Reception Catering Menu

Unlike other menus, the reception catering menu can be suitable for any kind of event. It’s perfect for corporate events, gala dinners, openings, presentations, seminars, networking events, and customer appreciation parties. It’s a great pick for outdoor wedding receptions, posh or cozy weddings, anniversaries, and other social gatherings.

Reception catering menu is best for events in which the food is complementary to the agenda (e.g. hors d’oeuvres during a networking event) or the venue lacks space for guest tables, or serves as a cocktail hour preceding a formal dinner.

The reception catering menu is served on platters or chef stations. Platters can be either carried by the waiters or placed on a stationary buffet. Use the chef stations and buffets to draw the guests around the space and create flow through the event.

Reception Catering Menu Items(click through different sections)

  • HORS D’OEUVRES
    Canadian Cheese Board
    spruce meadows white cheddar, swiss, marble, brie, blue, monterey jack, gouda, dried fruit, grapes, gourmet crackers and raincoast crisps
    International Cheese Board
    white cheddar, brie, blue, gouda, boursin, st. paulin, cranberry chevre, oka, dried fruit, gourmet crackers and raincoast crisps
    Balsamic Caprese Bruschetta
    chopped fresh roma tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella,
    garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic and lemon juice with toasted slices of baguette
    Market Dips
    creamy dill dip | white bean dip | cheddar bacon ranch | baked pita chips and raincoast crisps
    Middle Eastern Hummus Platter | VEGAN
    beet hummus with toasted pine nuts, and garlic hummus served with quinoa cumin crackers, pita crisps, roasted vegetables and marinated olives
    In-House Smoked Salmon
    in-house smoked sides of atlantic salmon, served with bavarian rye, capers, red onions and dill cream cheese
    Grilled Vegetable Medley
    feta, lemon-marinated stuffed olives, roasted eggplant with garlic, fresh asparagus with green onions and balsamic vinaigrette, marinated artichokes with garlic and herbs, roasted red peppers in olive oil, grilled zucchini with balsamic thyme, baguette slices
    Italian Antipasto Platter
    thinly sliced prosciutto, lemon and oregano chicken kebabs, genoa salami, fresh bocconcini, green olives, roasted red peppers, pickled vegetables, italian bread basket
    Rustic Charcuterie
    dry salami, prosciutto, chorizo, smoked duck breast, beef tenderloin, selection of cheeses, assorted olives, mustard, pickles, baguettes and butter
    East Meets West Seafood
    stuffed olives, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers in olive oil, grilled zucchini with balsamic, garlic-marinated mussels and clams, tarragon-poached shrimp, served with a basket of baguette slices
    Wild Trout Cobb Harvest Board
    wild bc trout, onions, tomato, egg, radish, garlic, mushrooms, bacon, chives, feta, wild greens, dipping sauces
    Farmer's Garden Vegetable Display
    roasted garlic, red chili hummus
    Orchard's Harvest Fresh Fruit Tray
    Orchard's Harvest Fruit Skewers
    Tempura Green Beans
    sriracha aioli
    Hand-Cut Tortilla Chips
    with homemade salsa and guacamole
    Homemade Potato Chips
    with spicy valentine ketchup and onion dip
    Salted Edamame
    Pretzels
    Cranberry Trail Mix
    Fancy Nuts
  • POULTRY | per dozen
    Chipotle Chicken Cubes
    green onion, pepper
    Chili Braised Chicken
    queso fresca, avocado, charred tomato
    Chicken Portobello Ragu Cup
    shaved pecorino
    Teriyaki Chicken Crunch
    asian noodles, japanese drizzle
    Blueberry Balsamic Smoked Duc
    tomato confit
    Duck Breast Polenta
    pinot grigio cherries
    BEEF, PORK, LAMB | per dozen
    Bacon and Iceberg Skewers
    crispy pork belly, crisp iceberg, sweet blue cheese drizzle
    Antipasto Sticks
    air dried prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, thai basil, melon
    BLT Cakes
    double smoked bacon, pickled roma, arugula cream
    BBQ Pulled Brisket Bites
    in a garlic ciabatta bun with birch syrup and onion
    Beef Carpaccio on a Garlic Crisp
    with a truffle aioli
    Roasted Garlic Lamb
    with pomegranate tzatziki on a potato crisp
    Roasted Flank Steak
    with a curry basil sauce on a garlic crisp
    SEAFOOD | per dozen
    House Made Smoked Salmon
    caper bisquit, lemon aioli
    Seared Sesame Tuna
    wakami slaw, pickled daikon
    California Rolls
