What to Consider When Looking for a Wedding Caterer

Some wedding venues provide onsite catering options for your wedding day. If that’s the case, then you’re a lucky one. But if not, then you’ll have to find a catering company yourself, and finding the perfect one can be difficult. Especially if food is a large part of your wedding, this can be an overwhelming experience, but not to worry. We’ll walk you through some of the things you should consider when looking for a wedding caterer.

What’s Included with the Service?

In case your venue doesn’t supply chairs, tables or dinnerware, you’ll need to find out early on if the catering company you’re interested in hiring does. Finding out too late that they don’t will put unnecessary stress on your big day. It’s also important to find out if those services come with an additional fee or if it’s included.

Communication is Key

While the taste of the food is key to hiring any catering business, how they treat their clients is just as important. If they don’t bother getting important details like the wedding date, number of guests or even your names, then you might want to look someplace else. Attention to detail is crucial when catering large events, and if they fall short of making a good first impression, then what’s to say they won’t keep disappointing you.

Do Tastings with Your Top Choices

While it’s difficult to get to taste a caterer’s food without signing a contract with them, there are a few ways to get around that. If they attend expos or special events, see if you can grab a taste there. Otherwise, visit their website to see if they’re servicing any open events you can attend. Are no events available? If you’re determined to taste this company’s food, offer to pay them a small fee in exchange for a mini tasting.

Read Their Reviews

Before you sign on the dotted line, committing yourself to one specific caterer, it’s important that you get all the information about them as you can. To do this, read through their customer reviews, scanning for any red flags warning against hiring them. As this company will be interacting with your guests through the day, you want to make sure they’re kind, detail oriented, organized and can handle stressful situations.

Sign the Contract and Finalize Your Menu

After the final catering proposal is agreed on, which outlines the cost of the food and drinks, catering staff, party rentals, linens and additional fees, you can sign the contract. Once that’s done, be sure to have a taste of everything that will be on the menu. If something needs to be changed, then taste that new item before the wedding to make sure it meets your standards.

At Pig Roast Catering, our expert staff specializes in rustic-chic weddings and is ready to make your special day one you’ll never forget. Located in Brampton, Ontario, we service the GTA and surrounding areas in all your catering needs. From recommending venues to supplying tables, chairs, entertainment and delicious food, you won’t have to worry about a thing. To request a quote or book an event, visit our website.

Pig Roasting Over Open Coals Vs Propane Roaster

A pig roast is an exciting event that can be used to celebrate any occasion, from birthdays to weddings to holidays. Before you dig in though, there are some logistics you have to figure out first. When it comes to roasting a pig, you have two options: open coals or propane. Before deciding which system is right for your party, consider the differences. Roasting a pig over open coals can take double the time it does to roast it inside a propane roaster. You will also need someone on hand to top up your pit with pre-heated coals every hour or so to ensure that your pig is evenly cooked with crispy skin.

Charcoal Rotisserie

You will need to set it up out of the way of the wind as it can cause the charcoal to burn out quicker and drive smoke your way. If it is windy or cold, you will need to significantly increase your cooking times to ensure that your pig is rotating and cooking close to the coals. You will also need to have a place ready to put the pig once it is done roasting so that you have space to carve it up. You can barbeque other food on the grill racks over the coals once you are done roasting such as hot dogs, burgers and steaks. If time is of no concern for you, this method can be great.

Propane Roaster

Propane roasters specifically designed for pigs are fully automated and smoke-free so that it can be set it up anywhere for roasting. The tires on it make it easy to move to a carving location once cooked, even indoors if you like. You can see your roast cooking through the glass panel door of your venue while still enjoying the aromas. The roaster is also the carving station with the pig situated at the ideal height for smooth carving. The meat stays hot on the carving plate making for a delicious and spectacular looking hog roast at your event.

