Finally, cooler weather has come to the Tennessee Valley, bringing with it visions of cider and apple picking. As nights drop to lower temperatures, foods that warm the belly, fill our plates. Fall also brings a new season of fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Everyone has their own ways of enjoying the season’s finest, including All Occasion Catering! Read below to see AOC’s favorite fall fares and produce.
Food doesn’t have to be heavy and unhealthy, to be comforting and filling. Take AOC’s spinach salad on their Smoky Mountain Holiday menu, for example. The salad is a combination of fresh baby spinach, festive dried cranberries, rich feta cheese and fresh pecans. The berry offers a tartness that lightens hearty main dishes like the French airline chicken breast or chicken roulade both served with a cranberry stuffing.
Apples are a fall food staple. Whether you’re enjoying apple cider, apple picking or caramel apples, the sweet treat is a must for fall. A unique hors d’oeuvre to try is AOC’s caramel apple in Phyllo, featured on the Black Tie menu. The sweet and savory bite condenses a rich treat into a delectable starter. Another great way to enjoy apples is to smoke meat alongside it. Crown pork rib with apple craisin stuffing or apple smoked pork loin with red cinnamon apples on AOC’s Smoky Mountain Holiday make for indulgent main courses.
Mushrooms are a great, hearty vegetable that absorbs flavor well. If your party or family gathering is in need of simple, one-bite starters, then stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd pleaser. AOC’s Classic Hors D’oeuvres menu features two options, cremini mushrooms stuffed with sausage and three-cheese stuffed mushrooms. Since mushrooms absorb flavor incredibly well, infusing or pairing them with red wine or cognac is an exciting way to prepare the vegetable. For the main course, mushroom stuffed chicken breast with cognac sauce is a great option. Or for a side, burgundy mushrooms are offered on multiple AOC menus, featuring a taste of red wine.
The gourd family includes butternut squash and pumpkins, making them fall royalty. Both pumpkins and butternut squash are versatile, having the ability to be both sweet and savory. If you’re looking to warm your belly, consider enjoying a bowl of butternut squash soup. As a main dish, butternut squash ravioli with basil cream sauce is a light but filling option. Finally, what would a fall meal be without pumpkin pie? If you are serving desserts at your next event this fall, pumpkin pie from AOC’s Heirloom Southern Christmas menu is a must.
Are you ready to let All Occasion Catering take care of your holiday menu? Besides offering a multitude of customizable menus that highlight the season’s finest offerings, All Occasion Catering offers bartending services to really amp up your next event. AOC also has multiple venues that can accommodate any size event. Visit AOC’s website or call today at (865) 521-1300, to see how AOC can help make your next event one to remember.