Food and Drink Pairings
The behavior of people towards food and drink has evolved from just eating meals for energy and nutrition into turning it into an enjoyable experience. What was once a fad of posting food porn is now a norm. Not only does this imply the significance of a memorable experience the person has with the meal, but it also demonstrates how people connect through food. To take these experiences to further heights, one can explore different food and drink pairings that will stimulate the taste buds above and beyond.
Pairing food with a matching drink is a craft but you do not have to be a connoisseur to pick out palatable combinations. It is not difficult to determine if the food and drink complement each other. However, it is a hit-or-miss when exploring pairings if you are not knowledgeable of flavors and textures.
There are many suggestions available to guide you on how to create a more successful food and drink pairing. You can either complement flavors and textures by matching the intensities of the food and drink or create contrasts that will stimulate more, if not all, essential tastes. In matching intensities, you would ideally couple lighter intensity and textured food and drinks. Generally, wine should be more acidic but sweeter than food. It is common knowledge that red meats are paired with red wine which is more bitter, bolder and richer in flavor, and seafoods, fish and poultry are paired with lighter and more acidic drinks. Granting all this, you should not always base solely on the type of meat but the seasonings and sauces it contains. Red wines are best at amplifying shared flavors and textures whereas white, rosé and sparkling wines are excellent for contrasting. On the other hand, cocktails are known to have more complexity. As such, heavier cocktails are more suitable for lighter and softer-flavored dishes.
Another approach is to match food and drink with a commonality. You can identify the cuisine to the origin of the spirit. For example, sushi and sashimi with Japanese sake. You can also have a shared ingredient between the food and drink. For example, tacos with lime and margarita or mojitos.
Here are ten recommended pairings you can have for every occasion. You can make these yourself, purchase them from a restaurant or order from a caterer like Rx Catering.
Quiche and Mimosas
Brunch food is popular with Mimosas. Quiches have several variations such as spinach, ham or salmon. The light and citrusy taste of mimosas perfectly contrast the filling egg and cheese-based dish.
Sandwiches and Tea or Coffee
Light mini sandwiches and tea or coffee have made a comeback as High Tea is popular once again. This classic combination has been around for decades and is a good staple for different occasions both formal and casual.
BBQ Pork and Iced Tea
Rich and tangy barbecue pork usually served during outdoor events or more laid-back occasions goes well with a refreshing and sweet iced tea served best very cold.
Hamburgers and Light Beer
Meaty and chunky hamburger contrasted with a light and crisp ale is perfect for outdoor grill or picnic events.
Tacos and Margaritas
The taco and margarita combination is an example of a pairing originating from the same region as well as having common ingredient which is lime. The flavorful tacos of different meats and various toppings are accentuated with the complex taste of the margarita perfect for summer events.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Shooters
Shots of hearty tomato soup paired with rich and crunchy mini grilled cheese sandwiches are a great hor d’oeurves for a cocktail event.
Cheese and Crackers and Wine
Cheese and wine is probably the most well-known food and drink pairing seen in events. It is best to match the intensity of the flavor of the cheese with the richness of the wine.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Sparkling Wine
The intense berry flavor is contrasted with a light sparkling wine that brings out the sweetness and tartness of the dessert. It is good for special events such as weddings or black-tie parties.
Cookies and White Russian
An adult adaptation of milk and cookies. White Russian is a cocktail that adds complexity to the popular dessert. You can offer this during occasions such as birthday celebration and get-togethers.
Cheesecake and Sweet Wine
The rich cheesecake with a tarty fruit topping usually with a like black cherry goes well with sweet wine.
Rx Catering is a well-established catering service in the Little Rock area that boasts over 60 years of experience. Rx Catering is a catering company made by professionals for professionals. At Rx Catering, we provide you food and beverage worth indulging without interfering with your already hectic schedule. Expect a hassle-free transaction as we deliver reasonably priced, well-packaged food wherever you may be. Turn your events and gatherings into an unforgettable experience and let Rx Catering put “special” in your special event. Contact Rx Catering at 501-221-3929 or visit us at 921 West Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Arkansas.