Let’s talk food.
I never had any grand ideas when it comes to wedding food. In my experience, I could always count on the dish to be delicious…but somewhat forgettable. I would default to the chicken as a child, the beef as a teenager, and now in my 20s I have fully embraced my love for seafood. I can pretty much count on these standard options at every wedding. Perfectly acceptable, perfectly delicious. But…kind of old news.
As we casually browsed caterers, initially I was drawn to two things:
Image via Holy City Catering
Adorable bite-size snacks. We could go super casual or high end. Imagine the incredible display options! I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have these on my registry so I can replicate this for every party I throw for the rest of my life.
Just Desserts Mini Square Bowl / Image via Bed Bath & Beyond
Yes, I know they are really just mini shot glasses…but have you seen the adorable spoons that come with them? I registered for 24 glasses total—I hope that’s enough!
Not the alcohol bar. That is a no-brainer. I am talking about the fun “action stations” or whatever the catering world is calling them these days. These have been discussed at length on Weddingbee, so I won’t dive in too far. But seriously, bees, there are so many creative options (mashed potato bar, s’more bar, pasta bar, sushi bar, taco bar, nacho bar…). Unless you are serving fresh fruit with no accouterments, then there is an action station for you! Well, now that I think about it, you could probably just call it a fruit bar? Anywho…
Here was my problem. I had two unique (at least for our guests), delicious options for food, but the more I thought about it the more I knew I had to nix both. Ultimately, the most important priority for Mr. Squirrel and me is to share our love with friends and family. I want everyone to relax, kick back, and be surrounded by loved ones. I don’t want people to be up walking around to different stations or having a long cocktail hour with heavy appetizers. It was very important to me to have a sit down, plated dinner. It is for this same reason that we want to sit at one huge feasting table with all the wedding guests. This wedding is about bringing everyone together!
So back to the food.
Once I came to terms with the traditional way of serving dinner, we started looking at menus from different catering companies and nothing was jumping out to us. We even went to some tastings and the food tasted great, but it just didn’t feel like us. Chicken Marsala, steak, crab cakes…normally I would be all over it, but this is our wedding. There is nothing normal about this day.
We stopped focusing on food and started researching other vendors. A few weeks later, Mr. Squirrel and I went on a rare dinner date to our favorite restaurant in Tampa. It’s nothing high end and there are cheesy dancers some nights, but it has the best food. Best GREEK food!
Neither of us has a Greek bone in our body, but we could eat dolmas and hummus for every meal and be happy happy.
I honestly can’t remember who jokingly threw it out there, but one of us said, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could have Acropolis cater our wedding?”
Bees, we are going Greek! Opa!
Logo via Acropolis Taverna
We recognize that not all of our guests will be quite as enthusiastic, so in addition to the traditional lamb, we will have a Greek chicken dish (so basically this post title is a complete lie) and a yummy veggie option. Food porn photos to come.
Has anyone else gone ethnic for the wedding? Was it a meal to remember or a complete flop?