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Delish Ground Beef-Based Southern Dishes for Your Big Day

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Your wedding day deserves to be celebrated in grand style – and what better way is there to do this, other than by bringing excellent food to the table? As you very well know it, food can actually bring people together and help them feel great – so creating a wedding menu based on hearty, delicious Southern foods is one of the best ways to make sure people at your wedding will be actually happy with the menu you provide them.  

For instance, have you thought of including a dish based on ground beef? This is an all-time favorite that can be used in so many ways that it’s impossible not to find an idea you will love.  

Following, we have gathered some of the very best and most delicious ground beef-based Southern dishes you can bring into your Big Day – so read on if you want to find out more.  

  • Ground beef casserole. We do like our casseroles, for a million reasons: they are comforting, they come in as many variations as you can imagine, and they can really create a cozy, nice atmosphere around your wedding dinner. A ground beef casserole goes straight to one’s soul – especially when the right ingredients and spices are used!  
  • Meatballs in red sauce. Served with rice or pasta, this dish is a truly hearty one. We bet people will line up for second servings on this! 
  • Chili. It’s the kind of dish that has just a bit of heat to it, and a lot of heart. Everyone makes chili differently – if you want to create a dish that reminds people of a classic bowl of chili with a twist, a chili bar with different varieties and toppings is a great option. 
  • Mini burgers. We all love a good burger, so why not upgrade a classic recipe with several variations?  Different cheeses, toppings, and even a dollop of chili on top can spice these up!  

Think some of these options are too casual for your wedding?  Remember, the right preparation and presentation can turn even the most casual dish into a fantastic experience for your wedding guests.  Just be sure to discuss the particulars of your wedding, including the theme, venue, and décor, with your caterer.  

 

Still looking for the perfect wedding catering service provider in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and talk to us about your dream wedding menu. We will make it happen, so that both you and your guests truly enjoy your Big Day and everything it comes with!  

Southern Veggie Casseroles Your Guests Will Fall in Love With

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Good food is at the heart of all the major life events humans go through – and it makes sense. Eating together is more than a social act – it is an act of trust, joy, and bonding. This is why most people only eat with people they actually like. And this is precisely why your wedding menu is so important.

Of course, if you are planning a Southern wedding, you will want to make sure your menu reflects the amazing cuisine in the area – but that doesn’t always mean you have to focus on meat-based products.

There are so many veggie casseroles we all love in the South, and which would work so well with your own wedding!

Here are some suggestions, for example:

  • Corn pudding. Well, this is a real Southern food – it has the texture, the flavors, and the versatility of the South in every single ingredient. And that’s precisely what makes it such an amazing food for a wedding. If you want to offer your vegetarian friends a delicious option, this is it. They will be delighted!
  • Broccoli, rice, and cheese. Well, people might not be big fans of broccoli in general – but we guarantee that when they get a taste of this casserole, they will actually ask for more. The combination between the greenness of the broccoli, the rice, and the cheese is absolutely delicious – the kind of healthy food that nobody can say NO to!
  • Sweet potato, marshmallow, pecan. If you want to surprise your guests with something unique and really tasty, serve them a casserole made from sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and pecans. Add a few cornflakes to the mix for a bit of extra-crunch. This sweet casserole will be more than appreciated by all of your guests – vegetarian or not!
  • Onion soup casserole. Somewhere in between the classic French onion soup and a classic Southern casserole, this dish is a true delight for all senses. It’s something most of your guests don’t eat every day – something they will love so much they will ask the recipe for!

 

Still searching for the best and most talented wedding catering service in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and allow us to be the ones who delight you and your guests with a delicious Southern menu! Contact us and we guarantee you will never regret your choice!

 

No Southern Brides and Grooms Should Ever Make These Wedding Menu Mistakes

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Regardless of where in the South you come from (be it New Orleans, any other place in Louisiana, or any of the other beautiful Southern states), you should definitely consider planning a traditional Southern wedding. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your heritage and, of course, to offer your guests a “taste of home” as well.

