A Food Lover’s Guide to the Best Finger Food

Posted on February 20, 2014


Best Finger Food

People tend to think of the guest list, atmosphere or goodie bags as the best parts of any event or party, but the food is an element that should never be overlooked. Underwhelming food options can put a certain tone to an otherwise good time. People do not want to drink as much, don’t want to stay as long and it gives the appearance of cheap service. But if you don’t have a large budget to work with or the event will not be going for terribly long, then some delicious and portion controlled finger foods could be just the ticket. So for your next event, give your guests what they really want: a great time and some yummy treats.

1) Sliders

When you’re serving finger food, it is important to remember three things. One, you want to serve something that can be easily picked up. Two, you want to serve something that can be eaten in 2-3 bites. Three, you want those 2-3 bites to be delicious and sliders are a great way to do all three. If that wasn’t good enough, then sliders can be pretty much anything you’d like. You can coordinate them with a theme, dress them up or down. Go classic with slider burgers, or try spicy pork with a cool slaw, whatever your heart and stomach desire.

2) Skewers

Skewers are another easy way to get a lot of different tastes into one individual serving. Skewers are usually some type of protein in combination with fruit or vegetables and then grilled or cooked in an oven so they’re warm. You can make skewers with any food that you like. Make a few that are totally vegetarian and a couple selections with protein. The only thing to remember with skewers is to have a trash near by or a server collecting the finished skewer sticks.

3) Dips

The only rule to serving any dip is that no one double dips. It is just not sanitary. But beyond that, dips provide another easy way to be different and creative with your party guests but still keep the food recognizable. Try spicy chicken meatballs with a cool avocado sauce or lamb bites with a parsley and yogurt dip. For vegetarians, offer pita chips or homemade tortilla chips. You want to combine a few different flavors so that people can taste a variety in your cuisine selections.

Whatever you decide to serve for your finger foods, try something beyond the usual crab cakes and deviled eggs. If your event is serving a signature cocktail or wine, try to coordinate your food with those as well. It shows your guests that you want to go the extra mile for them. If you have questions about wine and food pairing, ask a local sommelier or places like the New Orleans Wine Bar for recommendations. Just remember, the food you serve is a reflection of the atmosphere of your party so be sure that is authentic and original.

Author: This article was written by M.G. Bachemin, a marketing associate for Pearl Wine Co