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The Best Reception Appetizers Ever

Puffy beet tostada appetizer with crema and Osetra caviar by Armandos
Photo: LeZu Photography | Appetizer: Armandos

Creative and delicious appetizers make your wedding menu memorable. These little bites are a great way to feature high-end ingredients without adjusting your catering budget. Given creative leeway, Houston wedding caterers deliver big flavor in small portions, with imaginative presentation that just might steal the spotlight.

Upscale On A Small Scale

Black tie doesn’t have to mean boring when it comes to cocktail hour fare. Classic caviar appetizers are cleverly presented with Churrasco’s mascarpone and brioche “twinkies,” a decadent and delicious little bite that pairs perfectly with a flute of bubbly.

Caviar and marscapone appetizer twinkie - Churrasco's by Cordua Catering
Photo & Appetizer: Churrasco’s by Cordúa Catering

If the occasion calls for dressy yet flavorful appetizers, look to local caterer Armandos for inspiration. Here, braised octopus is served with black bean puree and avocado atop a red tortilla chip. This exciting appetizer truly looks as amazing as it tastes, combining creamy, chewy and crunchy textures with unique flavor.

Braised Octopus appetzier with black bean puree by Armandos
Photo: LeZu Photography | Appetizer: Armandos

Proven pairings like prosciutto and fig are dressed to impress with edible flower petals in this fresh appetizer presentation designed by Jackson & Company.

Fig and Proscuitto wedding appetizer by Jackson and Company
Photo: Sean Chippendale | Appetizer: Jackson & Company
 A Small Dose Of Comfort

If your reception menu or cocktail appetizer menu calls for family-style fare, consider a proven crowd-pleaser like these mashed potato and short rib “martinis” by Café Natalie Catering. These smaller servings bring huge flavor, and a toppings station featuring chives, shredded cheese or bacon bits adds a fun and interactive element your guests will enjoy.

Mashed Potato and Short Rib Martini Appetizer Cocktail Reception Menu Cafe Natalie Catering
Photo & Appetizer: Café Natalie

If empanadas make you feel like you’re at home in Mom’s kitchen, enjoy them on a small scale as wedding appetizers. Churrasco’s by Cordúa Catering brings this tapas-sized savory pastry to your menu with spinach, shrimp and sherry or chicken-basil canapes in a variety of sauces.

Mini Empanadas Appetizer by Churrasco's - Cordua Catering
Photo & Appetizer: Churrasco’s by Cordúa Catering

Serving appetizers at a chic Sunday brunch reception, bridal shower or post-wedding breakfast? These crispy mini latkes from Café Natalie are a scrumptious way to give a nod to traditional lazy weekend mornings.

Mini potato pancake latke appetizer by Cafe Natalie Catering
Photo & Appetizer: Café Natalie
Sweet Nothings

For the final passed appetizer before your reception, consider serving a sweet bite or two to close out your cocktail hour. Churrasco’s alfajores – creamy dulce de leche sandwiched between tender and crumbly little Peruvian cookies – are the perfect ending to your appetizer menu. Or, serve them as a late night bite if your celebration runs into the wee hours.

Mini dulce de leche cookie dessert alfajores by Churrasco's - Cordua Catering
Photo & Appetizer: Churrasco’s by Cordúa Catering
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