Reception Catering Menu

Unlike other menus, the reception catering menu can be suitable for any kind of event. It’s perfect for corporate events, gala dinners, openings, presentations, seminars, networking events, and customer appreciation parties. It’s a great pick for outdoor wedding receptions, posh or cozy weddings, anniversaries, and other social gatherings.

Reception catering menu is best for events in which the food is complementary to the agenda (e.g. hors d’oeuvres during a networking event) or the venue lacks space for guest tables, or serves as a cocktail hour preceding a formal dinner.

The reception catering menu is served on platters or chef stations. Platters can be either carried by the waiters or placed on a stationary buffet. Use the chef stations and buffets to draw the guests around the space and create flow through the event.

Reception Catering Menu Items(click through different sections)

  • HORS D’OEUVRES
    Canadian Cheese Board
    spruce meadows white cheddar, swiss, marble, brie, blue, monterey jack, gouda, dried fruit, grapes, gourmet crackers and raincoast crisps
    International Cheese Board
    white cheddar, brie, blue, gouda, boursin, st. paulin, cranberry chevre, oka, dried fruit, gourmet crackers and raincoast crisps
    Balsamic Caprese Bruschetta
    chopped fresh roma tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella,
    garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic and lemon juice with toasted slices of baguette
    Market Dips
    creamy dill dip | white bean dip | cheddar bacon ranch | baked pita chips and raincoast crisps
    Middle Eastern Hummus Platter | VEGAN
    beet hummus with toasted pine nuts, and garlic hummus served with quinoa cumin crackers, pita crisps, roasted vegetables and marinated olives
    In-House Smoked Salmon
    in-house smoked sides of atlantic salmon, served with bavarian rye, capers, red onions and dill cream cheese
    Salmon Rillette with Chive and Shallots
    garlic crisps
    Grilled Vegetable Medley
    feta, lemon-marinated stuffed olives, roasted eggplant with garlic, fresh asparagus with green onions and balsamic vinaigrette, marinated artichokes with garlic and herbs, roasted red peppers in olive oil, grilled zucchini with balsamic thyme, baguette slices
    Italian Antipasto Platter
    thinly sliced prosciutto, lemon and oregano chicken kebabs, genoa salami, fresh bocconcini, green olives, roasted red peppers, pickled vegetables, italian bread basket
    Rustic Charcuterie
    dry salami, prosciutto, chorizo, smoked duck breast, beef tenderloin, selection of cheeses, assorted olives, mustard, pickles, baguettes and butter
    East Meets West Seafood
    stuffed olives, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers in olive oil, grilled zucchini with balsamic, garlic-marinated mussels and clams, tarragon-poached shrimp, served with a basket of baguette slices
    Wild Trout Cobb Harvest Board
    wild bc trout, onions, tomato, egg, radish, garlic, mushrooms, bacon, chives, feta, wild greens, dipping sauces
    Farmer's Garden Vegetable Display
    roasted garlic, red chili hummus
    Orchard's Harvest Fresh Fruit Tray
    Orchard's Harvest Fruit Skewers
    Tempura Green Beans
    sriracha aioli
    Hand-Cut Tortilla Chips
    with homemade salsa and guacamole
    Homemade Potato Chips
    with spicy valentine ketchup and onion dip
    Salted Edamame
    Pretzels
    Cranberry Trail Mix
    Fancy Nuts
  • POULTRY | per dozen
    Chipotle Chicken Cubes
    green onion, pepper
    *Tandoori Chicken
    indian crisp, tempura jalapeño
    *Cashew Chicken Lettuce Bites
    with spicy cashew crumb
    Teriyaki Chicken Crunch
    asian noodles, japanese drizzle
    Blueberry Balsamic Smoked Duc
    tomato confit
    Peking Duck
    rolled in sweet pancakes, chives, hoisin glaze
    BEEF, PORK, LAMB | per dozen
    Bacon and Iceberg Skewers
    crispy pork belly, crisp iceberg, sweet blue cheese drizzle
    Antipasto Sticks
    air dried prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, thai basil, melon
    BLT Cakes
    double smoked bacon, pickled roma, arugula cream
    Moroccan Pork
    in a cheese gougeres with sour cherry drizzle
    Beef Carpaccio on a Garlic Crisp
    with a truffle aioli
    Roasted Garlic Lamb
    with pomegranate tzatziki on a potato crisp
    Chili Beef
    herbed creamery cheese, balsamic glaze, organic greens
    SEAFOOD | per dozen
    House Made Smoked Salmon
    caper bisquit, lemon aioli
    *Ahi Tuna Poke in a Black Sesame Cone