What are some of the mistakes all Southern couples should avoid making when planning their wedding menu?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Bacon-everything. OK, we get it. Here in the South, we love bacon (well, pretty much everyone everywhere else does it too, right?). While it is definitely OK to serve one or two bacon-based dishes at your wedding, it is important not to overdo it. Southern cuisine is so much richer than this, and it would be a real shame if your guests didn’t get to eat something unique they haven’t had before.
  • Not including the personal touches. Every family has their own set of recipes – so why not bring that into your wedding menu to make it more special, more personal, more in tune with who you are and where you come from? Discuss with your wedding catering company and share your family recipes with them to see what can be done. Guests will be delighted to taste these foods!
  • Not spreading out the food stations. There’s a very good reason food stations are popular at Southern weddings: they offer real diversity. At the same time though, it is important not to locate the food stations too close to each other because this might cram everything and it might make guests feel skittish.
  • Serving the heavier foods early in the evening. We’ll admit it: some of the most famously Southern foods are quite heavy and they might make guests feel lazy, rather than ready to dance. This is why it’s important not to serve them at the beginning of the wedding (or at least not all of them). Spread out the heavier foods throughout the entire wedding day (and don’t forget about the late-night snack either!).

 

Looking for the best wedding catering company in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and allow us to be the ones who delight you and your guests with the most delicious Southern wedding menu ever!

These Southern Desserts Will Amaze Everyone at Your Wedding

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It doesn’t even matter if you’re from the South or not: once you try Southern foods, you will fall in love with it irremediably. There’s something comforting and genuine about the Southern Cuisine that makes everyone love them!

What are some delicious Southern desserts you can serve at your Louisiana wedding, though? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Bread pudding. This dessert is quite common in many parts of the world, but it got to be extremely popular in the Southern states. Originally created in the 11th century, this sweet treat has evolved over the years – and nowadays, it’s a go-to dessert for anyone looking for a simple, tasty, and comforting option.
  • Coconut cake. Southerners are famous for their layered cakes – so why not include this in your wedding, maybe even as an actual wedding cake? Coconut cake is usually made from multiple layers of cake and coconut cream, and then frosted in coconut and creamy frosting. It’s a decadent treat nobody can say NO to, any way you look at it!
  • Lane cake. If you love desserts infused in alcohol, this one’s for you. With a history of more than 100 years in the South, lane cakes are made from sponge cakes and a filling made from various ingredients, including bourbon and raisins. Sounds like the kind of treat your wedding guests will absolutely love, right?
  • Peach cobbler. Scrumptious and really sweet, this warm treat is absolutely perfect for those of you who want to serve a really classic Southern dessert. Of course, it can be made from a variety of fruit – but peaches tend to be more popular in these areas precisely because they come in generous amounts in full season.
  • Sweet potato pie. This dessert is ideal for a fall wedding, precisely because it’s usually associated with pumpkin pie and served at Thanksgiving dinners. If your guests haven’t tried this before, they will instantly fall in love with the rich, spicy and sweet taste of this pie – it’s a treat in the fullest sense of the word!

 

Looking for the very best wedding catering service in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and allow us to be the ones who serve you and your guests with the most amazing Southern dishes. Contact us and you will definitely love our services!

Healthy Southern Food Ideas for Your Big Day

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Everyone can agree that Southern cuisine is absolutely delicious – but it’s not always the healthiest (or at least not a vast portion of the foods cooked in the South aren’t).

What happens when serving healthy food at your Louisiana wedding is very important to you, but you still want to celebrate the great culinary awesomeness of the Southern food?

Well, there are some twists you can make – and following, we have gathered some ideas you might find useful. Read on and find out more.

