We are so fortunate to work with many wonderful caterers in the Lowcountry, one of them being Celebrations Catering and Events. Executive Chef Andy Borgmeier and his team come up with such innovative twists on classics and present them beautifully. We spoke with Tracey Mancini, Wedding and Event Specialist for Celebration Catering and Events, for her suggestions and ideas for cocktail hors d'oeuvres this Spring. Here are three great points to consider for your cocktail hour food when planning your Lowcountry wedding menu!
(1) Feature Lowcountry Specialties. When planning a wedding in the South Carolina Lowcountry, offer your guests a taste of our region. For a passed hors d'oeuvre, Chef Andy does a unique spin on "shrimp and grits" with a barbecue shrimp on crispy cheese grits cake with andouille sausage served on a sea grass skewer. Yum - now that's Lowcountry perfection! Celebrations loves using local ingredients to prepare a "shrimp and grits action station" with local shrimp, cheeses, okra, and tasso ham.
Freshly baked buttery cheese biscuits -- warm and flakey - are the perfect way to serve pork tenderloin. Chef Andy also loves using local crab, shrimp, and ahai tuna. He creates thick, meaty crab cakes carefully pan seared and not greasy. Is your mouth watering yet?
(3) Retro Food and classics. This Spring, there has been a continued surge of requests for "retro" style food. Chef Andy has been creating elevated sliders with delicious marinated pork and beef, real mini hot dogs, and hand cut french fries served in cool mini baskets. These options have been popular not only for late night snacks, but during cocktail hour as well. It seems guests just love small, beautifully presented comfort style food.
As always, Spencer Special Events is here to guide you through the entire planning process. We absolutely adore working with Tracey and Chef Andy to come up with a menu that speaks to our couples! We hope you have found today's foodie post useful and sparks some ideas for you to plan your Lowcountry wedding Bon Appétit!
Photography credits: Landon Jacob Productions