Plated Dinner Catering menu

The plated dinner catering menu aims to provide a high-class food experience for all the guests. Among all menu options, plated dinner is the most structured and preference-oriented.

Plated dinner catering menu is most suitable for seated events where food service aims to cause the least disruption, while providing maximal satisfaction for the guests. Waiters will quietly set an amazing plate in front of each guest. Fundraisers, weddings and gala dinners are top of the list. Plated dinner catering menu can also work great for anniversaries, showers, birthdays and corporate celebrations.

Plated Dinner Catering menu items(click through different sections)

  • cold selection
    BLT Cakes
    double smoked bacon, pickled roma, arugula cream
    Beet Salad on a Stick
    baby golden beets, spinach, goat cheese and walnut orange vinaigrette
    Prosciutto and Figs
    with mascarpone cheese on a designer spoon
    House Made Smoked Salmon
    on a caper bisquit with lemon aioli
    Antipasto Sticks
    air dried prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, thai basil, melon
    Tandoori Chicken
    on an indian crisp with tempura jalapeño
    Deconstructed Spanakopita
    tomato gems
    Butternut Squash Corn Cakes
    celery hearts, asparagus, gruyère mornay
    Tequila Prawns
    pineapple carpaccio
    Open Face Italian Crisps
    sundried tomato | creamy shallots, ricotta
    prosciutto | goat cheese, fig jam, balsamic
    italian sausage | tomato jam, parmesan, basil
    crab salad | lemon, herbs
    antipasto | genoa salami, olive, tortellini, evoo
    Crostini (selection of 3)
    beef flank | herbed cheese, lemon arugula
    avocado | citrus radish, fresh dill, white crema
    cured trout | gem tomatoes, pomegranate, jalapeño
    coffee and chili bacon | cream cheese, gremolata
    Filipino Chicken | boursin mousse, onion, fig jam
    Loaded Baked Potato Squares
    sour cream, cheddar, chives
    Caramelized Onion Tartlettes
    chive, crème fraîche
    Chipotle Chicken Cubes
    green onion, pepper
    hot selection
    Chicken Arancini
    smoked tomato jam
    Coconut Chicken Pakora
    raita sauce
    Lemongrass Chicken Satay
    peanut dipping sauce
    Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian Gyoza
    with japanese dipping sauce
    Bourbon Beef
    horseradish gin cocktail
    Mini Shepherd’s Pie
    savoury ground beef and vegetables in a light pastry shell, topped with mashed potatoes
    Honey Sriracha Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
    lemon pepper ranch
    Crispy Shrimp Tempura
    with a bang bang sauce
    Tandoori Salmon Skewers
    mango chutney
    Creamy Seafood Mushrooms
    buttered crumbs
    Zucchini Pakora
    indian-style vegetable fritters with yogurt dip
    Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian Samosas
    with mango balsamic chutney
    Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian Spring Rolls
    with vegetables julienne in a spring roll wrapper with sweet chili sauce
    Quinoa and Spinach Bites
    orange ginger dipping sauce
    Spiced Potato Empanada
    pico de gallo
  • Soup selection
    Roasted Harvest Tomato Soup
    with pesto swirl
    Chicken Bone Broth Soup
    julienne of carrot, leek and zucchini
    Curried Parsnip Soup
    parsnip chips, crispy pancetta
    Seafood Bisque
    crispy potato straws, crema
    Pear and Roasted Butternut Squash
    caramelized pear slice, lime crème fraîche
    Cream of Wild Mushrooms
    with brunoise of grilled mushroom and drizzle of herb infused oil
    White Onion Soup
    with crispy onions and basil crema
    PASTA COURSE
    Angel Hair Pasta
    diced tomato, roasted onion, wild mushrooms, pesto olive oil
    Cheese Tortellini
    parmesan tomato, spinach sauce
    PALATE CLEANSER
    Cucumber Granita
    with sparkle rimmed glasses
    Blood Orange and Champagne Sorbetto
    Honey Lemon and Thyme Sorbet
    with lemon water
    SALAD SELECTION
    Harvest Baby Greens
    teardrop peppers, cucumber carpaccio, dehydrated cranberries, sweet pecans, pickled red onions, white balsamic and lemon vinaigrette
    Romaine Leaf Caesar
    romaine lettuce leaves, asiago cheese, caesar salad croquettes, creamy garlic dressing
    Tomato, Basil, Feta and Onion Salad
    fresh baby gem tomatoes, feta mousse, sweet onion petals, handpicked basil, basil tomato vinaigrette
    Cucumber Ribbon Salad
    baby gem tomatoes, radish, sweet pepper, beet droplets, spinach purée, saffron vinaigrette
    Spinach and Asparagus Salad
    lemon marinated asparagus, spinach ricotta mousse, endive, spring peas, yellow birch syrup
    Vine Ripe Heirloom Tomato Salad
    heirloom tomato, pickled daikon, beet purée, onion gelée, micro greens, purple carrots
    Upside Down Beet Salad
    baby greens, beetroot, carrots, heirloom tomato, avocado, pine nuts and goat cheese, lime cilantro dressing
    Mushroom Arancini Salad
    mushroom arancini, grilled zucchini, parsnip purée, edamame swirl, cranberry, spiced tomato dressing
    Serrano Ham and Burrata Salad
    serrano ham, burrata cheese, shaved fennel, wasabi flowers, peach coulis, spiced lemon vinaigrette
  • POULTRY
    Citrus Rubbed Chicken Breast
    in a lemon rind garlic cream sauce
