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Demystifying The Events Industry: Appetizer Guide

Posted by Angela Christian on Jan 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM
Angela Christian

Planning an event is tough. What makes it even tougher (besides finding a venue, inviting guests, etc) is that the events industry uses a lot of confusing jargon.

Since a few of us at VenueBook were unfamiliar with the events industry when we first started, we had a lot of learning to do.  So over the next few weeks we will be breaking down the industry jargon and helping you become a master of all things events (or atleast advance from your basic knowledge).  This week we are starting with what I like to call "WTF appetizers."  This post will look at the four main types of pre-dinner bites into an appetizer guide, so that next time someone asks you for canapé suggestions you don't have to open Google to answer them. 


Finger Foods

Burger sliders served as finger foods at a party

Finger foods are meant to be directly with the hands rather than with utensils.  Examples of finger foods include: mini sliders, sweet potato bites, mini meatballs, etc.  


A savory, creamy cucumber spread on crackers with a shrimp garnish appetizer

Typically served before the first course of a seated meal and should complement the meal.  Play with flavors - you don’t want appetizers that repeat the ingredients of the main course(s).  

Hors d’œuvres

Small bite sized hors d'œuvres on toothpicks

This word is French for “outside of art” but translates to “outside the meal”. Hors d'œuvres are usually one bite items served either stationary or passed separate from or prior to the meal.


Crostini topped with a cheese, marmalade and fig spread served as a canapé

A type of hors d’œuvre, a canapé is decorative food consisting of a small piece of bread, puff pastry, or cracker topped with some savoury food.  Like any hors d’œuvres, canapés are meant to be eaten in one bite.  


Now that you understand the different types of're on your way to conquering the events industry. 


Happy Booking!

Team VenueBook

Topics: Event Planning