Wedding Catering in Washington
The invitations are out. The venue is booked. As you make your way through your wedding day checklist there’s one important point that should not be overlooked—food. When it comes to your big day, the food you serve is a deal-breaker. Whether you are having a rustic farm wedding or a 1920s Gatsby-style reception, the food you choose should reflect the theme of your wedding. If you need help bringing your vision to life, then look no further. With many years of catering experience, we at Maison Culinaire have catered weddings in Washington of all shapes and sizes. We will gladly listen to your wedding ideas and offer recommendations on food, drinks and presentation. In the meantime, here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
Whether your wedding reception is indoors or outdoors, food stations are sure to please all your guests. Not only are food stations a current trend, they are an excellent choice because of the all the different options available to your guests. Here are some stations that you might consider for your big day:
Sushi Station: Sushi is more than just delicious. With its array of colors, sushi adds a pop of color to your wedding décor in a subtle, yet elegant way. And because they are bite-sized, your guests will have no problem popping them into their mouths while holding a drink in their other hand.
Soft Pretzel Station: These days, soft pretzels aren’t just something you grab at the ball game. From heart-shaped pretzels to soft pretzel bites, this twisted baked bread is showing up at weddings all over Washington. By offering sweet and savory dips, this is something that guests of all ages will enjoy. What better way to say you’ve tied the knot!
Cheese Station: You can never go wrong with cheese – it’s easy to eat and can elevate the theme of a wedding. When it comes to cheese options, there’s so much more to choose from besides orange cubes. How does goat cheese and apricot crostini sound? Or blue cheese stuffed dates and even baked brie and figs?
Brunch Station: The perfect combination between breakfast and lunch, brunch is a wonderful idea for a wedding food station. The reasons for this are obvious. Whether it is pastries, bagels, smoked salmon or potato salad, there really is something special about having a well-thought out brunch station that can bring people together and take some of the formal edge off a wedding.
Salad Station: A salad station is a chic twist and a really healthy option for guests who might want a break from the heavier meals throughout the day. The fresh, fun and fabulous option of salad makes it a great way of invigorating your wedding day. It is also a good way of mixing up your food options across the day.
After a night of dancing and mingling, your guests are sure to want a quick snack before heading home. Here are a few late-night food ideas:
Hotdog Stand: Nothing satisfies a late-night craving like a hotdog. Keep it traditional with ketchup and mustard or take it to the next level by offering bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Popcorn Machine: It’s an easy snack that will give guests that extra little something they need to make it through the night, and it won’t cost you a fortune. You also have the option of customizing the popcorn bags with your names for an added touch.
If you would like to speak to a member of our catering team about food for your wedding day, then give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas, and being part of your big day!
Donuts: Let’s face it, nothing satisfies a post-dancing and alcohol craving quite like a sumptuous donut. This sweet and filling snack is the perfect treat for guests who need a break from the wine and beer and can also be enjoyed by younger guests who have made it until the end of the night!
Classic Cheeseburger: Much like the hot dog option, a classic cheeseburger is a great option for wedding guests who want a more striped-down midnight snack after a rich meal and a few hours of dancing and drinking.
Grilled Cheese Dippers With Tomato Soup: The great thing about grilled cheese dippers is that they are both delicious but also a great option for vegetarian guests. One trend that we at Maison Culinaire have noticed from the weddings that we have catered to in recent years is the increasing number of guests who are not meat-eaters. A wedding is supposed to be a day full of happiness and ensuring that there are as many vegetarian options as possible ensures that this is the case.
Cereal Bar: While this may seem a little outside the box at first, the fact is that a cereal bar with a range of quirky and unusual cereals can add a real personal touch to a wedding. So, if you want to make sure that the end of your special day is as great as the start, then this could be an option for you.
Chips, Salsa and Guacamole: Everyone knows that a wedding should incorporate as many of your favorite things as possible and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good chip, salsa and guacamole combination to end a party or movie night? Why not take this causal but delicious midnight snack and turn it into a centerpiece of your wedding day.
A DIY S’mores Bar: If you are looking for a decadent and indulgent end to your wedding day, then why not consider investing in a do-it-yourself s’mores bar where guests can get in touch with their youthful side with some delicious s’mores. Trust us, this will go down as a treat with guests who have a sweet tooth and even with those who don’t. After all, who doesn’t love the winning marshmallow and chocolate combination?!
Asian Takeout: If you are like most of our Washington residential clients, then you probably agree that Asian food often tastes better later at night. So, if you are looking for a simple but tasty dish to treat your guests with as the party is in full swing, then you could do a lot worse than to consider our delicious range of Asian-themed options. What’s more, we can even serve the food in mini take-out boxes for a truly authentic eating experience that also allows your guests to save any leftovers they may have for later.
Milk and Cookies: Let’s face it, is there any better way to cap a night of drinking and eating than with a simple milk and cookies combo? By pairing a refreshing cool shot of milk with a delicious homemade cookie, we can treat your guests to a sweet and simple treat that will leave them with pangs of nostalgia while invariably also wanting more. The great thing about this option is that the small size of these treats means that a second or third helping is no problem at all.
Pizza Slices: If you want to make sure that every guest at your wedding leaves with a full and genuine smile their face, then you may want to consider the many benefits that pizza slices can bring to the midnight snack section of the most special day of your life. At Maison Culinaire, we can create delicious customized pizza slices that cater to every taste. This means that everyone from the mozzarella lover to the meat-eater will enter the last leg of your wedding with a full and fed tummy. If you are looking for a novel way of incorporating your guests into your wedding day, then why not think about plumping for a make-your-own pizza bar where guests, under the helpful stewardship of our chefs, can create their very own mini-pizza masterpiece.