    cucumber and avocado, crab meat with wasabi, pickled ginger and light soya
    West African Prawns
    two prawns with peanut sauce and arugula
    Beetroot Marinated Scallops
    dill crema, pickled peppers
    Lobster Hash
    with fresh dill and radish on a crispy potato ring
    Crispy Shrimp Toasts
    lemon garlic butter drizzle
    Far East Sushi
    sushi, nori maki and california rolls with wasabi, pickled ginger and light soya
    Lobster Deviled Eggs
    flying fish caviar, dill fonds
    Grilled Shrimp Platter | 100 pieces
    mediterranean dip, cocktail sauce, lemon
    garlic aioli add ice bowl for chilled shrimp
    CANAPÉS AND WRAPS | per dozen
    Crispy Toasts | choice of three
    - italian | prosciutto, radish, mascarpone ricotta, pistachio
    - avocado | grilled vegetables, asiago
    - caponata | goat cheese, green onions
    - wild mushrooms | carmelized ramps, feta mousse
    - chicken caprese | balsamic droplets
    Gourmet Shooters
    - cajun shrimp | bacon cheddar dip
    - spiced melon avocado | sesame crumb
    - beet bruschetta | goat cheese, crisp
    - smoked salmon | caviar crème, dill, capers
    Baja Rolls
    - carne asada | red onion, tomato, quinoa, queso, cilantro, chili sour cream
    - spicy thai chicken | quinoa, carrots, purple cabbage,
    thai sweet chili
    - fiesta shrimp | field greens, black beans, corn, avocado, cheddar, lime vinaigrette
    - hummus market veggie | red pepper hummus, avocado, spinach, cucumber, quinoa, fresh basil
    Open Face Italian Crisps | choice of three
    - roasted tomato | goat cheese, basil chiffonade
    - porchetta | spiced tomato jelly, squash
    - crispy procuitto | brie cheese, grilled asparagus
    - charcuterie | genoa, ricotta, gem tomato, artichokes
    - italian chicken | spiced hummus, olive tapenade
    Artisan Bread Sliders
    - tempura shrimp | sweet Asian dressing, pickled onion
    - cajun chicken | salsa verde cream, pea shoots
    - italian deli | jalapeño havarti
    Vegan Vietnamese Salad Rolls
    bean sprouts, rice noodles, carrots julienne, green leaf lettuce and fresh mint in a rice paper wrap. served with hoisin dipping sauce
    Rainbow Vietnamese Salad Rolls
    bbq chicken or tandoori mango, rice noodles, green leaf lettuce, carrots julienne, purple cabbage, fresh mint, rice paper wrap, hoisin dipping sauce
    VEGETARIAN | per dozen
    Wild Mushroom Danish
    asiago cheese, fresh thyme
    Roasted Beet Salad
    maple goat cheese, candied pecans, wild greens
    Plum Dusted St. Andre
    honey pistachio, salted cracker
    Zucchini Pancakes
    with wild mushrooms, truffle cream
    Caramelized Onion Tartlette
    chive crème fraîche, maple caramelized onion
    Watermelon and Feta Mousse
    white balsamic, mint
    Greek Salad Sticks
    cucumber, tomato, feta, onion, Kalamata olives, Greek dressing
    PLANT BASED VEGAN | per dozen
    Pulled BBQ Mushrooms
    wilted onions, house pickles
    Farmer’s Market Tacos
    with green goddess dressing
    Aubergine Sushi
    with avocado mayo
    Spicy Golden Beet Poke
    cucumber cup, guac
    Roasted Tomato and Garlic Hummus Toast
    chili oil, toasted pine nuts
    Turmeric Baked Falafel
    with curried chickpeas and vegan bacon
    Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad Jar
    with crispy chips and vegan cheese
  • POULTRY | per dozen
    Nashville Hot Chicken
    with house made pickle aioli
    Crispy Chicken Pot Stickers
    dumplings filled with chicken and vegetables, soy sesame dipping sauce
    West African Chicken Skewers
    with a herb citrus sauce
    Thai Chicken Satay
    with a coconut satay sauce
    Mini Chicken Pot Pie
    chicken, vegetables and cream sauce baked in a light pastry crust
    Bacon Wrapped Quebec Duck Breast
    with maple glaze
    Chicken Arancini
    with a smoked tomato jam
    Buffalo Chicken Dip
    with trio of tortilla chips
    Jerk Chicken Rangoon
    Jerk Chicken Rangoon
    Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
    with spiced maple drizzle
    Chicken Dippers
    choice of honey garlic, salt and pepper, buffalo
    BEEF | per dozen
    Hoisin Ginger Meatballs
    toasty sesame glaze
    Adobo Beef Short Rib Bites
    with poblano corn salsa
    Bourbon Beef
    with a horseradish gin cocktail
    Beef and Asparagus Bites
    maple bacon powder
    Venezuelan Beef Empanadas
    fire roasted salsa
    Mini Shepherd’s Pie
    savoury ground beef and vegetables in a light pastry shell, topped with mashed potatoes
