Good Eats at a Wedding Are a Snap

Planning a wedding is a considerable undertaking, and many prospective brides and grooms consult a wedding planner, their parents, and themselves for ideas on their big day. One aspect of weddings is easily tailored to the couple’s and all guests’ ethnic background, healthy living, and literally taste: the menu. The menu for a wedding doesn’t have to be intimidating; once everything is factored in, a savory menu can take shape and round out the wedding and reception experience.

Choosing the Right Menu for a Wedding

A menu for weddings can start with the couple’s, and each of their family’s, background in culture, religion, and ethnic origin. In the United States in particular, many different backgrounds are present, and this can leads to a variety of wedding styles, especially in the case of mixed-background couples. The good news is that a clear ethnic background comes with many traditions and pre-set menus, easing the process. The best wedding menus are often the most creative and personal.

Jewish couples may follow the rules of kosher for their event menus. According to Wedding Wire, the options are nearly limitless. Gluten-free bread is one possibility, and buying and using locally-grown meat gives the dishes authentic and rich flavor, as opposed to meats shipped a long distance and frozen (and these meats often have sauces or preservatives that interfere with flavor). A bar of raw vegetables, plates or bowls of hummus for dipping, and grilled chicken and salmon are also health-oriented and often organic and natural. This can also support local farms and other growers. Chicken entrees can be prepared with rice flour instead of wheat (to cut gluten), and mashed potatoes and rice can be replaced with roots such as turnips, beets, and red onions.

For those not restricting their menu for a wedding reception, more typical fare is also available. Taco bars, sundae bars, sushi bars, and slider bars are popular, as well as champagne cocktails and tea sandwiches, inspired by The Great Gatsby. And for increasingly popular daytime weddings, brunch options abound, such as mimosas and omelet stations. An hors doeuvres menu is another festive idea.

Whatever way you have your wedding, the menu for a wedding reception can have the pop and flair to match.

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?