Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
Heya bees, We just booked our beautiful barn venue and our amazing vintage photographer. Now we are looking at caterers. We know we would like to continue with the southern theme. However, we are completely stuck on meat ideas! I would prefer to keep away from the pulled pork and beef brisket. As much as we enjoy those foods, I think they can be too messy for our semi formal wedding. Same applies to ribs.. One thing one caterer suggested was beef tenderloin – one of our absolute favorites! However, it’s kind of pricey and would put us over budget. I have seen some ideas like peach marinated pork shoulder. But we aren’t really into the sweet fruity meat tastes. I am absolutely brain dead on what works with our theme. I know I kind of like the idea of meatloaf as the second option. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Post # 3
Red meat and potatoes always a good place to start. 🙂 Or something like country fried steak, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings (mmmmmmmmmm) are are fittingly southern. Or you could go Tex-Mex southern food, fajitas and buritos are always a crowd pleaser.
Post # 4
How about shrimp and grits?
Post # 5
– Fried chicken tenderloin (fried chicken without the bones) with cream gravy
– Chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken
– Plain steak tenderloin (with maybe a gravy of some kind on the side)
– Shrimp and grits (I second this)
– Pork loin
– Crawfish with pasta or Cajun/Creole shrimp with pasta
Post # 6
I second fried chicken or chicken and dumplings. And I am sucker for shrimp ‘n grits.
Pot roast w/ veggies and Beef Stew were big in my house growing up.
Post # 7
I just realized you are in Canada or you are getting married there. One of the things I was going to suggest is something called a “Low Country Boil”. It’s a very Southern style of food. I have no idea if your venue can accomodate something like that but I thought I would share. You can Google it.
The other thing I wanted to mention was the BBQ isn’t neccesarily “Southern”. Yes, we have it here but it’s all over the US or the world, really. When I think of the South I think of sweet tea (fresh brewed with sugar…a must have!), punch of some kind, fried chicken (fried anything really), biscuits of some kind, salad/fruit salad and pecan pie. And gravy. My god, don’t forget the gravy…brown or white, preferably both!
Post # 8
Fried Chicken is a huge favorite, as is ham and collard greens and black eye peas, shrimp & grits is amazing, pork loin (marinated with BBQ sauce or really whatever you want), pot roast, jambalaya, chicken & dumplins, Fried catfish (but they are a very bony fish fyi), chili and/or slaw dogs (not very upscale but very southern), shrimp/fish/crab Po’Boys, not a meat but fried pickles and/or okra are delicious & I almost never see them anywhere but southern BBQ joints, and of course if your doing southern don’t forget your cornbread!!!
Post # 9
Country fried chicken and some kind of shrimp
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
Wow guys! I really appreciate all the suggestions!
@chasesgirl: I love the idea of the country fried steak! That’s definitely been added on to the list 🙂 I did consider fajitas as well, but no one in the city really does that kind of catering (that I know of) and it may be messy!
@Coral99: We had originally thought of the fried chicken and waffles, but since it’s not really popular here, we thought it may not be the best thing to serve to our guests. I do like the idea of the fried chicken tenderloin tho! The pastas sound amazing too – we definitely have pasta a lot! I have come across a recipe for the Low Country Boil and was actually planning to make it this summer – looks delish! And I definitely agree about the BBQ not being specifically country. We originally planned a BBQ meal, but as it progressed and I thought about it, I didn’t like the concept. Since the rest of the wedding is southern I figured it’d be neat to go in that direction. I am definitely planning sweet tea and punch for our cocktail hour, cornbread and biscuits and gravy for dinner, fried green tomatoes, and I LOVE pecan pie!! May go with cupcakes and I already found a recipe for pecan pie cupcakes – OMG…PLUS I want pecan pie tarts/bars for our dessert table. Nom Nom Nom!!
@BeckyS0: Totally forgot about Ham – that would be a great “second” meat choice! Same with fried catfish! We fish occassionally and we are definitely considered a bit redneck so I think thats a cute menu choice! I have to admit I had my first Po’Boy last year (OMG) and my first chili dog a few months ago (Again, OMG).
I was never much of a fan of cornbread until his mom decided to make some homemade and damn wow WAY better so that’s what I’m planning to have the caterer make.
I also came up with chicken thigh and leg, not sure if thats “southern” but I think it’d fit the meal. Also sausage or meatloaf as a second meal choice.
So far for sides I have:
Green Fried Tomatoes
Salad (Caesar or??)
Biscuits and Cornbread
Gravies (Hopefully both white and brown)
Macaroni and Cheese
How does that all sound? Any suggestions or? I am super excited for this meal!
Post # 11
@TattooedChick23: It’s funny- I grew up in the south and figured rednecks were a strictly southern thing. Then I moved to the middle of nowhere rural CA & there are just as many rednecks here! =) Chicken thigh & leg is super southern too- how could I leave that out! Fried green tomatoes (OMG!) & Mac & cheese are staples too… I think your sides sound awesomely southern & delicious~!!!!! And now I’m hungry for *real* food, not the soup I brought for lunch =(
Post # 12
Per my fiance (who’s a Texan, and I agree), there is only ONE gravy. Sawmill/white gravy. The only time brown gravy is used in proper Southern food is for something like a Thanksgiving turkey. On a fried chicken or chicken fried steak, you use proper sawmill gravy 🙂
Post # 13
@MariContrary: Suthern girl here to disagree, there is brown beef gravy which is delicoius on po boys and potatoes but white gravy is more traditonal. Turkey/chicken gravy isnt nearly as good as brown beef gravy.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
Thanks everyone for all the help. I was debating between two caterers previously and just got quotes back from each of them. One of them is double the amount and is more into the basic foods I’d say. The one we are planning to go with says he can’t provide the fried green tomatoes as we’re having a buffet and he doesn’t want them to get soggy. I’m totally fine with that, however, now I am completely stuck on what kind of vegetable side to have – any ideas? I know there’s greens beans, but honestly, we’re not big fans of that and I thought a mix of vegetables would be good so there’s something for everyone. Here’s our menu again:
Chicken quartered (slowly smoked – YUM!)
Texas Links or Andoille Sausage
Baby Potatoes or some sort of potato side
Salad (Garlic Caesar?)
Gourmet Mac N Cheese
Biscuits and Cornbread
The sides are not set in stone yet but I thought I’d also post the other sides he offers on his website:
Apple Cinnamon Pit Baked Beans, Rustic Red Skinned Potato Salad, Mediterrean Pasta Salad, Gourmet Mac N Cheese with Aged Cheddar, Smoked Mozzeralla and Monterey Jack Cheese, Baked Russet Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives, Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes, Maple Butter Pecan Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Terragon Creamed Corn, Creamy Garlic Caesar Salad, Springs Green Salad with Honey Seasme Vinagrette, and PEI Vegetable Medley.
What would you have picked for sides? I definitely think I want to keep the Mac and Cheese. I am curious to try the maple butter pecan potatoes.
We have also discussed to have a separate main meal incase of any vegetarians, so not to worry :).