Post # 1
We are meeting with our caterer this weekend, and while they have some basic menu options (Italian, Mexican, Texas BBQ), they are also open to serving whatever menu we can dream up.
What was the best food you’ve ever had at a wedding? Or what is one thing you would LOVE to see at a wedding?
The only thing I’ve come up with so far is a mashed potato bar – with mashed potatoes in martini glasses and a choice of toppings (cheese, chives, etc.). That and maybe rosemary-roasted chicken.
Let me add that we’re having an outdoor vintage garden wedding in November, and we live in Texas. We’re having an ice cream truck for dessert… So we are not necessarily talking too fancy but definitely into the idea of gourmet!
Give me your ideas!
Post # 3
What is seasonal and local in your area at that time of year? I would start by thinking about recipes that feature those ingredients … they will be at their peak, which automatically gives you a leg up on creating awesome wedding food.
Post # 4
Are you wanting a buffet or sit down dinner type meal? That’s a good place to start. I’ve always found Italian is awesome for buffets (but I’m biased, that’s what we did), and BBQ at a wedding is so very Southern and I love it! But @KCKnd2 has a point, if you’re going to create a meal, find out what will be easy to get locally that time of year.
Post # 5
So that’s what I’m going to do at mine – food people love!!
Some people think it gets messy but they sure mow it down when they are there. It’s simple enough and everyone enjoys a BBQ.
So much better than 3 pidly pieces of asparagus, a little pile of cold pasta and an undercooked piece of chicken the size of a lemon
Post # 6
The best food I ever had was BBQ and let me tell you that Mac N Cheese was heaven.
If you wanted to have mashed potatoes in a martini glass why not do some balsamic glazed short ribs on top? I had that combo at a high end government party once and seriously they are were amazing….and I don’t eat a lot of beef.
Post # 7
+1 to local food. Showcasing your area for your guests is such a great way to bring them in.
Also – don’t forget to give love to the veggies. Some of the best and worst meals I’ve had at weddings have been the veggie option (and I’m not a vegetarian).
Some of my favorite dishes have been “plays” on old favorites. For example, roasted pork and apples. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm
Post # 8
@MsVoyageur: Ummmmm, OUR wedding food! Hahaha, we went to a tasting last weekend……..OMG.
We’re getting Dickey’s BBQ and decided on Sliced Brisket and Smoked Sliced Turkey. THE BEST turkey I’ve ever had.
Post # 9
We have the option of buffet or seated dinner and haven’t decided – we will probably do buffet since it’s less complicated but could swing either way.
I have no idea what will be in season in November, most fruits and vegetables won’t be too in season… But that’s a great idea, I will try to research whether there will be any Texas produce in season in November.
I love Italian food too! Although wasn’t too inspired by the caterer’s Italian menu. I was hoping for gnocchi or tortellini, or some kind of pasta that’s a little more interesting than farfalle! I’m a little worried about BBQ because the locals are SO picky when it comes to BBQ, so it would be a novelty for the 30% of the guests who are coming from out of state, but maybe not as much for the 70% of guests who are locals (and many of whom have picky BBQ tastes since we are spoiled with so many BBQ restaurants in Houston).
Post # 10
@iRun2004: YES. My husband is vegetarian (I’m not) and his plates at weddings tend to be a pile of either under or overcooked veggies with rice or something. One wedding we went to had mac n cheese (it was a comfort food wedding – AAAAAAAMAZING) which is probably his favorite food on earth but it had bacon in it already. Even the mashed potatoes had bacon in it already. I get that people love bacon, but come on – at least have it on the side or something!
Edit: Ok, now I want to redo my wedding have it be all comfort foods, bbq, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, etc. God that would be amazing.
Post # 11
I would focus on quality/seasonality of ingredients. I’d also ask the caterer what they do best. We can say “BBQ” but if they suck at it it won’t matter. Let them make suggestions. I wanted scallops and my chef told me it was a bad idea.
The ice cream truck sounds amazing
Post # 12
@iRun2004: For suuuuure, I was a vegetarian for 6 years and my fave dishes are still usually vegetarian ones. We will make sure to pay plenty of attention to that 🙂
@MrsHart2Bee: Yummy I love barbecue brisket!! I’ve never heard of Dickey’s but I’m guessing it was good. I’m so happy for you that your tasting went so well!!!!
@Treejewel19: Will def take note of the mac-n-cheese and balsamic glazed short ribs! I made balsamic glazed salmon last night and my Fiance is still talking about it this afternoon.
@ashescats: Do you think BBQ is safe even in an area where it is really common and people might be picky about it? I guess it’s hard to cook BBQ wrong even if you’re preparing food for a lot of people, since there’s not really too much of an issue with how well-done the meat is.
Post # 13
@MsVoyageur: Thank you! They are a national chain. I had never heard of them until about a year ago or so. According to their website, they have locations allllll over Texas! You should try them 🙂
Post # 14
Yes, definitely do some local ingredients/ cuisine. There is always something in season, and I am in Wisconsin! Local food is really big here.
Yum. The thought of BBQ is making me hungry! And def. include some veggies! Ice cream truck sounds so good!
Post # 15
Barbeque sounds amazing and I’d be a happy guest if that was the choice.
But I have to admit that the best wedding food I’ve ever had is my own (from the tasting). The boneless beef short ribs with the balsamic glaze literally melted in our mouths, served as a dual entree with fish, rice, and grilled summer veggies. And the vegetarian dish was a “Wellington” with fresh veggies and chevre cheese that was seriously amazing.
Post # 16
@Treejewel19: You had me at balsamic glazed short ribs! Mmmmmmm!!
@MsVoyageur: I love your idea of the mashed potato bar! It sounds scrumptious!