6.03.2010

Wedding details: food and drink

Being the food-lover that I am, I have to dedicate a whole post to wedding food and drink!  Jason and I are both passionate about food and about using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.  We wanted our reception dinner to reflect the value we place on fresh, sustainably sourced, and delicious food.  When we found Ken's Creative Kitchen in Annapolis, we knew we'd found the right caterer for us.  Ken's takes pride in using local and organic ingredients (many sourced directly from area farmers) to create simple yet amazing dishes.  We had so much fun working with Ken's to devise a menu (of course, we had to do a bit of taste-testing before we could make our decision...).  Here's what we finally decided on.

Between the ceremony and reception, there will be a cocktail hour during which guests will sip fresh-squeezed lemonade and refreshing mojitos.


Hors d'ouevres
Miniature Sliced Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto and Fresh Basil Crostini
Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Gruyere Tarts
Sautéed Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cake with Lemon-Parsley Aioli

Wild Seasonal Field Salad
Mache, Arugula, Mizuna, Red Oak Leaf, Watercress
Burgundy Amaranth, Baby Red Romaine and Frisee
A Variety of Fancy Miniature Tomatoes
Nasturtiums and Pansies
Goat Cheese Medallion with Olive Oil and Fresh Seasonal Herbs
Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette 

Choice of Entrees
Seared and Roasted Salmon Fillet
Atop Ratatouille
Roasted Red Pepper-Basil-Garlic Butter Medallion
Fresh Thyme
Velvet Potato Puree

or

Roast Breast of Chicken Tuscany
Stuffed with Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Sundried Tomatoes and Fresh Basil
Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce
Fresh Basil Garnish
Sage-Parmesan Polenta Triangle
Oven Roasted Seasonal Vegetables with Sea Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Throughout dinner, guests will have their choice of beverage: several types of wine or craft beer from a local brewery.


Now the really fun part: dessert!  After considering some fun cake alternatives (like a tiered cupcake arrangement, a "candy bar" with a variety of sweets), we decided to go the traditional route with a big old-fashioned wedding cake.  Let's be honest...when else, besides your wedding day, do you get to have your own humongous customized cake?  After a mouth-wateringly delicious taste test, we decided on a round, three-tiered cake from Sweet Sue's Bakeshop.  On principle, Sue uses only buttercream frosting because it tastes so much better than fondant.  Love that!  After much deliberation, we settled on flavors for our three tiers:  chocolate cake with Junior Mint filling (she crushes up real Junior Mints to make the filling and it is to-die-for)yellow cake with hazelnut buttercream filling, and chocolate cake with mocha cappuccino filling.  

For the design of the cake, I drew inspiration from this photo:

YUM.

Cake will be accompanied by a prosecco toast!

Can you tell I'm a wee bit excited about the food and drink aspect?  A few people have warned me that I won't really have time to eat anything at my wedding because I'll be too busy, but I firmly intend to enjoy a full meal before dancing the night away!

xo,


Image credits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

8 comments:

shelly said...

ooooomygosh your menu sounds wonderful. your guests will be so happy :) that cake is beautiful and you made some really great choices!

Carolyn said...

Your wedding sounds absolutely beautiful!! I wish you and your Husband to be all the best wishes in the world!! xoxo

The Wild Fairy said...

What beautiful food! So light and fresh yet very delicious - just the type of menu I would have picked myself. Have a wonderful, magical day!

green ink said...

Sounds amazing!! The cake especially sounds gorgeous, with a junior mint filling! My oh my!

We had a tasting at our venue last week - and were very happy with what we had. We're having an all vegetarian menu and it was delicious! Isn't tasting so much fun? :D

Hope you're enjoying the lead up to your special day xx

Samantha said...

wow! it all sounds perfect for you too and I am so excited to share the day with you!! :)

robyn michelle-lee @ this is life. said...

these posts are making me think, "i wish i could go to her wedding!" - i love the colours, the vintage decor, the venue and the amazing-amazing-amazing menu...
you have planned a beautiful event!

xoxo..

Rachel said...

Sounds awesome! And suddenly my dreams of myself having a small wedding are disappearing :P

Alison said...

Don't listen to folks about not being able to eat at your wedding! Benny and I sat down for a private little cocktail/hors'd'oeuvers 20min or so after our photos in a little alcove of our reception site, and had a "sweetheart table" during dinner, where we sat and enjoyed being surrounded by our guests while eating a scrumptious dinner! It can be done! Just be sure to tell your planner/caterer/person in charge that eating is important to you - it was one of our favorite parts! (And we still ate the basket of "2nd dinner" the caterer made for us when we got back to the hotel - turns out getting married and dancing the night away made us hungry!!)

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