Choosing Food for a Memorial

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, June 14, 2021

If you’re planning a memorial after a cremation service in Fulton, IL, you might want to consider having a few healthy options on your menu. Many people are starting to enjoy staying healthy even in times of grief.  

Having good food at your lost loved one’s service is essential for success, but it can be hard to satisfy the array of preferences, dietary needs and tastes that your guests will have. So, be sure to provide both vegetarian and vegan options as these diets are very popular these days. You need to make sure that your vegan and vegetarian guests will be just as happy and satiated as your more carnivorous guests. Don’t forget about cleanup. Try and keep some of the food to handheld and easily consumed to prevent spilling and extra dishes. Also, remember, pasta sauce can quickly ruin a dress and an evening.  

Also, take some time to think about how the drinks will pair with the food. For example, don’t serve fish and only red wine, or sweet sangria with super sweet cake. Offer a range of items. After all, not everyone likes the same things so you need to be sure that there will be something everyone can enjoy.  

But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring or bland. There are tons of food options out there that are just as lean as they are flavorful. Many of them are Mediterranean. Mediterranean food is known for bold flavors with plenty of nutritious benefits. Recipes from Spain, Italy, Greece and other similar locations are great options for healthy but still delicious food.  

Mediterranean food is most made of lighter meats like seafood and poultry as well as plenty of fresh vegetables, brown rice and whole grains. These particular blends help give the body essential nutrients as well as healthy fats that provide lasting energy. Looking for some inspiration? Check out these Mediterranean memorial service food ideas: 

  • Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki – This Greek dish is bold in taste but light in fat thanks to skewered and grilled lean pieces of chicken and a dip made from zesty green yogurt with cucumbers, garlic and savory herbs. Serve with pita bread for dipping.  
  • Orzo Salad – Pasta salad is an event favorite, but orzo salad takes it to new levels of flavor while keeping things light. Orzo salad often has herbs, olives and vibrant cherry tomatoes with plenty of flavorful olive oil and maybe vinegar.  
  • Kolokithokeftedes – Hard to say but easy to eat, these zucchini fritters contain olive oil feta cheese and dill. They are crispy and light but are super simple to make and serve.  

Are you looking for more tips or information on what to do in your time of loss? Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation, a Fulton, IL cremation service provider, is here to help. We are honored to do what we can to help in time of loss. Give us a call or visit us today. After all, choosing healthy and delicious food for your lost loved one service doesn’t have to be hard. 

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