    Butter Basted Chili Meatball
    with shanghai dipping sauce
    Beef Suya Pockets
    cucumber and onion raita
    Indonesian Beef Satay
    with a tahini dipping sauce
    Chili Lime Steak Bites
    horseradish cream sauce
    Reuben Bites
    with dijonnaise
    PORK | per dozen
    Fried Sesame Pork Dumplings
    with pork and vegetables served with japanese dipping sauce
    Pork Dim Sum
    steamed pork dumplings, sesame soy glaze
    Chorizo and Vegetable Stuffed Mushroom
    with cilantro crumb
    Asian Pork Belly
    with yuzu caramel glaze
    Cypriot Pork Meatballs
    with apple mostarda
    Spiced Pork Steam Buns
    pickled onion, asian aioli dipping sauce
    LAMB | per dozen
    Herbed Lamb Meatballs
    with chimichurri sauce
    Indo-Asian Lamb Satay
    with Asian masala glaze
    Mediterranean Garlic Style lamb
    with lemon hummus
    Moroccan Lamb Lollipops
    with mint aioli
    SEAFOOD | per dozen
    Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
    with bourbon peach glaze
    Crispy Shrimp Tempura
    with a bang bang sauce
    Candied Salmon Crisps
    with pickled cucumber slaw
    Creamy Seafood Mushrooms
    buttered crumbs
    Mango Habanero Speck Wrapped Shrimp
    two shrimps with lemon rind mignonette
    Crab Cake Bites
    with creole dip
    Coconut Shrimp Lollipops
    with a pepperoncini aioli
    Lobster Hushpuppies
    with horseradish crema
    Cajun Shrimp and Grits
    with pickled onion
    VEGETARIAN | per dozen
    Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms
    with chives
    Wild Mushroom Tart
    with chive royale
    Vegetarian Samosa
    with mango balsamic chutney
    Zucchini Pakora
    indian-style vegetable fritters with yogurt dip
    Vegetable Potstickers
    with a korean bbq sauce
    Bang Bang Cauliflower Bites
    with a creamy sriracha aioli
    Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Mini Peppers
    topped with spiced onions and tomato glaze
    PLANT BASED VEGAN | per dozen
    BBQ Vegan Meatballs
    with caramelized onions
    Plant Based Sausage Stuffed Mushroom
    crispy jalapeño
    Wild Mushroom Stuffed Peppers
    with tomato emulsion
    Sweet Potato Fritter
    with sriracha dip
    Shallot Bhajis Bites
    with vegan yogurt dip
    Spicy Glazed Broccolini Bites
    blue agave chili sauce
  • Stations
    Living Greens Salad Stand
    living greens cut fresh and tossed with guests choice of chicken, shrimp, eggs, tomato, cucumber, carrots, corn, peppers, feta, goat cheese, mushrooms, onions, a selection of dressings, salad toppers and clipped micro greens
    Thai Station
    authentic green thai curry | thai eggplant, bok choy, onions, red pepper, green chili coconut curry. guests choice of chicken or shrimp. served with aromatic rice pad thai | rice noodles, bean sprouts, egg, peanuts, scallions, spiced tamarind lime sauce. guests choice of chicken or shrimp
    Campfire Burger Bar
    selection of charred cheeseburgers, grilled mushroom chicken burgers and vegan burgers served on a mini soft bun. guests choice of toppings served with cajun chippers
    Spanish Nights
    traditional paella with chicken, sausage and shrimp made to order in a savory smoked paprika and saffron base, fried plantain chips and crispy jalapeño
    German Pretzel Bar
    crispy turkey schnitzel slider on a crusty roll, bavarian pretzel tree, grainy mustard, cheddar bacon dip and house made beer dip
    Sushi Station | 3 pieces
    assorted maki rolls, nigiri sushi and california rolls with wasabi, fresh ginger, soy sauce and chopsticks. prepared in front of guests
    Loaded Nacho and Potato Bar
    choice of fresh flour, corn tortillas or potato skins fried crispy and served with choice of crock pot chicken, southern steak, chili, refried beans, green onions, olives, jalapeños, charred mexican street corn, red onion, cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream
    Bombay Curry Bar
    a selection of traditional indian dishes baghara baingan, bhindi do pyaza, vegetable rice pilau,
    lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, garlic naan
    Stations
    A Taste of Sicily
    insalata caprese, flatbread rosario, fettucine arrabiata or gnocchi with wild mushrooms, served with grill breads, olives, parmigiana reggiano, balsamic reductions
    Hawaiian Poke Bowl Station
    guests choose from a selection of traditional toppings of, white or brown rice, onion, avocado, cucumber, mango, sliced jalapeño, lettuce, edamame, carrots, sprouts, radish and proteins to include ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp and tofu, with a selection of sauces
