Your Go-To Guide for Holiday Food and Drink Pairings


Different offices have different styles. Some team members love a good after-hours happy hour while for others, a morning meeting with breakfast makes it easy to celebrate and still get home to the kids. No matter how you and your team like to celebrate, here’s how to put together a holiday menu for any time of day.

The Festive Morning Meeting:
Your meeting may not be Christmas morning, but you can still foster those good feelings. Let’s start with the beverages. A coffee and hot chocolate bar is a great way to offer fun holiday flavors for coffee drinkers and hot chocolate lovers alike. Be sure to have whipped cream, peppermint creamer and peppermint sticks, marshmallows and any other holiday flavors. There’s room for some creativity here. As for the food, you can keep it pretty simple with your offerings, but you can also include pastries like gingerbread french toast or cinnamon rolls to make your meeting that much sweeter.

A Fa La La La Lunch:
Gathering around the conference room table for lunch just got a holiday upgrade. Try offering festive lunch staples like ham, cheddar and cranberry paninis or get cozy with a butternut squash soup with roasted brussel sprouts on the side. To wash this tasty lunch down, sparkling apple cider is the perfect pairing. No matter which holiday flavors you decide to go with, it’s important to offer options that aren’t too heavy and are easy to grab and go.

The Deck the Halls Happy Hour:
If your team is opting for a holiday happy hour, there’s nothing more satisfying than a carefully crafted charcuterie board. Instead of sticking with the usual prosciutto and brie, you can spice this platter up with some festive options. Some easy ways to inject some Christmas spirit: make use of seasonal fruits like pomegranate and persimmon, add classic protein options like honey-glazed ham prosciutto or get contemporary with bacon-wrapped dates and make things a little sweet with cinnamon sticks and peppermint bark. Most importantly, you can’t forget the wine. Go with a rich red blend or to celebrate a white Christmas, a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.

The best part about celebrating the holidays is coming together to share a meal, and with the options above, you can work with the options that make the most sense for you and your team. If you’re looking for a holiday twist for your office get together, contact us and we can craft the perfect meal for your celebration.