A propane roaster assures even heat throughout the cooking process to ensure a golden roasted pig that is edible from head to tail. A charcoal bbq almost assures that some parts will be overdone if not burned and other parts not done enough. If that smoky taste is what you are looking for, no problem. At Pig Roast Catering, we offer an option where we place a smoke box inside the roaster during the cooking process, designed to allow smoke to develop quickly at the only time it matters, at the beginning of the cooking process when the meat and skin still have open pores to absorb the smoke created.

If you want to make sure your pig roast event runs smoothly and don’t want to leave any detail to chance, call Pig Roast Catering. We use the best ingredients, government-approved piglets sourced from local farms and a secret blend of herbs and spices so you know it will taste good. These edible works of art will wow your guests and leave a lasting impression on them.

We specialize in creating an extraordinary culinary experience for your event. That is why we have taken the classic pig roast up a notch with our chic, upscale touch. Once your guests smell the tantalizing aroma of a slow roasted pig sizzling on a rotisserie, they won’t be able to resist or forget the evening.

Pig Roast Traditions Around the World

As the summer approaches quickly, everyone starts to think about grilling season, but, BBQs are not the only food that can be cooked and enjoyed outside. Pig roasting has been a tradition for many celebrations all over the world for centuries. From Hawaii to the Philippines, pig roasts are a fun way to bring people together and enjoy a delicious meal. Here are just a few examples of how different parts of the world use pig roasts to celebrate:


With the warm weather all year round, many people of Cuban, Honduran, Puerto Rican or Caribbean descent hold a pig roast on Christmas Eve. They invite family and friends over for a big celebration.


People from this island adopted their pig roasting traditions from Polynesian culture. They will lay out fresh fruit, colourful flowers and have sides of rice and sweet potatoes to accompany the roast pig. This type of large celebration is typically reserved for memorial day and luaus where island music is played, people dress in colourful, patterned attire and Hawaiian punch is served.

Puerto Rico

Roasted suckling pig, also called Lechon Asado, is the national dish of Puerto Rico and is usually served with peas and rice. Pig roasts are typically held during Christmas and New Years celebrations but are also hosted throughout the year as well.


Pig roasts, or Lechon Baboy as it is known here, are traditionally prepared for Christmas celebrations. Although, it is not uncommon to see them for weddings, family reunions and birthday parties.


Called Babi Guling, pig roasts in Bali are usually served with mixed vegetables, ground meat mixed with herbs and spices, steamed rice and coconut. Roasted pig is one of the most common menu items you will see at a Balinese restaurant.


Since the majority of the country is Muslim, there are not many pig roasts, or Babi Gulings as they are called, in Indonesia. Some areas with smaller Muslim populations still host them such as in North Sumatra, North Sulawesi, and South Sulawesi where more Christians and Hindus live.


It is tradition to host a pig roast here for the bride’s family as a kind gesture before the wedding.


Pig roasts, also known as Siu Yuk, are particularly common in southern China. There, people host them to celebrate the opening of a new business or as an offering for a spiritual event. It is commonly garnished with a cherry and a slice of pineapple to make it look more appealing and sometimes put in a red box for good luck.


Both pigs and yams are roasted over heated stones that fill a hole covered with leaves. This type of cooking is called Baker Batu (stone burning) and is considered a significant social and cultural event in this country.


Known as Lechon Asado or suckling pig in this country, roast pigs are becoming more popular in southern Spain because of the growing number of expats that live there.


Pig roasts are the centerpiece in many celebrations held in the United Kingdom, which is why it is no surprise that they have made their way over to North America. The pig is usually put on a spit so that it can be turned over a flame and then placed on a large roasting pan. It is not uncommon for these pigs to weigh more than 200lbs.

Living in as diverse of a country as Canada means you are bound to know someone or at least have heard of a pig roast. It can be a fun and delicious way to celebrate any occasion. Call Pig Roast Catering to make sure your event is fun and tasty for everyone, no matter what you are celebrating.

What Makes Our Porchetta A Cut Above?

