This article provides you with a whole range of information on canapés, where the name originated from, the types available and how to find a company offering these services. It also includes some tips on choosing the right caterer for your needs to ensure it’s the perfect fit for your event.
Both personal parties and formal business events often require a form of catering to keep guests happy throughout their time at the venue. If you do not wish to opt for a formal sit down meal for example, or feel it is not suited to your event, then finger foods could be the perfect alternative.
Fingers foods such as canapés can provide an ideal form of cuisine for your event, as they allow guests to mingle and enjoy themselves whilst drinking and eating. Canapés originated from the French word for ‘couch’, as basically the toppings are spread out onto the base like a person on a couch.
Canapés are small, easy to eat without the use of cutlery and come in a variety of different shapes, colours and toppings. Most of these are savoury and include foods such as cheese, meat, fish, puree, relish, foie gras and caviar, to name just a few. They are decorative and often eaten in just one bite. The base is usually based of crackers, puff pastry, toast or bread.
A vol-au-vent is a particularly well-known type of canapé and can often be seen served at cocktail parties. Canapés go well with cocktails and are usually spicy or salty in order to encourage guests to drink more, which venues with bars often make use of. They provide a sophisticated form of dining and still allow guests to choose which dishes they try. Dessert canapés are also becoming increasingly popular and many party planners like to serve these towards the end of the evening as a special treat for their guests.
Most caterers can offer canapés and deliver them to your event for you to store until serving time. There are so many professional caterers available to hire that it can be overwhelming when trying to choose the right one for you. However, it does not need to be difficult. Simply use a search engine to bring up a whole range of results in your area, pick a few and compare quality and prices against each other in order to find the best value for money. Be sure to ask if you have any questions regarding particular types of dishes or dietary requirements, for example, as each caterer will have different policies. It is also worth checking out past client’s testimonials and any recommendations from local businesses or friends to see if they can point you in the right direction.
Canapes can be fancy and include unusual or prestigious ingredients, such as caviar and foie gras, or they can take inspiration from everyday typically British dishes and come in the form of mini jacket potatoes or cheese straws for example. You may even want to have a theme throughout your event and have all American or all Italian style canapés.