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How Much For How Many?

The number of appetizers you need often depends on how long the cocktail "hour" is, the time of day, and if a meal will be served following the cocktail hour.  Remember to provide a variety of foods to please everyone.  That means something for the vegetarian as well as the meat eater.  Having both hot and cold foods also helps to keep everyone nibbling happily.


When appetizers are served before a meal, plan for:

5-7 bites when served before a light meal

3-4 bites when served before a full dinner menu


For a party when the appetizers will be replacing a meal, plan for:

10-12 bites per person


How many varities should be served for an appetizer party?

For up to 35 guests, plan for 4-5 kinds of appetizers

For 35-60 guests, plan for 7-9 different kinds of appetizers

for more than 60 guests, plan for 9 or more kinds of appetizers


  • Shrimp Cocktail Shooter

  • Smoked Salmon on Endive with Dill Sauce & Capers

  • Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Apples

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

  • Miniature Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato

  • Miniature Cubano Sandwiches

  • Minature Bread Bowls  (Tuna salad, Chicken salad, Lobster salad, Crabmeat salad, Spinach dip, Egg salad) 

  • Crabmeat Cocktail  

  • Seasonal Vegetable Crudite with herb dip

  • Cheese Board with Assorted Crackers, Breadsticks, Fruit

  • Antipasto Board (selection of sliced meats, marinated grilled vegetables, roasted peppers, herb brined olives)

  • Spinach Dip served in a Pumpernickel Round

  • Olive Tapenade with Toasted Baguette

  • Tortilla Triangles served with Guacamole & a variety of Salsas

  • Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

  • Taco Bar

  • Bruschetta Bar (includes: Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella, Vegetable & Pesto, Roasted Garlic & White Bean, Hummus)

  • Caprese Skewers (Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella drizzled with a Balsamic Glaze)

  • Smoked Salmon on Black Bread with a Dill Creme Fraiche

  • Tiny New Potatoes topped with Sour Cream, Chives and Bacon Bits

  • Seven-Layer Dip Cups (refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, green onions, olives served in an individual plastic cup with tortilla chips

Cold Appetizers





Hot Appetizers

Heating is required before serving

  • Shrimp Toast

  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

  • Coconut Shrimp

  • Shrimp Shao Mai with Orange Dippping Sauce

  • Shrimp Po Boy

  • Crab Rangoon

  • Crab & Pecan Bites

  • Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

  • Lobster Roll

  • Mussels Marinara

  • Meatballs (Asian or Italian)

  • Sausage Puffs

  • Stuffed Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes

  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage

  • Mozzarella Egg Rolls

  • Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onion & Horseradish

  • Beef Satay with Hoisin Dipping Sauce

  • Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • Miniature Philly Cheese Steaks with Caramelized Onion

  • Miniature Quiche

  • Miniature Crab Cakes

  • Miniature Cocktail Franks

  • Soup Shooter

  • Latkes

  • Chicken Wings (Asian, Hot, Barbeque)

  • Spring Rolls (Pork & Plum, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Parmesan, Mushroom)

  • Grilled Flatbread

  • Clams Casino

  • Hot Artichoke Dip

  • Baked Brie with Apricot Glaze



Please include a contact number, the date and time of your event, location where your event will take place.  

The Tasting Dish, LLC

Off Premise Catering Company


Serving all of Northern New Jersey


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