Themes and interactive stations are a popular choice among many of our clients. It’s a great way to provide more than just appetizers without having a full buffet. It provides options for your guests and allows them to mingle throughout the room while exploring all the different food options. This alternative is more labor intensive and come sometimes be a more expensive option but it worth every penny because much of the food is prepared directly in front of your guests guaranteeing fresh hot food in addition to seeing your guests having an entertaining time with the food. This option can also help to break up a room or even fill a larger room.
We recently had a corporate event at Union Station Kansas City where our client was bringing in guests from all around the country. They requested Kansas City inspired food stations. Each station represented a different area of Kansas City and featured décor to enhance the theme of the area it was inspired by. We featured a veggie station to represent the farmers market at City Market, a pasta Station for Columbus Park in the Italian District, we did a Kansas City BBQ station for the 18th & Vine Jazz District, a fajita station for Southwest Blvd area, and a dessert station for the Country Club Plaza.
Here is the Full Menu:
Veggie Station: Farmers Market at City Market
Green Dirt Farms Artisanal Cheeses
An assortment of local varieties including: Bossa (washed rind), Wooly Rind & Dirt Lover (bloomy rind), and Garlic & Peppercorn Goat’s Cheese. Accented with fresh seasonal berries and served with baguette, crackers and lahvosh.
Oaxacan Goat Cheese Salad
Baby Arugula & Field Greens, Chopped Pignoli, Roasted Red Peppers & Diced Cucumber. Garnished with a crispy goat cheese croquette. Gently tossed in Dijon Vinaigrette & Drizzled with Creamy Ancho-Ranch.
Pesto Rubbed & Grilled Vegetable Display
Colorful, seasonal vegetables, rubbed with fresh pesto and grilled. Served chilled.
Pasta Station: Columbus Park/Italian District
Butternut Squash Ravioli in Brown Butter Sage Sauce
Tortellini With Basil Pesto Sauce
Herb Crusted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Italian Cheese & Ham, Skewered and Baked to a Golden Brown
Fresh Baked Garlic Bread
Kansas City Barbecue Station: 18th & Vine/Jazz District
Beef Burnt Ends
Slow smoked and smothered in Brancato’s own BBQ sauce.
Carved Crown Beef Ribs
A real showstopper! Served with an assortment of local KC BBQ sauces on the side.
Slow Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders topped with spicy slaw and crispy onions
BBQ Baked Beans
Cheesy Corn Bake
Assorted Deli Breads
An Assortment of Local Barbecue Sauces
Fajita Station: Southwest Blvd
Fajita Marinated Grilled Beef
Lightly tossed in Panko breadcrumbs then garnished with a squeeze of lime juice and cojita cheese.
Sautéed Peppers and Onions
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Fiesta Corn with Peppers and Onions
Pico de Gallo
spread with refried black beans, roasted corn, pulled smoked chicken, fresh cilantro, queso fresco and a lime jalapeno crema drizzle
Dessert Station: Country Club Plaza
Shatto Dairy vanilla ice cream, with A&W Rootbeer – served with a festive paper straw in a mini collins glass
Miniature Strawberry-Pretzel Shortcakes
Macerated Strawberries & Whipped Cream stuffed inside soft short-bread & sprinkled with crushed pretzels
Cherry Cheesecake Shooters
Tall shooter glass filled with Classic Cheesecake, Cherry Filling & Crumbled Graham Crackers
Mini Butter-Pecan Blondie Trifle
Artfully stacked in a Martini glass with Vanilla Bean Marscapone, Salted Caramel & Abstract Sugar Sculpture Garnish
Christopher Elbow Ice Cream
Strawberry Ricotta & Chocolate Bourbon Cherry – or other seasonal selections
Assorted Christopher Elbow Chocolates
Below are some pictures from the event. Enjoy!