How to Select a Menu
for Your Soul Food Event
Selecting the right menu for your soul food event is no mystery or big secret, you just need to know a few details and answer a few basic questions. In no time you will soon be on your way to preparing a great menu.
For example, if you’re hosting a party for someone special, you need to know what type of event you’re planning, the theme, and what type of food will be served for the event.
Once these questions have been answered, you can incorporate other food selections that the guest of honor enjoy into the menu and foods that would be appropriate for your guests and for hosting a great party.
Let’s say you’re hosting a graduation party for your cousin Mary and about 10 of her family and friends. Mary mentioned that she love soul food. Her favorite soul-food-meal include hot wings, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese.
By knowing the type of food that Mary enjoy, you can take the above items and incorporate other selections that would compliment the menu that Mary love.
Let’s look at the soul food event menu below:
Hot Wings (halves)
Mini Cold Turkey Sandwiches
Macaroni & Cheese
Assorted Fruit Salad
Country Deviled Eggs (halves)
Corn Bread Muffins
Suggested Serving Per Person:
3-4 hot wings , 1 to 2 turkey sandwiches, 6 to 8 ounces of collard greens, 4-6 ounces macaroni & cheese, ½ cup fruit, 1-3 halves deviled eggs, 1 corn bread muffin.
Since this is a graduation party, appetizers are appropriate. It offers variety and introduces a different item to the table. The mini turkey sandwiches will go well with hot wings, and offers an alternative for guests who don’t like hot wings.
If you want to stay in the same food family, you could add oven fried wings instead of the turkey. Fresh cut fruit or a fresh vegetable tray are always a hit for this type of event. Deviled eggs and corn bread muffins compliment the collard greens.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER:
When planning your soul food event, just incorporate foods that the guest of honor enjoy and add additional items that are appropriate for the event.
When planning your soul food event, always prepare enough food to accommodate the guests. It’s better to have more food than you think you’re need than to run out. Running out of food will not sit well with the guests and will leave a bad impression on you.
To get you started, focus on what the guest of honor enjoy and add items that are appropriate for the type of event you're hosting.
I have put together special menus for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and outdoor parties, that you can use as your guide. These are traditional soul food menus used for special events. Feel free to add more items as needed.
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