Post # 1
I’m toying with the idea of having an intercultural reception and I was wondering if anyone’s ever done it before – and what the approximate costs would be. I know costs are regional but I’d love to have some ballparks to look at. 🙂
I’m Asian and my mom’s been pushing for a Chinese reception for years because she thinks the food tastes better and it often costs less.
Originally my Serbian SO agreed to having a Chinese banquet (as there probably are few if any Serbian caterers, and his brother had an Italian-style reception so it must not be super important anyway), but lately he’s been telling me it wouldn’t be fair to have one culture eclipse the other (since we’re definitely doing the tea ceremony).
I wanted to incorporate his culture by getting married in a Serbian Orthodox church but he’s staunchly unreligious and doesn’t want that.
Anyway, I’m getting way off-toppic here – has anyone ever been to or had an intercultural reception with bicultural food? Which cultures and how was it? Bonus if you can suggest any venues in Toronto – the only place I could think of is perhaps the Met Hotel.
ETA: I’m not looking to have a Chinese/Serbian caterer specifically, I think Chinese and any general continental/North American food would make SO happy.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
I can’t contribute on any experience with this, but I do want to say that this sounds like an awesome idea. I would love to be invited to a reception like this! Good idea! 🙂
Post # 5
@LMD: *sigh* I guess no one’s experienced this before – I didn’t think it was so out there! Thanks for your encouragement, though. 🙂
Post # 6
I honestley think it would be too much to have both serbian and chinese caterer. Why don’t you do chinese dinner with siberian desserts/ tea coffee?
My friend is mexican and married an arab she had middle eastern food and a belly dancer. She also had a mariachi band play during cocktail hour. Everyone loved it. Also when the dj announced the parents he played mexican or arabic music when they walked out.
Post # 7
We had dim sum during cocktail hour and “normal” food for dinner (after tea ceremony). I think you could do Chinese banquet style with some other kinds of food thrown in some of the courses, maybe?
Post # 8
@ChicFoodist: I’m having intercultural receptions at both my weddings. I highly encourage just having a very mixed menu that still tastes good when put together. You can have dishes that are inspired. I was really lucky to find really talented caterers who could come up with this
Hors d’oeuvres: Quesadilla rolls, caprese skewes, creamy tomato soup shooters, salmon mousse
Reception: Mostly Mediterranean inspired (hubby’s heritage is Spanish / Jewish). We had lamb kofte kebabs, mediterranean salad, saffron basmati rice, chicken tikka masala (we both love Indian food), butter squash ravioli (our only Americna dish)
Wedding #2 is more Asian inspired as I’m Chinese:
Hors d’oeuvres: Summer gazpacho soup shooter, stuffed endive, hot baby lamb chops, vegetarian pressed sandwich
Reception: Baby tatsoi and sesame cucumber salad, ginger roasted flank steak, thai cracked black rise, margarita lime grilled salmon, spiced tofu with soba noodlbes, and wood grilled vegetables
Hope that gives you some ideas!
Post # 9
There probably aren’t many Siberian caterers but I think its an awesome idea to incorporate both cultures thru food. We are doing this for our wedding. My mother is catering cuban food and his mother is catering nicaraguan food. I hired servers and they will handle the food setting up and serving portion so everyone is able to enjoy the wedding.
Post # 10
I’m a Russian born Israeli and my husband is an American. We had only Russian food at the wedding. We were recomended a great Russian caterer and I don’t regret having that food because it was really good. My husband had no objection to have only Russian food.
Post # 11
@ChicFoodist: I once went to a pot luck reception after a wedding blessing that served all kinds of food. The blessing was in England, the groom was Canadian, and the bride Korean, so the dishes were mainly English/North American and Korean. However many of the guests were from other parts of the world, and a few of them brought along food from different regions. It was quite a long time ago, so I can’t remember exactly what I ate, but it was delicious and worked well!
I’ve been to a few Hindu weddings too, and most of them have offered Western (or at least Westernised) dishes as well Indian food in their buffet.
One of the biggest food mash-ups I’ve been to was an ‘International Orphan’s Potluck’ party, where everyone was instructed to bring a dish from their country of origin. Almost everyone at the party was on a working holiday visa, so there were dishes all over the place (eg. Trinidadian curry, New Zealand lamb kebabs, Vietnamese sandwiches, Spanish tapas, Japanese sushi). Again it all worked beautifully, and everyone was excited to try all the different foods.
I guess what I’m saying is that it works well for pot lucks, so I think it would probably work for a buffet as well. I’d just make sure there was plenty of ‘safe’ food options available for guests who don’t like to eat anything unfamiliar. I’d also maybe limit it to two cuisines for the sake of practicality (and cost!).
Post # 12
@ChicFoodist: There must be kiflice!!! My old roommate was Serbian (not Siberian, PPs) and his mom would always bring us some. That shits delicious!
Post # 13
My FI and I are both American, but FI’s mother is Persian. Because of that, he’s grown up with a lot of Persian food and customs. We’re going to have both Persian and American entrees served in a family style so everyone gets to have a little bit of both. We luckily found a caterer that does the typical American entrees but also has a Persian chef that can do those specialty dishers.