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10 fantastic food station ideas

Looking for fun food ideas for your next event? Why not try a themed food station?

It’s also easy to vary the combinations to cater for vegans and vegetarians.

We love the sophistication of an event that requires a formal 3-course meal with full table service, but what about events where a slightly more relaxed atmosphere is required? 

At our central London events venue, we work with our creative and food obsessed catering partners AlchemyLive to create a variety of stunning menus.

Food stations offer variety to guests on party evenings and can act as an attractive installation. The AlchemyLive chefs deliver creations in line with the latest food trends and often create innovative food trends of their own.

Chose your favourite or what best fits your event demographic:

1. Sushi

Colourful sushi is visually appealing and is very popular with health-conscious guests. It’s also easy to vary the combinations to cater for vegans and vegetarians. Provide plenty of wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger.

2. Pretzels

Served warm or cold, pretzels are tasty and on trend. They can be displayed in an authentic way, by hanging them from horizontal bars as if fresh from the bakery. Pretzels are another flexible option – serve them in a variety of sizes with plenty of toppings available. 

3. Hot fries

Serving paper cones filled with hot fries is a great way for more laid-back events and is a sure crowd pleaser. Brighten the display with plenty of sauces, salts and toppings so your guests can create their dream combinations.

4. Tapas

At our central London events venue, we believe tapas makes for an excellent food station.  A table or cart filled with everything you could imagine from olives, anchovies and cheeses to individual servings of paella. It’s an option that can adapt to any budget.

5. Cheeses

Another on trend food, cheese is a versatile choice for a food station. It’s simple to create an impressive display with a selection of hard and soft cheeses. Serve with accompaniments such as grapes, chutneys and crackers to make the display even more substantial.

6. Pizza

Pizza is one of the most adaptable food station ideas. It’s easy to provide guests with gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options alongside the regular popular offerings. Serve it up by the slice and your guests will be happy and well-fed.

7. Tacos

Provide palm size taco cups for canape style bites, or larger shells for more hearty servings with fillings such as; pulled meats, beans, salad, salsa and cheese. Provide a range of hot sauces but don’t forget the sour cream!

8. Popcorn

Popcorn is a budget friendly and versatile snack or a lighter option for dessert. The key is in the presentation. Try ‘at the movies’, rustic charm or carnival themes. You can offer savoury and sweet options to suit all tastes.

9. Sweet Station

A sweet station is probably one of the most eye-catching food station options and is perfect to follow on from bowl food and canapés at your reception. Fill mason jars and vases with lollies and sweets that match your colour palette or theme. If you have the budget, why not add themed macaroons to the station for a delicious final touch. 

10. Doughnuts

Sweet treats are a great way to wrap up an evening at a central London events venue and doughnuts are right on trend at the moment. Hang them from hooks for a cool doughnut wall feature that will have guests Instagramming away.

To find out more about food stations for your event, contact a member of the team today.

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