:: Catering Menu : Appetizers & Hors D'Oeuvres ::
If there is an extended period between when guests arrive and when the meal is served, appetizers/Hors d'oeuvres might serve the purpose of sustaining guests during the wait. They are sometimes served with no meal afterward. This is the case with many reception and cocktail party events.
Appetizers/Hors d'oeuvres may be served at the table as a part of the sit-down meal. If served before sitting at the table they can either be stationary or passed. Stationary appetizers/hors d'oeuvres are also referred to as "table appetizers/hors d'oeuvre". Passed appetizers/hors d'oeuvre are also referred to as "butler-style" or "butlered" appetizers/hors d'oeuvres.