Besides crafting and sewing—and loving Mr. Sweet Cream—my next favorite thing has to be food. I’m not talking about shoving some Doritos down my face (although the Spicy Nacho are my fave) or a box of mac & cheese. (Although I may not admit it to some, mac & cheese has gotten me out of a jam after cooking a meal too exotic for Mr. Sweet’s palate.)
I love reading cookbooks, picturing the ingredients simmering together and the possible delishness that could be tasted. I love watching old episodes of Julia Child’s show on the Cooking Channel. And I LOVE looking at the thoughtfulness of delish arrangements of food that compliment each other like instruments in a symphony. So that especially makes me prone to sigh over wedding menus.
I was definitely excited to get some trendy food goodness woven into the wedding.
Think food-truck fun! (Mrs. Earrings makes it look like such a good choice!)
And a truck…that serves ice cream! We all scream for ice cream!
Think mini, teeny-tiny versions of favorite foods. (Just look at these adorable small Pop-Tarts on sticks!)
Think comfort food. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Burgers. Mac & cheese. Yes, please!
Image via BridalBar Square Space / 1. Corn dogs via Food Network, 2. Hamburgers via NY Daily News, 3. Soup & grilled cheese via Sugar Plum Invitations Blog, 4. Apples and mac & cheese via Martha Stewart Weddings
I know that mashed-potato bars are all the buzz…but how could one resist?? Mashed potatoes + bar = happy guests!
With all of these thoughts spinning in my bridal brain, I connected with an uber-trendy caterer in the city (who I was hoping with all my might could pull off something within our budget). She mentioned all of these ideas…but then she mentioned three little letters that were like magical bells…
I’m not talking about throwing another shrimp on the barbie or even favorites at a Fourth of July picnic. I’m talkin’ slow-roasted pork, cornbread…and all the fixins’. I’ve seen other bees do it—so I know that it’s not a totally new idea—but some of the eye candy at some BBQ bees’ weddings truly makes me wish I could jump into the pictures. Just take a look at the wedding of Mrs. Mary Jane and Mrs. Cola’s rehearsal dinner!
My mouth was watering as I slowly described to Mr. Sweet Cream all that could come with our very cool BBQ package from the uber-trendy caterer. Then—as I am sure that some of you bees do—I whispered what came last…the bottom line.
Of course, Mr. Sweet Cream thought that triple-digit number per guest was a little insane—especially for BBQ. And while I could feel myself beginning to feel all sad that something so amazing was crossed off the list of possibilities…he surprised me with three little words that were also like magical bells…
Sweet. Lucy’s. BBQ.
Who knew future hubbies could come up with such amazing ideas? Just. like. that.
We’ve been to Sweet Lucy’s so many times. The place is rated the #1 BBQ joint in the city, and I seriously think that their BBQ sauce could make a man weak in his knees. And it turns out that they DO in fact cater…so much so that they only had two Saturdays left in October.
Since we’d had the immense pleasure of having Sweet Lucy’s BBQ sauce grace our lips before, we said “Book us, please!!! Pretty please!!”
The options include everything from paper plates to renting china…so we have lots of choices. And it’s very funny that even the most traditional guests get so excited after hearing what we’ll be serving. (We so wanted it to be a surprise for our nearest and dearest—but of course we couldn’t keep our mouths shut about that one.)
Of course we took the fam there to do an official “taste test,” even though we knew exaaactly what it tastes like (heaven). A smoked beef tenderloin, baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, and smoked kielbasa kind of dream land.
Mr. Sweets and me after battling it out for our favorite menu item at Sweet Lucy’s…
Mr. Sweets looks all droopy eyed because it was an all-you-can-eat buffet—so he did just that! Nap time!
So that is how our menu came to be. I kinda wish we’d gotten to taste test our way around town. That is what I thought would happen. But when Sweet Lucy calls (with only two Saturdays in your choice wedding month left), you can’t turn your back…can you??
How did you decide on your menu? Is there any particular item that you and your SO are so excited about? Are you doing something completely out of the ordinary—like street vendors—or something crazier?