  • Faux fried chicken. This is a true Southern staple – but when deep-fried, chicken can become a real calorie bomb. The best way to still get the amazing taste of fried chicken without all the oil is by simply cooking it in the oven. There are a lot of fabulous recipes out there – and you can definitely find one that pleases your taste buds just as much as “original” Southern fried chicken does.
  • Fresh coleslaw. Since chicken works best with coleslaw on the side, you might also want to find a better alternative to the mayo-infused coleslaw of the Southern cuisine as well. This is really easy, though: just lose the mayo and replace it with olive oil, a bit of vinegar, and a touch of sugar. Or, if you want to, use very light mayo instead.
  • Pulled pork. Well, pork isn’t the healthiest thing ever, no matter how it’s cooked – but you can still lower the amount of calories and fats in it if you get your pulled pork done in a slow cooker. Might take a bit more time, but the great news is that you don’t have to watch over the cooker doing its job. Plus, the pulled pork will taste amazing! Pair it with whole-wheat bread and fresh veggies and it will be a treat all of your guests will remember!
  • Green tomatoes. We all love them – but, same as with fried chicken, they can get quite unhealthy if you cook them the traditional way. Our suggestion is to bake them in the oven – they won’t lose their appeal, they will taste great, and they will actually be a healthy dish too. It’s a win-win situation, really.

 

Looking for a talented and dedicated wedding catering service provider in Louisiana? Contact Food Art Inc. and let’s talk about your wedding menu – we guarantee we won’t disappoint you in any way!

 

Plan a Refreshing Ice Cream Treat for Your Southern Wedding!

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With summer here in full shape, we’re all looking for ways to cool ourselves off – if possible, in the nicest ways out there. Of course, if you are planning a summer wedding in New Orleans, you want the same for your guests too – and an ice cream treat can be just the perfect way to make sure your beloved friends and relatives stay cool (and happy!).

What are some of the best ice creams you could serve at your Southern wedding? We have some suggestions for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Mint ice cream. What could be more refreshing and delicious than mint ice cream on a hot summer day? If you want to add a bit of diversity into the taste of this amazing dessert, try combining it with exotic fruit – a pineapple and mint ice cream will be a true delight to every single guest at your wedding!
  • Butter pecan ice cream. A bit of saltiness and a lot of sweetness will get you and your guests through the hotness of a summer day. A classic dessert that can be interpreted and re-interpreted as you wish – but it will always be appreciated by everyone, regardless of whether or not they are familiar with Southern cuisine.
  • Lemon pie ice cream. The Southern love of lemon pie is well-known everywhere – so why not turn this highly appreciated dessert into an icy one? We bet everyone invited at your wedding will want to take a serving of this, just enough to re-energize themselves and get back on the dance floor!
  • Buttermilk ice cream. Just a tad of sourness and a lot of fruity vibes can bring a huge smile on pretty much anyone’s face! Buttermilk ice cream is a deliciously Southern treat bound to attract your guests again and again. Don’t be surprised if many of them ask you for the recipe for your own variation of buttermilk ice cream (and yes, there’s a pretty much infinite range of combinations you can make, from strawberry and pretzels to blueberry cheesecake!).

 

Have you booked your New Orleans wedding catering service yet? If not, be sure to contact Food Art Inc. as soon as possible! We’re here to help you serve the best food at your wedding – so you will never regret having hired us. Contact us right now!

These Southern Pies Are Meant to Make it to Your Wedding Table

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Whether you serve them as dessert or as a snack, Southern pies are – and will always be – a true treat for anyone (regardless of where they come from). There’s something undeniably warm, cozy, and comforting about a good slice of homemade pie that makes it downright irresistible to pretty much every single person you will ever meet!

What are some of the most famous pies you should definitely include in your wedding menu? We’ve gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

  • Salted-Caramel Chocolate Pie. A bit salty, and surely sweet, this pie will pamper your guests’ taste buds and make them feel truly satisfied with the treat you’ve placed on the table. If you only want to offer a couple of types of pies, this has to land on your list of options.
  • Key Lime Pie. It doesn’t get more Southern than this. Delicious, refreshing and unique in every single aspect, the classic key lime pie is a staple of the Southern cuisine – one you really, really must include in your wedding menu. Delicious!
  • Icebox Pie. Planning a summer wedding? An icebox pie will be more than suitable for you, then! These amazing desserts come straight from the 19th century (when they were cooled down in so-called “iceboxes”, the ancestors of modern refrigerators) – and, to be completely honest, they are absolutely amazing. They also come in a wide variety of flavors and combinations, so you are bound to find something that fits you and your wedding.

 

Have you hired your Southern wedding catering service provider yet? If you are still searching for a caterer in New Orleans, be sure to contact Food Art Inc. Hire us and you will never regret your choice!

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