    Italian Marinated Chicken Breast
    with a ginger garlic jus
    Stuffed Turkey Breast
    seasoned lean turkey breast with dried fruit and bread stuffing, wrapped in sweet apple wood smoked bacon, served with sage jus and cranberry chutney
    Baked French Onion Chicken
    cognac braised onions, swiss cheese
    Mediterranean Caprese Stuffed Chicken
    buffalo mozzarella, roma tomato, fresh basil with a cipollini onion sauce
    Crispy Herbed Duck Breast
    with a spiced tomato coulis
    Vegetarian
    Thai Vegetable Roulade
    green thai curry marinated vegetables rolled in phyllo, served with chickpea stew
    French Onion Mushroom Risotto
    served with zucchini crisps
    Grilled Vegetable Stacker
    grilled mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini and sweet potato served with a smoked tomato coulis
    Honey Garlic Backed Crispy Cauliflower
    baked crispy cauliflower, lentil stew, grilled vegetables
    Spaghetti Squash, Wild Mushrooms, Leek
    pan fried spaghetti squash, wild mushrooms, fried leeks, parmesan cheese
    BEEF, LAMB, PORK
    Canadian Mustard Roasted Pork Rack
    with a mustard seed caramelized fig jus
    Salted Honey Pork Tenderloin
    with a red onion jus
    Moroccan Flat Iron Steak
    served on couscous with a horseradish mushroom jus
    Rosemary and Garlic Beef Sirloin
    with a creamy shallot jus
    Braised Chili and Mustard Beef Short Rib
    with cognac jus and onion petals
    Thyme Roasted Lamb Loin
    with a roasted salsa verde
    Rosemary and Black Garlic Prime Rib
    with a yellow birch syrup demi
    Apple and Mustard Crusted Lamb Rack
    fennel and long pepper demi
    Butter and Herb Braised Beef Tenderloin
    with a red wine demi
    SEAFOOD
    Maple Crust Salmon Filet
    with whipped sweet parsnip
    Stuffed Sole Filet
    pacific sole stuffed with lobster, cream cheese, fresh herbs, chili beurre blanc
    Seared Soy Sesame Arctic Char
    with a curry corn purée
    Roasted Sablefish Filet
    with a miso apple glaze
  • COMBO PLATED DINNER
    Italian Chicken Breast and Roasted Sablefish
    lemon garlic pan jus | avocado mousse
    Herb Braised Tenderloin and French Onion Chicken
    red wine demi | lemon garlic pan jus
    Herb Braised Tenderloin and Stuffed Sole
    red wine demi | tomato coulis
    Rosemary and Garlic Sirloin and Salmon Filet
    creamy shallot jus | avocado mousse
    Rosemary and Garlic Sirloin and Lemon Chicken
    creamy shallot jus | lemon garlic pan jus
    CHILDREN’S PLATED DINNER
    Baked Sloppy Joe Cups with Sour Cream
    Pizza Turnover Pops
    Popcorn Chicken Poutine Bowl
    Golden Chicken Tenders
    with roasted potato wedges, plum sauce and ketchup
    Mac and Cheese Bites
    served with baked penne pasta, italian tomato sauce
    Salad Selection
    caesar salad
    green salad
    veggies and dip
    Dessert Selection
    fruit salad cup
    chocolate brownie chocolate or vanilla cupcake
    VEGETABLE SELECTION
    Option 1
    french style green beans with charred almonds, roasted and blistered red peppers, roasted organic butternut squash with brown butter
    Option 2
    asparagus in a lemon dill chive butter, golden beets with herb gremolata, roasted carrots with olive oil, maple and sea salt
    Option 3
    roasted orange carrots with olive oil, maple and sea salt, baby bok choy in a sweet asian ginger sauce, parsnip roasted in fine herbs and seasonings
    Option 4
    brown sugar braised acorn squash, steamed rapini with a spiced dill butter, fried cajun baby yellow zucchini with maldon salt
    STARCH SELECTION
    Melting Sweet Potato with Fine Herbs
    Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli and Herbs
    Mashed Roasted Yukon Gold Garlic Potatoes
    Roasted Potatoes with Maldon Salt and Herbs
    Dauphine Potatoes with Buttered Chives
    Balsamic Mushroom Couscous
    Oven Baked Mash Potato Cakes
    Roasted Crushed Sea Salt Garlic Potatoes
    Mashed Potato Cheese Bites
    Potatoes au Gratin
    add $1 per person
  • DESSERT SELECTION
    Crème Brûlée
    choice of vanilla, chocolate, honey lavender or drunken peach. served with fresh fruit garnish
    French Macaron Summer Berry Tart
    french macaron filled with dark chocolate raspberry ganache. served with chantilly crème
    Old English Sticky Toffee Pudding
    english pudding mini bunt cake. served with sticky toffee and vanilla ice cream
    New York Cheesecake (gluten free upon request)
    with mixed berry compote, lemon cream and a dark chocolate pencil
    Chocolate Marquise a la Praline
    dark chocolate biscuit with hazelnut and chocolate praline filling. served with choice of caramel brandy sauce or blood orange brandy sauce
    Frangipane Apple Tarte Tatin
    caramelized apples, red wine reduction, vanilla ice cream
    Salted Caramel Layered Cake
    caramel jus, salted chocolate caramel
    Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie
    lemon curd, italian meringue. minted graham crumbs, fresh berries
    Seasonal Berries and Cream
    with devonshire cream in a gingersnap basket dairy-free and gluten-free option available
    Dessert Trio
    mini gingersnap basket | assorted berries, devonshire crème
    italian tiramisu | chocolate cup
    honey & lavender french macaron | chantilly crème

