Hot & cold buffet menu ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Buffets are a simple, informal way to provide a meal to a lot of guests without the need for wait staff. The advantage of serving a buffet is that you can feed a lot of people and offer a variety of foods that will please everyone's palette without spending a lot of money. When deciding on a menu make sure to include options for meat eaters as well as vegetarians and make sure to have healthy alternatives for those who are trying to diet.

Breakfast Buffet Menu

Breakfast is most important meal of the day. For a breakfast buffet menu serve a variety of foods that suit different tastes. This can include toast, eggs, ham, sausage and bacon, as well as an assortment of healthful cereals, and a wide assortment of fruits such as melons, apples, strawberries, kiwis, oranges and blueberries. Include a selection of drinks such as juice, coffee, milk and tea.

Vegetables, Fruits and Cheese Buffet Menu

Vegetables, fruits and cheeses can be eaten in between meals or as a light meal. When making a vegetable, fruit and cheese buffet, you should create a wide assortment of choices. In a fruit basket place a variety of common fruits such as melons, apples, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, mangoes and peaches. If you can find them, add some more exotic fruit as well such as mangosteens, dragon fruit and custard apples. For vegetables you can add squash, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. Make sure to add some spinach dip, sour cream and hummus as well. Add a platter of crackers and a selection of cheddar, blue, ermenthal and Monterey jack cheese, and you have a complete buffet meal.

Cold Buffet Menu

For a cold buffet menu include lots of food for making sandwiches such as open rolls, a variety of breads, baguettes and croissants. A variety of sandwich meats including turkey, roast beef and chicken. Add some slices of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese as well as some lettuce, tomatoes and sandwich condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. Add some other cold foods such as fruit salad, quiche, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables and crackers.

Dinner Buffet Menu

Create a traditional American dinner buffet by including hot roast beef, roast turkey, roast ham and a roasted chicken. Make sure to have lots of brown gravy to pour over the main dishes. Add some side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, french fries and macaroni and cheese. Set out large servings of salad and vegetables such as spinach, brocolli, carrots and peas. Add some sea foods to the menu such as shrimps, lobsters and a variety of fish. For dessert set out cookies, cakes ice cream and some fruit tarts.

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Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.