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Cocktail Party, Sit Down Dinner or Small Food Stations

How to Decide What Type of Party to Throw

Grilled Pork Chop with Sausage Hash


Now that winter is behind us and the weather is warming up, party season is here! The spring and summer months provide many opportunities and occasions to get together with friends and family.

As the party planning comes into play, the big question remains: what type of party would be best to host? Perhaps you want to throw a cocktail party with Hors D’Oeuvres for a special occasion or fundraiser, or maybe you'd prefer a smaller, more intimate sit down dinner with family or a few close friends.

The way you provide food has a lot to do with the atmosphere and experience you create for your guests. Luckily, there are many different options.

Cocktail parties are a great, casual way to entertain your guests. They provide very little formality and give everyone the opportunity to mix and mingle and really enjoy each other’s company. A cocktail party can be great for a larger group, perhaps for a school fundraiser or even for just wanting to get a smaller group of friends together on a Friday night. The food can be tailored to fit the feel of the party. At Food Design we have many options for passed Hors D’Oeuvres that are always a hit at cocktail parties and are also quite filling. Many think that bite sized food means that their guests will leave a party hungry, but that is definitely not the case. For a more casual occasion, some of our popular selections include Mini Sirloin Sliders, Chicken and Chorizo Quesadillas, or Mini BLT’s. For a more formal feel, Mini Coronets of Tuna Tartare, Sips of Creamy Maine Lobster Broth, or Mini Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon. 

Another unique option is providing small food station offerings, also known as grazing stations. Your guests will love having the freedom to stop at each station and try as many different foods as possible. One station that has been popular lately is our “China Town” station, serving a variety from spring rolls to Pad Thai. A few other popular stations include a guacamole bar, pasta station, pizza station, and of course, the class antipasto station.

Sit down dinners lend themselves to a much more formal and structured party. At Food Design we cater sit down dinners ranging from four person intimate dinner parties to 600 guest galas. Depending on your tastes and preference, you have a wide range of options of how to structure a sit down dinner. We offer traditional three course dinners, four course dinners, five course dinners, and a chef’s tasting.  Recently we catered a five course wine pairing dinner party – each course paired with a distinct and exquisite wine that complimented and highlighted the taste of the food.

Whatever the format of your choosing, bringing friends and family together for food and good company is always a great idea. At Food Design, we tailor each unique menu according to our clients' needs. We would love to sit down with you and help you plan your next event!

Michael BattMichael Batt, Executive Chef/Owner of Food Design Catering graduated from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in 1990. Immediately upon graduation, Batt began his professional career cooking at Restaurant 44 “The Royalton Hotel working under highly acclaimed chef, Geoffrey Zakarian. Today, Chef Batt spends his time in the kitchen of his Greenwich based catering company, Food Design Catering & Events, incorporating his teachings from these mentors and creating new recipes based on a passion for exquisitely flavored dishes. 

Food Design Catering
28 Old Field Point Road, Greenwich
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