7 Tips for a Perfect Wedding Cocktail Hour + Menu Ideas!

“Hey Foodies, today’s guest post from Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm is for you! We’ve got some scrumptious recipes courtesy of Forklift Catering, while Jyl shares some excellent tips for a perfect cocktail hour, a delectable sample menu and artfully some styled food photography. Enjoy!”

Forklift Catering - Wedding Lovely Blog - Cocktail Hour - Photography: Kelly Benvenuto
Kelly Benvenuto Photography
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ACE Finalist: Forklift Catering, Part 1

“This event highlights Forklift’s ability to delight the client with a customized, seasonal menu and then successfully execute it for a large off-site event.

Forklift Catering - Catersource - Melon Salad

“The first course design, in particular, was representative of the team’s ability to collaborate and innovate. From the initial inquiry, the bride had wanted to have a local heirloom tomato and melon bar as one of her stations, which was also presented with assorted salts, infused oils, and Massachusetts mozzarella. The guests get to mix and match to make their own perfect bite. “

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7 Types of Food You Should Never Serve at Your Wedding Reception

Photography by Rodeo & Co. Photography

“For the best taste experience, it’s important to serve foods that will be in season on your wedding day. “Hopefully you’re working with a caterer who can help you with this part,” says Boston caterer Kristen Campbell. “Food that’s in season, and locally sourced if possible, is not only going to reduce your carbon footprint but offer you the best, most flavorful options.”

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These Are the Essentials Your Wedding Caterer Needs to Know, According to the Pros

“Knowing our clients’ priorities is the most important aspect of planning for a wedding,” says Kristen Campbell, director of event sales and planning at Forklift Catering in Somerville, Massachusetts. “Whether it’s designing and customizing a menu or ensuring that your new mother-in-law always has her drink of choice in hand, our job is to cater to your needs! If we know what is most important to you, we can create an experience that best serves you and your guests.”

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Anything-But-Boring Backyard Wedding in Massachusetts

“Can you believe this gorgeous setup is in a backyard? Yes, a BACKYARD. Right? If I didn’t know better, I’d think Jenny Moloney’s captures of this day took place at a full on wedding venue. But with vendors like Black Bow Events, Anchor & Grace, La Tavola and Forklift Catering, just to name a few—the beauty of this day comes as no surprise.”

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Best of Boston – 2015 Best Wedding Caterer – Forklift

“Mediterranean, Asian, classic American—this Union Square caterer will happily hop from cuisine to cuisine for your wedding spread, incorporating vegan and gluten-free menus with ease. Chefs Dennis Tourse and Jamie Rogers are tight with local farmers, which translates to personalized menus featuring natively sourced ingredients whenever possible. Top requests include avocado beggars’ purses and fava-bean crostini with wild mushrooms.”

Best of Boston 2015
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What Weddings Cost: Catering

“One of the caterers who’s doing this best is Forklift Catering. These people eat, sleep, and breathe sustainable, inventive, and delicious food. If it could come out of their pores, it would. Their passion for what they’re doing is so refreshing, so inspirational, and it comes through so clearly in their food. It. Is. Outstanding.”

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Build Your Early Fall Wedding Menu

A transitional season translates to amazing fare. Forklift Catering shows us how it’s done.

Forklift Catering - Boston Weddings - Heritage Pork Tenderloin with Cider Mustard Demi Glace, Root Vegetable Ragu, Delicata Squash Rings and Herb Salad
Heritage Pork Tenderloin with Cider Mustard Demi Glace, Root Vegetable Ragu, Delicata Squash Rings and Herb Salad

“Going from summer into fall is always a touchy time. No one knows this transition better than Kristen Campbell. As director of event sales and planning at Best of Boston winner Forklift Catering, she helps couples build menus for weddings held in late summer/early fall that utilize the best of both seasons. Here’s what she had to say about embracing autumn bounty while also holding onto summer.”

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Catering to Gluten-Free Guests at Your Wedding Reception

Forklift Catering’s Kristen Campbell offers some menu tips.

Forklift Catering - Boston Weddings - Catering to Gluten-Free Guests at Your Wedding

“Gluten-free is an increasingly common dining request, including the wedding crowd’s. Kristen Campbell, director of Event Sales and Planning at Somerville’s Forklift Catering, has seen a definite upswing in gluten-free requests for reception menus.”

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