Whether you are catering a simple breakfast for a small or larger group, always be sure to provide a wide array of food choices. Consider providing a lighter, cold fare menu to a more substantial, hot buffet to awaken the guests and their appetites.
Light Breakfasts Menu
A light breakfast consists of an assortment of fresh fruit, cereal, and baked goods. Make sure seasonal, fresh fruit is included. Summer fruits include berries of all kinds, cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. A winter assortment of fruits includes oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, green or red grapes, kiwi fruit, and bananas. Granola and other kinds of cereal can be eaten with milk or sprinkled on yogurt to make a parfait. Also adding an assortment of fruit yogurts served in glassware adds a little flare to the catering.
You can also add baked goods as an alternative. These may include Danishes, cinnamon rolls, pastries scones, and tea biscuits. Muffins whether blueberry, banana, bran or corn, are always a favorite. Finally, different flavors of bagels topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, butter or fruit preserves are always a hit.
Hot Buffets Menu
Buffets allow for dishes to be prepared in advance and kept warm in chafing trays. You can serve egg dishes, such as scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, or huevos rancheros. Also, an assortment of breakfast meats, such as sausage, bacon and ham is always a good idea to include. In addition you can also include pancakes and French toast accompanied by warm, pure maple syrup. Finally, include breakfast potatoes, such as hash browns or lightly seasoned home fries.
A made-to-order omelet station is always a crowd-pleaser. Cheeses to include are Swiss, cheddar, Gouda, and provolone. Meat choices can be sausage, bacon, and ham. Diced vegetables, such as mushrooms, onions, and peppers should also be included. Don’t forget that salsa and sour cream make excellent omelet toppings.
A waffle station is another great idea to really please your guests. Provide guests with a choice of freshly made whipped cream, maple syrup, warm chocolate sauce, honey, bananas, and fresh berries to top the fresh waffles.
Make sure to provide several beverage selections. Of course, no breakfast is complete without freshly brewed coffee, both regular and decaffeinated. Include an assortment of teas, such as breakfast tea, black tea, and herbal blends. Make sure that half-and-half, light cream, sugar and a sugar substitute are available. Hot chocolate or cocoa with tiny marshmallows on the side is also great to have. In addition to freshly squeezed juices, include orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Don’t forget to include two milk alternatives with one low-fat version.