For those of you who know what porchetta tastes like, it can be somewhat tricky to get over the aroma and magic that this Italian culinary tradition creates on your palette. Porchetta is rich, fatty and moist boneless pork roast stuffed with a selection of savoury fillings such as garlic, rosemary, fennel, and some other herbs. This ‘difficult to resist’ savoury dish was introduced in the popular Canadian culture through Italian settlers. Just like their love for other Italian delicacies who went on to become a part of Canadian popular culture, porchetta too has become a favourite among food connoisseurs.


We all desire to try out authentic culinary preparations from the best and most authentic sources. With Pig Roast Catering, you can fulfill your desire of enjoying an authentic, mouth-watering and delectable porchetta like no other. Unlike other available porchetta sources, the chefs at Pig Roast Catering make sure to garnish the meat with the most authentic flavours, offering an unbeatable and incomparable experience to food lovers.


In most places, you may have to deskin the porchetta before consumption. But with our special preparation techniques, we present the joy of consuming the whole porchetta to our guests — no more hassle of peeling before you dig in your favourite dish. Our preparation is safe and just as delicious to consume with the crackle still attached.


The reason that our pork preparation boasts of mouth-filling flavours is that our meats are sourced from top-quality Ontario farms where the animals are raised with excellent quality food and a thriving environment. They are completely unlike the mass-produced market hogs wrapped in an inedible skin filled with the cheapest cuts of the pig.


Our differentiation of spit-roasted succulent and sweet meat means that we unearth the most royal and original flavours without compromising on the quality of meat. The sourced meats in the form of piglets and porchettas are then hand-seasoned with our secret blend of herbs and spices by our talented chefs. They are then gradually rotisserie roasted for about five to eight hours to “crackling on the outside – juicy on the inside” mouth watering perfection! What more? We don’t just use the loins and belly, but use the entire suckling pig in its glorious entirety.


The result is that your piglet arrives well-roasted, warm and absolutely ready to be devoured. Served on an impressively displayed buffet with accompanying foods, beautifully prepared and presented on garnished ceramic platters, our preparation and presentation ticks all the checkboxes of a perfect porchetta treat for your guests. We offer a range of options for different sizes of catering. Call Pig Roast Catering today and get your dinner served in style!

Carving And Serving Your Roasted Pig: Here’s How To Do It The Right Way

Having roasted pig at a party is one of the best ways to liven up any celebration. The tradition of having pig roasts has been around since the Bronze Ages, and to this day, people around the world still enjoy feasting on the flavourful meat. Canadians, in particular, are no stranger to roasted pig as Canada is the seventh largest pork producer in the entire world. When premium Canadian pork from Pig Roast Catering is served at a party, you can be assured of delicious and high-quality meat that’s sure to please even the most finicky guest.

If you’re thinking about getting a whole roasted pork for your next party, it’s important to know how to carve it well so that everyone can have a taste of this wonderful treat. Here’s how to carve and serve your roasted pig.

What you need to carve your roasted pig

If you want to showcase your pig roast at the party, you’ll have to prepare a separate carving station that’s near your main buffet table. Get a long, sturdy table that can support the weight of the roast. Don’t use your best tablecloth to cover it, for this purpose, it may be better to go with a disposable tablecloth just in case things get a little messy. Next, you’ll need an apron, then a few sharp knives of different sizes. For carving, you’ll want to go with the biggest chef’s knife that you can comfortably hold in your hand to cut through the meat. Plastic gloves are also a must, as well as a big cutting board.

For a different take on roast pork, prepare a special treat called roasted pig wraps for your guests later on. To make that simple dish, you’ll want different sauces such as barbecue, hoisin, a spicy sauce, and a salsa. You should also have some pita pockets for the wraps which you’ll assemble after you’ve cut the meat.

Carve it up

With a sharp knife, slice off the shoulders and the legs of the roasted pig then carve it up, taking care to slice the skin into even pieces. Cut the pork loins and the back meat and cut into pieces. After this, remove the spare ribs. At this point, all you’ll have to do is to pull off the meat from the roast. The sliced pork that came from earlier can be served on a big platter and your guests can help themselves to it. Reserve the pulled meat for the roasted pig wraps.

