Inspired by "this great outdoor space we have in the back that’s a little more informal," Hyatt Century Plaza catering director Duane Mah likes a first course of fresh fruits or Santa-Barbara shrimp with lemon and basil for a morning or early-afternoon wedding. Light, snappy flavors lend a festive touch to a brunch reception without being too overwhelming.
For the main course, a choice of omelets or Belgian waffles gives guests the chance to enjoy a classic breakfast. "We prepare the omelets on site and grill them there with garlic and lemon and, if people want, some pasta," says Mah, who points out that a brunch menu tends to work well as a buffet.
Unlike with an evening affair, dessert doesn’t have to be served last: French pastries, apricot scones, and fruit-filled Danishes introduce just the right amount of sweetness but, depending on guest preferences (and if served as part of a buffet), can be eaten at any time during the meal—underlining the laid-back tone that makes brunch so popular. "People can go up and choose whatever," Mah points out.