Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catering: Soup

The weather's got me shifting gears a bit.  Now, instead of thinking about a hot summer wedding, I can't get my mind off a cool fall bash.  It's reminding me how clutch it is to take into consideration the season while planning your wedding, especially when knocking out your menu.  Serving warm seasonal items when the air is brisk will make your guests feel nice and cozy...and what's more cozy than a tasty soup. 

Some of our fav fall flavors...

Acorn Squash Bisque
Butternut Squash
Tomato Basil Bisque
She Crab with a touch of Sherry
Corn Chowder
Fish Chowder
Lobster Madiera Bisque
Sweet Potato Bisque
Lobster and Sweet Corn Chowder

Image via Taste Spotting

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres
One of my favorite ways to welcome guests is with a delicious shot o' soup. 
Served in a small shot glass and garnished anyway you please, your guests will love the creativity.  A small helping of a delicious warm soup is the perfect way to get the reception off to a good start and get your guests excited about the rest of the menu.

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First Course
Instead of kicking off your seated affair with a boring ol' salad, try treating your guests to a little something different.  Highlight the Lowcountry cuisine with an old favorite like She Crab Soup or a yummy seafood bisque.  If you've got dietary restrictions in your crowd try a Tomato Basil Bisque.

Straight from the Pot
If you're having a more casual affair for your wedding or rehearsal dinner, a nice hot soup served right from a cast iron pot is not only delicious, but it will add an extra rustic touch to the evening.

Soup Bar
So, we've seen there are plenty of ways to get creative with soup presentation. 
One of my favorites is a soup bar.  With a variety of flavors and a mix of different vessels, your guests will have a field day with their mini soup taste testing.  If you're just looking to stick to one type, try a basic potato soup and provide multiple toppings so your friends and family can loaded it up!

Image via Foodies at Home


  1. mmmmm yum, yum, yum! yes please!!!

    (we had soup shooters as one of our apps for our October wedding last year!)

  2. Ohmygosh. Seriously?! This is incredibly mouth watering to read :)

  3. These all look so yummy it's making me hungry...and I just ate ;-)

  4. Huge soup fan right here! If we had gotten married in the fall, this would have been a menu must have!

  5. Ah I'd want to saddle up to a soup bar at a wedding for sure.