(Closed) Need your opinion!

posted 5 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
Member
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can you request specific dishes and have a food tasting with Fi’s family so that they can be more informed in their opinions?   Alternatively, can you negociate with the venue to have italian food brought in from elsewhere?   Yet another alternative would be to switch to a venue that caters Italian food and ask for some popular Russian dishes, like beef stroganoff or chicken kiev, should be pretty doable for a non-Russian chef I think.

One thing I personally would be concerned with is service, do you have good reviews for this venue from others? Or have you attended events there? I have been to a Russian Sweet 16 party in Brooklyn, and while it was very lavish  and over the top, the service was pretty surly… just smth I would personally to watch out for.

Post # 5
Member
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It was at Astoria.  I guess I misunderstood the goal – i thought you wanted a blended Russian/Italian menu. If your FI says that the food is very different, but there is only caviar and pickles that are russian on the menu, why is he concerned that people won’t like it?  People in the US should be ok with the americanized menu I guess.  What’s the issue then?

Post # 8
Member
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Coming from a Russian background myself and having gone to a fair amount of Russian weddings/restaurant parties, and also being very Americanized I can understand some of the concerns your fiance might have, some of which he may have trouble wording. I wonder if a lot of it is less to do with the food choices and more with the way it’s served – I personally hate the way food is served at Russian restaurants with the sides and entrees being served at separate times and in so many courses, it ends up lasting so long and ten courses in you don’t even want to eat any more. Maybe he and his family would be more comfortable if the restaurant would do it the more traditional, formal American style of set plates, where you could choose beforehand what each one has on it, including some Italian elements?

Alternatively, my Irish-Italian fiance/now DH and I had a buffet that included both our backgrounds – chicken kiev, rockfish spiedini (basically fish shish kebabs), corned beef carving station, pumpkin ravioli, mashed potato bar, beet salad (not the traditional russian one though but like green salad with beets, goat cheese, pecans), panzanella salad (italian salad with mozzarella, olives, other tastiness), roasted squash, and sauteed kale. We also had a passed appetizer cocktail hour. Everyone, Americans and Russians included, still tell us months later how delicious it all was!

The topic ‘Need your opinion!’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors