Miami Brunch Catering 101

How to Plan the Perfect Brunch Menu

Brunch culture has become a significant phenomenon, not only in Miami but across the United States. Blending the concepts of breakfast and lunch into a leisurely, late-morning dining experience, what’s not to love?

While the origins of brunch can be traced back to late 19th-century England, its popularity grew steadily throughout the 20th century and reached its zenith in the 21st century.

In Miami, the brunch culture developed alongside the city’s transformation into a vibrant culinary destination. In the 1980s and 1990s, as Miami’s dining scene expanded, a few notable establishments began offering brunch options to cater to locals and tourists seeking a relaxed and indulgent weekend meal. With the city’s diverse population and influences from Latin American and Caribbean cuisines, Miami’s brunch culture started to incorporate flavors and ingredients that reflect its unique cultural blend.

This rise in brunch culture has led to a huge increase in brunch catering Miami locals love.

So today, we want to talk about all the things to consider if you’re thinking about hosting a brunch event in Miami.

Is Brunch Catering Right for Your Miami Event?

Brunch buffet, colorful fruits

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering if brunch catering is right for your event. Here are a few things we love about this style of catering…

It’s Flexible

Since brunch is a combo of lunch and breakfast cuisine, it offers a bit more flexibility than other styles of catering, which our clients love. You can offer sweet or savory food, no matter what time of day.

You Can Save $$

While steak and eggs is a fun staple, brunch cuisine tends to feature less heavy courses, which often come with a price tag to match, especially with inflation recently. Pastries, eggs, mimosas, French toast—all of these courses are more affordable in terms of ingredients.

It’s Relaxed, Yet Refined

In nature, brunch is a relaxed kind of meal. The ultimate goal, in fact, is to relax. Since people know they’re going to a brunch event, they tend to come in with a more at-ease attitude!

Brunch Works for All Occasions

Who doesn’t love brunch? Brunch catering really rose in popularity among baby showers, bridal showers, and engagement parties first. But recently, we’re seeing corporate hop on the trend too, with client meetings, seminars, employee trainings, office parties, and retirement parties all featuring brunch-style menus. In fact, questions pertaining to Miami business brunch ideas are some of the most popular questions we get asked.

Choosing the Right Brunch Catering Menu for the Season

Brunch buffet.

We aim for inventive menus with explosive flavors that are artfully plated with local ingredients—the brunch trifecta, we like to say.

Creating a brunch menu is like creating a work of art. It’s combining sweet and savory flavors, considering what ingredients are in season for ultimate freshness, and selecting plates that are appropriate for the time of year.

Here are a few of our favorite seasonal brunch plates and indulgences for inspiration:

Winter Brunch Favorites

In the winter, you want dishes to be warm and inviting—even if we are in Miami—with seasonal fruit like pomegranates and cranberries.

  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Spicy Bloody Marys
  • Pan-Seared Duck with Amarena Cranberry Gastrique

Spring Brunch Catering Favorites

Springtime is unique because you’re just on the cusp of vibrant greens and fragrant herbs being at their peak, while berries and stone fruits ripen.

  • Stuffed Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
  • Raspberry Peach Mimosas
  • Chicken and Waffle Stack with Hot Honey

Summer Brunch Favorites

Summer is all about the luscious bounty of fruits and veggies. Cold dishes like fresh salads are definitely preferred by many, but a warm French toast with seasonal berries is always a good idea.

  • Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast
  • Fresh Fruit and Mint Salad
  • Cereal Monster Milkshake

Fall Brunch Catering Favorites

In the fall, things start to shift. More savory, rich flavors are the highlight!

  • Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls
  • Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Baked French Toast
  • Kale and Butternut Squash Salad

Combining Flavors Year-Round

We will say there is one thing we love to add to brunch menus year-round, and that’s plates that uniquely pair sweet and savory. These dishes are literally made for brunch! A few of our favorites are:

  • Steak and Eggs
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Salads with Fresh Berries
  • Savory Desserts like Chocolate-Covered Bacon or Olive Oil Cake

Get Inspired: Explore These Incredible Miami Brunches

Chicken and Waffle Stack with Wasabi Honey

Sometimes, our most creative Miami breakfast catering and brunch catering ideas are born from inspiration. These are a few of our favorite brunch events in recent memory to spark some ideas for your event!

Decadent Brunch Party at the Bath Club

Miami’s Bath Club is synonymous with effortless elegance, a quality we aimed to replicate in the brunch spread we catered for a recent gathering.

Favorite plates were miniature wraps, peach French toast, and simple watermelon salads. Each was presented in an elevated way to exude that chic style. We kept the design sleek with décor featuring white and silver accents.

Upscale Colorful Brunch at Wynwood

This is one of the most whimsical and ethereal brunches we’ve done in a while! Hosted at the colorful, artful oasis at Wynwood, we wanted the culinary and décor to match.

For mains, guests were served individual small plates like potstickers or sausage and beets with goat cheese, fruit, and toasted quinoa. The goal was to artfully combine sweet and savory while bringing in as many colors as possible. Desserts included alfajores (dulce de leche sandwich cookies) dusted with powdered sugar, lemon blueberry bars, s’mores pops, and mini strawberry smoothies.

Fuchsia Brunch Party at the Penthouse at Riverside Wharf

When the guest of honor has a favorite color they want played up, our team doesn’t waver. This fuchsia brunch fete tied glorious rosy hues throughout both the décor and cuisine.

Favorite plates included smoked salmon everything croissant (like the bagel) sandwiches, caprese salads, watermelon gazpacho garnished with mint, and of course all the sweet, flaky pastries and savory quiches.

Stylish Networker Brunch Station at the Penthouse at Riverside Wharf

This brunch was all about trend-setting.

We took classic upscale party and brunch favorites like charcuterie, chicken and waffles, and avocado toast and put fun twists on composition to get guests talking. The design was ultra-modern with sleek serving vessels and metallic utensils and accents.

Ready to Brunch with AJW?

 smoked salmon everything croissant (like the bagel) sandwiches.

There’s a popular word in Spanish culture: sobremesa. And while it doesn’t have a direct translation, it’s the word they use to describe the connections made and the deep conversations had over a cafecito after mealtime.

In a way, brunch is our culture’s sobremesa experience. It’s a place we reconnect, bond over cuisine, put down our phones, and come back to our communities. This cherished ritual is more than just a meal—it’s a transformative connection-building experience that allows us to relax, enjoy, and soak up what’s really important in our lives.

And that’s why we love catering brunch events in Miami. Our full-service Miami brunch catering options are designed to take care of everything, so you can enjoy the moment. Let’s talk about your upcoming brunch event and how we can help!

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