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To Summer With Love

When it comes to creating seasonal menus, the team at Wolfgang Puck Catering never disappoints. From locally sourced ingredients to innovative flavor pairings, this veteran catering company, celebrated their 20th year this year and continues to keep things fresh.

The 2018 summer menu released by the catering team was inspired by the flavors of the tropics and the vibrant design palates currently on trend in both fashion and home décor. The menu launched in style at a kick-off event titled “To Summer with Love,” held at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Guests were treated to tray-passed hors d’oeuvres like crispy pork belly and lobster with pickled mango on a plantain chip; small plates of Hamachi Crudo with blackened citrus and puffed sushi rice; along with grilled watermelon and asparagus salad with white balsamic dressing and basil caviar. Desserts include mini rum pineapple upside down cake, peach melba panna cotta parfait, sour cherry mousse cake, and mango kulfi.

Looking for inspiration for planning your own seasonal event? Here are WPC’s top tips for how to plan and execute the perfect summertime party:

Don’t weigh yourself down with a heavy menu

For a warm-weather event where guests will want to mix and mingle outdoors, opt for tray-passed bites and small plates instead of a formal seated dinner with full courses. Keep the mood feeling loose!

Ditch the dish

Incorporate the summer-y theme into your serving ware. Think outside of the plate and serve small bites in creative ways, like inside of coconuts or on vibrant banana leaves. Unexpected presentations are often the most memorable.

Incorporate flavors of the season

As our event pulled inspiration from the tropics, our culinary team developed a menu with flavors such as coconut, pineapple, and guava. Get creative with your offerings!

Craft a drink for everyone

A full bar is great, but be sure to offer non-alcoholic options as well. For a summer event, focus on light, refreshing flavors, and play around with juices and syrups to create drinks with a colorful appeal.

Add pops of color

Keep a neutral palate and interspersing colorful elements throughout, such as in the tablecloths, pillows, along with the bar station, and more.

Put on a show

We utilized our chefs as part of the evening’s entertainment. We set up live-action stations for guests to enjoy foods such as Huli Huli chicken and lemongrass steak skewers cooked right in front of them.

Don’t forget the music

Keep the party going with curated entertainment that brings out the best summer vibes, whether it’s a warm-weather playlist or live music.

Want to see more? Get a taste of the event with this video produced by the Wolfgang Puck Catering team:

Wolfgang Puck’s culinary genius continues to define the creative edge of American dining. Our fine-dining roots inspire a unique approach to catering. Whether you’re arranging breakfast for ten or butler service for two thousand, Wolfgang’s renowned “à la minute” cuisine offers a world-class, restaurant-quality experience.


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