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A Look At The Different Styles of Food Service

Two of the most important elements for any event are food and service. So, to help you choose the right service for your event we’re sharing information about each of your options.

The plated, sit down meal is by far the most popular style of food service for an elegant affair. Each dish is perfectly prepared and portioned separately for every guest. This allows for the chef to put an extra emphasis on the presentation of the meal.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Once the meals are plated, the servers on staff deliver these beautiful dishes directly to each guest.  The presentation and personalized service of a plated meal make it the most formal style of service and the most common option for wedding receptions.

However, if you are planning a more casual event, then a buffet might be the right option for you.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

One of the best things about a buffet is that it’s endless. That means your guests will never go hungry as they can return to the buffet line multiple times throughout the dinner.

In addition to being able to go up for seconds, your guests will love choosing what protein, vegetable and carbohydrate make it onto their plate.

Finally, buffets are a great option if you want to offer your guests a choice of protein but you don’t want to deal with the stress of tracking who is having what before the event takes place.

Food stations are another style of service that give you that same advantage. Stations are similar to buffets in that your guests get up from their tables to fill their plates. However, instead of having the food lined up on one long table, food stations are set throughout the room. By separating the different meal options guests can spread out rather than wait in a long line for the buffet.

Your final food service option is a mixture between the plated meal service and the buffet. It is what we call family style. In family style service, your guests are served at their tables (like the plated meal). However, instead of getting individual plates tables are served platters of food. The guests then serve themselves right at their own table. Once a platter is empty, tables can request a refill making the meal endless (like a buffet). Family style service is great because you get the delivery service of a plated meal combined with the all you can eat aspect of a buffet.

Needless to say, you can’t go wrong with any of these food service options. There are great things about each of them. It just depends on what’s most important to you and what experience you want to give the guests at your event.

Host An Event Every Season At Danversport

Our favorite part about living in New England is that we can experience and enjoy each of the four seasons. Here at Danversport we host events all year round. We truly embrace each season so there is a reason to host an event any month of the year.

It goes without saying that the views at Danversport are always breathtaking. Even in the winter, our waterside gazebo looks beautiful covered in snow.

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Now imagine viewing this picturesque scene from a window in our event space. During the winter months, we warm up each room with traditional holiday décor creating the perfect ambiance for a festive night of fun!
Holiday Decor
That being said, maybe you want to host an event when it starts to get a little warmer. The spring time here at Danversport is exciting! That’s when our outdoor space really starts to come alive.
The gardens are blooming…

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

Our fountains are flowing…

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

Even the boats are back in the marina!

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Photography Credit: Barbara Lynch Photography

Each change signifying that we made it through another New England winter and the summer sun is on its way!

Due to our ideal waterfront location, I am sure it is no surprise that the summer months are our busiest! Each room inside our property has its own outdoor patio space so you and your guests can enjoy the warm air and scenic views. In addition to that we have a fabulous tent pavilion right next to the water. It is the perfect setting for anyone who wants to host their event entirely outdoors!

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

Photography Credit: Allegro Photography

But it’s not just our location that makes us so popular our clients also love our farm to table menu that changes with each season.

Take our salads for example: In the summer we serve a Strawberry Salad made with romaine lettuce, fresh sliced strawberries, red onion and poppy seed dressing. While in the fall, our chef replaces the Strawberry Salad for the equally delicious Autumn Salad. The Autumn Salad is made with mixed greens, dried cranberries, walnuts and maple balsamic dressing.

Our fall menu is always popular as we offer all of the seasonal favorites. From apple garnished sangria to fresh butternut squash (which we pick from our own garden!) our chef serves up the traditional taste of fall.

Needless to say, thanks to our ever changing menu and stunning views, there is always a good reason to plan your event here at Danversport!

We look forward to hosting you soon!