(Closed) Cold Plate Food Ideas

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

marinated grilled veggies that are prepared before hand, can be served cold/room temp and will compliment the meat

Also, caprese salad with bread is a crowd pelaser, if you can get good tomatoes

Post # 4
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am serving these deli spirals from Sams Club, Nancy’s Deli Spirals.  They are delicious, are frozen and come 60 in a box.  Tomato provolone, turkey pepper jack, turkey bacon ranch are the flavors.  You just thaw and serve, no cooking required.

Post # 5
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’d Google “party platters” and see what comes up. There’s so many cold/room temperature options!

Post # 6
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@lauramae89:  I think you could have an awesome wedding that’s both potluck (sorry you felt you had to shut down your thread, I’m going to PM some sites that have a less judgmental crowd when you want answers to questions like these) and cold foods you don’t have to warm up. What time of the day are you having the wedding? Here are some ideas I had that might work for you:

Brunches are pretty quick and lend themselves to foods that can be served room temperature or cold (like pancakes, muffins, deli meats, quiches, fruit, etc) that would be budget friendly. OR, you could have breakfast at dinner, and still serve the same type of food.

You could go for a carnival style, and offer different flavors of popcorn (to save extra money, just buy plain popcorn, brown bags, and tons of different seasonings-then people can make their own flavored popcorn).

Also, you can dress up a lot of cheap food in ways that make it look pricey- you could pack picnic type meals in cute stamped bags, place chips in a paper bag (just use decorative scissors along the edges, and maybe a stamp or two). 

Focus on drinks- you could have a coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar, then just serve pastry type things to go along with it (I’m thinking mini tarts you can buy in bulk, chocolate covered pretzels, etc). 


Good luck!

Post # 7
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think I posted on the other thread didn’t see anything crazy, I think you got some good advice there perhaps not what you were looking for. But today is a new day Cool

Veggie Platters, make them yourself instead of buying them, so baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatos, bell peppers, with dipping sauces. You can do the same with some fresh fruit.

I second the cold cut selections, with fresh rolls, with green salad, cold pasta salad, potato salad.

I think those options are filling and you  can you also have great quality control as you wouldn’t have to worry about serving anything hot. Good luck!

Post # 9
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh! Came across this quick recipe for pressed sandwiches that can be made up ahead of time- with popcorn or chips beside it, it may work fof you: http://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/pressed-italian-sandwich/


Pressed Italian Sandwiches


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would be relatively cheap, give off a carnival, picnic vibe, and may work for you or someone else looking for something cost effective for large crowds.


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