Post # 1
We are considering either an 11 am or 2 pm ceremony, so we would be offering this menu either as luncheon or as nibbles, and adjust the portions accordingly. Either way, the main food choices will be served either as a buffet or in stations.
Cheese and Fruit Platter
Vegetable Platter with Cucumber-Mint Yogurt Dip
Wild Mushroom Phylo Satchels
Baked Mini Egg Rolls w/ Hot Mustard Sauce
Raw Kale Salad
Barbecue Sliders w/ Field Greens, Red Onions, Tomato, & Garlic Aioli
Fried Chicken Tenders
Sweet Potato Casserole
Creamy Deviled Eggs
Cornbread or Rolls
Our wedding ceremony is taking place in an 1860’s era chapel, and the reception will be in the backyard of an 1830’s era mansion in Tennessee. We love the South, and our ceremony/reception will be intimate, have a very quaint feeling, and mostly be limited to family. Do you think that with the simple main meal fare, the mushroom satchels and egg rolls will be out of place on the appetizer cocktail hour table? I just really love egg rolls. 😀 The lunceon menu is something we’d expect at any family gathering, but that is what we love, and I think the toppings on the barbecue sliders fancy them up a little. The caterer I’m working with does gourmet vegetarian and vegan food, so I expect even the simplest sounding menu to be out of this world.
Would you bees be happy with this food? And if this is the menu we’re playing with, is it better to just go with a lunch instead of framing it like an afternoon snack? We can make the portions smaller for afternoon munchies and plate them differently than buffet-style if that’s what we go with, but I don’t really know what people prefer. I’ve been to weddings that serve food at all times of day.
For dessert, we’re having wedding cake, a pie bar, and vegan cupcakes. Haven’t thought about drinks yet.
Post # 2
I don’t think the items mentioned are out of place.
Post # 3
Yummy! I think your menu is better suited for a lunch as I don’t normally think of green beans or sweet potato casserole as “munchie” type foods. Those appetizers all sound good as well.
Post # 5
Sounds good 🙂 I also had a buffet, it’s great because no one goes hungry!
Post # 6
Can I come? Haha
It all sounds very good to me!
Post # 7
coachhw: The components sound delicious, but the main course sounds a bit light. A heavy starch (example potato or rice) could seal it for me.
Post # 9
Sounds great! Can I get the name of the caterer? I don’t live in Tennessee, but as a vegan I’m always looking for caterer inspiration!
Post # 10
I’m a vegetarian and it sounds fine for me.
Post # 11
CHristine2809: We are using The Sunflower Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. We tried their food last night and it was out of this world. The great thing is that even the stuff on our menu that sounds like meat (the barbecue, the chicken) is actually totally vegetarian. I like it because I do not think our meat-eating guests will know the difference. My parents are concerned with appearing like good hosts because of course in Tennessee, you expect to have meat on the menu. My future inlaws went with us to try the food, and they are both meat-eaters, they agreed that the barbecue was just right. You have the option of doing a soy barbecue or tempeh barbecue. We haven’t tried the chicken yet, but I’m sure it will be amazing. Most of these options are vegan-friendly too, I think the eggs and the cornbread are the only things at dinner that we will have to worry about for the vegans. Sunflower Cafe can also do gluten-free meals!
Post # 12
coachhw: Food writer here, I think it sounds like a good menu. I would advise though that you keep it as a real meal rather than as an appetizer type hour. I think some of the items would be difficult to consume standing and/or without a plate and silverwear and a table- kale salad, green beans, casserole, etc. If you’re doing just a muchie type thing I would only select items that can be easily eaten standing up.
Post # 13
Kale has some pretty extreme digestive “effects” on many people. Despite it being very trendy currently, you might want to consider a different salad. You may want to pick a different chicken dish; chicken tenders are a pretty defining food choice which people associate with bar food, ballgames or kids’ meals, and a wedding meal should be a little more upscale.
Post # 14
coachhw: Yum! Thank you! I’m actually going to Nashville this month so I’ll have to check it out!
My only advice for not telling people it’s not meat, is to make sure you know any allergies beforehand. Just so you don’t run into any issues with someone allergic to soy or something!
Post # 15
CHristine2809: Yes, we are thinking about putting that information on the wedding website. I think anyone who knows us will know we wouldn’t serve meat at a wedding, but we obviously don’t want anyone to have a bad reaction!
Definitely try it while you’re here, and also check out The Happy Cow, another Nashville veg favorite. This is such a cool city, hope you enjoy your time here!