BBQ Catering Trends in 2018

People are more in-tune than ever before with what food they are buying and eating among their diets. Food is now a form of entertainment. Ask yourself: how many cooking shows are on TV, nowadays? Most people are paying more attention to the kinds of food they are eating, the food companies that they are supporting, and how food is prepared. Rodeo Wagon is passionate about staying on top of food trends in order to stay in the ‘now’ of what people are interested in eating.

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Check out BBQ Food Catering Trends that are happening this year.

1. Global Fusion
One of the most important components of barbecuing is the way the meat is prepared. Barbecue techniques are changing – now, cooks are embracing all cultures from around the world and bringing it into the kitchen. Since people have more access to connect with people from all around the world, this inspires cooks to adventure with many diverse recipes that can influence the overall flavor of meals. Creating fusion inspired meals can add a special twist to any cookout event, and also allows you to cater to a wide set of pallets and dietary requirements.

2. Non-meat Eaters
Meat-free diners are becoming more common; It is important to offer meal options available for all dietary options. Having a surplus variety of vegetable options is recommended since individuals are becoming more serious about their health and environment. Don’t forget to add fusion flare to the vegetables, you’ll leave with a lot of impressed guests!

3. Local Craft Beer and Wine
People are passionate about supporting local brands, especially when it comes to food and beverages. Though beer and wine have been around for decades, their popularity with millennials is causing a shift in the market. Selling local beers and wines as a caterer is beneficial for everyone – considering caterers give off a “local” and friendly vibe. People are more likely to buy products that are made locally, so now is the time to support our neighbors!

4. Thinner Meats
It’s all about the flavor! When cooking thinner meats, you have the advantage of cooking quickly while still being able to hold onto all the delicious flavors and smokey spice. Thinner meats are more likely to be less fatty and easier to eat – perfect to serve when you have guests over for dinner and wine.

5. Forget the Buns!
After the huge health craze over the negative effects of gluten, many healthy eaters are ditching foods that have gluten in them, which includes bread. Use alternatives such as a lettuce wrap to reduce your calorie intake and enjoy a fresher, crisp meal. You can’t go wrong!

What are your BBQ recommendations? Rodeo Wagon would love to hear!

Reach out to Rodeo Wagon for your next catered event! 

 

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Menu Tips for the Ultimate Picnic Party

It’s picnic season! Picnics are perfect outdoor fun for companies, social groups and organizations. Planning a picnic can be just as fun as enjoying the outdoor event as well! Here are menu tips from the Rodeo Wagon.

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Rodeo Wagon has just the right picnic menu ideas to make an extra special afternoon with friends and family. The best thing about picnics are the memories enjoyed outside of the house that are filled with light-hearted experiences and laughter.

Most people think “Picnic Party” is the only theme for your picnic event; but don’t be shy to add a special twist. Some fun ideas are Fiesta Picnic, Sports-Themed, Circus-Themed and plenty more options! What other themes sound fun to you?

To ensure your event is memorable, Rodeo Wagon ensures to provide excellent catering experience and exceptional service to bring your event to the next level. How do we do this? We do this by providing high-quality food that is fresh and tasty, with a special southern twist. We have a diverse menu that accommodates most dietary needs… no one will leave with an empty stomach! 🙂

Picnic Favorites! 

Make sure to come hungry! Everyone loves to grub on Texas Bacon Burgers, Veggie Burgers or Wisconsin Brat Wurst.

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All it takes to add the “wow’ factor is additional toppings such as caramelized onions, sauerkraut, and brown mustard.

Want a lighter lunch?

We suggest our special Southwest Garden Zesty Pasta that can be served with or without protein – in which provides food options for all attending guests. Pasta salad is served hot and packed with fresh veggies so it’s satisfying, but not too heavy.

Southwest Garden Pasta(This photo demonstrates non-veggie option).

Now, let’s talk side dishes… 

Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac N’ Cheese is a must have! Savor your taste buds with a blend of premium cheeses and pasta, topped with bread crumbs and VOM FASS Truffle Oil. What’s there not to love?

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Award winning Triple Cheesy Mac

 

Little tips that make a huge difference:

1. Ensure all foods are stored under tents protected from the sun to ensure freshness.
2. Check the temperature of the foods every 30 minutes.
3. Remove cooked food from the grill directly to guests plates.
4. When serving food, be sure to always wear gloves. We know we do!
5. Bring extra ice for cold beverages and cold condiments.

 

Reach out to Rodeo Wagon to help you cater your next picnic party or event!

Graduation Party Food Ideas

♪ Schools out, for summer! ♪

Congrats to all the graduates out there; now, it’s time to celebrate your success! Graduation parties (or any party) can be a lot of work, and I’m sure you’ve ran through the mental checklist of everything you need at least a million times… 
Date and time? Check ✔. Party location? Check ✔. Decorations? Check ✔. Sending invites to everyone you know? Check ✔. Now for the most important part — food. Your menu choice is a balancing act between budget and everyone’s food tastes, especially the graduates. Did someone say “BBQ”? The Rodeo Wagon knows all about that! As for the cherry on top, we keep it local with ingredients from local businesses.

You know what’s always a huge hit? “Build Your Own” food bars. This gives people the freedom to make their food exactly the way they enjoy! Keeping it western, a “Build Your Own Slider” bar is one way to make sure no one leaves with an empty stomach. We include all the works!

Guests top their 2 slider buns with chicken, pork or bison and dress them up with 4 toppings. Choose from sweet potatoes, blend of sliced cheeses, roasted peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, coleslaw, beets or pickles. BBQ, chipotle mayo, VOM FASS oil and vinegar and ketchup are available for the final touch.

Oh yeah, don’t forget Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac n Cheese. Mmm.. Tasty.

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Rodeo Wagon’s Award Winning Triple Cheesy Mac n Cheese, Taste of Madison 2017

 

Not feeling BBQ? How about a more summer-themed dish? Our island pork is boasting with sweet, sour, and teriyaki flavors and garnished with pineapple.

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Island Pork with pineapple

Not every party is has a long invite list. If it’s a more intimate setting, how about seafood? Nothing better than Cajun infused Gumbo featuring Andouille, chicken, and vegetables, topped with a crawfish boil and served with corn on the cob.

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Cajun gumbo, crawfish and corn on the cob

Are you hungry yet?

Rodeo Wagon is here for your catering needs and to help take off the stress of preparing food for your next big event. We have a staple menu of meals people enjoy, but we also create customized menus to ensure your party is just as delicious as it is delightful.

Stay tuned for more foodie talks!