    Korean Taco Hut
    korean bulgogi beef, korean braised spicy pork, shredded chicken with kogi bbq sauce, crispy tofu gochujang served with soft shell corn tortillas, pickled slaw, cucumbers, green onions and a selection of taditional sauces
    Dim Sum Bar
    shrimp har gau, pork sui mai, bbq pork steamed buns, vegetable medley, chicken dumplings
    East Meets West Oyster Sampling
    a selection of shucked east and west coast oysters, served with a selection of mignonettes, lemon wedges and hot sauces | ice carving quote available upon request
    A Time to Graze | 8 pieces
    a selection of cured and dried meats, pates and terrines, cheeses, marinated vegetables, house made dips and spreads, dried fruits, artisan breads and crackers, olives, roasted vegetables and fresh fruit
    Certified Angus Beef® Tenderloin
    carved, whole-roasted tenderloin, red onion confit, creamy horseradish, dijon mustard. served with crusty rolls or crispy yorkies
    The Grill Master | choice of 2 proteins
    birch syrup smoked brisket with brown sugar cider, creole shrimp sticks, sous vide louisiana pork belly, crock pot beer can pulled chicken on brioche slider, thuringer wurst, cast iron skillet baked beans, sour cream and shallot skillet taters, great events house made sauces
    Savoury Perogy Station
    traditional cheese and potato
    potato, mushroom and caramelized onion philly cheesesteak perogies
    toppings: onion bacon jam, spiced sausage crumble, roasted crispy kale, chive sour cream, herbed cucumber yogurt, masala gravy
    DESSERTS AND SWEETS
    Sundae Bar
    - ice cream | vanilla, chocolate, strawberry
    - sauces | chocolate, strawberry, caramel
    - toppings | sprinkles, coconut flakes, cookie crumble, smarties, assorted fresh fruit and berries
    Gelato Station
    our chef will scoop a selection of gelato flavours in an ice cream cone or bowl for your guests
    Mini Sugar Waffle Station
    fresh made waffles garnished with hot sour cherries, hot chocolate and caramel sauces, whipped vanilla cream, fresh berries, nuts, bananas, pineapple, selection of ice cream
    Gourmet Pie Bar
    a selection of traditional, graham, and chocolate pie crusts filled to order with chef made fillings, served with fresh Italian meringue, whipped creams and crumbles for toppings, accompanied by amarena cherries, candied fruits and chocolate crumble, chocolate, caramel and strawberry drizzle
    Dessert Empanadas
    warm apple pie, dulce de leche bananas, blueberry cheesecake empanadas garnished with guest’s choice of caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, raspberry cherry sauce, chantilly cream, mixed nuts and coconut
  • DESSERT SWEETS TABLE
    Dessert Table | minimum 30 guests
    - mini dessert shooters
    - créme de cassis, mint brownie, tiramisu
    - french pastries
    - dessert lollipops
    Housemade Hazelnut Truffles
    Assorted Gourmet Cookies
    Assorted Dessert Squares
    Lollipop Parade
    cheesecake and brownie lollipops, dipped with dark and white chocolate
    Trio of Tarts
    lemon meringue, raspberry, praline
    Cheesecake Bites
    orange, salted caramel and raspberry
    Decadent French Pastries
    Mini Chocolate Tulip Cups
    strawberry, baileys and creamsicle
    Mini Beignets
    chocolate hazelnut, red berry
    Pastry Puffs
    double raspberry, double chocolate, nutty caramel, black currant pistachio, mango passion fruit
    Trio of Madeleine
    honey apple, chocolate orange, elderflower
    Tiramisu Espresso Cups
    Layered Pie in a Mason Jar
    apple cinnamon, blueberry, key lime
    Gourmet Cupcakes
    lemon ginger, pecan caramel, Strawberry, double chocolate
    Mini Crème Brûlée
    french vanilla, dark chocolate
    Dessert Shooters (choice of 3)
    Cappuccino, strawberry vanilla, passion fruit, raspberry meringue, Black Forest
    Warm Crumble in a Jar
    apple crumble | strawberry rhubarb served in mason jars
    Mini Chocolate Marquise
    Bite sized chocolate paté
    Assorted Bijoix Chocolate Boxes
    Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
    Clafoutis
    with apricot glaze
    Chocolate Fondue | minimum 30 guests
    choice of dark, milk or white chocolate, an array of fresh seasonal fruit, pineapple, strawberries, melons, bananas and biscottis
    Chocolate Fountain Rental (optional)
    - more than 100 guests | large
    - minimum 50 guests | small

