Isn’t it a chilling moment when you realize that you’re about to have a home full of guests with no idea how to feed them? It’s hard to find sophisticated, adult party foods that keep guests content without turning to cheap, greasy alternatives. We have a solution: cold mezze dishes.
Keep your last-minute gathering fresh with advice from the expert event planners at City Roots Hospitality! Rather than unsatisfying, unfulfilling dishes, present them with a gorgeous Mediterranean mezze platter. You’re only one trip to the grocery store and twenty minutes of preparation from a display that will leave every party guest talking. Or a quick phone call away from a beautiful spread put together by our experts.
To keep that party rolling, turn to City Roots Hospitality for your next event. Whether you’re hoping for a reception venue, an unforgettable baby shower, or just a way to enliven your next get-together, City Roots Hospitality is ready and waiting to serve. For more information, peruse our menus or check out our website today!
Chilled Mezze Dishes for All
With roots that date back to the days of Ancient Greece, the classic Mediterranean Mezze plate is a sure way to leave every guest feeling like a god or goddess of the time. Filled with fresh, savory flavors and wholesome ingredients, this mezze is certain to add the exact flair you need for a memorable evening among friends.
Best of all, by building your plate out of chilled, vegan ingredients, you save the time and headache of planning around a dozen different allergies and dietary restrictions! Preserve your time for how it should truly be spent: enjoying every moment with your friends and family.
This dish is simple, but it’s impossible to make a list of cold mezze dishes without including this classic staple. Constructed from a combination of chickpeas and rich, fragrant spices, this creamy dip is an absolute staple to any successful mezze tray.
As always, we suggest going handmade whenever possible. However, in a time crunch, there is no problem in turning to premade hummus dishes available in any supermarket. When looking for a high-quality hummus, always remember to inspect the ingredients list and select the option with the clearest, most easily understood label.
To spice this dip up and make it your own, go with the classic, original flavor, then spice it up with crushed red pepper, a dash of seasoned olive oil, a sprinkling of diced raw garlic and kalamata olives, or any variation of the list!
If a tray has a dip, of course, you’ll need fresh vegetables to enjoy it with.
To highlight the fresh, earthy flavor of your hummus, we suggest combining an assortment of crisp vegetables. Celery is always a valid option, but to keep things even more Mediterranean, we suggest slicing up red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. The variety of colors and flavors will provide your guests with plenty of options without creating too much extra work for you.
This final addition takes a bit of added work, but the extra time is far worth the result.
To create this cold, crisp salad, start by slicing each of the following vegetables into bite-sized pieces: lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, and radish. Focus on slicing the radish as thin as possible for the best result.
Toss the veggies in a generous coating of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice, then sprinkle with your favorite spices. Turmeric adds a mysterious touch of sweetness and color, while dried garlic adds an unexpected element of heat. Get creative, experiment with your favorite flavors, and create something altogether new.
That’s the City Roots Hospitality way: start with a base of fresh, authentic flavors before adding an element of the unexpected!
Making Mezze Easy with City Roots Hospitality
City Roots Hospitality takes pride in providing the brightest flavors, the best service, and the most gorgeous venues in the city– all while keeping every bit completely inclusive!
When dining at any of the restaurants in the City Roots Hospitality family, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. We source as many ingredients as we can locally, giving back to the economy while providing the highest level of flavor and quality. Best of all, every creatively inspired dish is completely cruelty-free, with plenty of kosher-certified and gluten-free options to ensure every guest leaves happy and satisfied.
Invest in a mezze experience with City Roots Hospitality and watch as your guests are stunned by:
- Our beluga lentil salad, topped with roasted red peppers and salty, brined capers
- Penne pasta with sun-dried tomato and chickpeas
- Tabouli salad with chopped tomatoes and parsley
- Fresh arugula salad and seasonal veggies
- Any of four classic Greek dips, including hummus, eggplant, fava bean, and Tzaki