One Bite Closer…

Our tasting team: Us + Mr. P’s brother (and best man) + Bridesmaid R.

The mission: Chow down! And figure out which dishes will be served at the wedding.

It’s time for some sexy food shots!

First, bring on the wine:

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Merlot, cab sauv, pinot grigio, and chardonnay (all Beaulieu Vineyards except for the pinot)

  • The reds were lighter than we’re used to, but for a multi-course summer dinner the weight will be fine. The pinot grigio was crisp and fresh, almost masquerading as a sauv blanc (one of my favorite varietals). The chardonnay wasn’t overly oaky, also crisp and refreshing. Overall, we were pleased with the quality of the house wines.

The little bites:

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Left: Indian chicken with mango chutney on a crisp potato wafer; center: beef filet canape with olive tapenade; right: sesame-crusted Japanese tuna on rice-paper crisp with wasabi sour cream

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Sesame-crusted Japanese tuna on rice-paper crisp with wasabi sour cream

  • Love! The wasabi was not as intense as expected, which means it’ll be fine for most guests.

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Beef filet canape with olive tapenade

  • The components changed since our last look at the menu; instead of the artichoke puree and shaved parm, it’s now an olive tapenade. Perfect, aside from the tapenade, which made it a little too salty. Best Man M suggested a mushroom duxelle, melted bleu cheese, or a dijon drizzle instead.

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Indian chicken with mango chutney on a crisp potato wafer

  • OMG, love the flavor! Aromatic and oh so tasty.

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Left: mini vegetable spring roll with sweet-chili dipping sauce; Right: crostini with roasted garlic, goat cheese, and roasted red pepper

  • Spring roll: The dipping sauce made it the spiciest of all the apps. It’s a safe choice, but didn’t make the cut. We’ll probably swap it out for another veggie app like sweet-potato/cheddar pancakes topped with a citrus-cranberry glaze.
  • Crostini: The potential for the giant slices of garlic (they’re the white pieces that are not the cheese) to overwhelm concerned M, but they were barely detectable. I loved the red pepper instead of the more typical tomato (as in bruschetta).

Rabbit food:

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Strawberry salad with candied walnuts, bleu cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette

  • My fruit-deprived winter palate came alive with the first bite. Yum yum! Nice “mild” bleu in both salads.

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Pear salad with toasted hazelnuts, bleu cheese, and white-wine vinaigrette

  • Guys, these pears were insanely juicy. It is so difficult to find good pears. I’m salivating just thinking about them! The light freshness of this salad gives it an extra edge for our summer shindig. We’re thinking we’ll keep the pear-salad components but use the greens from the strawberry salad instead of the frisée.

Entrees, from the lighter fish dishes to beefy beef:

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Panko-crusted rockfish with an herbed tomato concasser and jumbo grilled shrimp

  • The plate was interesting without being overly complicated, but the rockfish wasn’t as tasty as the salmon. Presentation was just “meh” compared to the next dish.

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Coulibiac of salmon with mushroom duxelle and spinach wrapped in puff pastry

  • This was the clear winner of the fish options. What reads like a complicated dish is just a super tasty Hot Pocket. More, please!

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Herb-sauteed boneless chicken breasts in rosemary sun-dried tomato cream sauce

  • Chicken was our “safe” option but not needed. It didn’t impress nearly as much as the coulibiac.

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Grilled filet of beef with red-wine demi-glace

  • Excellent, just as expected. Nice demi and loved the peppercorns. M’s only complaint is he wanted more!

And then cookies and coffee to sweeten the deal…

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Sorry for the half-eaten display. We dove right in; photos were an afterthought.

The tasting was complete. And what were the results of our mission? Comfortably full, confident about our choices, and excited to eat more…even if we have to wait until June!

(No pictures or measurements for the outdoor terrace since the tent was down for the season. D’oh! Why didn’t we think of this?! And there was no need to measure the interior spaces as our [always on top of it] coordinator has all the dimensions memorized.)

If you were a guest, which entree would you pick? What have been some of your favorite wedding appetizers/entrees?

All personal photos unless otherwise noted

BLOGGER

Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Location:
Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 pm

    I have to tell you my favorite things on here were the salads. I <3 salads with fruit. I know its the simple things in life. But seriously I need to go eat lunch now after seeing all these goregous food.

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    afuturemrsl 730 posts, Busy bee @ 3:50 pm

    I agree the salad looked amazing! THe presentation of everything was BEAUTIFUL!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:51 pm

    Yum! That salmon “hot pocket” looks so tasty!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:54 pm

    I mean, if I were you I wouldn’t get between me and that salmon. :)

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    tea 7308 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:20 pm

    i really wish i could just reach into my computer screen and pick up a plate! your choices look delicious!

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    krobbie 246 posts, Helper bee @ 4:39 pm

    I would definitely choose the salmon “hot pocket” dish! Your small bites and salads also look amazing!!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:42 pm

    Mmmm, I would gobble up that filet in a hot second! All your food choices are so elegant, it’s making me wanna EAT!!

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    mightywombat 5297 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:53 pm

    Neither – I’m vegetarian. :)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:09 pm

    @Kcoleybear: The salad pics still make me drool remembering how good they were. I really hope we get to eat a few bites of everything, but I’m probably fooling myself.
    @afuturemrsl: We were not expecting food presentation at this level for our tasting. It worked though and pleased Mr. P’s chef brother.
    @Miss Elephant: Be glad I didn’t link to the Hot Pockets jingle. You’d be cursing me for days. ;)
    @Miss Lox: I hope our guests give it a try. On our RSVPs I had to describe it as “salmon in puff pastry” because none of us knew what a coulibiac was. I had to Google it.
    @tea: Did you run out and get a salad for dinner? At least I’m not torturing everyone with 3 cake posts in a row. @krobbie: Apps and salads are usually my favorite part of the meal, only if there isn’t dessert. So excited these options hit it out of the park.
    @Mrs. Trail Mix: We got our first RSVPs back today and both were for the filet. What did the majority of your wedding guests select?
    @mightywombat: Have no fear. We will have a veggie option!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 9:10 pm

    Those salads look and sound SO good! Lucky guests!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:18 pm

    Oh Miss P, I am so all over that chicken with the sundried tomato sauce! yum yum yum. Food posts are my faves. :)

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    Ms. Anemone 624 posts, Busy bee @ 11:14 pm

    YUM!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 11:39 pm

    I’m normally more of a chicken person, but I have to say that fillet looks absolutely delicious!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:40 pm

    The salmon in puff pastry needs to get in mah belleh right. now. All of the food looks so delicious, and I could make a meal out of those salads! Your guests are super lucky! *tummy grumbles*

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:47 am

    mmmm fillet of beef with mash potatoes! Your food looks so tasty I would be one happy guest at your wedding!

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    evorce 74 posts, Worker bee @ 11:41 am

    Julie Powell wrote this really great and hilarious essay in this book called “Altared” about wedding food. http://colleencurran.com/?p=651 There is an excerpt from it. I laughed out loud so hard from that essay, and because of it I don’t have super high hopes about the wedding food, although our venue is supposed to be tasty.

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    evorce 74 posts, Worker bee @ 11:42 am

    “Hundreds of guests + unreasonable expectations + catering – billions of dollars = rubber chicken. “

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:00 pm

    ROFL – Rabbit food! It may be rabbit food but it got my stomach growling!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 10:07 am

    Great options!! They all looked great, but yeah I would also have gone for the salmon…

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