    with jalapeño cream
    Cucumber and Tuna Crudo
    cracked pepper, maldon salt, greens
    California Rolls
    cucumber and avocado, crab meat with wasabi, pickled ginger and light soya
    Grilled Garlic Shrimp Cocktail
    with a horseradish tomato sauce
    Tequila Prawns
    with pineapple carpaccio
    Lemon Butter Scallops
    corn salsa, fresh tarragon
    Lobster Hash
    with fresh dill and radish on a crispy potato ring
    Pickled Scallop Salad
    cucumber salad, micro greens
    Lime Infused Honey Shrimp Ceviche
    served in verrines
    Far East Sushi
    sushi, nori maki and california rolls with wasabi, pickled ginger and light soya
    Beetroot and Feta Blini
    cured salmon, caviar, dill fonds
    Chilled Jumbo Shrimp | 100 pieces
    marie rose sauce, cocktail sauce, mignonette
    Add ice bowl for chilled shrimp
    CANAPÉS AND WRAPS | per dozen
    Crispy Toasts | choice of three
    - 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
    Gourmet Shooters
    - cajun shrimp | bacon cheddar dip
    - spiced melon avocado | sesame crumb
    - beet bruschetta | goat cheese, crisp
    - smoked salmon | caviar crème, dill, capers
    Baja Rolls
    - carne asada | red onion, tomato, quinoa, queso, cilantro, chili sour cream
    - spicy thai chicken | quinoa, carrots, purple cabbage,
    thai sweet chili
    - fiesta shrimp | field greens, black beans, corn, avocado, cheddar, lime vinaigrette
    - hummus market veggie | red pepper hummus, avocado, spinach, cucumber, quinoa, fresh basil
    Open Face Italian Crisps | choice of three
    - 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
    Artisan Bread Sliders
    - tempura shrimp | sweet Asian dressing, pickled onion
    - cajun chicken | salsa verde cream, pea shoots
    - italian deli | jalapeño havarti
    Vegan Vietnamese Salad Rolls
    bean sprouts, rice noodles, carrots julienne, green leaf lettuce and fresh mint in a rice paper wrap. served with hoisin dipping sauce
    Rainbow Vietnamese Salad Rolls
    bbq chicken or tandoori mango, rice noodles, green leaf lettuce, carrots julienne, purple cabbage, fresh mint, rice paper wrap, hoisin dipping sauce
    VEGETARIAN | per dozen
    Spring Radish
    stuffed with herbed cream cheese and pumpkin seeds (two radishes per piece)
    Crispy Polenta Bites
    arugula olive tapenade, ninja radish
    Cranberry and Brie Bites
    candied walnuts, rosemary
    Zucchini Pancakes
    with wild mushrooms, truffle cream
    Caramelized Onion Tartlette
    chive crème fraîche, maple caramelized onion
    Watermelon and Feta Mousse
    white balsamic, mint
    Greek Salad Sticks
    cucumber, tomato, feta, onion, Kalamata olives, Greek dressing
    PLANT BASED VEGAN | per dozen
    Creamy Spiced Polenta
    with wild mushroom and spinach
    Farmer’s Market Tacos
    with green goddess dressing
    Aubergine Sushi
    with avocado mayo
    White bean Artichoke Crisp
    with basil syrup
    Pulled Jackfruit on Cauliflower
    jalapeño glaze
    Turmeric Baked Falafel
    with curried chickpeas and vegan bacon
    Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad Jar
    with crispy chips and vegan cheese
  • POULTRY | per dozen
    Bang Bang Chicken
    with a honey sriracha glaze
    Crispy Chicken Pot Stickers
    dumplings filled with chicken and vegetables, soy sesame dipping sauce
    Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites
    with a sweet and spicy peppered honey sauce
    Lemongrass Chicken Satay
    with a peanut dipping sauce
    Mini Chicken Pot Pie
    chicken, vegetables and cream sauce baked in a light pastry crust
    Bacon Wrapped Quebec Duck Breast
    with maple glaze
    Sweet Corn Chicken Pakora
    with a raita sauce
    Chicken Arancini
    with a smoked tomato jam
    Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
    with sweet chili jalapeño glaze
    Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
    with spiced maple drizzle
    Chicken Dippers
    choice of honey garlic, salt and pepper, buffalo
    BEEF | per dozen
    Hoisin Ginger Meatballs
    toasty sesame glaze
    Beef Tenderloin Lollipops
    with red onion jam
    Bourbon Beef
    with a horseradish gin cocktail
    Beef and Asparagus Bites
    maple bacon powder
    Beef and Cheese Empanadas
    pepper salsa
    Mini Shepherd’s Pie
    savoury ground beef and vegetables in a light pastry shell, topped with mashed potatoes
    BBQ Bacon Onion Wrapped Meatball
    with a honey teriyaki sauce
    *Deconstructed Beef Wellington
