Upscale Food on a Budget

Delicious food doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Contrary to popular belief, you can keep all your limbs and serve your guests food they’ll rave about. By choosing economical dishes that are similar to expensive favorites, you and all your party-goers will walk away from your event with great satisfaction.

Crab Dip ? Crab Cakes:

There’s no doubt that crab dip is a huge crowd pleaser, but you can wow your guests for about half the price by subbing it with Chesapeake crab cakes. The last time we heard someone complain about being served crab cakes was…well, never, and the chance of drippage on your new shirt decreases significantly when there *isn’t* dip involved. See? Crab cakes solve multiple problems.

Beef Tenderloin ? Roast Beef Station:

There are few things as rich as beef tenderloin, but that richness will cost you a pretty penny. By ordering a roast beef carving station in lieu of the tenderloin, you’ll save hundreds (yes, hundreds) of dollars but still get high quality protein. Unless you’re hosting a party for the President or someone of similar status, your guests will be very appreciative that they’re getting delicious red meat, period.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops ? Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds:

When it comes down to it, the reason this is such a popular dish is due to the balance of flavors between the naturally sweet scallops and the salty bacon. But, you can get a similar taste (with added crunch!) in the form of Groovin’s bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds. Many people have never tried dates, so this dish will also allow them to experience something new.

Shrimp Cocktail ? Cilantro Shrimp Salad Canapes:

An oldie but goodie, shrimp cocktail remains a party favorite to this day. However, you can get something with more flavor for 20 dollars less per order: cilantro shrimp salad canapes. Served in a puff pastry cup with notes of cilantro and chilies, you definitely won’t miss the cocktail sauce.

Cheese Tray ? Cashew Crusted Blue Cheese Grape Poppers:

Cheese trays, though tasty, are a little overdone. Cashew crusted blue cheese grape poppers are a much more unique option, yet they still incorporate many of the foods you would find on a cheese tray; the only difference, besides the money you’ll save, is that these are easier to eat…which is also a good thing. Not a fan of blue cheese? Try our brie crostini with ginger roasted pears instead.

Through ordering these dishes instead of pricey classics, you’ll expand your guests’ culinary horizons without anyone ever suspecting that you did so economically. For other ways to save money on your event, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 804.868.8900.

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