Choosing a caterer for an event such as a birthday party, wedding, or office function is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to worry about the size of the event and the dietary requirements of the guests, first you have to decide one basic question: what type of food should I order? Mexican? Chinese? American fast food?
For an increasing number of people, the answer is Mediterranean food, for a number of reasons.
1) Mediterranean food is fit for any type of event.
Need something that will satisfy young children at a birthday party? Once they try it, kids love baklava. How about a corporate function? For these types of events, Mediterranean food is still a new, exciting option.
The size of the catering order can also be scaled up or down to meet the requirements of your event. 10 people? Try a Greek salad. 100 people? Try an even bigger Greek salad.
The largest hummus dish ever cooked weighed 23,000 pounds and was made by 300 cooks near Beirut, Lebanon. Your hummus order probably won’t be that large, but rest assured it can be done!
2) Your order can be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free.
For millennia, Middle Eastern people have been cooking with chickpeas, the key component of hummus and falafel. This results in meals that are entirely vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. Meat-eaters can still be satisfied too with a rich order of kebabs and shawarma. Whatever the dietary needs of your group, Mediterranean food can satisfy them.
3) It has a rich history.
Most of what we call Mediterranean food originated in the Levant, a historical region narrowly defined as containing Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and parts of Turkey. Sometimes, the definition is expanded to include Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Libya, and all of Turkey. In fact, Mediterranean food is so good that countries continue to fight over its definitive origins even today. Falafel is considered an unofficial national dish in Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. In 2008, Lebanon even tried unsuccessfully to request protected status from the European Commission for hummus as a uniquely Lebanese food. You know food is good when countries are still fighting over who invented it!
4) It’s healthy.
Chickpeas in particular are a rich source of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, making falafel one of the healthiest, most filling vegetarian foods in the world. Pita bread dipped in hummus is an excellent snack for health-conscious parents who want to give their kids an alternative to chips and salsa. And with healthy appetizers such as fried cauliflowers, fruit skewers, and cucumber yogurt dip, anyone can enjoy the health benefits of Mediterranean food.
5) It’s delicious!
All the historical facts and nutrition information in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if the food didn’t taste great. And for thousands of years, people have delivered their verdict. Mediterranean food is bursting with flavors, from the nutty taste of hummus to the rich juices dripping off a fresh kebab.
Mediterranean catering is likely available in your area. Give it a try and discover why Mediterranean food is so popular all over the world.