Post # 1
I’m newly engaged and new on wedding bee. I’ve already booked our venue that does NOT have catering options. The fiance and I are HUGE foodies and are already thinking about our menu so I need some advice.What was the best meal you’ve ever had at a wedding? Not neccisarily the main course, (this can be food at cocktail hour, signature drinks, food bars, etc.) But food that really stuck out. Even if it was a traditional chicken, steak or fish option. Looking for some inspiration.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - Villa Celeste
A couple years ago I went to a backyard wedding. The food was actually catered by a local Italian restaurant and oh boy was it absolutely delicious. The dinner was actually served family style, so you got to try everything. They had spaghetti and meatballs, tossed green salad, garlic bread, lasagna, italian sausage and an italian style corned beef. *my mouth waters just thinking about it* Of course, this was a very laid back wedding, so I can’t imagine this going over at a formal event. But it was a nice change from the usual. They also had an Italian Soda available. Not my thing, but most of the guests were all about it.
Post # 4
mrshttob: Dover sole. A very close second was Red Snapper. The winning appetizer was baked bacon wrapped scallops..
Post # 5
Commenting to follow as well. I’m curious to what other bees have to say!
Post # 6
DH and I love our food too, it was super important to us at our wedding to have top quality, interesting food. Before ours the best food we had at a wedding was:
Starter – beef cheek on polenta cake
Main – Lamb rump (can’t remember the sides)
Both were delicious and so well cooked, did not seem bulk produced at all for a wedding. The dessert let it down a bit as the panna cotta had so much gelatin in it that you could literally pick it up it one piece, lol.
We got married last month and honestly the food was amazing. We had so many people compliment us on it saying it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding and even chefs that were there were super impressed and people with more conservative tastes that I was concerned wouldn’t like it. Definitely money well spent. We had ours banquet at the table style so people could try several different items and this worked really well. There was so much food in the end. I think the key is to find a quality caterer really, and go from there. I just wish I could have eaten more on the night, I wasn’t really hungry with the nerves and stuff! We had:
Starter – everyone got pork belly with quince aioli and vegetarians had polenta cake with roasted capsicum salsa
Main Course (banquet at the table)
Whole roasted Scotch fillet served pink with potato puree, french mustard and shallot jus
Middle Eastern Fried Chicken with soused eggplant and tomato/cumin salsa (the spices were amazing in this)
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with crackling, carrot and ginger chutney, coriander and aioli
Vegetarian – Spiced Rice Kofta with chilli, peanuts, cardomum, coconut and almond sauce
Sides were paprika salted potatoes and garlic green vegetables.
Post # 7
mrshttob: Just to offer another perspective: no idea. I can’t remember a single meal I’ve had at a wedding, except my own, and only then because I helped choose the menu. Food is waaaaay down the list of what I remember from a wedding, unless it’s really bad. (And I’m old enough to have been to 20-30 weddings).
Post # 8
The two best wedding meals I can remember were buffet style but with manned “stations” – so not like traditional buffet so much as places to go where people were making you awesome food. oh my god the carving and the omlette making and the shrimp and grits. And being able to sample a bit of all the goodness. Mmmmm.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
mrshttob: I used to be a photographer’s assistant so I have attended a few weddings. The best was the one where chefs pan fried lamb chops during the cocktail hour. They also had a caviar bar with toast points, sour cream, and chives. Yum!
Post # 10
Lollybags: Good god, I got hungry just READING your menu. Particularly the Middle Eastern Fried chicken. That sounds like something I would devour. And pork belly? Sign me up. I really like the diversity of your menu.
aussiemum1248: This is also a good perspective to keep in mind. I guess being a foodie, my mind just automatically goes to the food. But of course, I just want people to have a good time above all else.
erw4338: I love that idea. But like you mentioned, I am going for a more formal affair. But honestly, I can’t really think of a person who wouldn’t love that. I’m a sucker for Italian, and I love how the family style just really fit in well with the overall feel. I wonder how expensive it was for them to have the restaurant cater?
To everyone else- I’m loving all of these different ideas.
Post # 11
mrshttob: Yeah I think it depends on your perspective – some won’t really mind about the food (unless there is not enough of it) but being massively into food and cooking I remember the food at every wedding I go to and I do remember the highlights and lowlights that’s for sure. Like you we wanted our wedding to reflect the things we loved and good food was one of them!
Post # 12
Breakfast for dinner reception! LOL It was a very casual wedding and reception but I loved that
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Not to sound snotty, but our wedding was the best wedding meal I’ve ever had. We’re big on food, so it was our #1 priority, followed by alcohol. haha
During cocktail hour we has bruschetta, bacon wrapped scallops, and crab stuffed mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms, but damned if I didn’t hunt down a server with a tray of those beauties. The server quickly learned that this bride eats at her own cocktail hour and mad sure the fresh tray came to me every time. 🙂
The dinner was plated with white glove service. We served a savory butternut squash soup as the first course, a microgreen salad with apples as the second (my favorite course! microgreens and I are bff), a grassfed filet with roasted root veggies and string beans as the 3rd course, and artisinal cheeses and petit fours as our fourth course. Each course was served with a wine or beer pairing (guest choice as to which pairing they received). The chef was a former White House chef, and everything was pitch perfect. Oh, and it was all organic and locally sourced (except for the imported cheeses and alcohol).
We considered sevring more “exotic” foodie-type foods, but a significant portion of our guest list was not adventurous with food. So while we may have enjoyed the meal, we also had an obligation to our guests to serve something they found pleasurable rather than offputting. Would pork belly or roasted lamb or veal have been amazing? You betcha. Would Mr. LK’s family or my mother have eaten it? Not a chance.
Post # 14
mrshttob: well the best food I’ve ever had was actually at the cocktail hour of a wedding. There were lobster tails, bacon wrapped filet medallions, prawns, crab cakes, sushi bar and tons of other fresh seafood. It was so good that it actually made the dinner at the wedding seem subpar.
Post # 15
mrshttob: Best food I have ever had at weddings has been sharing food. So for one it was an afternoon tea, piles of sandwiches and cakes put on the table and everyone passed around and helped themselves. Then there was the buffet served to the table, plates of cold meats, salads etc. again passed around between guests. I loved this idea because its still quite formal (I don’t like buffets where you have to get up and carry your plate around, just me, I’m lazy!) but I liked the family feel of everyone digging in together. For our wedding we had a tapas starter with weird and wonderful things which got everyone talking. Then a plated starter and main that were foods me and hubby love then back to the family sharing thing for desert…..we had a huge bowl of trifle for each table that was carried in by the chef and wait staff with sparklers! Once the sparklers died out it was great watching everyone decide on the table who was ‘going to be mum’ and serve up for the others.
I’m a huge, huge foodie, but in the end the taste of the food was probably less important to us than the feel of the meal and we wanted something that brought our guest together….then we chose foods we loved that would fit that ethos.