It’s so great that Grazing Tables are back. Besides the fact that a well styled grazing table can make a huge visual impact on your event. Grazing Tables spark conversations amongst guests (they are always, always, a talking point at every event). They’re also on trend and a fuss free and delicious way to entertain guests.
When you think about it, who really wants to go to a stiff sit-down dinner where you have to engage in awkward (or uninteresting) chat. Or worse yet, you’re restricted to the people sitting within your immediate vicinity?
The Perfect Icebreaker
A grazing table instead promotes a more casual, laid back and social atmosphere where guests walk the room and ‘hang’ by the glorious table of delicious food engaging in chat. At every event we’ve been to, as guests arrive, the tables have been the perfect ice breaker and immediately set the tone and impression of the event where conversations are flowing and guests are free to set the pace of the day/evening.
Not to mention how ‘on trend’ your event would be considered. Grazing Tables are all the craze all over North America and Europe. As well, just imagine all the Instagram-worthy snaps guest would be taking to share on their Instagram!
How do Grazing Tables Work?
It’s so simple and so easy – guests just choose what they want to eat, how much they want to eat and when! It’s complete freedom for your guests and allows them to enjoy the evening the way they want vs. feeling dictated to – especially those with fussy eating habits!
Fussy eaters, believe it or not, find it so awkward and uncomfortable having to always communicate what they can and can’t eat at events. (For the most part even the restricted plates of food offered aren’t really welcome).
Grazing tables eliminate any awkwardness and allows your guests to choose what they want to eat instead of limiting them to the canapés or mains offered. It also inspires experimentation where guests can pair different foods like a piece of cheese with spiced pear chutney, different cuts of charcuterie while trying new and exotic cheeses. (Truffle cheeses? Berry cheese? Wine infused cheese!!) Or even dipping into dips or antipastos they otherwise wouldn’t have tasted.
The greatest benefit of having a grazing table at your event is you eliminate the stress of having to cook and feed a mass of people. You leave all the stress to the caterer – they arrive ahead of time with all the props and foods needed to create a magnificent graze. They are also armed with the knowledge of all the unique and amazing cheeses, charcuterie and mind-blowing condiments to satisfy the fussiest of guests.
All you need to do is play host, keep the champagne/wine/beer/cocktails flowing while everyone grazes the time away on what they want to eat and how much of it! And trust us no one will leave hungry or dissatisfied. And you get to enjoy the night without having to worry about setting tables, clearing plates or ensuring guests have had enough to eat. You can kick up your heels and get amongst the grazing frenzy while sipping on your favourite drink and chatting away with your company of choice.
A Note from Leanne at Always on Board
With this in mind, and Christmas coming, it’s time to reach out and make your catering plans. Whether you’re planning for your office of home, these beautiful creations need to be scheduled and ordered early.
Really the choices are limitless. Choose from full tables to massive sized charcuterie boards to individual charcuterie boxes for the office lunch parties. They are truly the talking piece as people warm up for a pleasant visit.
Exciting New News
Even more exciting is the news that Leanne will be holding virtual and in-person workshops along with teachings on wine pairings.
Discuss any catering needs for your holiday events with Leanne soon…Thanksgiving boards sold out completely.
As Leanne tells us…
“I love, love, love knowing that someone’s family or friends are gathered around one of my creations creating conversation. My attention to detail and high quality ingredients set me apart.”
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses