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
    Cranberry and Brie Bites
    candied walnuts, rosemary
    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
    Pecking Duck
    rolled in sweet pancakes, chives, hoisin glaze
    Crispy Polenta Bites
    arugula olive tapenade, ninja radish
    Tequila Prawns
    pineapple carpaccio
    Open Face Italian Crisps (selection of 3)
    - roasted tomato | goat cheese, basil chiffonade
    - porchetta | spiced tomato jelly, squash
    - crispy procuitto | brie cheese, grilled asparagus
    - charcuterie | genoa, ricotta, gem tomato, artichokes
    - Italian chicken | spiced hummus, olive tapenade
    Crispy Toasts (selection of 3)
    - Italian | prosciutto, radish, mascarpone ricotta, pistachio
    - avocado | grilled vegetables, asiago
    - caponata | goat cheese, green onions
    - wild mushrooms | carmelized ramps, feta mousse
    - chicken caprese | balsamic droplets
    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
    Sweet Corn 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
    Tandoori Salmon Skewers
    mango chutney
    Honey Sriracha Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
    lemon pepper ranch
    Crispy Shrimp Tempura
    with a bang bang sauce
    Indo-Asián Lamb Satay
    asián masala glaze
    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
    BBQ Vegan Meatballs
    with caramelized onions
    Jalapeño Mushroom Poppers
    with chives
  • Soup selection
    Rustic Grilled Tomato Soup
    pesto swirl
    Vegan Moroccan Lentil and Yam Soup
    crispy chickpeas
    Roasted Carrot, Garlic and Rosemary
    fresh herbs
    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
    Tuscan White Bean Soup
    gremolata
    ANTIPASTO COURSE
    Antipasto Platter
    prosciutto, genoa salami, dried chorizo, olives, marinated artichokes, basil feta, grilled vegetables, hummus, selection of breads
    Mixed Olive Platter
    a selection of mixed olives, roasted peppers, horseradish dill pickles, olive oil, balsamic, hummus, pita chips, rosemary bread
    PALATE CLEANSER
    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
    Braised Carrot and Onion Salad
    herb braised poplar bluff carrots, charred onion, parsnip ash, micro dill, farmer's greens
    Celery Root and Tomato Salad
    baby gem tomatoes, shaved celery root, wild greens, saffron vinaigrette, balsamic, carrot purée
    Upside Down Beet Salad
    baby greens, beetroot, carrots, heirloom tomato, avocado, pine nuts and goat cheese, lime cilantro dressing
    Roasted Radish and Mint
    roasted cured spring radish, pistachio crumble, green onion, organic foraged greens, miso yogurt
  • 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
    Spinach and Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
    wilted creamy spinach and asparagus, with grilled pepper skilled sauce
    BBQ Cherry Duck Breast
    maderia glaze
    Vegetarian / Vegan
    Moroccan Spiced Stuffed Squash
    cous cous and vegetable stuffed squash and tahini cream sauce
    *Lentil Salisbury Steak
    smoked soy mushroom sauce
    *Eggplant Roulade
    cauliflower garlic and hummus filled grilled eggplant in arrabiata style sauce
    Honey Garlic Backed Crispy Cauliflower
    baked crispy cauliflower, lentil stew, grilled vegetables
    *Mediterranean Rice Stuffed Tomatoes
    pan white and wild rice, lentils, green onions, beefsteak tomatoes, grilled chive tomato sauce
    BEEF, LAMB, PORK
    Apple Cider Wild Boar Rack
    whiskey apple compote
    Salted Honey Pork Tenderloin
    with a red onion jus
    Pan Seared Asian Flat Iron Steak
    black garlic soy glaze
    Garlic Butter Roasted Beef Sirloin
    wild mushroom demi
    Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Rib
    red wine cranberry demi
    Thyme Roasted Lamb Loin
    roasted salsa verde
    Rosemary and Black Garlic Prime Rib
    yellow birch syrup demi
    Chimichurri Charred Lamb Rack
    minted jus
    Herb Crusted Beef® Tenderloin
    horseradish demi
    SEAFOOD
    Mediterranean Baked Salmon Filet
    lemon, olive oil and garlic
    Stuffed Sole Filet
    spinach and feta stuffed, buttered crumb crust, lemon spinach cream
    Fennel and Root Beer Sablefish
    shitake mushroom cream
    Chili Lime Seabass
    white wine tomato basil sauce
  • COMBO PLATED DINNER
    Mediterranean Marinated Chicken and Salmon Filet
    herbed chicken pan jus | lemon, olive oil and garlic
    Garlic Butter Sirloin and Mediterranean Salmon Filet
    wild mushroom demi | lemon, olive oil and garlic
    Garlic Butter Sirloin and Citrus Chicken
    wild mushroom demi | lemon garlic cream sauce
    Herb Crusted Tenderloin and French Onion Chicken
    horseradish demi | braised onions, swiss cheese
    Herb Braised Tenderloin and Stuffed Sole
    horseradish demi | lemon spinach cream sauce
    CHILDREN’S PLATED DINNER
    Golden Chicken Tenders
    with roasted potato wedges, plum sauce and ketchup
    Cheese Burger Empanadas
    with potato wedges
    BBQ Chicken Breast
    with roasted potatoes
    Baked Penne Pasta
    with parmesan meatballs
    Salad Selection
    caesar salad
    green salad
    veggies and dip
    Dessert Selection
    fruit salad cup
    chocolate brownie chocolate or vanilla cupcake
    VEGETABLE SELECTION
    poplar bluff dijon roasted carrots
    asparagus with maldon salt
    honey roasted cauliflower
    coconut oil brussel sprouts
    grilled mini sweet peppers
    steamed broccolini with pink peppercorn flakes
    roasted baby gem tomatoes
    fire roasted green beans
    agave roasted acorn squash
    baby chioggia beets
    STARCH SELECTION
    Melting Sweet Potato with Fine Herbs
    Spiced Rice Pilaf with Herbs
    Mashed Roasted Yukon Gold Garlic Potatoes
    Herb and Lemon Roasted Potatoes
    Dauphine Potatoes with Buttered Chives
    Loaded Potato Croquettes
    add $1 per person
    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
    New York Cheesecake (gluten free upon request)
    with mixed berry compote, lemon cream and a dark chocolate pencil
    Frangipane Apple Tarte Tatin
    caramelized apples, red wine reduction, vanilla ice cream
    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
    Salted Caramel Layered Cake
    caramel jus, salted chocolate caramel
    Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie
    lemon curd, italian meringue. minted graham crumbs, fresh berries
    Raspberry Bomb
    white chocolate raspberry mousse, chanilly cream, berry coulis
    Mochalito
    coffee and praline mousse, espresso sauce
    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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