Restaurant & Foodservice Holiday Buffet Checklist

With the holiday season just around the corner its never to early to start menu planning.

To help you ease into the holiday buffet season we’ve created a checklist of fantastic items geared towards making your buffet presentation elegant and easy.

I am no stranger to buffet presentations. I understand the added stress levels of presenting holiday fare for hundreds of guests; all of whom come to your establishment with an appetite for great food and high expectations of that being delivered. This checklist is comprised of many items that I have personally used in the past; all of which have both presented well and alleviated much of the stress we take on in such days.

Looking for more ideas? We have dozens of other options and varieties available in our inventory, ask your Dennis Account Executive for additional suggestions!

Finger foods for platters or cocktail receptions:

πŸ”² Egg Salad 74206
πŸ”² Tuna Salad 74213
πŸ”² Ham Salad 74208
πŸ”² Buffalo Chicken Salad 74212
πŸ”² Cranberry & Walnut Chicken Salad 74214
πŸ”² Chicken Salad, all white meat 6287
πŸ”² Crab for crab rolls or crab cakes 18207
πŸ”² Lobster for lobster rolls 10057
πŸ”² Shrimp for cocktail or shrimp salad rolls 21947
πŸ”² Finger Sandwich Rolls 11096
πŸ”² Sausage Mix for sliders 22058
πŸ”² Pretzel Rolls for sliders 22650
πŸ”² Hard Cooked Eggs for deviled eggs 20467
πŸ”² Meatballs for crockpot served sweet & sour style 73405
πŸ”² Crab Rangoon 15280
πŸ”² Brie with Raspberry & Almonds in Phyllo 21565
πŸ”² Beef & Mushroom in Puff Pastry 21567
πŸ”² Cocktail Franks in Puff Pastry 10379
πŸ”² Assorted Quiche 10376
πŸ”² Bacon Wrapped Scallops 10374
πŸ”² Spanakopita 10375

Carving sized items… from the carving block:

πŸ”² Rib-Eye 4767
πŸ”² Pork Loin 72965 (BRT) or 12089
πŸ”² Turkey Breast Raw 4665 or 11784
πŸ”² Whole Salmon Sides 5220
πŸ”² Steamship Ham 19365
πŸ”² Pit Carving Ham 1241

Great items for chafer service:

πŸ”² Tri Colored Tortellini 19864
πŸ”² Linguini 21432
πŸ”² Spinach Fettuccini 21453
πŸ”² Pumpkin Gnocchi 16106
πŸ”² Butternut Ravioli 41336
πŸ”² Cavatappi 21417
πŸ”² Stuffed Sole 74070
πŸ”² Stuffed Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese 72878
πŸ”² Stuffed Chicken, Cordon Blue 72876
πŸ”² Fresh Chicken Breast 30704
πŸ”² Salmon Portions (Cut in Β½ for buffet) 15583
πŸ”² Herb Stuffing 78697
πŸ”² Red Skin Mashed Potatoes 23799
πŸ”² Mac & Cheese 7661 or 2469
πŸ”² Fresh Butternut Squash 26240
πŸ”² Fresh Sweet Potatoes 16015
πŸ”² Fresh Fingerling Potatoes 26477
πŸ”² Fresh Baby Rainbow Carrots 13377
πŸ”² Fresh Cauliflower 26087
πŸ”² Fresh Brussels Sprouts 78697

Buffet fillers:

πŸ”² Cranberry Sauce 70714
πŸ”² Greek Pasta Salad 74222
πŸ”² Cheese Tortellini Salad 74237
πŸ”² Chicken Penne Salad 14943
πŸ”² Rolls 20838
πŸ”² Cornbread 8859
πŸ”² Crepe Shells 21623

Petite dessert bites, perfect for platters:

πŸ”² Bistro Collection 7676
πŸ”² Lemon Shortbread 2560
πŸ”² Mississippi Mud Square 5055
πŸ”² Toasted Almond Cups 14204
πŸ”² Tiramisu Cups 14200
πŸ”² Lemon Burst Square 5721
πŸ”² Whoopie Pie Shells 33129
πŸ”² Whoopie Pie Filling 33141
πŸ”² Mini Chocolate Γ‰clairs 18524
πŸ”² Baklava 1347
πŸ”² Macaroon Mix 78632
πŸ”² Raspberry Filled Cookies 9271
πŸ”² Gingerbread Men 33247
πŸ”² Cannoli Shells 14190
πŸ”² Mini Cannoli Shells 14054
πŸ”² Cannoli Filling 14046
πŸ”² Petit Fours 24439
πŸ”² Chocolate Cannoli Shells 14710
πŸ”² Mini Chocolate Cannoli Shells 24297