Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married next June. He is from North Carolina and I am from Upstate NY. We are hoping to do a combination of southern food and some yankee staples. We are meeting with our caterer on Saturday, any menu suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Im having a hard time coming up with traditional Yankee food because to me, its just normal food. What are some dishes that really represent us Yankees?
Post # 3
Authentic Sweet Tea is a must for a Southern menu.
Post # 4
Yeah I have tons of ideas for the Southern part but not for the Yankee dishes!
Post # 5
For the Yankee food Im thinking chicken speedies (I realize most of you will wonder what the heck speedies are) would be good but beyond that I am drawing a blank! Mini reuben sandwiches? Something with NY Cheddar?
Post # 6
I love food. I take it seriously. I’m from both the North and South…Born in Brooklyn, raised in Florida. i would say NC is pretty unique in it’s own right. I wouldn’t usually consider it deep “southern”…Are you doing appetizers or entrees?
That being said…
NC Inspired Food:
- Vinegar based BBQ sliders with a sophisticated slaw…
- I once had some Sweet Potatoe Buttermilk Biscuits in Chapel Hill that I still dream about…
- Laurel Gray Vineyards has some award winning wines or a local favorite like Copperline Amber Ale…
New York Inspired Food:
- The best Nova (Smoked Salmon) comes from upstate New York! Any kind of appetizer would rock with this stuff.
- Micro-green salad stations? (roasted nuts, beans, fresh cheeses, etc.)
- A high end bread assortment with flavored spreads (I miss Rockland Bakery and City Bakery in NY)
- Orchard-inspired drinks and preserves
- You can’t go wrong with italian—it can be light or hearty. And with all the speciaty shops upstate, you can find amazing fresh pastas, cured meats and marinades/sauces for veggies.
Post # 7
Philly cheesesteak sliders? NE clam chowder?
Post # 8
If it wasn’t in June, I’d say Yankee Pot Roast, lol. That’s what we had at our wedding.
Post # 9
Cannolis! I’m interested in seeing responses, I’m from NJ, Fiance is from TN and we want to do a bit of southern flare too. Our cocktail hour will have pulled pork sandwiches and our signature drink is going to have moonshine in it (the legal kind, not the good stuff)
Post # 10
Maybe keep the dinner Southern inspired and rock out a Northern inspired dessert bar? You can do a few New York cheesecakes, I know Junior’s ships! OR you can do Norhthern inspired appetizers- mini pizza slices, meatballs, pigs in a blanket. It’s tough! Easy to do Southern inspired! Other ways you can bring in the New York- via favors-taxi cab shaped cookies, I <3 New York key chains, hard cider or caramel coated apples.
Post # 11
Haha, Fiance and I are both from the south. In a small town. He has relatives from New York who I met for the first time on Thanksgiving.
Now let me mention, it was already our plan to have 1/2 barbeque. We have a local favorite here in our town that is amazing for their barbeque. Well when I met his family from NY and we talked about the wedding, his cousin said in the most exaggerated southern accent “Will there be bah-be-que?” it was funny. Guess you had to be there.
BBQ is a big thing down south, that and some sweet tea. We are also big on sea food where we are from since we live on the coast and our shrimp is INCREDIBLE, but anyways, I don’t know if you would want to do BBQ since it’s kinda messy for a wedding but like a pp said, the vinegar bbq is the southern way. If you’re up for seafood there is a great southern dish that we are having as well. Its the “low country boil” (And we’re from the low country 🙂 ) It’s shrimp red potatoes corn and sausage all boiled together and is great. We’re having that at our wedding as well lol. Shrimp and grits are also a big southern thing, and don’t forget the corn bread!
For NY, I’ve never been there but I love me some canolis and philly cheese steaks so those I agree with from pp
Post # 12
Main lobster salad maybe some crab cakes.
As for the southern side, yellow corn bread stuffing, maybe some shrimp etouffe,(sp?)