Reception Catering Menu Setup

Depending on the items you select from the reception catering menu, the buffets will be set with plates and flatware, available to the guests where necessary. Where items like sliders, canapes, and skewers are butlered by waiters, cheese boards, charcuteries, crudites and sushi might be offered on a stationary buffet with plates and flatware or chopsticks.

Used in reception-style service, cocktail menus aim to feed your guests in small portions, typically no more than two bites each. Because your guests will be standing as they mingle for the majority of the event, each item must be created to be consumed comfortably without the aid of utensils or structured seating.

You aren’t serving a formal meal, so you’ll need to consider the timing of the event and order enough pieces per person from the reception catering menu, so that your guests will walk away feeling well-fed. For example, if your event falls between or after usual meal-times, we recommend the reception catering menu consisting of less than 10 pieces per person, but if you’re inviting them right after work, you’ll need to increase this to more than 12 pieces per person, plus add a few platters (like crudites or cheese boards) since they will be hungry, having not eaten dinner.

The items you choose for reception catering menu should cover an array of proteins, vegetables and carbs. Choose satiating stick-to-your-ribs items, paired with a few lighter palate-cleansing selections. The food itself and the serving should be designed in a minimalistic manner, butlered by the waiters or placed in a designated space where guests can easily pick the items they love. An interesting addition to any reception is a chef-attended station, where the food is prepared live. Doubling as an activity where guests get to interact with the chef, top their own plates with special condiments or select from a small menu of similar items, action stations add value to the reception.

Alternatives to the Reception Catering Menu

There are several alternatives to the Reception Catering Menu, based on the event type, the allocated budget, the event facilities, table setup and number of guests. Please find several alternative menus below. Keep in mind that our catering experts are ready to assist you along the process of designing the menu for your event. Feel free to contact us at any point and we will be happy to help you!

Please check our Plated Dinner Catering Menu for a plated dinner setup. It may be a better option for events where guests are seated at the tables and when the number of guests is well known in advance. It can either minimize the food serving time or integrate the food serving into the event’s agenda (e.g. Fundraising Dinner).

You can also check the Buffet Catering Menu for a quick and easy service for any size of event. It may be a better option for large events, especially when the number of guests is unknown (e.g. Open Events, Fairs).

Additionally, we are proud to offer one of the top quality BBQ catering services in Calgary through our Rare Cut division. Check the amazing BBQ Catering Menu selection and prepare for a most-entertaining and unique culinary show!

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