Making the wraps

To assemble the roasted pig wraps, slice the pita pockets so you get two pieces from each. Get a spoonful of pulled pork, place it in the middle of the wrap, dab a bit of sauce in the middle, then roll it shut. You can also add veggies such as lettuce or cucumber sticks if you want a more balanced flavour.

If you’re not comfortable carving the roasted pig by yourself, you can always ask the caterer to do it for you, then do the wraps yourself with some help from family and friends. For your next party, try having a roasted pig as the main dish—it’s a treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

Things you need to know If you want to roast a pig – Pro Guide

There is nothing quite like a roasted pig as a centerpiece to your summertime barbeque. This mouth-watering culinary feat not only looks great but will wow your guests with how good it tastes. If you decide to take on this cooking challenge at your next backyard bash, though, then you are going to need to do a lot of food safety homework – the last thing you want to do is make your guests sick. Here are our recommendations, from our pro team at Pig Roast Catering to you, to make sure that your day is fun, safe, and tasty. 

One of the biggest things that you have to consider when roasting a pig is the threat of bacteria and making sure that you kill it off. There are many different types of bacteria, salmonella being one of them, that can live on pork and make sure that you store the pig safely before you cook it and that you cook it all the way through to the correct temperature. Roasting a whole pig is different than cooking parts of a pig, like chops or ribs. When you cook a whole pig, you are dealing with a lot more meat with varying thicknesses and joints. To make sure that everything is cooked to food-safe levels then cook the entire pig to 195°F all the way through – this will eliminate any chance of bloody meat or bloody joints. Pork is white meat and cannot be consumed rare, so make sure that no one gets sick.

Before you get down to cooking though, you will have to deal with the raw pig. If you are lucky and able to pick up the pig from the butcher or grocery store on the day of the event, then you will not have to worry about storing it overnight. No matter what though, your pig should be kept on ice so that it does not begin to spoil and so that bacteria does not start to grow. Your whole pig needs to remain covered and cool when you are preparing it for roasting outside, to keep away the sun, bugs and contaminates.

If you roast a whole pig at your event, then you are going to be putting in a lot of time and energy throughout the festivities to make sure that everything goes as it should. You have to deal with a blistering heat source and a pig that might be as big as you while also hosting the whole event. Considering all of these things, and the fact that your guests could get sick if you do not roast your pig right, it can be a good idea to hire the pros instead. When it comes to pig roasting, the team at Pig Roast Catering are the experts. We will come to your event with a fully roasted, ready-to-eat hog or arrive bright and early to roast a pig on site.

If you need a roasted pig in Toronto or the GTA, we’re your one-stop shop. Call us today!

4 Important Reasons to Choose a Catering Company

Whether you are planning a corporate event or an anniversary milestone, you need to be a relaxed host to make sure your guests are comfortable and enjoying themselves to the hilt. If you are tense or worried about logistics, food preparation, presentation, and service, your guests will be uncomfortable too.

An experienced professional company, such as Pig Roast Catering, can look into all culinary areas so you can focus on your guests and make sure the celebration is on in full spirit, with all other areas running smoothly. There are a few other reasons to consider professional catering too.

4 Reasons to Consider Professional Caterers

  1. Please All Palates: In a big gathering, it’s hard to please all palates. There will be some who are vegetarians, others who are vegans, a few who are allergic to shellfish and many who have their own strong likes and dislikes. There will be others who have health or culture related dietary restrictions. When you are faced with that many choices, it’s tough to plan a menu that pleases all.

A catering company has the training and capacity to take diverse culinary preferences into consideration. We can accommodate likes, dislikes, allergies, intolerances, and health considerations to plan a cocktail party, buffet or sit down dinner where every person can enjoy food suited to their taste, without worry.

