Trend: Tastefully Tantalizing Tiny Tidbits!

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Mini-1Mini-2Mini-3Mini-5 If you have not yet heard, one of the trends taking wedding catering by storm is the concept of mini foods. While certainly not new, mini foods have enjoyed a very recent rise in popularity for weddings. More than ever before, weddings are truly about the details, and these little morsels are chock full of lots of thoughtful touches.

The idea of bite sized bits of food has been a staple for weddings, particularly for a cocktail reception with elegant, butler passed hors d’oeuvres to accompany liquid refreshment. Items such as canapés, dumplings, spring and summer rolls cut to single bites, or even chocolate covered strawberries represent a small sampling of the kind of small bites that guests have become accustomed to enjoying prior to the main meal here in Hawai‘i. The difference between these hors d’oeuvres and mini foods, however, is that mini foods resemble petite versions of their standard sized counterparts.

In fact, the entire wedding day menu can be composed of mini foods, replacing a more traditional format for wedding dining, which is typically, hors do’euvres followed by a multi-course meal or buffet. Janelle and Alex’s wedding, for example, consisted of what seemed like an endless stream of mini foods, which satisfied even the heartiest of appetites. (Photos in this post are all of their wedding cuisine.) Guests grazed throughout the affair, enjoying the many stations of mini dishes, and raved about the nouveau, heavy pupu style meal.

Not only are foods available in mini sizes now, but so are drinks! Mini bottles of champagne with straws, shot glasses filled with milkshake, and even mini steins of beer have been gracing the boards of many Pinterest users, looking for innovative ideas for their fetes.

And now in Hawai‘i, is Pop Pop Donuts (poppopdonuts.com), a local company that can set up their mobile mini doughnut maker for piping hot rings of sweet goodness on-site at events. They can be made with an assortment of toppings and drizzles, and some of the unique ones include yuzu, white chocolate sauce, cherry coke and root beer glaze, maple bacon and peanut butter bacon, and gold old standards such as cinnamon and sugar. These would make such a statement as single-bite morsels during a cocktail hour, as a dessert station, or even as late night food!

If variety is the spice of life, then with mini foods allowing guests to try an array of items, let life be extra spicy!

Happy Planning! Photos by Stephen Ludwig Photography