    demi glace
    Indonesian Beef Satay
    with a tahini dipping sauce
    Chili Lime Steak Bites
    horseradish cream sauce
    Beef Cheek Risotto Balls
    with a red wine glaze
    PORK | per dozen
    Fried Sesame Pork Dumplings
    with pork and vegetables served with japanese dipping sauce
    Pork Dim Sum
    steamed pork dumplings, sesame soy glaze
    Brown Sugar and Garlic Pork Satay
    with a spiced port tomato jam
    Vietnamese Pork Skewers
    vietnamese caramel sauce, pickled carrot brunoise
    Greek Boneless Ribs
    with tzatziki sauce
    Spiced Pork Steam Buns
    pickled onion, asian aioli dipping sauce
    LAMB | per dozen
    Herbed Lamb Meatballs
    with chimichurri sauce
    Indo-Asian Lamb Satay
    with Asian masala glaze
    Mediterranean Garlic Style lamb
    with lemon hummus
    Harissa Lamb Lollipops
    with mint aioli
    SEAFOOD | per dozen
    Crab and Cream Cheese Wonton Purses
    Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
    with bourbon peach glaze
    Crispy Shrimp Tempura
    with a bang bang sauce
    Tandoori Salmon
    with a mango chutney
    Creamy Seafood Mushrooms
    buttered crumbs
    Honey Sriracha Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
    with lemon pepper ranch
    Crispy Seabass Sticks
    with a spicy ranch dip
    Coconut Shrimp Lollipops
    with a pepperoncini aioli
    Marinated Salmon Fritters
    with a dill pickle crema
    Southern Crab Beignets
    with sweet pickle remoulade
    VEGETARIAN | per dozen
    Jalapeño Popper Avocado Wonton
    with a lime and achiote dressing
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    with chive royale
    Vegetarian Samosa
    with mango balsamic chutney
    Zucchini Pakora
    indian-style vegetable fritters with yogurt dip
    Vegetable Kimchi Potstickers
    with a sweet chili sesame sauce
    Bang Bang Cauliflower Bites
    with a creamy sriracha aioli
    Cuban Spiced Zucchini Fritters
    with cumin raita
    PLAND BASED VEGAN | per dozen
    BBQ Vegan Meatballs
    with caramelized onions
    *Harissa Cauliflower Bao Buns
    cilantro crumble, harissa aioli
    Crispy Parsnip and Potato Latkes
    with a white bean tomato dip
    Sweet Potato Fritter
    with sriracha dip
    Potato Red Cabbage Tikki
    with spiced masala gravy
    Quinoa and Spinach Bites
    orange ginger dipping sauce
    Spicy Glazed Broccolini Bites
    blue agave chili sauce
  • Stations
    Crostini and Flatbread Bar
    selection of grilled and baked crostinis and flatbreads served with cheese, meats, marinated vegetables, pickles, sauces, spreads and chips
    Shaken not Stirred Salad Bar
    mason jars filled with an assortment of mixed artisan lettuce, chopped vegetables, berries, grains and nuts. guests choice of dressings
    Thai Station
    authentic green thai curry | thai eggplant, bok choy, onions, red pepper, green chili coconut curry. guests choice of chicken or shrimp. served with aromatic rice pad thai | rice noodles, bean sprouts, egg, peanuts, scallions, spiced tamarind lime sauce. guests choice of chicken or shrimp
    Campfire Burger Bar
    selection of charred cheeseburgers, grilled mushroom chicken burgers and vegan burgers served on a mini soft bun. guests choice of toppings served with cajun chippers
    German Pretzel Bar
    crispy turkey schnitzel slider on a crusty roll, bavarian pretzel tree, grainy mustard, cheddar bacon dip and house made beer dip
    Sushi Station | 3 pieces
    assorted maki rolls, nigiri sushi and california rolls with wasabi, fresh ginger, soy sauce and chopsticks. prepared in front of guests
    Loaded Nacho and Potato Bar
    choice of fresh flour, corn tortillas or potato skins fried crispy and served with choice of crock pot chicken, southern steak, chili, refried beans, green onions, olives, jalapeños, charred mexican street corn, red onion, cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream
    Wild Mushroom Sauté
    A selection of wild mushroom tasting sautéed for guests, with white wine, herbs, French shallots, seasoned butter served with grilled baguette and pecorino cheese
    Stations
    Tour of Italy Pastini Bar
    tossed in front of guests and placed in a martini glass. topped with choice of garlic bread crisps, parmesan cheese, green onions and fresh herbs. guests select:
    - pasta | penne, spaghetti or farfalle
    - vegetables | grilled onions, mushrooms or peppers
    - sauce | marinara, alfredo, vodka rose
    Hawaiian Poke Bowl Station
