On my final trip home before the wedding, I had a tasting with our lovely caterer, Jody’s Pantry Catering. My family had done a tasting with them previously when we were in crisis mode to find a new caterer, but it’s always nice to meet, greet, and eat first hand, if possible. Without further ado, I give you our delicious menu which, as I said before, will be served small plate style:

Mesclun with fresh pear (red to match our colors!), almond silvers, and chevre cheese with a champagne vinaigrette.

Soup shooter. I was expecting to be served roasted pumpkin soup but was given squash soup with nutmeg. It was delicious – a must have!

Next, squash ravioli. It was really good, but two squashes? Not at our wedding! So we’re going with mushroom ravioli instead, which I am told is just as good (and meaty for our vegetarians).

My parents also tried the pulled pork slider, though I think this is a picture of the pumpkin beef slider, which they also tried and loved. But, we decided to go with only one slider.

And the crab cake (Father Sunbeam dived in before taking the picture…).

Rounding the menu off, which neither of us tasted, will be cider braised short ribs on mashed Yukons and bacon cheddar cornbread. Mr. Sunbeam loves bacon. It’s understandably difficult to make short ribs for a single tasting, but knowing how great the rest of the food was I can’t imagine it will be anything but spectacular.

One thing we were picky about was what the food will be served on. Jody’s sometimes serves their dishes in martini or cosmo glasses. While I know some people love this, we’re not into it. We pictured guests with a glass of wine in one hand and … a glass of crab cake in another. Meh. So we put in a special request to have everything served on a small plate – aside from the soup shooter, which makes more sense to be in a shot glass. Luckily, Jody’s staff is great to work with, so our request won’t set them back a bit!

There you have it—our fall inspired menu inspired by our love of small plates here in San Francisco! All of this will be served after our cocktail hour-slash-cheese course, which will include nuts, dried fruits, crackers, bread and honey to go with the cheese, along with crudities. Hopefully our guests will enjoy everything! I know I will. I’m going to be adamant about actually eating all this delish food.

What’s a favorite dish from your menu?? Were you inspired by the season, location, or something sentimental when choosing your dishes?


Mrs. Sunbeam

San Francisco/Grove City, PA
Wedding Date:
September 2009
Following My Heart

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  1. taffy Member
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:49 pm


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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:54 pm

    ohmigoodness. Fall food yummy-ness!

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:56 pm

    num, num, num!

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    melodyjune 244 posts, Helper bee @ 12:56 pm

    We’re doing small plates/hors d’oeuvres, too. I only wish my caterer had soup shots!

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 12:57 pm

    Yum yum yum! I have not had lunch yet today and am now drooling!!

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    sarsk624 361 posts, Helper bee @ 12:59 pm

    Yum that looks amazing! Your guests will be very happy

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    mary-alice-me 1864 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:12 pm

    Oh, I really like the idea of soup shooters! Everything looks incredible.

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 1:13 pm

    Delicious!!! I love little shooters! I actually make them for our dinner parties and it’s a real hit.

    I love your small plate idea — I think it really is original and less cumbersome than the traditional big meal.

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:16 pm

    Yummy!! I love the fall flavors!

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    RAllise 498 posts, Helper bee @ 1:20 pm

    Wow, that’s a yummy spread!

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    Miss Disney 205 posts, Helper bee @ 1:35 pm

    That all looks amazing! I love mushroom ravioli! And completely agree if a mushroom is cooked properly it satisfies the “meatitarians” of the group…We do portobellos and stuff like that all of the time! Looks like an amazing spread!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    Cider braised short ribs and bacon chedder cornbread?!!! I’m drooling at the thought

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:44 pm

    ooh…lunch isn’t for another 2 hours! this post is making me sooo hungry

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    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:19 pm

    Your menu sounds delicious! Um, bacon cheddar cornbread? Yes, please!

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:27 pm


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    completelyrandomsally 618 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    That just screams delicious goodness…GOOD NIGHT! I love the soup shooters. Fabulousness in a shot glass! :)

    I could eat my weight in the mashed potatoes that we are having at our reception. It’s melt-in-your-mouth garlicy potato goodness. Ok, that could be because I’m going seriously low carb in my diet lifestyle right now, but still I’m a huge fan. YUM-O!!!!

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    ScotIrishGirl 307 posts, Helper bee @ 2:33 pm

    Yum yum yum!

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    Veil Tales 61 posts, Worker bee @ 2:55 pm

    Looks great! I would love the pear salad right now!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:16 pm

    And now I’m hungry! :)

  20. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:36 pm

    I love your fall menu! Pumpkin & squash & mushroom….yum!

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    missvintage 571 posts, Busy bee @ 3:43 pm

    That menu fits so perfectly with your fall wedding!

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:46 pm

    Looks delicious!! I can’t wait to do our tasting soon… They treated us to a brunch before we signed and it was delicious so I’m not worried in the least about our menu.

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    lightning 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:10 pm

    Yum indeed!!

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:34 pm

    Yummy, yummy menu.

  25. glitter Member
    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 4:36 pm

    Looks delicious!! Yummers.

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    MaPo 315 posts, Helper bee @ 5:06 pm

    We had butternut squash ravioli and I loved it so much! Perhaps pre wedding low carbiness made it even more delectable, but I still think about that darn ravioli!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 7:07 pm

    That soup wants me to eat it. For serious :)!

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    MsPeanutButter 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:19 pm

    im drooling! yummmmmmmy!! great choices! you have great style AND great taste! (love your dress!!)

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    Miss_Riley 428 posts, Helper bee @ 9:03 pm

    You’re making my tummy rumbly.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:27 pm

    all that looks so yummy!!! We SO want to have “Pastel de Choclo” at our wedding, this is a Chilean dish and I am so happy Mr. Poodle now learned how to cook it too!!

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    Pr3c1ou5 72 posts, Worker bee @ 1:53 am

    can i come to your wedding?

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    DC Anna 514 posts, Busy bee @ 8:01 am

    I LOVE all things flavored with pumpkin or squash — in fact butternut squash ravioli is one of my favs! This almost makes me wish I was having a fall wedding to incorporate fall flavors!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:42 am

    I love the pumpkin and squash soup and ravioli idea! Our menu is very simple, with no real sauces, glazes etc.

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    Jamie_Lee 23 posts, Newbee @ 11:51 am

    Mmm…love the fall menu! We’re doing a fall menu too. I am adamant on a squash soup as well, and we’re having chicken pot pie (which was heaven on a plate at our tasting!) and sweet potato planks. The food was even good nuked the next day for the fiance and future father in law who couldn’t make it!

    But seriously, your ravioli and slider are making me VERY hungry!

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:53 am

    Sounds delish! Now I am desperate for pulled pork….

  36. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:40 pm

    Bacon cheddar cornbread?!?!?! Be still, my heart! That sounds absolutely delish (as well as the rest of the menu, but I started salivating at the thought of the bread)!

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