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2017 Catering Trends

With a new year, comes new culinary trends that shake up the food and beverage scene. These are crafted by popular ingredients, emerging flavors or geographical locations. Hamby is embracing a few of these progressions with open arms, including the purple food craze. Read below for what experts believe will be the hot dishes in 2017…

Purple Food Items 

‘Tis the year of purple power. Cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and cabbage in vibrant shades ranging from plum to violet are one of the year’s mot anticipated food trends. Our Cauliflower Timbale boasts a deep orchid shade and is equal parts tasty as it is beautiful.

Street-Food Inspired Dishes 

We’re taking it to the streets – well, street inspired dishes that is. Grab your tacos, kabobs (really anything on a stick!), flatbreads and more. We love that these dishes are becoming more mainstream as heavy hors d’oeuvre options. Our Caprese Skewer and brand-new Korean Pork Tacos are the perfect addition to your next event!

 

Heirloom Fruit & Vegetables 

Known for being hand selected by gardeners, heirloom fruits and veggies are showing up on menus everywhere. Despite their sometimes odd looks and quirky ways, heirlooms bring lots to the table (literally!) Often times heirloom produce is more flavorful and varied in color. Our Farm Boards feature Heirloom Tomatoes in a variety of pigments and look gorgeous among our Pickled Vegetables, Deviled Eggs and Pecan Raisin Crisps.

Hyper-local sourcing

We love local. In fact, we source most of our produce through Limehouse Produce and similar to years past – consumers are craving the freshest, most sustainable produce, meats and cheeses for their special events. We’ll continue to gather most of our harvest via local purveyors, ensuring the highest quality to our customers.

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Hamby 2016 Holiday Menu

 

Whether you’re hosting an intimate cocktail party for friends or a festive family feast, Hamby Catering & Events has a new holiday menu to ease some of your stress. From full packages to à la carte items, let Hamby be a part of your holiday.

Hamby is excited to announce our 2016 Holiday Pick-up Menu, featuring all-inclusive packages for 12 guests and à la carte items, including:

All offerings are available NOW through December 31st. A 48-hour notice is politely requested. Order now >>

*Please note: Hamby Catering & Events will be closed December 24th and 25th. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

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Hamby’s Thanksgiving Menu


screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-1-00-40-pmTired of spending your entire Thanksgiving in the kitchen or finding yourself in a pinch on what to bring to a holiday party? Let Hamby help. Whether you’re in need of a few pumpkin pies or a full feast, Hamby Catering & Events is here to make your Thanksgiving more enjoyable.

Hamby is excited to offer our 2016 Thanksgiving Pickup Menu, featuring our popular Gobble, Gobble Package ($147). Receive eight servings of:

  • Whole Roasted Turkey
  • Sweet Potato Soufflé
  • Southern Macaroni & Cheese
  • Green Beans Almandine
  • Corn Bread Dressing
  • Giblet Gravy

From every ‘Gobble Gobble’ package sold, Hamby will sponsor one Thanksgiving meal to a family in need through the Lowcountry Food Bank.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-1-24-26-pmOur Bourbon-Smoked Turkey is a fan favorite. It’s brined first, and then smoked to create crisp skin and juicy meat! Upgrade your Gobble Gobble package to include or order your turkey à la carte.

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Need some sides? Hamby has an à la carte menu featuring, Creamy Whipped Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Pecan Pie and more Thanksgiving staples that are perfect additions to your table.

For many of you, Hamby has become a tradition for your family’s gatherings, and for that – we’re thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Order now >>

Reserve your package today! 

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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

In the need of an elevated starter for your upcoming dinner party? Our Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is sure to please. Plus, it’s easy to make and pairs well with heartier fall entrees like wild game. Follow the recipe below for this easy yet elegant side.

Ingredients

1 lb. Fresh Asparagus (Approx. 16-20 spears)
1/2 lb. Thinly Sliced Prosciutto
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Recipe

  1. Break off the asparagus at 1 1/2 -2 inches from the tip. When you hear the snap of the vegetable, you know you are working with fresh product.
  2. Check your asparagus and trim away any brown spikes with a small pairing knife.
  3. Wrap asparagus with paper thin prosciutto several times.
  4. Arrange on a baking tray, sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper and a sparingly amount of olive oil.
  5. Roast in the oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes depending on your desired crispiness.

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Hamby’s Top 5 Wedding Catering Trends

We can’t believe our Lowcountry wedding season is about to ramp up again! This year, our team has already served more than 150 wedding receptions and assisted countless couples through the planning process. Besides custom menu creation, the Hamby team aids couples and planners with rental orders, timeline creation and space planning for their venue. In 2016, many couples gravitated towards southern-inspired cuisine and innovative items. Today, we’re sharing our top five catering trends from this past wedding receptions and looking to the year ahead.

#1: Intriguing Presentations Make a Statement 

Clever food presentations make a statement. This is exemplified in our Cheesecake Mousse with Raspberry Sauce that we serve in a stemless wine glass or our Mini Shrimp & Grits presented in a mini mason jar. We know that presentation counts and love hearing client feedback that guests not only talk about the taste of our menu items, but how they are presented as well.

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#2: Fuse Global Cuisine with Local Ingredients 

Glo-cal is huge right now (read: pairing global flavor with local ingredients). Headquartered in a port town, Hamby has the benefit of receiving fresh seafood and produce. With Charleston as the number two wedding destination in the country, our clients come to us from across the nation with a well-traveled palette. They often want to incorporate the southern tradition of the Lowcountry with food items customary to their heritage. A great example of one of Hamby’s favorite glo-cal dishes is our Swordfish en Chemise a la Nicoise that is served with Mediterranean flavors of Eggplant, Phyllo and Chèvre Feta with Olive Tapenade Oil.

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#3: Old-School Comfort Hits Home

Comfort food is king. Hamby loves the challenge of re-inventing old school recipes with a modern twist. Recently, our Artisan Donut Station has become a popular request, which features variations on the seemingly simple treat. Donut offerings include Chocolate icing, with crispy bacon; buttermilk vanilla icing with chopped M&Ms and espresso icing with toasted pecans. We’re coming back for seconds!

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#4: The ‘Classics’ Make a Comeback 

It’s important to include a few easily recognizable items on the menu. Even though our guests embrace cutting-edge culinary creations, they also gravitate toward traditional flavors like Tomato Pies, Tea Sandwiches and Shrimp and Grits. You can’t go wrong with the classics, y’all.

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#5: Mini Bites with Big Flavor Flourish

First emerging in 2015, guests are still raving about eating food in a single bite (or two). Mini bites are the perfect solution to feed your guests while mingling with party-goers. Some favorites include our Yucca Root Chips with Edamame or Mini Tomato Pies. You can read more about this trend in our previous blog post, here.

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