Post # 1
I’m having trouble figure out what to serve at my fall wedding… We were originally planning an outdoor summer clambake wedding, but now are moving our wedding to the fall (october) so a clambake wouldn’t be appropriate (and would be more expensive off season).
I still want to do something different, not your typical beef and chicken dinner option. What are some ideas for a dinner thats not your average wedding fare, but appropriate fall.
Appreciate all suggestions!!!
Post # 3
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
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).
Wood oven pizzas
Post # 5
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
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
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
@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.
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
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
- 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
@ChicFoodist: why not! who doesnt love waffles, chocolate cake and ice cream! 🙂
Post # 12
@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
@lovekiss: this is a GREAT idea! did you pick the drinks yourselves?
Post # 14
- 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
@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
Post # 16
@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.