Italian Wedding Menu
While the thought of auditioning caterers sounds super fun and delicious, I also found it really overwhelming…so it came as a relief when we found out that our reception venue was inclusive when it came to food and liquor. We selected our menu after a tasting at Salvatore’s (where I failed to take any photos—dumb) and posted it on our website for our guests’ reference.
It may ruin the “surprise,” but I highly recommend this, especially if you know you have preferences or allergies among your guests.
So, here’s what we chose: at our cocktail hour, we will have passed apps and a full bar available, including our signature cocktail—a rosemary gin fizz. We both love gin, and the rosemary simple syrup evokes that festive holiday feeling we’re going for. Salvatore’s was so nice about this—I’ll be making and bringing in the syrup myself, which I thought they might balk at, but they just told me to give them the recipe and they’ll make the drinks happen!
The first time I made this cocktail—Thanksgiving 2014, when the power went out at noon and the turkey was half-cooked in our electric oven. OMG.
And on to the food: since our venue is Italian, we decided to begin with a fun pasta course (farfalle in a tomato vodka cream sauce—simple but very tasty). Then, we’ll serve a classic Caesar salad before the entrée: a choice of filet, chicken with lemon and capers, or vegetarian pasta. I lament that the veg option was limited to pasta considering our first course, but we had to work within the restrictions of the venue. We will also have wine service with dinner and, of course, a champagne toast.
So there you have it!* We will be serving pretty standard wedding food, but we’re hoping that the fun touches (pasta course, signature drink) will help make it special. And we are looking into a “late night” treat, because who doesn’t love that trend?
What did you choose for your menu?
*Well, there’s still dessert—but as a sugar addict, I feel the cake absolutely deserves its own post. Stay tuned.