Lately, the events have been riddled with interactive themes that are just to die for. I mean seriously, how could you not enjoy a Beer Tasting accompanied by a grilled cheese bar….GRILLED CHEESE BAR.
If beer and cheese don’t get you going…then obviously you’re already dead…DEAD.
The event was a first for me, but very enlightening. I enjoyed myself, but I tend to enjoy myself as long as I’m wearing a chefs coat anyway. Of course, there are a few things I wish I could have done differently, like having a back-up griddle, or not having glass literally EXPLODE in the kitchen where I was cooking — an extra bread knife..shoot even extra bread!! Imagine what was supposed to be 50 people becoming 100, and you only have enough food for 65-70. NOT a caterers’ best situation, but hey…we made it work.
Shout out to the bestie for working just as hard as I was — with no pay. YOU THE REALEST!
Aside from the normal disasters that usually go on behind the scenes during an event, this by far is the cutest concept that I’ve done. Super cute for any event really — who doesn’t love grilled cheese. Honestly, I’m thinking this could be used for a cocktail reception, or even just cocktail hour. Instead of, going for the obvious meat and cheese tray with fruit. Opt for a mini grilled cheese station with a bunch of cheese varieties — you can even through in different jams, fruit, veggies, meat, etc. Your guests will surely be blown away, and will definitely appreciate the heavier appetizer. If you’re opting for the grilled cheese to be the main course, then pair it with a refreshing and tangy caesar salad and the ever so popular tomato basil soup. You can even make it funky with a signature sammie — like our grilled mac and cheese sammie!
How To Create Your Grilled Cheese Bar?
Brie BLT on Sourdough
Brie, Apple & Arugula on Pumpernickel
Gruyere & Cheddar on Sourdough
Gruyere, Fig & Caramelized Onion on Multigrain
What you will need:
3 types of Bread — I used Pumpernickel, Sourdough, and a Multigrain loaf
3 types of Cheese –such as Brie, Gruyere, and Cheddar (use whatever cheese you desire–even vegan!)
Veggies — Sun-dried Tomatoes, Leafy Greens, Caramelized Onions, Arugula
Fruit — Apple Slices, Figs and Fig Jam
Meat– BACON!!! (you could never go wrong with bacon)
Tomato Basil Soup (offer a vegan option of your non-dairy guests)
Caesar Salad (Romaine, Parmesan Cheese, Caesar Dressing, Croutons)
The good thing about grilled cheese is that you can really go in any direction with it. Dessert, Savory, Sweet, whatever you decide, you can’t really go wrong–unless you burn them. However, if you burn grilled cheese… you probably shouldn’t be cooking it anyway.
I hope you all have fun with this! I know your guests will.