Nuptials that reflect the bride and groom’s individual tastes and unique personality make for some of the most memorable celebrations. While the personalization often stops at themes and decorations, there is no reason why the food station should not echo similar characteristics. The wedding spread does offer a wide range of choices, but you might want to offer something a little more imaginative or even entertaining for your guests.
Varun Tuli of Food Inc. Catering by Yum Yum Tree, Ashay Desai of Blue Sea Catering and Banquets and Naushad Shaikh of The Paan Story share a few creative ideas. Scroll on to choose those that resonate with you and allow you to make your food counters unforgettable!
Get some heli-yum
“About a year ago, the Internet was flooded with videos of people inhaling helium through their mouth and giving themselves as well as others a big dose of entertainment as they spoke. At Food Inc. Catering By Yum Yum Tree we take this fascination a notch higher by creating edible helium balloons! Needless to say, these are a crowd favorite at events especially since every part of it, including the string, is edible. The balloon can either be popped and eaten, or guests can choose to deflate the balloon and inhale the helium before eating it.” – Varun Tuli of Food Inc. Catering by Yum Yum Tree
“India’s traditional favorite, paan (betel leaf) has managed to hold its ground through the ages and is arguably still a favorite amongst the masses. While paan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, a contemporary spin only has everyone falling in love with it all over again. We’ve reinvented this mouth fresher not only to give it a new shape but also a new form – liquid! Our paan shots where we use crushed betel leaf, paan masala, milk, cream, and saffron to make a flavourful drink are instant hits at weddings. Apart from this, a few other favorites are the coal paan that is made using beetle nuts roasted over coal to give it a rich smokey flavor, the Pacari Choco Paan that is made using premium quality chocolate along with hazelnut, saffron and paan masala, as well as the Fire Paan.” – Naushad Shaikh of The Paan Story
“Allow your guests to get creative with their food with a DIY Counter. Contrary to what a lot of people would expect, guests don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty in an attempt to put on the chef caps and having some fun with their food. Allowing them to customize their dishes adds to their culinary experience and makes it more enjoyable. One of the easiest and most popular DIY counters that we’ve laid out so far has been bruschetta bars. We brought together an assortment of ingredients, and guests could create their own bruschettas using the combinations that pleased their tastebuds the most.” – Ashay Desai of BlueSea Catering and Banquets
Conveyo(u)r Love For Food
“ A little animation goes a long way and never fails to create a lasting impression. Keeping this in mind, we introduced the Japanese concept of serving sushi on conveyor belts. We had them installed and placed small plates of scrumptious sashimi, nigiri, and sushi rolls on these conveyor belts. The guests can grab the variety that they prefer as the dishes make their way around. We extended the scope of this concept and used it to serve desserts too. We debuted the latter only recently and it left the wedding guests mesmerized!” – Varun Tuli of Food Inc. Catering by Yum Yum Tree
Happily Ever Afters
“Personalization is a great way of adding a unique spin to anything and making everything far more relatable and interesting. We had a couple who was extremely keen on having a dish called ‘Sunday Movie Night,’ which was a nod to a tradition that they had followed all through their courtship and intended to keep up with after their wedding too. So to give them something that they could cherish forever, we designed for them a dessert that was made to look like a movie reel using liquid nitrogen. No points for guessing which counter was the biggest hit at their celebrations!”- Ashay Desai of BlueSea Catering and Banquets
“There is something undeniably exciting about seeing a food pop-up from one of your favorite restaurants at a wedding, and this is an idea that always manages to win our guests over. In a similar brand collaboration, we pulled off a Yum Yum Cha pop up wherein the origami design theme of the outlet was recreated with hot favorites from the menu. In addition, we have also had pop-ups where we tied up with Indian Accent to give the couple a carefully curated menu, and as well as one with Chef Vicky Ratnani who offered a selection of fresh, flavorful and delicious organic food at his station.” – Varun Tuli of Food Inc. Catering by Yum Yum Tree
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