Catering is often one of the first line items planners look at when trying to stretch a budget. What can replace sit-down dining, even buffets, without forfeiting taste and guest impressions? At Hawley Crescent Catering, the company’s signature Crush Tables – charcuterie stations on steroids – are proving to be a popular option. Beautifully decorated tables piled high with a wide range of delicious eating, from meat and cheese platters to elaborately arranged crudités, fruits and small-bite savouries and sweets. “Guests feast with their eyes first,” notes chef-owner Roger Searle. “Crush Tables are versatile on so many levels. They’re colourful and plentiful, easily tailored to budget, save on serving staff, plus they allow guests to easily graze throughout an event without breaking the flow of interaction.”
The Feast On-certified caterer – which recently created a 24-ft. crush station for an 800-person gala – uses live-edge wooden boards, unique accent pieces and serving dishes to create artful tables with layered heights and textures. Full-service catering and event planning are also available with a focus on flexitarian menus that are adaptable to all diets, including gluten-free and vegan.