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Catering Food Trends, Part I: Elevated Street Food

Bringing Culture and Flavor Events

Elevate your menu with a burst of vibrant energy! Elevated street food adds a kaleidoscope of flavors from around the globe, injecting excitement into your event. From mouthwatering shish kabobs to irresistible bao and tantalizing tacos, there's something to tantalize every taste bud.

During the pandemic, street food and food carts saw a resurgence, offering a safe and enjoyable dining experience when traditional restaurants closed their doors. Today, they remain a cornerstone of events, fostering a sense of camaraderie and joy.

Embrace the essence of street food by curating a menu that brings top-tier ingredients together with street fare with creative flair. Here's a glimpse of the culinary possibilities from ECEP member 24 Carrots Catering and Events in Costa Mesa, California.

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Mini Al Pastor Tacos | Photos: Lorely Meza
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Already a crowd favorite, make them unforgettable. Consider using succulent Alaskan sea bass, kissed with lemon butter and adorned with edible blooms. Or thinly sliced Wagyu beef, kissed with a hint of sear and a small dose of black truffle oil, nestled in artisanal corn tortillas and adorned with homemade chimichurri, crumbled cotija cheese, and delicate micro cilantro. Finally, why not take it all the way to the top and offer a crab taco finished with a dollop of creme fraiche and caviar?


Bring your A-game with a prime Wagyu beef patty with a whisper of seared foie gras and delicate black truffle shavings. Finish it with aged Gruyère cheese, cascading over the patty, and a drizzle of light truffle mayonnaise. Final touch? A sprinkle of baby arugula for a subtle peppery bite.

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Hot Dogs

Come on now! You know you love them, and more importantly, how much guests love them. Transform the humble hot dog into a gourmet masterpiece with premium sausages like bratwurst or andouille. Crowned with artisanal mustard, house-made sauerkraut, or daring condiments like exotic fruit chili. Whether you opt for towering creations or bite-sized delights, each promises a symphony of flavors.


Indulge in a decadent interpretation of pizza with toppings like velvety prosciutto and vibrant arugula, kissed by truffle oil. Or savor a luxurious medley of smoked salmon, sautéed shallots, and creamy caper sauce on a pristine white base.

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Photos: Lorely Meza

Dim Sum

Cultures fuse when you consider what the word bao means -- a softy, puffy bun. And we all know, anything is better when served in a bun, such as Philly Cheesesteak! The creating serving possibilities also add a touch of beauty to the menu whether they are on taco stands or in a traditional serving basket.

As you can see, street food served at a wedding or event isn't just about tantalizing taste buds; it's about creating an unforgettable experience. With its fusion of fun, flavor, and flair, it ensures that every guest discovers a new culinary obsession.



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