  1. Variety of Food: Good cuisine takes centrestage in a large gathering. Careful planning into food expresses not just a desire to please palates, but also a host who is taking extra care to make every single person in the room feel special. When you include unique dishes with general favourites, you also show that you are creative yet considerate of others who are not that adventurous. There will be no fear of a shortage of food or disproportionate portions. It helps you build respect among your peers in a corporate setting and build relationships personally. We combine classic favourites and exclusive items to ensure every guest find something that they will enjoy.
  2. Cost-Effective Services: Despite looking into all details that go into planning a memorable dinner, costs, are lesser with professional catering services usually. Chefs know exactly how much food is required so there is no extra wastage. Buying in bulk always saves you more. We include fine cutlery, dinnerware, decorations, beautiful presentation, and staff. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up spills and mess; we will do it all for you.
  3. Premium Presentation: Handling food for large parties requires high skill and expertise to ensure success. With reputed, professional caterers, you know that food will not be undercooked or overcooked, contaminated or handled carelessly. Every item will be served with care, confidence, capability, and consideration. Your caterer can help make the best of the space provided to you, transforming simple celebrations into high-quality affairs. This reflects well on you and your company if it’s a corporate event. Best of all, delegating the responsibility frees you from the hectic process and extra stress.

Pig Roast Catering for Premium Celebrations

The catering company you choose can set the tone and style for your event. From formal sit downs to convenient buffet dinners, starters to exclusive slow roasted pigs for the main course and exotic desserts, we bring a touch of sophistication and exclusivity to your event to make it a grand success. If you are looking for catering services for an upcoming convention, a birthday celebration or delightful barbecue to celebrate the season, give us a call to discuss your needs.

Show Quality And Care When Catering a Healthy Event

The food that we order or arrange outside of our home is an important part of our diet. When surveyed, 29% of people admitted to wanting to eat out with a healthy option available. The choices that people are provided, when eating out, go a long way towards helping maintain a balanced diet. Companies understand this and value healthy catering. What decisions do caterers need to make when designing a healthy menu?  Every caterer wants glowing testimonials that complement the presentation and the taste of the food presented. How is it best to handle various dietary requirements, making sure that everyone is catered for, as well as setting up a feast for the eyes for attendees?

Go gluten free to show quality

Many catering companies understand that nutrition as well as taste, contribute to a successful event. One way to show care and expertise at an event is to include variety in the menu. Many foods are naturally gluten-free and delicious – like fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits. However, there is also an abundance of gluten-free alternative products like bread and pasta that can be enticing for everyone. Sharing a meal with someone who needs to eat gluten free- or even those who prefer it can be a very pleasing experience. Chef Jason Roberts comments that, ‘Gluten free does not mean you have to live taste free!’ Why not include a sumptuous butternut squash soup, oat and almond bread or an impressive raspberry souffle?

Very important vegans

Scavenging around in the salad bar is not a great vegan option! Vegan menu items can be tempting and a feast for the eyes!  Dishes such as lasagna, noodles, curries, stir fry and even brownies all feature highly with catering companies that are skilled enough to customize their menu for vegan enjoyment. An easy tip when asking for vegan options when catering is to make sure that fresh cold press juice is available. It won’t just be the vegan’s requesting this menu – that is certain.

It’s easy to include paleo

Fans of paleo aim to eat natural ingredients– grass fed meats, an abundance of vegetables and wholefoods like nuts and seeds. A buffet is a wonderful way to include all a person’s heart can desire- as well as being visually appealing to the eye. Some delicious paleo options also tick the boxes for people eating gluten free- whilst others take into account vegans. Why not include oven fried pickles, pesto stuffed mushrooms or even grilled peaches with prosciutto at your next event?

Irrespective of the size of your event a catering company needs to show a personal interest in your requirements, whether they be dietary or location. Always check the online reviews of the catering company you plan to choose. You can even contact previous clients, if you do so with an amount of grace and intuition. Showing good quality produce in creative and aesthetically pleasing ways is straightforward when the ingredients are fresh and natural.

Healthy catering is easy with Pig Roast Catering and Feast Your Eyes Catering because these companies understand the importance of special dietary requirements and preferences and are ‘full-service’ catering companies. Therefore, every menu is planned to keep the needs of all the guests in mind so that everyone will benefit from and enjoy every aspect of the event.


