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Tampa Bay Inspired Wedding Menus to Fit Your Wedding Venue

If you ask any wedding guest the most important part of a Tampa Bay wedding after the ceremony, they’ll almost always respond with “the food.”

Weddings in Tampa Bay are home to many locally inspired dishes. Whether it be fresh seafood from the Gulf or menus with Cuban flair, the area’s top wedding caterers can create a custom cuisines to match your wedding venue’s atmosphere.

We’ve asked the area’s best wedding caterers: Tastes of Tampa Bay, SaltBlock Catering, Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Olympia Catering, and Good Food Events and Catering to share how they allow a venue to inspire their menus.

NOVA 535

The versatility of the NOVA 535 space cannot be overstated. From a small outdoor elopement to a raucous dance party the options to personalize your celebration are endless. It doesn’t hurt that they have award winning bathrooms either.

As a bonus to a caterer, rather than being tucked in a corner or alleyway, their thoughtful kitchen allows us to focus on what we do best; Delivering freshly prepared, amazing food for our clients that elevate the event and excite guests.

Because of the venue’s many set up options, you can move away from the traditional service if you wish and start with a myriad of passed hors d’oeuvres or indulge your guests with a tri-station dinner complete with hand tossed, seasonal salads, porchetta carving station and suspended risotto bar. As dancing begins, treat your attendees to our indulgent Strolling Sundae Bar followed by a late night snack with our Street Surfer food truck offering snacks like Mojo Pork Nachos + Loaded Beer Battered Fries in the courtyard. Casey Grawien | Tastes of Tampa Bay

Black, White and Gold Wedding Reception with Wood Floors and Brick Walls | Modern St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535

Benjamin Hewitt Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535 Event Space Bamboo Garden

Molliner Photography

Seasonal Strawberry Salad | Tampa Bay Wedding Caterer Tastes of Tampa Bay |

Tastes of Tampa Bay | Emily Katharine Photography

The Barn at Crescent Lake

The Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky’s Farm offers gorgeous lakefront views is the perfect setting for a BBQ dinner. Dance under the stars, while your guests dine on BBQ brisket, pulled pork, N.Y. strip steak, brown sugar and molasses baked beans and iced cold watermelon slices followed by a lavish dessert station. Paulina Nicka | Amici’s Catered Cuisine

Boho Chic Wedding Portrait with Flower Crown and Waterfront Lake Backdrop Rustic Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky's Farm

Darin Crofton Photography

Outdoor, Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Site | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Barn at Crescent Lake at Old McMicky's Farm

Life Long Studios

Engraved Wine Glasses | St. Petersburg Wedding Caterer Amici's Catering

Caroline & Evan Photography

Lange Farm

At any farm, barn or ranch properties, such as Lange Farm, it’s great to have southern BBQ items. We love elevated versions of “BBQ” such as a Southern Land & Sea Station with Carved Beef Brisket with House-Made BBQ Sauce and Spicy Sautéed Shrimp with Tasso Ham Gravy, Served with Red Mill Cheddar Grits and a Toppings Bar of Crispy Fried Onion Strings, Diced Tomatoes, and Hot Sauce – Laura Walsh | Olympia Catering

Rustic Tampa Bay Barn Wedding Venue | The Lange Farm Brooksville Wedding Venue

Rebecca Read Photography

Rustic Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Indoor Wedding Reception| The Lange Farm Brooksville Wedding Venue

Rebecca Read Photography

Wedding Dinner Short Ribs and Vegetables| Tampa Bay Wedding & Event Caterer Olympia Catering & Events

Olympia Catering | Rising Lotus Photography

The Vault

Although all catering service styles suit the historic venue, we feel that the plated service style best complements the classic, elegance of  the Vault in downtown Tampa. In addition to pairing well with the venue, this service style requires no front of house setup, which maximizes space for guest comfort.

