Post # 1
I am planning a mostly DIY menu to be made with the help of friends. This may seem like a really dumb idea but unfortunately good caterers are scarce here. : (
Our “venue” will be our farm so I am looking for food that is in keeping with our setting but now I am worried it isn’t fancy enough. : (
Our proposed menu:
Marinated and Grilled London Broil
Cranberry Russian Chicken
Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Corn on the Cob
and of course Grape Juice
Ice Cream Bar for late night
What am I missing? What do I need to add/subtract? Oh and we do want a dry wedding 😀
Post # 3
Umm. I’d be very happy to eat everything you mentioned! Sounds good to me 🙂
Post # 4
Sounds like there are TONS of options here, I like it and think it sounds fancy enough. Where’s my invite? 🙂
Post # 5
Sounds good to me. Plenty of options!
Post # 7
MMMM. I think you have everything well covered, different meat and veggie options and good sides.
Post # 8
The only thing I was curious about is if you were having a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. If so, I’d plan for some appetizers.
The only food item that I thought didn’t fit was the stuffed peppers – but, that’s because I’m not sure what kind of peppers or what stuffing you are taking about (ie: stuffed bell peppers, stuffed jalapenos, etc.)
Post # 10
Everythin sounds good but also remember that eating sloppy food in your formal wear is a pain in the butt so I kinda cringed when I read lasagna, stuffed peppers and meatballs in marinara….
I saw a wedding show where they provided bibs wrapped up with a cute sticker on it..I think it was 4 weddings…
I know ME, and that much saucy stuff I am sure to splash 🙁
Just keep in mind that stuffed peppers go kinda funny if kept on the warmer too long and maybe do the sauce on the side for meatballs…
just my suggestions though 🙂
Post # 11
Please send my invite in the mail! 🙂 Sounds delicious!!
Post # 12
I think it sounds delicious and if you are working the whole rustic chic angle then I think your menu is perfect as is. However since you are looking for suggestions here are a few…
I’m wondering if the corn on the cob is going to get your guest’s fancy clothes messy. I love corn on the cob soaked in butter and crunchy with salt but I would just be concerned that it would stain.
You could come up with a signature “mocktail” in case people are missing the booze. Like tonic and limes, or something fizzy with berries or fruit mixed in, it could look like an alcoholic drink and taste more complex/sophisticated then soda if that is what you are looking for.
If there is a nice grocery store near you like whole foods, you might check out what they have in the way of fruit/berry/veggie and or bread/dip/cheese/cracker platters. When I graduated I hosted an in home party and ordered from WF and while the platters weren’t totally cheap they looked really nice and have a lot of fancy varieties of cheeses, breads, veggies, etc.
🙂 Good luck!
Post # 13
@oracle: No cocktail hour. Doing all our pics beforehand and having ceremony and reception on different parts of farm but still very close.
I meant stuffed bell peppers as it is a regional favorite 😀 but if you think it doesn’t fit?? I can subtract them
Post # 14
I love it, I might add some greenery though. Like green beans, green salad, asparagus? Chilled grilled veggies would be good too.
Post # 15
@fivemonthsnotice: The bib thing is a very good idea! LOL the meatballs were actually planned for the kids so I never thought about it and the vegetable lasagna is actually white but you are right stuffed peppers can be messy. Good call!
Post # 16
I’d switch the stuffed peppers for something else— stuffed mushrooms maybe? Use the small portobellos as they hold more and are less work than regular mushrooms, but don’t go as big as regular portobellos. Stuffed peppers are too messy plus they’re huge; no one will want a whole pepper along with some beef and some chicken (I’m assuming it’s buffet since it’s DIY). You’ll have a lot of waste with stuffed peppers.
I’d also switch the corn on the cob for a non-handheld food, maybe a corn pudding or a succotash. People will be dressed nicely and corn on the cob is too messy. Same with the lasagna– stuffed shells might work better, or baked ziti.
Could you do something other than cranberries on the chicken? With the meatballs and pasta, that’s an awful lot of red on the buffet. Maybe a pesto chicken or a florentine to give a pop of color, or do your baked ziti with pesto and chopped fresh basil to break up the red. You can do a saffron rice or yellow rice (Mahatma brand is really delicious) for more colorful rice, or do a long grain/wild rice blend.