Should I Worry About Serving Too Many Cuisines at Cocktail Hour?

Etiquette, Food & Drink
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Cocktail hour is the perfect time to get creative with your finger food, but how many options are too many—especially when they come from a variety of cuisines. Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your catering questions in our daily post.

We want several ethnic cuisines at our cocktail hour. But will the tastes complement each other?

Don't worry about mixing foods; what's important is to have a variety of dishes or hors d'oeuvres that will please most palates, says Philip Pessin, senior catering manager for the Swissotel in Chicago. "That means meat, seafood, and vegetarian choices." Chicken quesadillas, shrimp spring rolls and mushroom ravioli? Bring it on!

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