"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
— C.S. Lewis
All seasons carry their own ineffable energy and perfection. The gentle glide from spring to summer shakes us from hibernation. The transformation of Spring is an infusion of hope. It breathes possibility and joy into our lives. It makes total sense that graduations are held in May and June. What a perfect time to celebrate accomplishments and to wish graduates all good things in future!
We love designing graduation menus at Caroline's Fine Foods! Over the years, we've found fix-it-yourself bars to be one of the most successful, creative and cost-effective options for graduation events. We talked to executive Chef, Caroline Arend, who explained why a fix-it-yourself food bar might be your best choice. As a bonus, she also shares some newly created bars from their expanded menu.
Themed fix-it-yourself bars are all the rage these days, with a focus on comfort food or a specific international cuisine. To create a truly tempting experience, a good bar should offer a choice of two or three protein options as a base, then a dazzling array of colorful toppings, mouth-watering sauces, and flavorful condiments to complement the main. The best bars are visually stimulating and provide a range of tastes to satisfy every guest's palate. The whole point is to give everyone the chance to craft their own perfect version of the themed dish.
Fix-it-yourself bars are an attractive alternative to traditional catering or take-out for several reasons. Graduation is a milestone! Your event will be a stand-alone celebration of a loved one's achievement. To that end, you want to make it as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Build-it-yourself bars do just that. They are uniquely tailored, creative, interactive, fun and colorful. They have the advantage of catering to each individual's particular preferences instead of to a general uniform taste. They are more memorable than ordering pizzas or sandwich platters and boast a lower price point than full catering options.
The Tried and True and The New
Due to their popularity, Caroline's has recently expanded their fix-it-yourself bar options in anticipation of the graduation season and beyond. These new offerings will be reflected on the site menu soon. In the meantime, we'd like to share some of our new possibilities with you. We are adding:
- Classic Mac and Cheese : This will include toppings such as: blue cheese crumbles, Frank's Red Hot, bacon, scallions, potato chips, crackers, bread crumbs, Philly Cheesesteak and braised SW chicken.
- True BBQ (seasonal): Our BBQ will offer options like house-made brisket, grilled jerked chicken, pulled pork, potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon, coleslaw, jalapeno and cheddar hush puppies and cornbread
We are also in the process of developing our Asian Noodle Bar, a Power Bowl Bar and a two-tiered Nacho Bar!
Explore our tried and true options here.
Discuss delicious new possibilities for your fix-it-yourself bar with our expert event planner today.