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Five Fun Fall Catering Ideas for Maryland & DC Events

Nov 20, 2018 5:14:18 PM / by Maison Culinaire

Looking for ideas for your fall catered event in Washington DC or Maryland? Here are five fun fall catering ideas.

Fall is when the last harvests take place, and fresh food is bountiful in both style and colors. When you need to host a catered fall event, you’ll want to capture the flavors, sights and smells that represent the season.

Why not try these five new ideas?

Idea #1: Soup


When the weather starts to chill, nothing warms the body and spirit like warm soup. Serve soups in sipping cups for cocktail hour or in steaming bowls as the beginning to a seated dinner. Choose one, or make the affair fun with several choices or a flight of soups.

Ideal options for fall soups include:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Potato and Leek Soup
  • Seafood Stew
  • Harvest Pumpkin Soup
  • Tomato Basil Soup
  • Ginger & Carrot Soup
  • Cheddar-Apple Soup

Another great pairing with soup is a grilled cheese menu using various types of breads and cheeses to complement the flavors of the soups.

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Idea #2: Savory Sides


Stop by any farm market and you’ll see a bounty of colorful fall vegetables. Create that same colorful and tasty array in a selection of savory side dishes along with your main entrée options, or as tasty bites for pass-around hors d’oeuvres. Fall’s vegetable harvest includes: carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kale, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, green beans, Brussel sprouts, onions, arugula, butternut squash, winter squash, collard greens, leeks, acorn squash, artichokes, beets, cauliflower, chard, pumpkins, spinach, and winter squash.

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Options for fall side dishes can include: Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Bleu Cheese, Balsamic-glazed Beets, Roasted Carrots with a Dark Honey Glaze, Sweet Potatoes with Pecans, Cauliflower Gratin, and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Idea #3: Salads

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Salads aren’t just for summer. They make an excellent main entrée or side dish for a catered event. Dress up your fall salads with a variety of seasonal fixings including nuts like walnuts and candied pecans, or seeds like pumpkin or sunflower. Add figs, apples, or pears. Include cheese like a farmhouse cheddar, Stilton or brie. Serve with a cranberry vinaigrette, pumpkin spice dressing, or maple balsamic or maple cider vinaigrette.

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Options for fall salads include: Kale and Asian Pear Salad, Golden Beet Salad, Arugula, Chicken and Grape Salad, and Honeycrisp Apple Salad with a Maple Vinaigrette.

Idea #4: Hot Chocolate and Cider Bar


Create a fun and unique serving station offering a variety of hot chocolates, ciders and build-your-own add-ons. For hot chocolate, serve milk and dark chocolate varieties, with bowls of chocolate chips, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and whipped cream for guests to add. For ciders, opt for hot and cold regular cider, spiced, or hard ciders with cinnamon stick stirrers.


Idea #5: Pie

Remember when the enticing scent of pie baking in the oven filled the house? You knew something special was about to happen. Invoke that same comfort and excitement by offering a selection of fall pies at your next catered event. Serve pies in slices, or offer individual tarts, small pies, hand pies or turnovers. Serve with homemade regular or flavored whipped creams.

Ideal options for fall pies include: Apple-Cranberry Pie, Apple and Brown Butter Tart, Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pecans, Sweet Potato Pie, Cheddar & Apple Tart, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Pecan Pie and Spiced Pear Tart.

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Need Fun Fall Catering Ideas? Call Maison Culinaire.

Maison Culinaire specializes in creating unique menus featuring International Cuisine for all catering needs. Hosting a corporate event? Looking to individualize your wedding? Want to wow your nonprofit donors and benefactors? We cater all types of fall events with Impeccable Food and Flawless Service, presented with an Artistry that can capture the crisp nature of fall in both taste and presentation. For your next catered event, contact Maison Culinaire. Serving the Washington DC metropolitan area, Maryland & Virginia.

Topics: Fall Food Ideas

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