Food Truck: With more and more people looking to add a splash of color and vitality to their special day, a food truck from us at Maison Culinaire could be a great idea. If you want a fun and relaxed alternative to the more serious sit-down meal earlier in the night, then a food truck could be the perfect call. The great thing about a food-truck option is that it can be used for a range of varied food types. So, whether you want cotton candy, ice cream, sushi or simple fish and chips, this could be a great way of adding another dimension to your special day.
Soft Pretzels: While it may not be for everyone, the fact of the matter is that soft pretzels are a great way of adding some much-needed snacks for your guests after a night of drinking. On top of that, our delicious pretzels come in a range of sweet and savory options and can add an interesting twist for your guests before they return to their place on the dance floor.
Customizable and Quality Menus
Maison Culinaire has been proudly serving Washington, D.C. weddings thanks to our culinary expertise and our state-of-the-art Mobil Catering Kitchen. We only use the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers who will supply your special day with organic produce, fine cheeses and other foods that we prepare to perfection. Our chefs are at your service to make sure that your menu either reflects your personality, the wedding’s theme or whatever else you have in mind.
Thanks to our extensive experience and unbridled passion for the culinary arts, we can deliver whatever you would like on the menu. Our specialty is customer satisfaction cuisine. Thanks to our chefs’ eclectic tastes, we can provide your guests with the international cuisine of your choice, good old-fashioned southern comfort food, vegetarian and vegan options or a combination of all of the above. Your wedding is your day and the menu should reflect that. The flexibility of our skills has made us the top choice for wedding caterers in Washington, D.C., which is only underlined by the specialized equipment we use.
Because we are equipped with our Mobil Catering Kitchen we are capable of staging events no matter where we are. With it, we can assemble hors d’oeuvres, create delicate sauces, do some on-site baking and other last minute additions to the menu, while making sure everything is served fresh.
From designing your menu to supplying all the necessary equipment to making sure that all the guests at your receptions are well fed, choosing Maison Culinaire as your wedding caterer is choosing to enjoy your wedding day rather than worrying about the little details.
If you want to start designing your wedding’s custom menu, please feel free to call us at (571) 203-0111 to discuss your ideas with one of our chefs today.
Tips for Planning Your Wedding’s Menu
If you have no idea what you are going to serve your guests, don’t worry. It is very common that couples are unsure of what to put on their menu. And while we are always available to consult with you to make sure that the needs of your special day are met, here are a couple of helpful tips to help you get started.
Think about the guest list. Yes, it is your wedding and it should be all about you—to an extent. While you should always include the foods that you and your fiancé love or that have a certain memory associated with them, remember you are also hosts. And, chances are, this might be largest party you will ever throw. If you wish to cater to as many guests as possible, veering toward popular options is never a bad idea to placate the picky eaters. Not to mention, if you have friends or relatives with food allergies or dietary restrictions, they will no doubt appreciate that you have worked out options for them with the wedding caterer.
Think about the timeline. The pacing of your wedding is an important thing to discuss with your wedding caterer. How long would you like guests to be seated and eating dinner? The most common option is to serve two courses seated. A two-course meal, with a welcome and a brief speech, will generally take about one and a half hours. If you are having trouble deciding on the flow of the wedding party, feel free to get in touch with Maison Culinaire and we can help you establish a timeline.
Think about cocktail hour. Whether or not your wedding catering will include time for drinks can impact the entire celebration. Is it merely a precursor to dinner or will it feature its own mini-meals (i.e., snack bars, passed hors d’oeuvres, sushi station, etc.). If you would like to include a long and fully catered cocktail hour, you may only need a single-course for dinner.
Think about your budget. Be realistic about your budget at every stage of planning. With a set budget, our caterers can better assess your options and create the perfect menu within the constraints placed onto us.
Pay attention to season and setting. You may want to offer a spread of fresh, local watermelons, apples and strawberries, but that won’t be possible if those items aren’t in season. Depending on when you are getting married, it could definitely influence what’s on the menu. Of course, as professional wedding caterers, Maison Culinaire works closely with local farmers and have intimate knowledge of what’s in season so we help you design the perfect menu that showcases the best local produce in the D.C. area.
We understand that planning a wedding is a daunting task, which is why our opinion and expertise as professional wedding caterers are always available to you when you call (517) 203-0111. Just give us a call and the best wedding catering service in the area will be at your service.
Budgeting for a Wedding Caterer
The most common question we get from grooms and brides-to-be is: “How much is this going to cost?” It’s a fair question because between renting the event space, the entertainment and photographer’s services and buying the attire and decorations, the costs can add up quickly. And one of your wedding’s biggest expenses will be making sure that all your guests are fed to satisfaction.
That said, no wedding caterer should be giving you a flat rate on their services. If a caterer is offering a flat rate, you could be sacrificing the quality and quantity of the food. The fact is, there are so many variables when offering catering services for a wedding. How many guests will be in attendance? What do you want to serve them? Depending on your answers, it could make a huge difference in terms of prices.
Our prices reflect the needs of each individual customer. Whether money is not an issue or you are on a tight budget, we are there to serve you. Maison Culinaire is dedicated to listening to every client’s individual needs and providing the best service no matter what your budgetary constraints are.
To get a free quote on our wedding catering services, call (571) 203-0111 and tell us what you have in mind and we’ll be happy to appraise the situation as well as your options.