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Themed Dinners: Cuisine with Concepts

The best banquet menus and creative menu items that are deliciously destination-focused. 

Memphis Beale Street Barbeque

Inspired by the kind of authentic barbeque you’ll find in joints along Tennessee’s iconic Beale Street, this menu features chopped barbequed chicken, coleslaw, pulled pork shoulder, broiled molasses chicken, corn on the cobb, and more smokehouse delights.

A Taste of the Mexican Riviera

Expect a menu of flavorful Mexican favorites like chicken-tortilla soup, fajitas with bell peppers and sweet red onions, Spanish rice, beef enchiladas in chili rojo, and – to top things off – cinnamon churros. 

A Taste of India

House-made naan, roasted cauliflower and potato soup, curried vegetarian samosas, and yogurt-marinated chicken are just a few of the top items you’ll find on this menu.

Cooking with Vermont Beer

Local beer headlines every dish in this menu, from chorizo-and-ale steamed mussels to pan-seared filet mignon in a porter demi-glace – even the ice cream is coated in a stout sabayon sauce.