*a small piece of bread or pastry with a savoury topping, served with drinks at receptions or formal parties.
The name comes from the French word for sofa, drawing on the analogy that the garnish sits atop the bread as people do a couch.
Canapés are swiftly becoming a main stay for corporate events, offering a variety of delicious and colourful bites that will impress colleagues and clients alike.
Canapés are enjoying a comeback both at wedding and corporate functions.
The French started offering canapés to their guests in the 18th century, and the English adopted the practice at the end of the following century. One modern version of the canapé is the amuse-bouche. Amuse-bouche literally means “mouth amuser”, but is translated more delicately as “palate pleaser”.
Because they are often served during cocktail hours, it is often desired that a canapé be either salty or spicy, in order to encourage guests to drink more. A canapé may also be referred to as finger food, although not all finger foods are canapés.
It is in recent years, however, that chefs and caterers have grown more experimental and braver when designing their menu. In the 1990s smoked salmon was extremely fashionable but now mini burgers, mini Yorkshire puddings, seared scallops, asparagus tips wrapped in Parma ham are delicious alternatives. As the choice has grown clients – and guests – have become increasingly adventurous.
Trying new things can also be a great conversation starter and at functions people are usually more up trying new foods as it’s less risky than paying for a meal and not liking what they get. The fact canapés are bite-sized means that they’re easier to socialize with but also, makes guests braver to try new things.
As buffets are increasingly seen as outdated and three course meals can mean a drawn our event, canapés are becoming the go-to option. They are designed as a party food; they allow greater fluidity of your guests as they can be eaten sitting, standing and chatting. This allows the conversation – and the champagne – to flow!
Check out our mouth-watering canapé menu below…
Young Baby Leek, Smoked Weald Bacon & Gruyere Tartlets
Slow Roasted Barbary Duck Pancakes & Plum Sauce
Mini Surrey Beef Burgers, melted Gruyere Cheese & Vine Plum Tomato Relish
HOT FISH & SHELLFISH:
Seared Scallops, Bramley Apple Compote on Miniature Black Pudding
Somerset Brie & Early Black Cranberry Filo Tartlets
Roasted Chianti Artichokes & Plum Tomato Pesto, Pecorino Polenta & Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Chargrilled Asparagus Tips wrapped in Parma Ham, Tarragon Dip
COLD FISH & SHELLFISH:
Weald Smoked Salmon Blinis, Baby Capers, Fresh Herbs & Lemon Chargrilled Atlantic Prawns wrapped in Snow Peas & Sweet Chilli Dip
Pecorino Romano, Parmesan & Rosemary Shortbread, Roasted Bambelo Orange, Plum Cherry Tomatoes, Feta & Kalamata Olives
Black Mission Figs & Roquefort Crostini, Glazed Red Onion Confit
Gooey Chocolate Brownies