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Classic and Fun Wedding Food Station Ideas

New Orleans, Weddings

Modern weddings seem to always need some sort of exciting twist–whether that’s the song the bride (or groom!) walks down the aisle to, the goodies guests get after the reception, or perhaps the most important part: the food! Wedding guests like to be entertained while attending the nuptials of their loved ones. As long as there is good music, good dancing, and good food, guests will have a blast! Even if you’re looking at a traditional buffet-style meal, stations can be a great addition to set your wedding apart. Keep reading for some classic yet fun food station ideas to entertain you and your guests on the best night of your life!

Make Your Own Mini Charcuterie

Depending on your wedding ceremony, your guests may be peckish or full-on hungry! If they’re peckish and want to graze dancing, a “make your own charcuterie board” may be an excellent option for your wedding. It’s easy, straightforward, and no fuss! Guests can choose what they want on their plates and snack as much as they’d like before the main course. It also provides a sense of elegance–charcuterie boards originate from France and is the French word for “cured meat.”

When working with Elysian Events Catering, you can choose from a cheese board, cajun charcuterie board, farmers market table, or traditional charcuterie boards to cater these pre-dinner options to your overall wedding vibe. 

Oyster Bars

If you live in Louisiana, you know local seafood is fresh and one of the best options! There’s nothing better than a classic oyster bar. On a hot day, oysters are a light, refreshing, and elegant option for indoor and outdoor weddings. Although this may be one of the more expensive options–depending on where you source your oysters or accompanying seafood from–your wedding is the time to go big or go home! Oysters also pair well with grilled vegetables like asparagus, wine, baguettes, and other seafood like shrimp. Our raw bar offerings include the following: 

  • Wild Gulf oysters, premium Gulf oysters, East or West Coast oysters
  • Chargrilled oysters
  • Jumbo Gulf shrimp cocktail
  • Marinated Louisiana crab claws
  • Gulf seafood ceviche
  • Spicy crab & corn dip
  • Smoked drum dip

Po Boy Station

Our Mini Po’boy Station is a nod to the vibrant flavors of New Orleans. Guests can craft their ideal mini sandwich from a selection of exquisite fillings. Couples get up to three choices, which can include some of the following: 

The vegetarian-friendly Pimento Cheese with Pickled Green Tomatoes and Crispy Shallots and Creole-spiced grilled Eggplant paired with Citrus Aioli and Crispy Garlic is the perfect option for vegetarians who want the authentic New Orleans experience but with a veggie twist. 

Seafood lovers might opt for the Gulf Shrimp Remoulade with Fresh Tomato and Crispy Shallots. At the same time, meat enthusiasts could gravitate towards Cochon de Lait, featuring Braised Pulled Pork, Roasted Garlic Aioli, and Pickled Turnips, or the traditional New Orleans-style roast Beef with Creamy Horseradish. 

For those seeking a taste of the wild, Alligator Sausage with Crystal Aioli and Pickled Mirliton Slaw, Crawfish Sausage with Creole Mustard Aioli and Green Tomato Chow-Chow, or Blackened Louisiana Catfish with Roasted Garlic Mayo and Pickled Turnips are sure to delight.

Stone Ground Grits Bar

A Southern classic with a gourmet twist, our Stone Ground Grits Bar is sure to delight with hearty and comforting options, including:

  • Grillades (Choice of Pork or Mushroom)
  • Shrimp in Charred Tomato Cream
  • Accompaniments: Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Crispy Bacon, Scallions, Butter

Dessert Stations

Indulgence is the theme of our dessert stations, where sweetness and spectacle combine to create unforgettable moments. The Beignet Bar presents Mini Traditional and Espresso Beignets dusted with Powdered and Cocoa Sugar and served alongside Café Brûlot Sauce, Pecan Praline Sauce, and Seasonal Fruit Sauce for dipping. Our Bread Pudding Bar offers cozy comfort in the form of Cinnamon Bread Pudding, which guests can enhance with Rum Sauce, White Chocolate Ganache, Mixed Berry and ginger Compote, Spiced Pecans, and Toasted Coconut. 

The Bananas Foster Action Station dazzles for a dramatic flair as bananas are flambéed with Dark Rum, Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon, then paired with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Additionally, a Mini Dessert Display provides an assortment of Mini Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Tartlets, and more, with a list of options available upon request, catering to all tastes and preferences.

Late Night Snacks

For the night owls and those who simply can’t get enough, our Late Night Snacks offer a savory selection to keep the party going:

  • Fugassa: Focaccia with Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil
  • Cochon de Lait Sliders: Braised Pulled Pork, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Pickled Turnips
  • Pimento Cheese Sliders: Pickled Green Tomatoes, Crispy Shallot (V)
  • Brisket Sliders: Horseradish Cream, Pickles
  • Meat Pies: Remoulade
  • Crawfish Pies: Pepper Jelly Glaze
  • Breakfast Tacos: Eggs, Potato Hash, White Cheddar, Charred Tomato Salsa, Corn Tortilla (V)
  • “Pigs in a Blanket”: Andouille Wrapped in Puff Pastry, Steen’s Creole Mustard

This collection of stations offers a diverse and flavorful experience tailored to add a unique and memorable touch to your special day. Whether your guests crave something savory, sweet, or a bit of both, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Elysian Catering Will Make Your Wedding Classic and Fun

Let Elysian Catering help you serve classic and fun food station ideas or any other catering ideas you may have! We will make sure your dreams and plans are executed to the finest detail for your big day–whether it’s classic and fun food station ideas or a four-course sit-down dinner, Elysian Catering will bring your plans to fruition. Contact us today to begin planning your next wedding or event.

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