    guests choose from a selection of traditional toppings of, white or brown rice, onion, avocado, cucumber, mango, sliced jalapeño, lettuce, edamame, carrots, sprouts, radish and proteins to include ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp and tofu, with a selection of sauces
    Vietnamese Pho Bowl
    rice noodles in a rich beef, chicken or vegetable broth, with fillings of beef satay, chicken satay, carrots, onions, celery, bean sprouts, fresh basil, lime wedges, sliced spicy peppers, served with a chili sauce and hoisin sauce
    Mexican Taco Bar
    flour of corn tortillas, with grilled halibut, crispy shrimp or pulled chicken, served with crunchy lime slaw, pickled onions, cilantro crema, pico, guacamole, fresh lime slices, cilantro
    Walking Seafood Bar
    jumbo shrimp, crab claws, scallop ceviche cups, marinated mussels, clams and oysters. served with lemon, hot sauce and cocktail sauce
    Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin
    carved, whole-roasted tenderloin, red onion confit, creamy horseradish, dijon mustard. served with crusty rolls or crispy yorkies
    The Grill Master | choice of 2 proteins
    birch syrup smoked brisket with brown sugar cider, creole shrimp sticks, sous vide louisiana pork belly, crock pot beer can pulled chicken on brioche slider, thuringer wurst, cast iron skillet baked beans, sour cream and shallot skillet taters, great events house made sauces
    Savoury Perogy Station
    sweet potato and cottage cheese | bison and blueberry with feta | jalapeño chicken and gruyère
    East Meets West Oyster Sampling
    a selection of shucked east and west coast oysters, served with a selection of mignonettes, lemon wedges and hot sauces | ice carving quote available upon request
    DESSERTS AND SWEETS
    Sundae Bar
    - ice cream | vanilla, chocolate, strawberry
    - sauces | chocolate, strawberry, caramel
    - toppings | sprinkles, coconut flakes, cookie crumble, smarties, assorted fresh fruit and berries
    Gelato Station
    our chef will scoop a selection of gelato flavours in an ice cream cone or bowl for your guests
    Mini Sugar Waffle Station
    fresh made waffles garnished with hot sour cherries, hot chocolate and caramel sauces, whipped vanilla cream, fresh berries, nuts, bananas, pineapple, selection of ice cream
    Champagne and Strawberries
    fresh strawberries dipped in guests choice of milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate, with a selection of nuts, cookie crumb, flavored icings, chocolate sprinkles, coconut and graham, served with flavored champagne pairings
    Gourmet Pie Bar
    a selection of traditional, graham, and chocolate pie crusts filled to order with chef made fillings, served with fresh Italian meringue, whipped creams and crumbles for toppings, accompanied by amarena cherries, candied fruits and chocolate crumble, chocolate, caramel and strawberry drizzle
  • DESSERT SWEETS TABLE
    Dessert Table | minimum 30 guests
    - mini dessert shooters
    - key lime, black forest, raspberry panna cotta
    - french pastries
    - dessert lollipops
    Housemade Hazelnut Truffles
    Assorted Gourmet Cookies
    Assorted Dessert Squares
    Lollipop Parade
    cheesecake and brownie lollipops, dipped with dark and white chocolate
    Trio of Tarts
    lemon meringue, raspberry, praline
    Cheesecake Bites
    orange, salted caramel and raspberry
    Decadent French Pastries
    Mini Chocolate Tulip Cups
    strawberry, baileys and creamsicle
    Mini Beignets
    chocolate hazelnut, red berry
    Pastry Puffs
    double raspberry, double chocolate, nutty caramel, black currant pistachio, mango passion fruit
    Tiramisu Espresso Cups
    Layered Pie in a Mason Jar
    apple cinnamon, blueberry, key lime
    Gourmet Cupcakes
    lemon ginger, pecan caramel, Strawberry, double chocolate
    Mini Crème Brûlée
    french vanilla, dark chocolate
    Dessert Shooters (choice of 3)
    Cappuccino, strawberry vanilla, passion fruit, raspberry meringue, Black Forest
    Warm Crumble in a Jar
    apple crumble | strawberry rhubarb served in mason jars
    Mini Chocolate Marquise
    Bite sized chocolate paté
    Assorted Bijoix Chocolate Boxes
    Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
    Chocolate Fondue | minimum 30 guests
    choice of dark, milk or white chocolate, an array of fresh seasonal fruit, pineapple, strawberries, melons, bananas and biscottis
    Chocolate Fountain Rental (optional)
    - more than 100 guests | large
    - minimum 50 guests | small

