Vegetarian Wedding Menu
In light of all the frustration and confusion flying around the internet this week, I want to talk about something non-partisan and COMPLETELY fun: FOOD.
If only it were always this easy | Via memes.com
A few weeks ago, we took another whirlwind weekend trip to Chicago, where we did our catering tasting with Food for Thought. Now, I didn’t post about looking for a caterer, but for good reason—they’re the exclusive caterer for our venue. And they did NOT disappoint.
Now, one thing I forgot to do is take pictures…but the internet’s a beautiful thing, so I was able to find lots of other peoples’ snaps.
We tasted eight hors d’oeuvres, two salads, four entrees, about six desserts, a signature cocktail, and a late night snack—all RIGHT before hopping a flight back to LA. And can I just say…we were stuffed.
So let’s get down to it: The Wishbone wedding menu.
1. The Signature Drink. We weren’t initially going to have a signature drink—a full bar will be plenty. But at the tasting (we went with my parents) even my mom drank her WHOLE cocktail—and that’s a big deal. She’s not a hard liquor person.
We’re not going with the flags, but you get the idea. | Via Food for Thought Facebook
The drink is called “The Last Stand,” and it’s a delicious mix of pomegranate, orange, and subtle spice—even though it’s SO not my style. I’m a bourbon drinker, and it’s about as neon pink as a vodka drink can get. But it’s refreshing and it’ll keep both of our moms on the dance floor. Winning!
2. Passed hors d’oeuvres. We tried eight, and narrowed our final menu down to six. It’s heavy on the seafood and lighter on the meat…and we’ve got a vegetarian option as well, even though we’ve got no vegetarian guests.
Our tasting looked a lot like this one—manageable sized bites. | via Food for Thought Yelp
I LOVED that their appetizers are a truly manageable bite sized—JUST one bite, and easy to eat. No mess, and still a free hand to hold a cocktail. The final six are:
- Yellowtail sashimi with gingered lychee, jalapeno, elderflower ponzu
- Maine lobster salad with Granny Smith apple, madras curry crème fraîche, dill, phyllo
- Beef short rib with peanuts, cilantro pistou, soy glaze
- Kaitifi wrapped shrimp with lemongrass ginger sauce
- Vietnamese meatballs with serrano chile, Kaffir lime aioli, soy, peanuts
- “Tortellini” butternut squash with blood orange reduction, crisp sage
My hands-down favorite was the sashimi, my dad loved the short rib, Mr. W. loved the tortellini, and my mom really enjoyed the shrimp. Winning for everyone!
3. The Salad. Apparently, this is one instance where the bride doesn’t get whatever she wants. I loved the roasted beet salad with honey brittle. EVERYONE else preferred the one with pears, prosciutto (optional), and goat cheese. I accepted defeat. And I’m OK with that—prosciutto is an important part of my life.
No picture here—it’s a salad with pears on it. You get the idea.
4. The Entrees. We picked three to give our guests options. And we went against convention and eliminated the chicken. I mean, it was delicious, but with a killer beef entree, an amazing salmon entree, and a surprising vegetarian entree, I think we’ve got more than enough choices.
Plus, they’re more than willing/able to work with dietary restrictions for our friends with allergies.
- Vegetarian: Purple potato lasagna with ricotta cheese with sautéed baby spinach, cèpe mushrooms, crisp elephant garlic, wilted sage, black mission fig sauce
- Salmon: Lime grilled salmon with yogurt dill mashed potatoes, crispy plantains, cumin haricots verts served with mango cucumber vinaigrette
- Beef: Red wine braised beef shank with new potatoes, artichoke cream, thumbelina carrots, roast celery, spring onion demi glace
Our vegetarian entree—the purple potato lasagna with spinach, garlic chips, and mission fig sauce | Via Food for Thought Yelp
5. The Rest. That’s kinda a trick—we aren’t going with a late night snack, even though the mini-burritos were delicious. We aren’t going with their desserts, either—though I’ve got NO idea what we’re doing, dessert-wise. We let it rest at the entrees and reserve the right to make edits as needed.
Honestly, do you think we need a snack after all that food and dessert? They’ll definitely serve great coffee (it’s from one of my favorite green-certified roasters in Chicago) to go with the cake.