Nibbles and Noms: Our Food Tasting

I have to say I didn’t really know what to expect going into our menu tasting with the caterers, Pigeon Caterers. It wasn’t one of those events where a lot couples attend and try everything—it was a lunchtime meeting with just me and Sphinx. We had provided some of our favorites off of their extensive menu, but weren’t sure how it would be presented or how many things we would get to try.

Really, all I kept picturing was some kind of scenario like this:

Get it, girl. / GIF from Classic Disney Tumblr

And I wouldn’t complain about that at all.

You might remember that New Orleans weddings are normally cocktail style. So all of the food will be displayed at stations and tables, and it will be available throughout the entire reception. You aren’t usually getting the equivalent of a full meal at cocktail receptions, but I have left enough weddings with too much alcohol and too little food to set up our guests for that fate.

With that in mind, Sphinx and I really wanted to serve foods that would be tasty and filling, with a good bit of variety. We love cooking together, and we always like to bring something new and yummy to a family gathering, so we wanted our wedding food to reflect that. Sure, wedding food isn’t known for being amazing, but we have a great caterer and figured we should try our hardest!

So, let’s jump into the pictures! Might I warn you to come back later if you haven’t eaten lunch yet? The following photos will get you pretty hungry. (And maybe hangry. Don’t make me responsible for the hangry, I couldn’t bear it.)

The coordinator warned us to “just try a few bites, you’ve got a lot of food coming and don’t want to get full.”

Please, ma’am. I am a professional.

First, we were each served a plate of the passed appetizer options. From left to right we have a raw oyster shooter in cocktail sauce, mushroom fries with garlic and lemon aioli, crab cake slider with remoulade sauce, almond crusted chicken tender with a sweet Thai chili sauce, vegetable spring rolls, and a crawfish popper with pepper jelly. So lots of fried things, but those make for the best hors d’oeuvres, right? There was also a mini barbecue shrimp and grits shooter that didn’t make it into the picture, which was pretty much the cutest thing ever. They suggested we narrow it down to five passed options, but I just don’t know which one to take out. We might do a cheese and fruit table and add one or two of these options over there.

Next up was our soup and salad course. They added on the corn and crab bisque just so we could try it at the lunch, and it was really good, but we aren’t going to serve it. Soups aren’t that filling or easy to eat in a cocktail environment, and along with the warm weather in May, I can’t see many people going for this. The salad was perfection, though. This wasn’t the exact salad from their menu that we requested, but they had somehow made a salad of all my favorite things. I told them to keep it just like this! Spinach leaves, feta crumbles, candied pecans, sliced strawberries, and a strawberry vinaigrette will make for a nice refreshing salad at a springtime affair.

We wavered between a mashed potato bar and a pasta bar, but ultimately the taters won out because they wouldn’t create as much of a line as a pasta action station would. And they are served in martini glasses with toppings of grilled onions, mushrooms, cheese, green onions, bacon, and chives—how can we pass that up? Such a crowd-pleaser, and they tasted great; I think Sphinx licked his glass clean!

Since we didn’t go with a pasta station, we decided to just pick one that sounded good. In the center is their Cajun pasta, which consisted of shell pasta with a wine and cream sauce, sliced andouille sausage, shrimp, and crawfish tails. I think this was my favorite dish—I could literally eat it every day. Sphinx was a big fan of the meat on the left—that’s pork wrapped in bacon and stuffed with boudin (a Cajun meat, rice, and spices mixture usually served in sausage form). Pork in general isn’t my favorite, but this certainly was good and will be served with the grilled asparagus at a carving station.

Finally, we made our way to the dessert course. The strawberry and cream cheese crepe had a bit too much rum in the sauce for our liking, but it wasn’t anything that we were expecting to serve anyway. I’m still not sure if we’re going to do a separate dessert besides our cake; I like the idea but not sure if it’s necessary if we’re doing several flavors already.

So to conclude—we loved pretty much all of the food, and it was exactly like the “Be Our Guest” scene. A bit less dancing, but almost. And she was right, I was really full by the end of it. Ridiculously full but so very happy! The menu is definitely a bit carb heavy, but when you’ve got people not taking much time to eat, you want to maximize the amount of substance they’ll be getting in each dish.

I think Pigeon offers some great options for dishes and ingredients that are unique to New Orleans but are more interesting than jambalaya or gumbo, and that was just what we were looking for. So with such a great menu, I hope our guests will be able to eat a little bit before the drinking and dancing begin! We had some discussions about the timeline of the night with the coordinator, and I really like what we settled on, but I’ll share that later. We also discussed some options for guests with dietary restrictions, and they said we can have some separate food for anyone who needs it.

The best part of it all: they bring a tray of food into the bridal suite at the reception for us to chow down before we are announced. I might actually get to eat at my wedding? Everyone says it can’t be done, but I want to do it! Challenge accepted!

