Fully loaded from the hot dog bar. Photo
courtesy Dietz & Watson.
Yesterday we looked at food bars for breakfast and brunch. Today, it’s lunch and dinner.
FOOD BARS FOR LUNCH & DINNER
Burger Bar: beef, turkey and veggie burgers with bacon, cheese (blue, cheddar, havarti, jack, swiss), condiments (barbecue sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise), grilled pineapple, guacamole, jalapeños, lettuce, salsa, sautéed/caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sliced raw onion, tomato.
Chili Bar: bean chili and meat chili plus avocado slices, black olives, chopped green onions, cheeses (cheddar, jack, queso fresco), cilantro, corn chips, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream.
Hero Sandwich or Panini Bar: a selection of meats and cheeses with all the fixings: giardinera plus your choice of all the other ingredients in this article.
Hot Dog Bar: hot dogs, brautwurst and sausage (include non-beef, non-pork choices) plus assorted buns and rolls, bacon, baked beans, blue cheese, caramelized/grilled onions, chili, cole slaw, condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard choices, olives, pickles, relish, corn relish, salsa), jalapeños, raw vegetables (cucumber, diced tomato, onions, shredded lettuce), shredded cheeses.
Falafel & Gyro Bar: babaganoush (eggplant spread), couscous, falafel balls, lamb, lettuce, onions, pita bread, tomatoes, olives, tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce—recipe).
Mac & Cheese Bar: one or two mac and cheese recipes with different cheeses and pasta shapes, plus lots of toppings: caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, seafood (crab, shrimp, scallops and lobster if you’re in the chips), fresh herbs, heat (chili flakes, diced jalapeños), toasted bread crumbs.
Nacho Bar: tortilla chips plus black olives, chili sauce, chopped fresh chiles (jalapeño and a milder option, such as banana peppers), cilantro, diced tomatoes, guacamole, hot sauce queso sauce (regular and jalapeño), refried beans, salsa (different types), shredded lettuce, sliced green onions, sour cream.
Pasta Bar: different pasta shapes and at least three sauces (cream-based, olive oil-based, tomato-based), grated cheese, meat and vegetable toppings.
Pizza Bar: basic red and white pizzas plus most of the toppings listed in the rest of this article.
Potato Bar: baked, fries, mashed and/or sweet potatoes with chives; same fixings as the Mac & Cheese Bar.
Risotto Bar: plain risotto with all sorts of mix-ins like asparagus (or seasonal vegetables), bacon, caramelized onions, cheese, cheeses (crumbled blue and/or goat cheese, grated or shaved parmesan), chives and other fresh herbs, ham/prosciutto, seafood (crab, lobster, scallops, shrimp).
Salad Bar: The original food bar concept; expand the ingredients to allow for the creation of chef salads, Cobb salads and spinach salads.
Soup Bar: Best in the winter with hearty soups like vegetable, potato or tomato, with garnishes of bacon bits, beans grated cheese, green onions, meats (diced chicken, sausage slices, shrimp), rice and/or other grains and sour cream/Greek yogurt.
Taco/Burrito Bar: beef, chicken, fish plus chopped tomatoes, cilantro, grated cheese, guacamole, olives, onions, salsa, tortilla chips, refried beans.
Coming tomorrow: dessert bars.