Brunch Catering Menu Ideas: From Eggs Benedict to Cumin-Warmed Shakshuka
- Kristen Evans
- 3 Min Read
Sometimes morning meetings require more than bagels and lox. And nothing makes a sales report or a conference keynote more palatable than a brunch catering menu. Plus, brunch invites conversation—which can make for great team building, especially if your colleagues have to come in on the weekend to attend a special training.
The key to a successful workplace brunch? Your menu needs to hit all the right notes: savory, a little extravagant, and—the real kicker—something you’d never make for yourself at home (or expect at the office). So ladle out the hollandaise, pile up the fried chicken, and, while you’re at it, smother a couple of eggs in spicy tomato sauce. Here are six of our all-time favorite brunch catering menu ideas—and why they belong in a category of their own:
1. Eggs Benedict
There’s a reason eggs Benedict winds up on every single brunch menu. Sure, it might be its mythical beginnings as a hangover cure, but we think it also ticks off all the boxes on our brunch rule trio: hollandaise sauce is rich and savory—too rich, perhaps, for a quick, straightforward breakfast; it’s so decadent that it become popular in the Gilded Age; and fussy enough that you probably don’t want to break out the saucepans in your own kitchen.
2. Chicken & Waffles
Fried chicken and waffles is having a comeback moment. John T. Edge, author of Fried Chicken: An American Story, told NPR’s The Salt that “there are no rules” about proper serving time—which means brunch lovers can claim this dish for their own. If you’re on the hunt for brunch catering menu ideas, this classic Southern dish offers an easy way in.
3. Huevos Rancheros
If we cede breakfast tacos to the early birds, then leave brunch aficionados with huevos rancheros. With black beans, fried eggs, and savory condiments galore, this dish is hearty enough to be a main course with staying power—one of our tried and true brunch metrics. Many a variation has enough salsa, guacamole, and specialty cheeses to make it feel like a luxurious weekend treat, too.
4. Corned Beef Hash
You’ll find this traditional dish at many a diner or dive, but we think its secret sweet spot is on your brunch catering menu. The basic recipe has plenty of roof for variety to amp it up—duck confit or sweet potatoes, anyone?— and to make the dish a mainstay your diners will clamor after.
Sure, shakshuka is a poached egg dish. But it also has a hearty tomato sauce that deserves an extra-long simmer on the stove—and creates a skillet-sized meal worthy of a big appetite. An array of spices, from za’atar to cumin, make this dish feel like a special treat: perfect for the brunch time slot.
6. Sweet or Savory Grain Bowls
Like avocado toast, the grain bowl is a Cali trend slowly taking over the East Coast. They’re healthy, hearty, and a cost-effective transitional menu item, which means you can better manage your food spend by cross-using ingredients from dinner. And, since grain bowls are also a twist on porridge, they’re picture perfect for brunch.
Wow your weekend clientele with a killer brunch menu.