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TIP OF THE DAY: Food Bars, Part 1 ~ Breakfast & Brunch

Fashion your party bar along the lines of
hotel breakfast buffets. Photo courtesy


While summer entertaining is easy—cocktails on the patio, burgers on the grill—the fall brings a challenge. How can you entertain with panache, without killing yourself?

We’ve grown fond of the food bar, a buffet that invites guests to “create-your-own-dish” with a particular type of food. Caterers call them food stations.

Whether for breakfast/brunch, lunch/dinner, dessert or snacks, a food bar is festive, fun and memorable. Guests can customize dishes to their hearts’ content, and thrill in the discovery of new favorite combinations.

It can also accommodate food allergies, vegan diets and other preferences, and feeds a large group easily.

We start today with breakfast/brunch food bars, with more meals to follow.



  • Breakfast Sandwich Bar: biscuits, English muffins, eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese and a myriad of toppings, from barbecue sauce to salsa
  • Cereal Bar: cold cereals, granola, fruits, different sweeteners (brown sugar, honey flakes, maple sugar), different milks (almond, cow, soy, flavored and unflavored), toppings (fruits, nuts, chocolate chips)
  • Cocoa Bar: dark, milk and white chocolate cocoas; spicy cocoa; flavorings (banana, mint, orange, raspberry); toppings (marshmallows, marshmallow creme, whipped cream), garnishes (chocolate or other flavored chips, cinnamon, nutmeg, sprinkles, shaved chocolate/chocolate curls)
  • Coffee Bar: different beans and roasts, flavored syrups, different milks and garnishes
  • Egg Bar: omelets or scrambled eggs with sides of grated cheeses, chili, marinara sauce, chopped fresh herbs
  • Oatmeal Bar: oatmeal and cream of wheat, and the Cereal Bar extras
  • Pancake and/or Waffle Bar: regular, multigrain and chocolate pancakes, syrups and sauces, different fruits and garnishes (chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • Tea Bar: Different teas (try less common varieties including herbal infusions, so people can experiment), sweeteners and milks (don’t forget lemon slices)
  • Yogurt Bar: Plain Greek and vanilla yogurt with lots of toppings, from fruits and nuts to honey and maple syrup
    Have more to add? Let us know!


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