menu advice – not your average dinner

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I went to a Fall wedding once where they did a full on Thanksgiving type meal (turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc) – that was pretty awesome!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If you are wanting some more ‘casual’ fare:

Meat on a spit/charcoal (we like lamb here in Aus. but I understand Lamb is not super popular in America? Pig works well too).

Giant paella

Wood oven pizzas

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sugarbee711: 

Maybe start with a winter green salad with cranberries on top or an assortment of non-tropical  fruits for your fruit tray.

Maybe thinly sliced grilled turkey breast with with an assortment of sauces or gravies to choose from.

Or Smoked salmon steaks (my grandfather’s specialty…think BBQ taste without the sauce and very tender, but meaty on the inside!)

Pumpkin souffle, roasted butternut squash, wild winter rice are all winter side dishes. 

I don’t know, there’s so many different options, but I would definitely start with a winter soup ! 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sugarbee711:  

We’re doing “our relationship” and serving fancier versions of what we had on our first date (tuna steaks), our favorite meal to make at home (poblano lime chicken) and what we had when we got engaged (steak)

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went to a food truck wedding that was INCREDIBLE recently, if you’re going for something a little more unique and a little less formal!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@HourThyme:  That’s a fantastic idea 🙂

We wanted something different. We had a formal sit down dinner but we wanted it to feel like a family occasion. So we had tapas, to get everyone passing round the food and chatting. We had our favorites (we love chinese food and duck so our chef made a light asian salad with pea shoots and a great dressing which was topped with crispy duck!) Then beef, becasue everyone can eat that, we had a slow cooked carved joint which was delish……then we went back home to a sherry trifle with sugary sweets in it, sparklers and squirty cream. It went down a bomb.

OP

 

What are your favorite foods, where in the world do you most like to eat. Do you prefer gormet food or home cooked family food? Think about all those things, talk them over with your caterer and see what suggestions they can come up with.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Um, as an unapologetic food addict, I LOVE this thread! 

@Lollybags:  *squeal!* I LOVE paella!!!

@HourThyme:  That is an excellent and sweet idea!  If SO and I did that, we’d be having waffles, chocolate cake and ice cream for our dessert because our first date was at Demetre’s! ^.^

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Such great ideas here! We chose more traditional courses (microgreen fall harvest salad, butternut squash soup, filet with fall veggies, and cheese/truffles/petit fours) but paired each course with a designated wine and a designated beer. Guests RSVPd ahead of time with whether they wanted the wine or the beer pairing, and then as each course was served a new wine or beer was served to the guest to compliment the food. Everyone sat at one long table, and it was like an elegant dinner party atmosphere with really amazing food and drinks.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ChicFoodist:  why not! who doesnt love waffles, chocolate cake and ice cream! 🙂 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Sugarbee711:  You could do comfort foods, or have different types of soups, have a hot chocolate station (that is, if it’s going to be chilly where you are). I think fall/winter foods are cozy and warm. 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@lovekiss:  this is a GREAT idea! did you pick the drinks yourselves?

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@peanut88:  One of our good friends is a sommelier and Mr. LK and I know a bit about wine as well, so Mr. Lk and I took notes during our food tasting, and then we worked with our friend to select the wines. Mr. Lk is a pretty well-rounded “beer guy”, so he used those same tasting notes to select the beer for each course. Basically we bought a lot of different beers and spent several evenings sipping them and discussing which one for which course. Life was hard. haha We were really happy wih how things turned out.

All that said, you can get good advice from a knowledgable wine shop or someone who knows beer well. Take really detailed notes during your food tasting, noting both the strong and subtle flavors in each dish, the textures, and your overall impressions, and then bring them to someone who knows what they are talking about. With good notes, you should be able to nail your pairing selections.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Sugarbee711:  We are doing Indian food!! Do you have a favorite cuisine like Thai, Chinese, Indian etc? It is also very budget friendly, especially if you have a restaurant cater instead of a caterer

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sugarbee711:  we had a comfort food menu. I didn’t want a traditional menu. I wanted food that tasted good and felt like a  family party.

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