Monday, December 15, 2014

88 Must Haves for your Amazing Taco Bar Buffet


Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

I'm so excited to be assisting Lindsey and James plan their fun filled Fall Boda. We have already secured a gorgeous venue, The Pointe Vincent Lighthouse and Interpretive Center, that boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean with front row seating to a multicolored cotton candy sunset. Something about overlooking the water in SoCal on a warm afternoon that just makes you feel you are in paradise. This ambiance helped give Lindsey the idea of a Mexican Influenced Theme. She also knew from the start she wanted a Taco Caterer, just not exactly the details after that. My creative mind started wandering. What meats, cheeses and veggies should we choose? I wonder what Hot Sauce the guest want? What vessels should we put everything in? Oooh and we can't forget the pretty decor... this train of thought led me down a Mexican Rabbit Hole, emerging out the other side with 88 awesome options for Lindsey, James and all other fiesta loving amigos to consider.

When mulling over food options for your big day Taco Catering should be near the top of your list. There are so many positives to taking a trip to Flavor Town with with a South of the Border cuisine. The most important reason to choose a certain type of meal is because you enjoy eating it. Did you know according to www.nationaltacoday.com (yes there is a National Taco Day on October 4th every year) American's ate over 4.5 BILLON tacos last year!!! That is enough tacos to reach the moon and back and heavy enough to weigh the same as two Empire State Buildings. I think these fun facts reiterate what we all already know, people love tacos and so will your guests.

Secondly, anything you can customize at a wedding is a plus. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a heavy meaty taco with shredded cheddar and guacamole, while other days I want a light shrimp, cabbage and mango salsa snack. By providing multiple options you are giving your guest the power to create a plate they are sure to enjoy. It also allows people with specific food needs (Pescatarians, Vegetarians, Vegans, people with Glutton Allergies and Non-Dairy Eaters) to mix and match foods without a server or catering manager having to be responsible for guests special diets.

My favorite reason for choosing Taco Catering over others is because it's so affordable. With prices in the wedding industry skyrocketing, finding a way to feed lots of people you love for a reasonable fee is almost unheard of.With the price so low you have some room to use the Caterer as a solid start then add on your own fun Salsas, Hot Sauces, Funky Plating and more while still staying under budget.

Now that you know why Taco Catering is a killer idea, check out how to create a wedding worthy spread...

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

THE SET UP:
Plain Base Table Cloth
Overlay that matches the color pallet of your reception
Multi-Colored Platters
Patterned Bowls
Serving Spoons & Tongs
Bright Cake Stands for displaying sides or sauces
Wicker Basket to hold NapkinsForksSpoons & Knives

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

THE BASE:
Corn or Flour Tortillas 
Hard Shells
Shell Bowls for Taco Salads
Butter Lettuce Cups (awesome option for Non-Glutton guests)

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Cateirng

THE GOODS:
Carne Asada
Ground Beef
Chicken
Carnita
Mahi Mahi
Shrimp
Chorizo 
Ground and Seasoned Tofu

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

VEGGIES:
Sauteed Bell Peppers, Spinach & Onions
Portebello Mushrooms
Zucchinni & Squash 
Shredded Green & Red Cabbage (it actually looks purple)
Shredded Iceburg Lettuce
Radish Wedges or Slices
Pickled or Grilled Jalapenos
Grilled Poblano Peppers
Corn off the Cob
Chopped Raw Onions
Avocado Slices

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

SIDES:
Spanish Red Rice
Basmati Rice
Black Beans
Refried Beans
Cowboy Beans
Mexican Fruit Cups with Watermelon, Jicama, Cantelopes & Mangos
Tortilla Chips 

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

SAUCES & SALSAS
Pico de Gallo 
Mango Salsa
Watermelon Pico de Gallo
Salsa Verde
Salsa Roja
Chipolte Mayo
Taco Sauce 
Hot Sauce 
I found an awesome article on Hot Sauces on Good Food. 
Check it out here to read about your old favorite or maybe find a new favorite. 

Tip of the iceberg ... Hot sauces.
Photo by Kate Gibbs
Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

FINISHING TOUCHES:
Shredded Cheese
Crumbled Queso Fresca
Nacho Cheese
Sour Cream
Guacamole
Lime Wedges
Lemon Wedges
Cilantro Sprigs
Green Onions
Black Olives
Salt
Black Pepper
Cheyenne Pepper

Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering

DRINKS:
Agua de Tamarindo
Horchata
Lemonade
Mexican Beer (My favorites are Corona & Pacifico)
Margaritas
Sangria
Drink Dispensers
Cups
Crushed and or Cubed Ice in Bucket with Scoop
Straws I'm obsessed with the ones below from Thatch & Thisle
Mini Flags from HomeNAway 


Floral Fiesta canape flagsPaper Straws in Metallic Gold & White Stripes - Set of 25 - Sparkle Shimmer Pretty Wedding Birthday Party Shower Accessories Decor


PRETTY EXTRAS:
Large Menu in Frame
Signs like the charming one below from Borden Specifics
Food Name Tags
Sombrero
Pinata
Colorful Mexican Paper Flags from the awesome Etsy Store Vintage Babydoll
Fresh Flowers 
*Leave an empty vase on the Buffet Table so after the Ceremony the Bride can leave her bouquet there on display for everyone to see as they pass through the line!

4 All Occasion Tissue Paper Papel Picado Banners for your Fiesta - Birthday, Bridal Shower, Couple's shower, Rehearsal Dinner, cinco de mayo
8x10 Instant Download - Taco Bar- Bridal Shower Sign - Mimosa Print - Birthday Party- Engagement Party - Printable Chalkboard File

A very special thanks to Soho Taco Gourmet Taco Catering for sharing their beautiful pictures with us. Their food is absolutely delicious but as you can see every dish is also a work of art. They are based out of Orange County and serve most of Southern California. Check them out!!!

I'd love to hear all about your thoughts. Do you love Tacos? Would you consider one for your party or wedding? Which meat, cheese, veggies, toppings would you choose? Did I miss a good ingredient?

Happy Planning!!!
xoxo Megan 

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