettable—and satisfying—day.

Feature your favorite ethnic fare.

Love Mexican food? Set up a taco bar where chefs prepare crispy Mayan shrimp, red snapper and grilled chicken tableside; guests can personalize their dishes with pico de gallo, guacamole or refried beans. Fan of Greek food? Opt for a Mediterranean food bar where guests can choose from filet mignon or chicken kabobs and create their own gyros with baked pita, Greek olives, feta cheese, Tzatziki sauce, baba ganoush and hummus.

Satisfy their sweet tooth.

Everybody loves dessert, but some people love decadent, while others love simple. With a dessert food bar, guests can customize their choices and make them as sweet—or simple—as they like. Offer a variety of cookie and cake options as the foundation, and they can personalize their dish with different types of chocolates and toppings. To satisfy the kid in all of us, a candy bar is sure to be a hit. Or for a hint of nostalgia, set up a s’mores station and watch your friends and family have a blast roasting their marshmallows and laughing over their sticky marshmallow and chocolate covered fingers.

Keep them caffeinated.

Weddings can be a long day for everyone, so what better way to keep guests (and yourself) energized than with a delicious cup of joe? Stock a coffee bar with freshly made espresso, cappuccinos and international specialty coffees—plus, guests can kick things up a bit by adding in Kahlua, Bailey’s, Amaretto or Grand Marnier.

Lighten things up.

For an outdoor wedding, a seafood bar filled with platters of oysters, clams and shrimp is a light and refreshing option. Offer a variety of sauces and lemon and lime wedges so everyone can season their seafood to their liking.

Locally grown.

With farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants all the rage, let your guests indulge in local flavors by setting up a bar filled with East End-grown fruits and veggies. Highlight Long Island-made jams, artisanal breads, cakes and pies and take advantage of Long Island’s many award-winning vineyards.

Looking for more ways on how to make your foodie fantasies a reality on your special day? Contact the wedding planning team at the Crest Hollow Country Club to schedule a tour—and a tasting—at our venue.

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