Autumn is the best time to be inspired, whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner party or hosting a casual gathering.
Bright colours, spicy aromas, and chillier days make for hearty comfort food and fresh seasonal produce.
We have five ideas for autumn catering to inspire you for the new season.
1. Seasonal Produce
While it is great to use seasonal produce throughout the year, Autumn can be a particularly exciting time. You can be enchanted by the fiery colours and earthy flavors, as well as the endless variety of spices used in food and drinks.
It is a great idea to use local produce, such as local growers or farmers’ markets. If not, you can use fruits and vegetables appropriate to the season.
A hearty root vegetable stew or bake, apple pie with cinnamon, and roast dinner are all favorites – as is the pumpkin spice, which is highly seasonal! No matter what your guests like, sweet or savoury or light or full-flavored, there are plenty of Autumn flavours and ingredients to suit their tastes.
2. Bonfire Night
Bonfire Night, a British tradition that celebrates Autumn, is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a wide range of Autumnal flavors. Hot chocolate, sausages and Parkin are all favorites.
You can host your party at home, however large or small. Make it fun and family-friendly by serving fruit punch for kids and a themed cocktail to adults. You can also take your own Autumnal picnic and bring it to a bonfire. A selection of delicious toasted sandwiches, granola bars and a cup of coffee would be a great choice.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, autumn can be a wonderful time to look at the festive traditions and holidays happening around you. You can find out what’s happening in your area and create your own event!
3. Optional Plant-Based Products
There is no better time than now to start exploring plant-based options, as seasonal produce is so unique and attractive at this time of the year. Maximize your fruits and vegetables by using fresh, flavorful recipes. Don’t hesitate to look online for help if you have any questions.
People are increasing vegetable intake and reducing meat consumption. This can have positive effects on your health as well as the planet. Start by making your favorite hot dogs, burgers, and soup more plant-based. You have more options for plant-based alternatives than ever before, even for your favorite types of meat and cheese.
It is always appreciated to offer a plant-based option when you cater for guests or run a catering business. This isn’t just for vegetarians, vegans, and people with allergies. Plant-based diets can be exciting, healthy and vibrant for those who love meat.
Take some inspiration from the world this Autumn season! Germany’s Oktoberfest is becoming more popular. London has its own version. They often offer wonderful food ideas.
You can find everything you need – including plant-based sausages, pretzels and high-quality beer – right by the fireside or in a cozy pub. You can host your own party outdoors, in your lounge, or at a barbecue.
Celebrations are a great way for people to stay positive in these dark months. Food is well-known for its mood-boosting properties, and autumn is the perfect time to take advantage of them!
5. Speciality Hot Drinks
One famous coffee company launches their Pumpkin Spiced Latte around this time of the year. Why not try it yourself? Even if you don’t have the time or desire to cook a meal, there are many Autumnal flavors that can be used in beverages.
For example, adding cinnamon and a pinch nutmeg can instantly make a drink feel warmer and more soothing. Take inspiration from Autumnal favorites like apple pie, spiced cider and hot chocolate. You can be as creative or as simple as you want!
Warm drinks are great for cuddling up with loved ones and connecting on cool evenings. They also make it easy to be warm and inviting to customers and guests!