Things you should know about choosing a menu for your catered event – Pig Roast Catering

The success of any social gathering comes down to the food. Various types of criteria have to be kept in mind to form an incredible food and beverage menu. The caterer’s job is limited to delivering the food you have ordered. This makes you in-charge of going through your guest list and ensuring that there is something for everyone. Going through this checklist will ensure an outstanding feast at your next event.

Guest Profile

The first step to creating your menu would be to determine the profile of the guests attending your event. They can be a large, diverse group of attendees or a small group of family members and friends. You must acknowledge the professional level of your guests, the number of times they attended similar events, the location of their residence, and ethnic backgrounds. This information will enable you to create a unique menu that isn’t redundant.

Guest Preferences

Taking the description of your guests into account will equip you with the information needed to decide on the best menu options. Keep in mind that elderly attendees will appreciate milder flavors, middle-aged people may like spicier and interesting foods, and health conscious guests will favour vegetarian and seafood options.


Variety above all is bound to be appreciated by everyone. You can come close to guessing the preferences of your guest, but one entrée will unlikely satisfy everyone. Serving multiple entrée and menu choices is a good idea. Your menu should consist of at least two entrée, three or more salad dressings, condiments on the side, and two dessert options; one can be healthy and the other can be indulgent.

Special Needs

It is crucial to be mindful of any dietary restrictions of your guests while planning an event. If you don’t know, ask! Your guests will appreciate it. Noteworthy dietary restrictions may include food intolerances, food allergies, voluntary dietary restrictions, and religious requirements.

Seasonal and Fresh Items

The time of the year must play a significant role while planning out the menu. Learn about the in-season foods and beverages and make sure to put them on the table. You should also consider the religion and culture of people who will be attending. Tailoring the menu according to their regional backgrounds will be fantastic. Incorporating seafood and locally grown produce will add freshness to your menu.

Ethnic and Regional Menu

Events that have specific ethnic themes are exciting. It allows the caterers to bring your guests international food that they would’ve likely tried out at a restaurant. Common catered cuisines include French, German, Asian, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican.

Final Presentation

Professionals in the cooking industry have often summoned that we eat with our eyes and nose even before the food goes into our mouths. The meal on your table will appear appetizing when it’s fragrant and colorful.

Pig Roast Catering Services!

Excellent caterers can ensure that quality food which suffices the needs of your menu gets delivered to you. Pig Roast Catering can organize and supply all the food you need for an exciting gathering. We also offer tents, tables, chairs, and linens for your events.

Visit pigroastcatering.ca to view our menu, services and gallery. You may also call us at 416-938-4853.

Sizzling Ideas for Your Summer Outdoor Catering

Summer is the time to feast on the sun, the flowers in full bloom, the inviting blue waters, beach trips and glittering stars in the clear night sky. Add the joy of celebrating the weather with professionally catered barbecues, birthday parties, festivals, anniversaries, weddings, picnics or corporate events, and the entire season comes alive. It also saves the host a lot of hassles in organizing the event.

Here are a few ideas to take your summer outdoor catering sizzle a bit more:

    • Colorful Vegetables: Summer is all about a spectrum of colors, especially in your garden. From orange carrots, deep green spinach, purple eggplants and yellow zucchini to red cherry tomatoes and white onions, its a rainbow everywhere. Harness these on your guests’ plates and present them in freshly prepared ways to make any occasion a big success.


