(Closed) Attention foodies! help me plan a winter menu :-)

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

We had a winter wedding and our first course was butternut squash ravioli in a sage butter sauce.  It was a huge hit! Also, we didn’t do this but I think it would be cool to serve warm pies along with the wedding cake since that’s a winter-y dessert.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@Moose1209: I love butternut squaash ravioli!  What a great idea.  It’s a comfort food that feels more formal!  Could you also have a hot drink served whether it’s hot cider, hot cocoa, etc?

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Definitely do a hot cocoa bar. We’re having one at our feb wedding (I think) mmmmm 🙂 As for food, I love the idea of mac and cheese. Any kind of pasta feels hearty and comforting I think. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

The last winter wedding I went to had a pasta station. You could choose all sorts of different sauces/toppings. It was yummy!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mmmmm…. can I come to your wedding? All the foods you listed (and the butternut squash ravioli) sound delicious! 

My main suggestion was soup, especially hearty soups like black bean (favorite). 

I also second the idea of having hot drinks as well. At the very least serve coffee, as I know lots of people who will drink coffee with their cake regardless of what time of year it is.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would def do a soup – maybe black bean, butternut or even chili (maybe a family recipee?)

For winter foods I think of: warm breads, roasted nuts, dark leafy greens – leeks, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, figs, pomagranate, beef, smoked fish, beets, casserols, pies, cheesecakes, and crazy but what about smores?

another crazy idea. what about doing a thanksgiving dinner wedding menu?  I mean who doesn’t love thanksgiving?!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yum, I love butternut squash ravioli (so much so I served it at my summer wedding lol). Are you having a plated dinner, or buffet?

If plated, what about serving a lobster bisque first, followed by a yummy winter pasta like the butternut squash ravioli?

Other cozy winter foods I like are:

French Onion soup
Curried pumpkin bisque
Potato Leek soup
Similar to butternut squash ravioli – roasted pumpkin ravioli is good too
Candied or spicy nuts (especially on salads)
Pork chops stuffed with apple, sausage and green onions
Chicken breast (or Cornish game hen) stuffed with a stuffing with cranberries in it
Baked haddock with lemon butter and bread crumbs
Lasagna
Roasted veggies as a side dish: roasted potatoes, beets, winter squash, sweet potato, parsnips, etc.
Mashed potato bar
Risotto

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@gabrielleelise1981  YESS to risotto!! It’s something most people don’t make at home and seems really fancy at a restaurant or wedding and it super comforting and warm!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I love winter meals because they are hearty and heartwarming. I always think of the crockpot for cold blustery days. I love stew, pot roast, chili, and soup. I love the mac & cheese idea and maybe instead of a cold cheese plate for appetizers, you can do fondue instead. All sounds so yummy!

P.S. My drink menu is exactly the same as yours =)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I am having a winter wedding in minneapolis in january (yes, people think we’re crazy, too!). we’re having:

– Minnesota Walleye with clam veloute sauce, wild rice with cranberries & asaparagus
– Mustard-rubbed roasted Pork Loin with apple-brandy demi-glac, truffled mashed potatoes
– Wild Mushroom risotto with thyme & red wine

We’re also having a mixed baby greens salad with dried cherries, candied pecans and blue cheese and multigrain rolls.

For drinks, mulled cider & hot chocolate bar in addition to beer, wine & champagne.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

hsearle we are getting married in Minnesota in December of this year and I get the crazy thing all of the time too!

We have been dreaming about the wild rice stuffed cornish game hen our caterer offers. We are also thinking of doing a risotto station and hot chocolate to warm everyone when they first come in from the cold.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@mrs.tillmann – where are you guys getting hitched?

Post # 15
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Honey bee

What is your idea of comfort food? Go with that. Sit down with your fiance and make a list of your favorite foods and then go down the list to see what is most appealing to your guests, based on what you know of them.

You can’t go wrong with an espresso/cocoa/cider bar (alcohol optional but not needed) in addition.

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