Happy Wedding Feeding!
Hello, our fabulous Frilly Fairy Tales fans, want to discover a sure way to have your wedding guests raving about your special day forever and ever? What we will be discussing in this month’s blog is something that no one should get wrong at their wedding – the food!! It seems like such an obvious aspect of a celebration that just has to be absolutely perfect, but unfortunately, we’ve attended enough weddings to admit that sadly, quite a few couples have missed the mark when it comes to serving great food. And so we’re here to offer important advice to ensure that your guests will be delighted and praising your food for years to come.
We emphasize the benefit of only having (as best as you can manage) people attend your wedding whom you would gladly have over for dinner. With this in mind, we recommend that you get a good feel of what your guests enjoy eating at least six months before your big day. Yes, we know it sounds super strict to follow these rules - but remember that the sooner you know your guest’s food preferences, especially if there are any vegetatarians (which nowadays it’s always best to have a vegetarian dish), allergies or requests for halal and kosher foods – the quicker you’ll reach some peace of mind when it comes to feeding your guests properly, ensuring a happy, satisfied response. Brides and grooms can do a fun assignment together which will really please your guests and demonstrate your thoughtfulness in wanting them to really enjoy their meal on your special day. Brides, send out an email to your lady friends and ask them their opinions and suggestions, asking also for your guests to include any special requests for their food choices. Grooms, do the same thing with your buddies and see what responses you get. Next, as a couple, come together and merge your answers and recommendations together, and we promise you will love this smart, easy process which is truly so helpful! This is a great way to customize your food menu to your guests’ liking, and by the time you meet with your prospective chefs and caterers, you will already have a good amount of research on the tastes and suggestions of your guests.
We are so in love with chef Rochelle Myers, a classical trained chef who has a phenomenal catering business as well as amazing cooking classes (http://www.rochellemyerscatering.com/). She was kind enough to speak with us about her vision for her wedding clients - she truly listens and gives them exactly what they want and more! “We strive to achieve a menu and presentation that is personal, seasonal, delicious, fresh and suited to the theme of the wedding,” chef Rochelle explains. “We like our menus to reflect the tastes, personal histories and cultural backgrounds of our couples just as we strive to use local products. The result is a menu that is unique to the event. We have a strong focus on seasonal, local and organic produce on our menus, which means a lot of beautiful colors and fresh flavors on our menus. Our approach to food emphasizes pristine ingredients, which we treat simply--most of our most popular recipes have only a few ingredients, instead focusing on natural flavors and proper technique to achieve delicious food. We strive for friendly, expert service and a clean presentation to keep guests in the moment with friends, family and food. We strive to learn something from every event.” Thanks Chef Rochelle, you definitely understand and appreciate our exceptionally high standards we have for our readers at Frilly Fairy Tales!
Dawn , owner of Frilly Fairy Tales, had food catered from Garden Kitchen (http://www.gardenkitchen.com/home) at her 2007 wedding in beautiful historic Occoquan, Virginia. The food was so delicious and savory that people are still talking about it! We wanted to know her secret to her perfect selection of what seemed like an exquisite blend of meats, side dishes and yummy provisions. Here’s what she shared with us: “When I first met with The Garden Kitchen, I knew I had found the perfect catering company! They assisted me in selecting an outstanding menu, figuring table placements at the venue and put every detail in place. The vision in my head became a reality on my wedding day, and they surpassed my expectations. Not only was the reception beautiful, but the staff was very professional and they ensured our guests were happy." We were present at Dawn’s romantic nuptials and we completely agree that everything about the dining experience was delightful! Still, we wanted to know more… what was their secret? And we discovered that the magic behind the incredible cuisine is the passionate self-taught, chef, Anne-Marie, an enthusiastic lover of entertaining who has been mastering her family’s recipes for 27 years! This is a family business, Darlings, and we love nothing more than appreciating and celebrating those whose dedication and passion in life is to make wedding dreams come true! Our mouths were watering just looking at these pictures of their delicious delights!
We want to remind you how lucky you are to live in the Metropolitan area where you have access to the best venues, chefs and catering companies out there. We cannot stress enough how vital it is to really take your time and think carefully about the food you serve, and please, please, please, have a food tasting! Also, don’t forget your rehearsal dinner, where this really gives you an opportunity to really show the invites to this smaller gathering what you really like without really worrying as much about the possible constraints you may encounter when wishing to be totally creative and pick only foods you love for your wedding. You will always triumph with your food impression by researching and thoroughly accommodating your guests’ tastes on your wedding day. But one place where you can get really creative and celebrate your unique tastes in food is during your rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget how relaxing and personal your rehearsal dinner can be - where this really gives you an opportunity to show the invites to this smaller gathering what you really like without really worrying as much about the probable more conventional constraints you will have to adopt for your wedding food selection. Why not have a Raw Foods rehearsal dinner? It’s so healthy and surprising to choose a raw food menu, and the benefits will be immediate. Your guests will have tons of lasting energy, will be introduced to a fun, creative new cuisine and everyone will be surprised and delighted by how delicious raw, vegan food can be. Genny Pamas (http://lifetimeintegrativewellness.com/tag/genny-pamas) (http://www.facebook.com/genny.pamas?fref=ts) , a highly in-demand raw foods chef can prepare a dinner at your home or a nice location for 40 people. These dinner parties are super fun, interesting and everything is so tasty! Check out these yummy dishes she can whip up!
But Don’t skip this step to save costs! Trust us!
We have been so lucky to attend so many weddings where so many different dishes have been served, some so exotic, some so unexpected and some so tasty that we appreciate and value the importance of planning every morsel of nourishment you and your guests will be enjoying. Don’t skip the steps we’ve shown you to ensure an awesome food fanfare at your wedding! Trust us!
In honor of the first day of Spring (March 20 – which is also the Persian New Year called “Nowrooz”), we have to mention a great place where you can have authentic, delicious Persian food catered at your wedding at very reasonable costs with flavors and a savory deliciousness to the food that we simply can’t stop eating there! Johnny’s Kabob (http://www.johnnyskabobrestaurant.com/) is so yummy that we are completely hooked and promise you that if you choose their food for your wedding, your guests will be blown away!
We wish our friends in the Persian Community a very Happy New Year and would love to share the beauty, unbelievable tastes of Persian cuisine with all our Persian fans!
Until next time, Bon Appetit and Buen Provecho!