(Closed) Ever been to/had an intercultural (food) reception?

posted 5 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 4
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I can’t contribute on any experience with this, but I do want to say that this sounds like an awesome idea.  I would love to be invited to a reception like this!  Good idea! 🙂

Post # 6
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I honestley think it would be too much to have both serbian and chinese caterer. Why don’t you do chinese dinner with siberian desserts/ tea coffee?

My friend is mexican and married an arab she had middle eastern food and a belly dancer. She also had a mariachi band play during cocktail hour.  Everyone loved it. Also when the dj announced the parents he played mexican or arabic music when they walked out.



Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had dim sum during cocktail hour and “normal” food for dinner (after tea ceremony).  I think you could do Chinese banquet style with some other kinds of food thrown in some of the courses, maybe?

Post # 8
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChicFoodist:  I’m having intercultural receptions at both my weddings. I highly encourage just having a very mixed menu that still tastes good when put together. You can have dishes that are inspired. I was really lucky to find really talented caterers who could come up with this


Wedding #1:

Hors d’oeuvres: Quesadilla rolls, caprese skewes, creamy tomato soup shooters, salmon mousse

Reception: Mostly Mediterranean inspired (hubby’s heritage is Spanish / Jewish). We had lamb kofte kebabs, mediterranean salad, saffron basmati rice, chicken tikka masala (we both love Indian food), butter squash ravioli (our only Americna dish)


Wedding #2 is more Asian inspired as I’m Chinese:

Hors d’oeuvres: Summer gazpacho soup shooter, stuffed endive, hot baby lamb chops, vegetarian pressed sandwich

Reception: Baby tatsoi and sesame cucumber salad, ginger roasted flank steak, thai cracked black rise, margarita lime grilled salmon, spiced tofu with soba noodlbes, and wood grilled vegetables


Hope that gives you some ideas! 




Post # 9
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

There probably aren’t many Siberian caterers but I think its an awesome idea to incorporate both cultures thru food. We are doing this for our wedding. My mother is catering cuban food and his mother is catering nicaraguan food. I hired servers and they will handle the food setting up and serving portion so everyone is able to enjoy the wedding. 

Post # 10
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m a Russian born Israeli and my husband is an American. We had only Russian food at the wedding. We were recomended a great Russian caterer and I don’t regret having that food because it was really good. My husband had no objection to have only Russian food. 

Post # 11
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ChicFoodist: I once went to a pot luck reception after a wedding blessing that served all kinds of food. The blessing was in England, the groom was Canadian, and the bride Korean, so the dishes were mainly English/North American and Korean. However many of the guests were from other parts of the world, and a few of them brought along food from different regions. It was quite a long time ago, so I can’t remember exactly what I ate, but it was delicious and worked well!

I’ve been to a few Hindu weddings too, and most of them have offered Western (or at least Westernised) dishes as well Indian food in their buffet.

One of the biggest food mash-ups I’ve been to was an ‘International Orphan’s Potluck’ party, where everyone was instructed to bring a dish from their country of origin. Almost everyone at the party was on a working holiday visa, so there were dishes all over the place (eg. Trinidadian curry, New Zealand lamb kebabs, Vietnamese sandwiches, Spanish tapas, Japanese sushi). Again it all worked beautifully, and everyone was excited to try all the different foods.

I guess what I’m saying is that it works well for pot lucks, so I think it would probably work for a buffet as well. I’d just make sure there was plenty of ‘safe’ food options available for guests who don’t like to eat anything unfamiliar. I’d also maybe limit it to two cuisines for the sake of practicality (and cost!).

Post # 12
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@ChicFoodist:  There must be kiflice!!! My old roommate was Serbian (not Siberian, PPs) and his mom would always bring us some. That shits delicious!

Post # 13
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Fiance and I are both American, but FI’s mother is Persian. Because of that, he’s grown up with a lot of Persian food and customs. We’re going to have both Persian and American entrees served in a family style so everyone gets to have a little bit of both. We luckily found a caterer that does the typical American entrees but also has a Persian chef that can do those specialty dishers.

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