Although the first official day of summer is still a couple of weeks away, it feels like it’s already arrived here in Portland. We are definitely enjoying the warmer temperatures and beautiful weather, and looking forward to a gorgeous summer.
Summertime is such a fun season for events and we’re excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. One reason is that summer foods provide plenty of delicious menu ideas for the season’s events.
Here are five must-have seasonal menu items for your summer events
Grilled summer foods
For many of us, summer is the perfect season for backyard barbecues and picnics. If your summer event involves lighting up the grill, you may consider grilling a variety of foods.
Although burgers and hotdogs are more or less the summertime staples, you should also include other seasonal menu items for your guests, such as seafood and vegetables. You can even grill fruit!
Grilled skewers and kabobs are especially easy to prepare and easy to eat. You can find tasty recipe ideas here >> http://allrecipes.com/recipes/bbq–grilling/skewers-and-kabobs/
Light appetizers and hors d’oeuvres
Cool appetizers are a must-have when you are hosting a more formal summer event, such as a wedding or cocktail party.
Consider including fresh vegetables with your seasonal menu items such as fresh tomatoes, basil, peppers for delicious, light appetizers.
You can find fantastic summer appetizer and hors d’oeuvres recipe ideas here >> http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/summer-hors-doeuvres
Refreshingly cold salads
For some reason, cold salads taste especially great as the temperatures soar outside. Once again, you have plenty of fresh leafy greens, along with other vegetables and fruits that you can use to prepare refreshing salads for your guests.
Other salads you can include along with your other seasonal menu items include those made with pasta, beans, cheese, as well as the more traditional potato salads.
Salads can either provide a healthy alternative for a full meal or be eaten as a side dish for your summertime events.
You can find some easy and scrumptious summer salad recipe ideas here >> http://www.food.com/slideshow/quick-easy-cold-salads-102/chickpea-avocado-sundried-tomato-salad-1
Drinks are definite must-have seasonal menu items for your events, regardless of the time of year.
Staying hydrated is especially important during the summer months, especially when you are holding outdoor events. You should plan on having water and soft drinks on hand for your guests, but you may also consider serving fun “adult beverages” as well.
The Knot shares some fun ideas for satisfying your thirsty guests at your summer event:
Nonalcoholic lemonade or iced tea bars are very popular. Displaying different flavors (and colors!) of lemonade or tea in giant glass jugs along with cut fruit for garnishes makes for a lovely, decorative setup…
When it comes to cocktails, think light and refreshing. Two new favorites: hibiscus iced tea with raspberry liqueur and citron vodka; and spiked cucumber-mint lemonade. For the latter, take vodka and simple syrup pressed with mint (similar to making a mojito), mix with lemonade, and garnish with a slice of cucumber for a fun signature cocktail.
Almost everyone’s favorite menu item, regardless of the event, is dessert. And for summer events, nothing else quite helps beat the heat like ice cream. Whether you serve this frozen treat in bowls, cones, with cakes, or as an ingredient in other recipes, ice cream is definitely a must-have seasonal menu item for your summer event.
Martha Stewart shares 61 yummy ice cream treats here >> http://www.marthastewart.com/275200/60-ice-cream-treats/@center/276964/60-days-summer#907443
Are there other summer food items you usually include as must-haves for your summertime events? We would love to hear your ideas!
We love summer and would love helping you plan your summer events. If you are in the Portland area and need catering services, please give us a call at (503) 222-4553 or contact us online anytime.