(Closed) If you could be totally extravagant (or selfish)…. *Dream Catering.*

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 4
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would have Commander’s Palace in New Orleans cater my wedding.  I’d just hire their whole kitchen staff, transport them to New Hampshire, and make them cook food to order for my guests.  Sigh.


In dream world, I would actually get married in New Orleans.  Alas.


Oh and since we’re getting married in New Husband, we are having lots of lobster.  So at least I meet SOMEONE’S dream…wanna come?

Post # 6
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I’ll play!

We’re having a pretty decent menu… scallops with chorizo and pea puree followed by confit duck and roast veg for meat eaters, and a veg tartlet followed by wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil for the veggies. Evening buffet will be things like blinis, crostinis, cheeses, fruit, sandwiches etc. But I have toned it down a bit for guests… if I could have anything…

– My number one choice would be a seafood platter, like you mention. Especially a spiced lobster soup, oysters, and a clam chowder. Oh, and lobster cooked in wine with shallots…nom nom nom…

– Venison with a blackberry sauce wouldn’t go amiss.

Then, if I was serving lots and lots of people, my other faves include:

– Pheasants with amaretto and chestnuts.

– Chinese spiced, fried vegetables.

– Honey roasted veg and roasted sweet potatoes.

– Salads with edible flowers.

– Fried locusts.

– Roasted, stuffed vegetables with chinese sauce.

…. there must be more. I will have to check.

I should also say that I’ve already had a negative comment about my menu… someone in particular thinks that it should be more pie, roast, and fish and chips based. I am not backing down on this one… MY FOOD… ALLL MINE MWAHAHAHA!!!

Post # 8
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Rachel631:  ooh venison with blackberry sauce sounds incredible.  and the pheasant and vegetables that you mentioned

So in an ideal world, ii wish i could have lots of tiny courses of my favourites.

-There would be a risotto in there somewhere

-Duck, as i love it in pretty much anything. so maybe duck confit

– reindeer with lingonberry sauce (had it in the ice hotel and LOVED it).

– The seared tuna salad with endives and honey chipotle dressing that i had in a restaurant last year

– truffled mashed potatoes. one of my fave sides ever

– garlic linguine

– beef carpaccio ( i wanted this for the wedding but lots of people thought the idea of raw meat was gross)

– mmm maybe a bit of ostrich, why not. delicious!

– a trio of dessrts – banoffee pie, profiteroles and chocolate fondant

– fried camembert

– some kind of artichoke soup. as i tried it at a restaurant with a little poached quails egg in it and it was stunningly good

Post # 9
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@newname_99:  reindeer with lingonberry sauce aaaaagh nom nom nom… never tried it but it sounds delicious!

– truffled mashed potatoes… I love black truffle oil. It must be one of my fave things ever. I could just eat it with bread, to be honest. So yes…. mmmmmm…..

– ostrich… never been impressed with ostrich. It’s very lean, and it doesn’t really have that much flavour…. I think it’s a bit “chicken-y” for me. If we’re talking Australian meats, I much prefer crocodile!

Post # 10
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@multinational:  Well we’re doing lobster two ways.  The night before the wedding we’re having a rehearsal dinner for everyone at a local state park.  We’re going to get lobsters for everyone from local supermarkets.  They cook them for you for about $7/lobster.  Then we’ll put out butter, side dishes, and drinks — and voila, a party!

Then at the reception the next day, there will be little lobster au gratin things.  They’re in ramekins, and the lobster’s cut up and mixed with bread crumbs and cheese.  Delicious.


I think the Japanese/Thai combo sounds awesome.

Post # 11
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@multinational:  Appetizers consisting of an assortment of sushi, lettuce wraps, a cheese tray and shrimp cocktail. A sit down dinner with choice of filet and lobster, crab topped Mahi Mahi, or Chicken Diane. Two side item choices of asparagus, red skin garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, corn pudding, green beans almondine, or sweet potato. A selection of breads with butter. Everyone’s meal would include a house or caesar salad. There would be a chocolate fountain with strawberries, marshmallows, cherries, and other fruits. There would be a couple of ice sculptures and of course an open bar all night with top-shelf liquors and the finest wines. 

Post # 13
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@multinational:  Yum, your dream menu sounds amazing!!!

Honestly, my fiance and I originally wanted to do Chinese food.  It wouldn’t be overly expensive or fancy or anything, but we loved the idea because we actually met in China.  Unfortunately, our venue has a list of preferred caterers (there are about 8 or 9 options), and none of them do Chinese.  If we wanted something that wasn’t on the list, we’d have to pay another $1000 (I can’t remember how this was worded in the contract, but I think it has something to do with use of their kitchen area).  Call me cheap, but I don’t want to fork over an extra $1000 for, well, nothing.  I mean, that’s not $1000 toward the cost of the food, decor, use of dinnerware, etc.  It’s just $1000 because we didn’t want to use a preferred caterer.  No way!

In a perfect world, though, we’d have Chinese.  We’d probably do a mix of dumplings (my favorite meal while we were in China was an all dumpling meal with multiple courses), seafood, chicken, beef, and duck.  Mmmm!

If we didn’t have a special reason for choosing Chinese food, we’d probably do one of the following:

– Indian (I can’t even explain how much my fiance and I love Indian food.  We’d definitely spring for lots of options because not everyone would love our favorites [lamb and goat based dishes].)

– Thai (This is another staple for us.  There’s a little Thai place across from our apartment complex that we order from quite frequently!)

– Vietnamese (I could probably live on pho for the rest of my life, though I’d order other options as well if I were providing it for a large group of people.)

Haha, I guess we could easily do a “Taste of Asia” theme and have all of the food types I listed … If only our venue allowed it without the extra charge!  

We’re probably going to end up going with Italian.  A really nice local Italian restaurant is actually one of our venue’s preferred caterers, and their prices are pretty reasonable for the quality and quantity of food we’d receive.  They offer a ton of options, and most people seem to like Italian food.  It seems like the best option we have (though I’ll still wish we could have some delicious Chinese, Indian, Thai, and/or Vietnamese food).

Post # 15
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we’re doing a tapas/mezze kinda thing that I’m really excited about! but i guess if we could have annnyyythiiiing…. i don’t know, i guess set up some kind of street fair thing with amazing food from everywhere, served in little portions so everyone can try a bit of everything. there’d be teppanyaki, tapas, mezze, seafood, english pub food, buffalo wings, noodles, woodfired pizza, mini burgers…. mmm, EVERYTHING!

and a little secret table just set aside for me, my Fiance, our best man and bridesmaid, so we can have dinner together in private and laugh about the craziness of the day. I really want to do this at our wedding but i know its not gonna happen…

Post # 16
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We had everything we wanted at our wedding.  Shrimp and grits, prime rib carving station, jambalaya, gumbo, sushi bar, white chocolate strawberry shortcake wedding cake, red velvet groom’s cake.  I don’t think there was anything else I could have asked for. 

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