The Toronto food scene continues to flourish, paving the way for an abundance of unique and trendy catering ideas that are just too perfect for all you newly engaged couples! With so many global influences from which to draw, food-first couples are all too spoiled for choice these days. When it comes to finding your perfect wedding caterer, it’s certainly a great time to be getting married in the six!
To help give you an idea of what some of Toronto’s best caterers will be serving up for this year’s summer wedding season, we reached out to 11 caterers to get you that all-too-delicious sneak peak!
This late harvest stone fruit salad is actually only available for a limited time this summer! We know guests will love this visually stunning start to dinner service as it is light, flavourful and stays true to the summer season.
Summer’s bounty of fresh and colourful ingredients is the perfect opportunity to dream up and create beautiful, seasonal dishes. We’re excited to 'wow' wedding parties with our Modern Nicoise: a vibrant salad of black olive dusted tuna, purple potatoes, quail eggs, Kumato tomato, haricots vert, pickled shallots, baby gem lettuce and lemon-dill vinaigrette, served with a warm, mini baguette. It’s a refreshing addition to any summer wedding menu!
with candied sockeye salmon, cookstown seedling, white radish and preserved lemon dressing
Growing up on Vancouver Island, I was an avid fisherman and spent a lot of time surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. I created this dish to pay homage to my roots and to represent the perfect start to a wedding meal - something light and refreshing. The balance of the rich and smoky candied salmon paired with the acidity and freshness of the vegetables is sure to be a crowd pleaser and add a beautiful touch to any evening.
Brady MacdowellExecutive Chef
Blini and Caviar with Crème Fraîche
We’re excited for caviar to be making a strong comeback, as it’s something that can be both fancy and fun! Treating guests to a canapé like our Blini and Caviar with Crème Fraîche, or incorporating it onto a smoked salmon appetizer, sets the tone for an elevated but accessible experience!
Natalie HoDirector, Event Sales
Oliver & Bonacini
Albacore Tuna Ceviche
with ramp aioli, pickled asparagus, lemon oil and Jerusalem artichoke chips
Deceiving in both name and ingredients, this tuna ceviche may seem simple but truly represents simplicity in its finest form. Guests first eat with their eyes seeing the delicious albacore tuna beautifully sliced sitting on seasonal ramp aioli. Taste buds then follow picking up acidity in the homemade lemon oil and pickled asparagus and a final crunch from the Jerusalem artichoke chips. The lightness of this dish will leave guests’ palates and stomachs satisfied, prepared for the delicious courses to follow.
Crispy Tofu Banh Mi Sliders
with carrot daikon pickle & sriracha mayo
Guests will love our Crispy Tofu Banh Mi Sliders because they taste great and are colourful & fun which isn't always the case for vegetarian options. Even the most carnivorous of guests will want to get their hands on these! They're also dairy-free!
Christopher MatthewsExecutive Chef
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Harissa Spiced Cornish Hen
with dill sour cream and burnt eggplant relish
Chicken is traditionally offered as a main dish at many weddings. Our goal is to elevate a classic and give guests flavours they wouldn’t expect. The above is our newest main dish. Cornish Hens are very tender and the Harissa seasoning provides a little heat while the dill sour cream cools the palate. The dish is bold and the plating is stunning. This is a dish that guests will remember.
Shen OusmandHead Catering Chef
Olive Oil Poached Cod and Handmade Spinach Linguine
with locally sourced flour, roasted garlic-grilled lemon emulsion, Ontario brussel sprouts and salted sunchoke chips
Photo Courtesy of Shannon Robbins Photography
Once again we’re seeing a trend towards more sustainable sourcing. Informed and environmentally conscious wedding clients are more interested than ever in how menus and ingredient sourcing can be made as sustainable as possible. Working with Ocean Wise vendors such as Fogo Island Fish and local purveyers such as 100km foods, I've created a beautiful Olive Oil Poached Cod with Handmade Spinach Linguine with locally sourced flour, Roasted Garlic-Grilled Lemon Emulsion, Ontario Brussel Sprouts and Salted Sunchoke Chips.
Urban Acorn Catering
Miniature Poké Bowl
Our miniature Poké bowl is a great starter for your summer wedding; light, bright, and colourful with fresh natural flavours of Toro, uni, avocado, nori sesame, and scallion!
René Kramer Executive Chef
en Ville Event Design & Catering
Whole Roasted Sea Bass
with charred tomato, olive, capers and lemon
We love when we have the opportunity to execute family-style inspired events. Serving such a dish that will be shared among guests in this communal fashion, is one of the most joyous experiences we get to participate in. It is always so cheerful, and full of emotion, witnessing people gathering together, sharing food and conversation is nothing short of beautiful.
Small Bites with Big Flavours
Clients absolutely love our handmade cheese tortellini with rosé sauce. Many of our 2019 wedding couples have decided to ditch the traditional sit down plated dinner and go with an abundant tasting menu of small bites. We like including passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations to showcase some live action cooking. This allows guests to interact with our chefs and food becomes a part of the entertainment. And don’t be fooled, just because the bites are small doesn’t mean your guests won’t have full bellies!