5 Ways to Get Your Corn On

Inspired ideas for incorporating corn into your meeting menu

Fall is coming, and along with hayrides, hot apple cider and cooler weather, autumn is a perfect time to create a corn-based meeting menu.

This vegetable-grain hybrid is versatile—nimbly morphing from the star ingredient in a warm and cozy appetizer to the primetime star in the famous salt- and butter-rich cinema snack. Domesticated some 10,000 years ago by indigenous people in southern Mexico, corn is not only delicious, but also rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

Other than on the cob, use these five festive ideas to weave one of the world’s most popular cereal grains into your next meeting.

Puff It Up

The salty charmer of many a cinephile, popcorn has got a lot to crunch about. To start, it’s flexible: You can serve it plain, sweet (caramel), savory (nacho cheese), spicy (buffalo) or with stop-the-show decadent (pumpkin spice white chocolate caramel). 

Consider serving a variety of popcorn flavors in individually sized paper bags to satisfy every palate.

Drink Your Corn …

Corny cocktails might sound suspicious, but there’s never been a better time to try a corn-infused drink. The key ingredient: fresh grilled corn. Two trendy and refreshing recipes to try: the Del Huerto corn cocktail and a charred corn fizz.

… And Slurp It, Too

As temperatures begin to dip, stir up a batch of corn soup, such as corn chowder or chicken and corn soup. Experiencing a late summer? Serve it chilled instead.

Stalk Your Tables 

Indian corn—also known as flint corn or decorative corn—are multicolored ears of corn often used in fall centerpieces. They come in a variety of colors, from white to blue to red, and they are among the oldest known varieties of corn.

Although not edible, these table decorations add a strong dash of rustic charm to your event. 

Savor the Sweetness

Sweet corn has your number. This hybrid variety is naturally high in sugar, which makes the dessert options endless. Try some of these favorites: