Beat the Heat – Refreshing Menu Options for Outdoor Events

When summer temperatures soar, keeping your guests cool and satisfied becomes a top priority. 

Here are some refreshing menu options for any Toronto outdoor event, from corporate picnics to weddings, designed to beat the heat and delight your guests.

1. Guacamole Bar: Fresh and Flavourful

Let’s talk about guac! A guacamole bar is a vibrant and interactive way to start any event. Watching the chefs mash and mix is a form of food-driven entertainment. Offer a variety of ingredients, such as diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro, and get funky with tropical fruits like pomegranate arils or pineapple. This allows each batch to be customizable and allows guests to experiment with new flavours. There is no better pairing than our perfectly crispy corn tortilla chips, providing a satisfying snack that guests can enjoy while mixing and mingling.

Pro tip: Don’t forget the margaritas! 

Made-to-order Guac Station

2. Summer Salsas: A Burst of Freshness

Nothing says summer like a selection of bright, zesty salsas. From classic pico de gallo to grilled corn with lime, these salsas are a craveable bite. Serve them with our famous chips, or have our chefs pair them with gourmet grilled meats and seafood. The vibrant colours and bold flavours will be a hit at any outdoor event. They also perfectly complement our crowd-pleasing guacamole bar. 

Pro Tip: Don’t forget the salsa music!

Get dipping!

3. Tacos Station: Build Your Own Adventure

Spice things up with a build-your-own taco station, allowing guests to craft their perfect taco. Offer a variety of proteins like pulled chicken, beef, and fried fish, along with many toppings such as fresh slaw, cotija cheese, pickled onions, hot sauce, cilantro, fresh limes and more. Vegans can partake in our beyond tacos or pulled BBQ jackfruit. The customizable nature of tacos makes them a versatile option catering to multiple tastes and dietary preferences. You might like to consider a hot sauce tasting table with locally fermented creations, creating a homeopathic cure to the hot weather and adding a memorable tasting experience.  

Pro tip: You can also opt to have our professional chefs assemble and plate the tacos ready to eat. They’re made our way—with lots of love!   

Taco’ bout fun!

4. Poke Cones: A Trendy Twist

For a trendy and ultra-tasty option, consider serving our bite-sized poke cones. This version of the Hawaiian classic is commonly enjoyed on the islands, where temperatures are sore all year. We can take a hint from the pros by offering this treat to beat the heat. Our mini sesame cones are filled with fresh, marinated, chilled tuna, a light and healthy choice for a hot day. Finger foods are an excellent choice for an outdoor soiree. We can also offer summer sensations like mini burgers, lobster rolls, fresh rolls and more.  

Pro tip: Offer our watermelon poke to your vegan and vegetarian guests. The salty soy and the sweet watermelon make a mouthwatering combination!

5. Salad Bar: Crisp and Refreshing

A well-stocked salad bar can be the star of your summer event. Offer a variety of fresh greens, vegetables, proteins, and dressings so guests can create their perfect salad. From classic Caesar to creative combinations with quinoa, chickpeas, and roasted veggies, a salad bar is a refreshing and healthy option that appeals to all guests. Make sure to serve salads chilled on ice to keep them at optimal temps. 

Pro tip: Mason Jar salads are great for a standing reception. Just shake, open and enjoy!

Variety of fresh salads in a buffet

6. Chug Chug: Don’t forget the bar 

We love mason jars! They make an excellent vessel for cold drinks on a hot summer day. You can keep the booze separate for spiking and still cater to those who prefer a mocktail. Our favourites include fresh-squeezed Lemonade with rosemary, Strawberry with mint, and Passion fruit. A nice galvanized tub adds a beachy feel, and don’t forget to bring a cooler stocked with extra ice.

Pro tip: Always make sure to include a generous supply of water for any outdoor event.



We hope you’ll try some of these menu ideas and enjoy the season while it lasts. We consider every day a gift. It’s all about the company and creating memories that last a lifetime. By offering a variety of fresh, flavorful, and customizable dishes, you’ll ensure everyone has an unforgettable time. 

Planning a party? Let us help make it as cool as a cucumber.