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What's your menu?

What did you have or what are you planning to have? My caterer gave me a HUGE list of possibilities and I don't know where to start! I don't know how I will be able to choose!

Re: What's your menu?

  • edited December 2011
    Think about what you and your FI enjoy eating, any dietary restrictions, and what kind of feel you want for your event (formalness, what is your venue like, etc.).  

    My FI is from Alaska, I am vegetarian, and we want to have a kosher-style reception.  We are having a late lunch reception, and our reception decor has a garden feel.  We are serving Alaskan salmon and halibut, lasagna with veggies and white sauce, porcini mushroom purses (we love mushrooms), potatoes, green beans, and a vegan streudel.  
  • SuMmErKuTiESuMmErKuTiE member
    2500 Comments Fourth Anniversary 5 Love Its Combo Breaker
    edited December 2011
    Ditto pp regarding food allergies... for example I'm allergic to shellfish, but I can still be around it, I just can't eat it and I know most people really enjoy it so we still offered a few seafood options at cocktail hour.

    Even though we had stations, it was still a formal wedding and they were displayed beautifully. I really wish my photographer had gotten a picture of how it was set up and how it didn't look like a cheap buffet at all. I think there's a huge difference between a buffet and stations.

    Cocktail Hour:

    Open Bar
    Fruit and cheese display
    8 butler passed hors d'ouevres which were:
    ~Stuffed Mushrooms
    ~Maine Lobster Cakes
    ~Artichoke and Goat Cheese Quiche
    ~Beef Empanadas with Blue Corn
    ~Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Chipotle Glaze
    ~Scallops and Bacon
    ~Mini Crab Cakes
    ~Beef Terriyaki Satay


    Open Bar
    Champagne Toast

    ~Carving station which had prime rib, ham, and turkey
    ~Pasta Station
    ~Tuscan Station
    ~Summer Grille Station


    Wedding cake
    Coffee and Tea
    Candy Buffet
  • edited December 2011
    Mine is in my BIO, let me know if you want me to copy and paste :-)
  • edited December 2011
    Also, our cocktail hour:
    - fruit and cheese station
    - sushi station (also w/spring rolls)
    - caprese skewers
    - cold berry soup shooters
    - fallen goat cheese soufflé
    - smoked trout on toast
    - spanikopita

    (and we are having open bar throughout)

    Our dessert buffet/station:
    - Chocolate raspberry cake
    - Lemon cake
    - Blueberry crisp w/ice cream
    - Chocolate fondue w/fruit
    - Sorbet
    - Milk shooters w/chocolate chip cookies
  • edited December 2011
    Passed Appetizers during Cocktail Hour:
    Open bar
    Pesto chicken salad with golden raisins on toatsed ciabatta
    Tomato bruschetta with white bean puree on toasted crostini
    Crispy gulf shrimp with basil and agro dolce sauce
    Miniature Wisconsin grilled cheese (with and without bacon)

    Select wines and beers and non alcoholic drinks hosted

    First Course
    - Mesculun greens with English cucumbers, tomatoes, and balsamic sherry vinaigrette

    Main Entrees (choice of):
    - Filet mignon with yukon gold potato puree, sauteed mushrooms, and bourbon peppercorn cream
    - Roasted chicken with herb marinade, creamy polenta, roasted squash and broccolini
    - Alaskan halibut with sauteed asparagus, fingerling potatoes, and red wine grape sauce

    - Wedding cake

    Late night snacks
    - Sliders
  • Magdala9Magdala9 member
    edited December 2011
    September Wedding

    (Before Ceremony)  Warm apple cider

    After Ceremony

    Five passed apps:

    Macaroni and cheese spoons topped with fresh lobster
    Tuna sashimi on a rice cracker with grated wasabi
    Beef Terriyaki skewers with Pineapple wedges
    Roasted tomato and Goat Cheese Beggars Purses
    Chicken Acapulco shooters with jicama slaw

    Two Towers
    A fruit and cheese tower
    A vegetables and hummus tower

    Signature Cocktail
    Apple Pie in a Glass

    Pear-blue cheese-Mesclun salad with Walnut Vinagrette

    Choice of:
    Salmon Wellington with Fresh dill sauce
    Beef Tenderloin Au Jus
    Ravioli Funghi with Madeira Cream Sauce

    Choice of 
    Champagne Cake with Strawberry Filling or
    Rich Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Mousse

    Passed Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
  • peanutty2peanutty2 member
    Third Anniversary 100 Comments
    edited December 2011
    getting all these yummy options here might not help you narrow it down :P i ditto jessica (as usual lol) and i'll add what i remember of our menu...

    apps - cheese, meats, fruit, crackers platters and assorted hot hordeauvres (don't know exactly what yet)

    dinner (buffet) - salad, rolls, eggplant parm, chicken (probably franchise but not 100% sure), vodka sauce pasta, mixed veggies

    dessert - wedding cake, assorted undecided pies and other desserts
  • edited December 2011
    August wedding (located at a winery:)

    Cocktail Hour -
    Domestic and Imported Cheese display with fresh fruit
    Cheese fondue with assorted artisan breads for dipping
    Three-tiered layer Italian cheese torte

    Salad -
    Mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, and carrots with a creamy bacon dressing.

    Entrée choices -

    Roasted natural chicken breast, sautéed artichokes, kalamata olives, and pesto cous cous with sundried tomato cream sauce


    Fire-roasted, peppered filet with sautéed green beans and cheddar mashed potatoes, topped with a cabarnet demi glace.

    Warm yeast rolls and butter , sweet/unsweet tea and water

    Dessert -

    Red velvet cupcakes
  • edited December 2011
    Gosh, girls~  I am getting hungry just looking at your menus!
    We are doing an informal backyard party in July for about 80 adults and 20 kids...
    we will have a tent, but also a huge water slide and yard games.
    For snacks we are having
    Veggies and Dip
    Home made salsa and chips
    and boiled peanuts (as a native New Yorker the thought of boiling peanuts was vile to me until my FI made me try they are a staple snack at our house!)

    dinner --
    roast pig
    bbq chicken breasts or chicken and peppers
    baked beans
    tossed green salad
    cole slaw
    macaroni salad
    and pretzel salad
    for dessert we have a blueberry muffin tower, fresh fruit, and a sno kone machine. 
    We are doing the food ourselves (since the party is weeks after we sneak off to tie the knot :) and the menu is made up of all of our favorite things that will withstand July weather in Florida...we are going to need  A LOT of ice!
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