For a dinner menu, we highly suggest an upscale duet plated entree, such as our Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs and Sautéed Gulf Coast Grouper, as this allows guests to experience the best of both worlds. -Amy Kensinger | Good Food Events and Catering

Modern Wedding Reception at The Vault | Lighting by Nature Coast Entertainment | Downtown Tampa Wedding VenueWinter Wonderland The Vault Wedding | Djamel Photography

First Dance | Blue Lighting by Nature Coast Entertainment | Modern Wedding at the VaultWinter Wonderland The Vault Wedding | Djamel Photography

Modern Wedding Reception at The Vault | Tall White Centerpieces by Apple Blossoms Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding

Winter Wonderland The Vault Wedding | Djamel Photography

CL Space

We love to do some twists on classic Cuban cuisine at a wedding venue like the CL Space. This could be incorporated into a passed hors d’oeuvres such as a Petite Paella Skewer with Garlic Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Saffron Ricecake, and Sweet Pea Aioli. Or a twist on a classic, an “Arroz con Pollo” Small Plate Station with Lemon-Zested Saffron Quinoa with Braised Florida Citrus Tomatillo Sofrito Chicken, Accented with Early Peas and Diced Piquillo Peppers, Garnished with Crispy Shallots, and a Crema Drizzle – Laura Walsh | Olympia Catering

Tampa Bay Wedding Venue with Brick Walls at Ybor City Creative Loafing Space CL Space

Tiffani Jones Photography

Tampa Bay Wedding Venue with Brick Walls at Ybor City Creative Loafing Space CL Space

Tiffani Jones Photography

Rustic Garden Wedding Reception Table Decor with Farmhouse Table, Wooden Chairs, and Ivory and Purple Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Wedding Chair Rentals A Chair Affair | Tampa Wedding Venue CL SpaceTampa Bay Wedding World Changer Free Wedding Giveaway | Green Pearl Photography

Gourmet Wedding Taco Appetizers |Tampa Bay Wedding & Event Caterer Olympia Catering & Events

Olympia Catering | Lauren Pauline Photography

Waterfront Venues

Waterfront venues are great locations to feature seafood from the Gulf such as a Cold Seafood Station with Jumbo Gulf Shrimp & Oysters Served with Fresh Lemon Wedges and Cocktail Sauce – Laura Walsh | Olympia Catering

Shrimp Wedding Appetizer | Tampa Bay Wedding & Event Caterer Olympia Catering & Events

Life Long Studios

Glazer’s Children’s Museum

The Glazer’s Children’s Museum is essentially a blank canvas with an amazing view of the Tampa skyline, Hillsborough River and H.B Plant Museum. Inspired by the tv series Mad Men, the event space is planned to turn into a mid-century modern, 60’s penthouse. The SaltBlock team got creative and interpreted the theme into a fun, contemporary meal that will take party-goers’ taste buds back a couple of decades including: Dijon Whipped Deviled Eggs with Sherry Reduction, Scallion and Smoked Paprika, Beef Bourguignon with Braised Angus Beef, Cotes du Rhone, Forest Mushrooms, Sourdough Toast and Banana Cream in a Banana Mousse Tartlet with Dulce de Leche. -Anggie Rocco | SaltBlock Catering

Bride Portrait in Illusion Wedding Dress Over Looking Downtown Tampa | Rooftop Wedding Venue The Glazer Children's Museum | Bridal Wedding Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Photographer Limelight PhotographyLimelight Photography

Modern Greenery Inspired Wedding Ceremony with Grass Wall, Chandelier and Ghost Chairs | Downtown Tampa Rooftop Wedding Venue The Glazer Children's Museum | Bridal Wedding Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Lighting Rental Nature Coast Entertainment Services | Furniture and Chair Rentals A Chair AffairLimelight Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait With Pet Dog in Tuxedo | Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Glazer Children's Museum | Bridal Wedding Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Pet Planning Sitter Services Fairytail Petcare

Limelight Photography




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