Couples with creative wedding dreams often find their way to The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm. That’s one reason why we only work with experienced vendors who can deliver innovative cuisine and superior service to Philadelphia weddings. And this year, we have been particularly impressed by the wedding food J. Scott Catering and Queen of Hearts have delivered to our prized venue.
So we wanted to know—what wedding food trends are behind these creative dishes and custom menus?
Innovative Wedding Food Ideas
Not Your Ordinary Tacos
Taco bars are still trending at all sorts of events. A bountiful array of toppings allows guests to design them exactly to their liking and makes for a fun wedding food station. But we are also seeing creative new tacos that infuse popular ingredients like prosciutto. How does a prosciutto lobster taco with your favorite cocktail sound?
Cocktail Hour Shooters
Shooters are making their way into more than just dessert bars. They are a phenomenal way to present a variety of quality ingredients. For example, Queen of Hearts’ shrimp cocktail shooter fits in perfectly at elegant Philadelphia wedding venues like The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm. We especially love to see creative shooters paired with signature cocktails.
Bacon Infused Food
One of America’s favorite ingredients—bacon—is showing up in dishes you may not have expected. What better way to keep guests happy from cocktail hour through dessert than with bacon infused dishes like:
- Bacon wrapped scallops
- Mac & cheese:With chicken, bacon and other toppings
- Basil shrimp: With bacon
- Bacon cheesecake
Guests just love these culinary creations that let you stack mouthwatering ingredient upon mouthwatering ingredient. One of our favorite J. Scott Catering entrees is a marinated grilled skewer with Ahi tuna, bourbon peppercorn beef tenderloin, Jamaican jerk marinated chicken breast and grilled vegetables. Or for an elegant wedding menu, try coconut-crusted chicken skewers.
Wedding Food That Accommodates Dietary Needs
Couples are more conscious than ever to make sure guests with special dietary needs find plenty of food they love. The best Philadelphia catering companies know this doesn’t mean sacrificing on satiety or flavor! Options like gluten-free tofu bites are often popular with a wide variety of guests, and more than just the vegetarians go for Queen of Hearts’ zucchini boat filled with vegetable ratatouille.
Some guests will even be particular about what meat they consume, preferring local, free-range and grass-fed. And that’s perfectly fine! J. Scott Catering can deliver on this with options like grilled Lancaster grass-fed beef. In fact, seeking out local and organic ingredients is one of our passions!
Local Ingredients with Big Flavor
We love when our partner vendors incorporate food from our wonderful community into their cuisine. And this is not rare at all! Packed with flavor and value, local and seasonal ingredients are keys to the best wedding menus. Lately they’ve shown up in dishes like truffled grilled hominy cakes. These bite-sized cakes of polenta and asparagus salad topped with a poached quail egg showcase the freshest local asparagus.
Delicious Cultural Dishes
Whether you want to feature food from a single culture or infuse the best of the bride’s and groom’s cultures, the top Philadelphia catering companies can make it happen. Our partner vendors have brought cuisine from all over the world to Springton Manor Farm—and in some exceptionally delicious ways. Some of the cultural dishes that stand out in our minds are:
- Spanakopita: This savory pastry filled with chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg and seasonings will make guests feel like they are at a big Greek wedding
- New Orleans classic muffuletta
- Thai beef lettuce wraps
- Chicken empanadas with mango Habanero salsa
Alcohol Infused Food
Lately, alcohol isn’t restricted to wedding bars. It is elevating everything from hors d’oeuvres to desserts—turning out truly exceptional custom wedding menus. Some of the most delicious dishes we’ve seen with a hint of alcohol include:
- Braised apricot chicken: Finished with brandy, lemon and toasted almonds
- Burgundy marinated flatiron steak
- Filet mignon: With a blackberry cabernet demi-glace
Fresh Seasonal Wedding Food
In-season ingredients provide exceptional flavor at a lower cost—no wonder they are filling Philadelphia weddings. Fall weddings are especially well suited to seasonal dishes because pumpkin, sweet potato, apples and other in-season ingredients are particularly popular. So treat guests to some of their favorite seasonal dishes like pumpkin ravioli with brown butter and shaved parmesan or pumpkin pie cupcakes topped with sweet, mouth-watering cream cheese icing. You can even nail two wedding food trends in one by stacking these cupcakes to make a tower!
Upscale Action Stations
Couples are personalizing their wedding menus more than ever, and many are allowing their guests to customize them even more with interactive food stations. Chef-attended carving stations are incredibly popular with fine offerings like:
- Flank steak: Served with horseradish cream or natural beef au jus
- Jerk chicken: With mango pineapple salsa
- Cavateppi pesto: Tossed with fresh zucchini, grilled tomatoes and asparagus tips
You might not have thought to let guests create their own versions of cheesecake or chocolate mousse, but we’ve seen this too! From a cheesecake station with toppings like crushed candy and fresh fruit to a chocolate mousse martini dessert station with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream, the action most definitely doesn’t end with your entrees!
Late-Night Snacks and Tasting Bars
Guests are combining these two wedding trends to surpass all expectations. A tasting bar with scotch and cigars is the perfect match to a rustic wedding at The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm. But we also love the idea of s’mores. For a creative twist that doubles up on a few wedding food trends, try mini s’mores skewers!
We welcome you to join the happy couples who chose the sophisticated Manor House situated on over 300 historic acres of lush farmland for their Philadelphia wedding. A custom menu filled with the latest food trends will perfectly complete your dream wedding.
To see how our creativity and award-winning attention to detail can help your unique style shine at The Manor House at Springton Manor Farm, contact us online or give us a call at (610) 733-2516.