Any feedback on our menu? Were you a bride who was able to eat on the wedding day?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Pyramid

Location:
New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014

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    ashylula 8 posts, Newbee @ 11:16 am

    Everything looks so pretty!! It really wouldn’t be for me though just because I’m not one that likes seafood at all. Love the idea of different stations and lots of options for your guests. We were able to eat at our reception (well except for our cake). For us it was finding a drink (of even water) every time I turned around to go grab a drink I was pulled in a different direction.

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:52 am

    Everything look so yummy!!! Oh my! I’ll have a mashed potato martini right now, please!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    I want everything on this page right now. Especially those crepes and those freaking mashed potatoes.

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    nowdontletsbesilly 1489 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:14 pm

    Should have heeded your warning, it’s lunchtime I am now STARVING! Please send some pasta and chicken tenders and egg rolls! Everything looks amazing, so well presented!

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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:18 pm

    Yep, hungry. I’d like the pasta (as long as its not too spicy), the crab cake slider and chicken tenders. Oh, and maybe some cake from yesterday too.

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 12:46 pm

    I’m always a fan of soup shooters at cocktail events, but I may be in the minority. Everything looks lovely and makes me very hungry–I can’t imagine your guests being anything less than thrilled.

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 2:21 pm

    OMG, we’re having that same exact salad! Isn’t it to die for?? Except I think it’s arugula instead of spinach, but whatever, details.

    Good thing I read this post while eating dinner (related: good thing I’m home alone so I can eat dinner on the couch and be a slob) because otherwise, I’d be feeling awfully hangry right about now … everything looks amazing!

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    Miss Leopard 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:24 pm

    This looks amazing, but I would be sad at your wedding.

    I love seafood, but my fiance is deathly allergic (severe asthma = shellfish allergy) and he can’t even be in the same room if it’s actively being cooked.

    I don’t think youre cooking anything onsite, but he couldn’t eat 90% of your choices. Shellfish allergies are really common so I’d make sure it won’t impact your guests too much.

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    Mrs. Llama 236 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 pm

    Can I take all the shellfish/seafood that other people don’t want?? Everything looks awesome!! We are trying to make some menu decisions right now – so stressful!

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    Everything sounds so amazing! I love the Belle GIF. Love me some Belle! ;-)

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    vttp926 944 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 pm

    So like can I come to your wedding? Everything looks awesome! If I was a guest, I would definitely be loving on all the food and will definitely be full.

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:30 pm

    I look forward to stuffing my face when I crash your wedding. ;)

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 pm

    Mashed potato bar?! Awesome. All the food looks so good! My sister got married in New Orleans and the food was amazing. I wish I could go to your wedding!

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:59 am

    Um, can I come to your wedding, please? We’re having a mashed potato bar, too, actually. It was one of my requirements. If they didn’t have a mashed potato bar, they were off my list. Silly, but true.

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 am

    I want all of the foods!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:26 pm

    Let me know if you’d like help coordinating/deciding your hors d’oeuvres! All good choices and mashed potato bars are GREAT for those who imbibe. ;)

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    pyramid 95 posts, Worker bee @ 2:29 pm

    @ashylula: we’re supposed to have an attendant for our drink needs, so hopefully that is covered!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: I’ll definitely hit you up when we make the final decision!

    @luluvohn: I’m pretty sure it was an unspoken requirement for us as well!

    @Miss Leopard: thanks for the comment on that! Allergies are on my radar, and I am pretty darn sure we don’t have any guests with a seafood allergy like that. Hopefully anyone who doesn’t enjoy seafood or can’t eat it can have the mashed potatoes, salad, meat, or chicken tenders.

    @Mrs. Rucksack: @Mrs. Gondola: @Mrs. Campfire: @vttp926: @Miss Parisian: @Miss Llama: @Miss Filly: @Mrs. Road Trip: @Miss Clover: @NowDontLetsBeSilly: @Mrs. Jet Setter: @Miss Weather Vane: oh thanks everybody, sorry for causing the hunger!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:15 am

    All this food is making me hungry, and I just ate lunch! I pretty much love everything about this post, starting with Beauty and the Beast. If I had to cut one app, it would be the oyster shooter because I know quite a few people are grossed out by those. I would also inquire about possible food allergies, just to make sure, since seafood allergies can be quite serious. If you have to pay extra for desert, I say skip it. Especially since you’re already having such a nice wedding cake AND a groom’s cake.

    And OMG, a mashed potato bar with the mash served in the little martini glasses! I die! I’ve never actually seen this done at a wedding, other than Four Weddings, so you’re totally awesome and unique in my book.

    Also, if you see somebody who looks strangely a lot like me eating all the food at your wedding, pay no mind ;)

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 pm

    That sounds great and you can eat at your wedding. And you should really try. I did and made the effort to eat. I told the staff to make sure we were served first, we ate quickly (I had a plate and a half, it can be done) and then went around to guests. Please eat because you need it with all the dancing, commotion, alcohol and fun. And lots of water!!! I love your food selections.

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