Are you getting excited about spring? We certainly are – spring is a beautiful time of year here in Portland! With warmer temperatures and flowers blooming, what’s not to love?
Spring is also a wonderful time for hosting events. Keep in mind that the food and drinks served this time of year tend to be on the lighter side. From appetizers, all the way to desserts, you will have plenty of delicious options.
We have discussed food pairings in a previous blog post:
Food pairing refers to combining different foods whose flavors pair well together, or pairing food with beverages that complement the others’ flavors.
If you are providing alcohol at your event, knowing which drinks go best with the foods you are serving helps enhance the culinary experience for your guests.
We found the following fun food pairings and food trends for your springtime events:
Food pairings for hors d’oeuvres
Smoked-Salmon Deviled Eggs (Find the recipe here)
Deviled eggs dressed up with smoked salmon – yum!
Suggested Pairing: One of the best pairings for eggs of any kind is sparkling wine.
Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread (Find the recipe here)
As a dairy-free alternative to creamy dips, the recipe here calls for pureeing sweet peas with scallions, ginger and jalapeño, then seasoning the mix with yellow miso. Serve the spread with different kinds of crackers and breads or sugar snap peas and celery for dipping.
Suggested Pairing: Bright cava: NV Cristalino Brut.
Avocado, Orange and Jicama Salad (Find the recipe here)
Feta is a fun, briny addition to this salad’s Mexican mix of jicama, avocado and cilantro.
Suggested Pairing: A nice Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with any salad containing avocado and feta.
Food pairings for entrees
Garlicky Leg of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce (Find the recipe here)
A nice entrée that is worthy of a special occasion.
Suggested Pairing: Medium-bodied red wines such as Malbec, Shiraz, Tempranillo, or Grenache match the gaminess of lamb.
Pasta Primavera (Find the recipe here)
Fresh and flavorful, this pasta primavera chock full of vegetables makes a lovely entrée for spring. A combination of equal parts milk and cream, half-and-half creates a silky, full-bodied sauce.
Suggested Pairing: Pinot Grigio or an Italian Soave are perfect wines for this dish.
Simple Baked Ham (Find the recipe here)
This easy baked ham recipe makes a great entrée for spring events.
Suggested Pairing: You can’t go wrong with a Riesling for ham. This wine’s apple, apricot, and pineapple flavors have a natural affinity with ham.
Food Pairings for Desserts
Strawberry Shortcake (Find the recipe here)
A perfectly light and sweet spring dessert.
Suggested Pairing: Different wines pair with this dessert. You can enjoy Pinot Noir, Rosé, or a dry sparkling wine with strawberry shortcake.
Apricots and Plums Poached in Rosé Wine (Find the recipe here)
Since this recipe is prepared with wine, the pairing is already made!
Fresh Lemon Mousse (Find the recipe here)
A very light and refreshing dessert which is also easy to prepare and serve.
Suggested Pairing: A sweet sparkling dessert wine like Asti or Clairette de Die generally works well.
Of course, the food pairings we suggest above are only guidelines. You may know of others that work well, and mixing things up sometimes creates even better discoveries.
If you are planning a springtime event in the Portland-Metro area and looking for a caterer, we would love to help you. Please contact us online or give us a call at (503) 222-4553 anytime.
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