Nov 08 2018
Meredith Bethune
3 Minutes to read

Delicious food is an essential part of the holiday season, even when you’re ordering catering for the office. But what dishes are most popular around the holidays, that you can be sure your coworkers will love? Here’s a helpful list of our most popular catering foods around the holiday season—it might just give you some novel ideas for your next catering order.

1. Taco Bar

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Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Taco Bar

Around the holiday season, a taco bar piled high with fixings is a jovial and tasty way to please everyone, including those with dietary restrictions. Vegetarians can fill their tacos with zesty black beans and guacamole, while the gluten-free choose corn tortillas over flour. And the entire office will love the flavorful, housemade salsas.

2. Pizza

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Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Pizza

A festive tri-colored Margherita pizza pleases crowds around the holidays. It’s actually an ideal dish for the holidays—think red from the tomato, green from the herbaceous basil, and white from the melty mozzarella cheese. Crowd-pleasing cheese and pepperoni pies are also popular varieties around the holiday season.

3. Barbecue Buffet

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Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Barbecue Buffet

Nothing says “party” like a generous barbecue spread with all the festive fixings. Foods like slow-smoked pulled pork, brisket, tender ribs, and juicy chicken accompanied by comforting sides like pickles, barbecue beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget to ask about vegetarian options, like barbecue baked potatoes. Also add a vegetable like green beans or a salad, to complete the meal.

4. Chicken Parmigiana

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Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana will be one of the first to go at any event. The classic combination of crispy breaded chicken topped with a bright marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese over warm pasta warms the soul when it’s cold outside. Eggplant parmesan, whose tender baked eggplant stands in place of the meat, makes an excellent vegetarian alternative.

5. Sandwich Tray

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Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Sandwich Tray

These trays can be ordered in an instant when pressed for time, especially around the chaotic holiday season. Also, with many varieties available, ranging from traditional ham and cheese to roasted portobello mushrooms, they’re guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters.

6. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Check out these holiday food trends for this season’s party

Popular Food Trends in Catering for the Holidays: Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the holiday season, ordering dessert will show your team how grateful you are to have them. While pies might be the first them to come to mind this holiday season, there’s no dessert more popular than a tray piled high with gooey, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Cookies are a holiday tradition for a reason.

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Meredith Bethune

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Meredith Bethune

Meredith Bethune is a former cheesemonger turned writer for publications like Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, CNN, Robb Report, and more. She’s also the former associate editor of Eater D.C. where she reported on Washington’s latest restaurant trends and news. In the name of journalism, she has interviewed an octogenarian tofu maker in Japan, eaten breakfast on the savanna in Kenya, and sipped rare cognac in France.

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