Plated Dinner Catering Menu Setup

The venue you select will need to have a dining hall, terrace or patio, with enough space to accommodate all the guests at tables. You should place the tables with enough space to facilitate ease of service for the serving staff, since they will need to reach each person. Keep in mind, as well, that additional courses require additional flatware, and you should avoid squeezing too many people to a table.

The main benefit of the plated dinner catering menu is the structure it provides. Unlike with other formats, you can have a strict control over the dining schedule and plated dinner can be well integrated within the event agenda, without causing disruptions or delays. Also, it leaves the chef in charge of creativity to design beautiful plates that delight the guests.

Designing the Plated Dinner Catering Menu

Organizing multiple choices can prove a challenge unless individualized place cards are pre-printed for each guest and a master list is provided for the catering manager. This will ensure each guests gets the meal they have pre-selected. A little leg-work on the part of the planner can guarantee a smoothly-run evening. Offering a maximum of three choices is best, typically chicken, a second protein (beef or fish), and a vegetarian option..

There are no limitations to what you can serve at a plated dinner. Although there is a standard set of items to choose from the plated dinner catering menu, we will do everything possible to fulfill custom requests and make your event unforgettable! A great option is to create a combination plate with more than one protein, like a surf & turf, or a chicken & pork plate. Add interesting intermediate courses – like an amuse bouche, a pasta course or a palate cleanser – to heighten the calibre of your event.

Alternatives to the Plated Dinner Catering Menu

There are several alternatives to the Plated Dinner Catering Menu, based on the event type, the allocated budget, the event facilities, table setup and number of guests. Please find several alternative menus below. Keep in mind that our catering experts are ready to assist you along the process of designing the menu for your event. Feel free to contact us at any point and we will be happy to help you!

Please check our Reception Catering Menu if you prefer the food to be served on platters or chef stations. It may be a better option for events where sitting options are limited or when the number of guests is flexible. It may also work better for events in which the food is complementary to the agenda (e.g. hors d’oeuvres during a networking event) or serves as a cocktail hour preceding a formal dinner.

You can also check the Buffet Catering Menu for a quick and easy service for any size of event. It may be a better option for large events, especially when the number of guests is unknown (e.g. Open Events, Fairs).

Additionally, we are proud to offer one of the top quality BBQ catering services in Calgary through our Rare Cut division. Check the amazing BBQ Catering Menu selection and prepare for a most-entertaining and unique culinary show!

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