  • Sundae Feast: Be innovative. Get caterers to create a sundae bar. Arrange rows of ice creams or frozen yogurt in different flavors with assorted sprinkles, sauces, crushed nuts, chocolate chips and toppings for a treat that’s a hit with every age group, young and old. For adults, you can organize a dessert bar or cocktail bar by the poolside.
  • Good Taste: An ornate, lavish setting does not guarantee great catering that’s enjoyed by all. Successful catering is all about good taste in every way. Simple elegant decor and cuisine is not only warm and inviting but also preferred by most.
  • Whole Roast Centrepiece: Serve a succulent smoky bbq, grilled chicken or a whole spit-roasted piglet sizzling on a rotisserie as the centerpiece in rustic, chic, or barn settings for weddings, parties and corporate events. The aroma itself will have your guests looking forward to dinner. Throw in colorful vegetable skewers on the grill or serve with an array of salads and fresh bread for an unforgettable event.
  • Corporate Picnics: A picnic or outdoor get-together is the perfect way to let your guests enjoy without getting caught up in formalities. A corporate picnic can bring out the fun side of everyone and allow colleagues to bond better. Organize a buffet or fully catered happy hour with appetizers prepared with seasonal ingredients by a caterer who can come up with unique culinary and presentation ideas.


Call Pig Roast Catering for the Ultimate Catered Events

At Pig Roast Catering, we offer the ultimate culinary experience. We use only top quality, government inspected piglets sourced from the best Ontario farms. Each roast is prepared with a blend of our master’s special spices, herbs, and seasoning, slow cooked to perfection until they are crisp on the outside and juicy inside. Your guests can experience the cooking process to make the wait even more thrilling.

Give us a call to discuss your mission for the occasion and vision to bring it to life. We are happy to take of the details and put it together. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Event design and decor
  • Rental equipment: tents, tables, chairs, china, linens, dance floor, lighting
  • Vintage style china place settings, cutlery, glassware and lace runners
  • Rustic, vintage or elegant décor, chandeliers, and lanterns
  • Staff: waiters and bartenders, supervisors
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental services
  • Bar services, lemonade stands |late night food stations

Read our 4 Important Reasons to Choose a Catering Company

The History Of Pig Roasts Through The Ages

Pig roasts are often used for weddings and other special celebrations, but have you ever wondered where this tradition came from? Pig roasts actually have a long history that dates back to the Bronze Age.

Pig Roasts Of The Bronze Age

The bronze age of history is when certain metals were first discovered including bronze. With the discovery of these metals, there was a rush to use them in different aspects of life including cooking. This is potentially when pig roasts as we know them today might have started. The problem with this is the fact that there are no documented records of the roasting of pigs during this time.

The Middle Ages

By the time the Middle Ages came around, hog roasts were in fashion. This meant that every kitchen in the Western World had their own version of a spit roast. The spit roast allowed the hog to the skewered on a heavy iron bar which was then suspended over an open fire. The hog would then be slowly roasted over a few hours.

Castle kitchens at this time would generally have a someone whose only job would be to roast the hog. They would generally have to slowly crank the pit by hand. The kitchen chef would be the one to add spices to the roast and baste it.

The Renaissance is when causes really started to gain popularity with hog roasting. The Renaissance was not only about art as many chefs started to change recipes. In Florence, the chefs started to baste hog roasts with sugar and orange juice.

After The Renaissance

As kitchens continued to evolve and started to look more like the ones we have today, the idea of roasting an entire hog lost favour. The kitchen became smaller and there was no longer the space for an open hearth which was needed for hog roasting. At this time, butchers started to cut up the hogs into easier to manage pieces which could be made in the smaller kitchens.

By the 1700’s hog roasting was no longer commonplace. Hog roasting was kept for special occasions and would generally be done outside the home.

Hog Roasts Around The World

Hog roasts are not something that is unique to a certain area. The history of these roasts does vary depending on the country. The Pacific Islands have their own way of roasting pigs which involves lining a pit with heated lava rocks and wrapping the seasoned pig in banana leaves.

Interested in having a pig roast for your wedding or corporate party? Give the experts at Pig Roast Catering a call! We offer a wide variety of food options including Hawaiian cuisine, seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, buffet style, and of course succulent pig! We also offer full event planning services including event design & decor, vintage or rustic place settings, waiters and bartenders, entertainment, environmental services, and so much more! If you would like to request a quote for your pig roast catering, give us a call at 416-639-3547 or email info@pigroastcatering.ca today!