… and What to Eat Instead
Food (and I suppose alcohol) is probably the most important part of any party, besides good company of course. So let’s not forget that a wedding is actually just a really big party where the hosts dress up in white gowns and rented tuxedos. Your guests, and you, deserve a well thought out, unique, and delicious meal – not the same old thing they’ve had at every other wedding they’ve been to. Some of the classics are getting pretty stale, so here are a few ideas to help you spruce up your reception.
As a rule, one should look good while sitting down to dinner at a wedding. Candid photos will inevitably be snapped and no one looks good with food on their dress or tie. Bruschetta always leaves behind crumbs and juice from (bland) tomatoes inevitably trickles down your hand. Plus, it is just too easy for the toppings to come toppling down onto your lap.
Instead give the people what they really want: good old fashioned grilled cheese and tomato soup. Use artisanal cheese to up the classy factor. Serve just a quarter of a sandwich, sans crust, atop a cup of soup. Just enough to make your guest smile – but not enough to make them feel like they are eating lunch in a grade school cafeteria.
I don’t think there was a single reception buffet table in my youth that did not host a chafing dish full of meatballs. They were just always there. And never were they anything to write home about.
Why not try a beet falafel with a cucumber yogurt dipping sauce instead? Many have not yet enjoyed a falafel, much less one made of beets. But they are quite a delightful vegetarian treat if seasoned and prepared properly. The addition of beets ensures that your plate won’t have a dark brown roundish thing on it. Instead the roundish thing will be colored a beautifully rich pink.Shrimp CocktailsSeafood always tastes better when it hasn’t been sitting in a chafing dish for two hours. Sure it is nice to be treated to seafood once in a while, but sometimes it is just better to do without.
If you must have your shrimp, you can still get your fix, but in a more refreshing and flavorful way. Try Vietnamese inspired fresh rolls with a peanut dipping sauce instead. You’ve got your shrimp, cilantro, shredded cucumbers and carrots, rice noodles, and bean sprouts all nestled inside delicate rice paper wrappers ready to dip in a gloriously delicious slightly sweet, slightly spicy peanut sauce.
Those fountains want so badly to be classy, but they just don’t have it in them. It is just too easy to get chocolate everywhere, especially if some of your guests are kiddos. Also, double dipping is inevitable… and gross.
About the Author:
Trisha Jefford is a self-proclaimed foodie and wine enthusiast who loves to scour the net for new ideas and trends in food creation and presentation. She currently writes and blogs for the website EZ Cater.