The summer season is filled with countless culinary favorites such as peak-season produce, refreshing cocktails, and icy treats. Based in Southern California, the team at 24 Carrots Catering and Events has mastered the art of curating menus for warm weather weddings, consistently serving up imaginative dishes that are both familiar yet unique – not to mention, aesthetically pleasing. From cocktail hour to late-night spreads, guests are sure to have an unforgettable foodie experience with these chic summer wedding menu ideas.
Welcome Drinks – Serving guests a signature welcome drink is a great way to greet everyone before they find their seats. A cocktail of Grey Goose, St. Germain, berries, and sparkling water makes for the perfect refresher during an outdoor ceremony.
Hors d’Oeuvres – Caviar is a cocktail hour staple, but 24 Carrots gives it a playful twist by serving caviar with smoked sturgeon and crème fraiche on bite-sized squares of buckwheat waffle.
Poke Bowl Bar – Everyone loves a poke bowl. Set up a “build your own poke bowl” bar for the ultimate pre-reception treat.
Summer Salads – A chic summer wedding menu should always highlight the flavors of the season. For the salad course, try 24 Carrots’ rendition of a stone fruit salad with baby arugula, peaches, nectarines, shaved radish, torn croutons, mozzarella, and white balsamic vinaigrette.
Chic Sashimi – Multi-course dinner menus are an opportunity to serve up an elegant and sophisticated fish course. Instead of a hot dish, opt for a beautifully plated sashimi with sesame seeds, cilantro blossoms, and house-made sriracha.
Elevated Entrees – Even a hot main dish can be made light and bright for a summer wedding menu. A hearty rack of lamb is wonderfully complemented by eggplant tomato jam, harissa yogurt emulsion, and a fresh couscous and tomato salad.
Perfect Parfaits – No dessert table would be complete without showcasing the season’s best berries via sweet treats like strawberry pistachio parfaits.
Plated Desserts – A panna cotta with lemon curd, pistachio crumble, macerated berries, and edible flowers makes a stunning presentation for a plated dessert course.
Custom Flavors – Custom mini ice cream bars are a fun and memorable way to add a personalized touch to a chic summer wedding menu. Impress guests with flavor combos like dark chocolate bourbon, pistachio raspberry, and crystalized violet.