Reception Catering Menu Setup

Depending on the items you select from the reception catering menu, the buffets will be set with plates and flatware, available to the guests where necessary. Where items like sliders, canapes, and skewers are butlered by waiters, cheese boards, charcuteries, crudites and sushi might be offered on a stationary buffet with plates and flatware or chopsticks.

Used in reception-style service, cocktail menus aim to feed your guests in small portions, typically no more than two bites each. Because your guests will be standing as they mingle for the majority of the event, each item must be created to be consumed comfortably without the aid of utensils or structured seating.

You aren’t serving a formal meal, so you’ll need to consider the timing of the event and order enough pieces per person from the reception catering menu, so that your guests will walk away feeling well-fed. For example, if your event falls between or after usual meal-times, we recommend the reception catering menu consisting of less than 10 pieces per person, but if you’re inviting them right after work, you’ll need to increase this to more than 12 pieces per person, plus add a few platters (like crudites or cheese boards) since they will be hungry, having not eaten dinner.

The items you choose for reception catering menu should cover an array of proteins, vegetables and carbs. Choose satiating stick-to-your-ribs items, paired with a few lighter palate-cleansing selections. The food itself and the serving should be designed in a minimalistic manner, butlered by the waiters or placed in a designated space where guests can easily pick the items they love. An interesting addition to any reception is a chef-attended station, where the food is prepared live. Doubling as an activity where guests get to interact with the chef, top their own plates with special condiments or select from a small menu of similar items, action stations add value to the reception.

Alternatives to the Reception Catering Menu

There are several alternatives to the Reception 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 Plated Dinner Catering Menu for a plated dinner setup. It may be a better option for events where guests are seated at the tables and when the number of guests is well known in advance. It can either minimize the food serving time or integrate the food serving into the event’s agenda (e.g. Fundraising 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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