Yes, yes, weddings are really about love, the coming together of two people, etc. That’s all lovely and nice and don’t get me wrong, I adore my husband, but for us the wedding was also about entertaining and throwing a darn fun party. And if you are anything like my husband and I, we LOVE throwing a good party. Just ask us about our annual summer BBQ bash complete with a hot dog eating competition (we’ll save that for another post).
Back to weddings, one thing I loved so much about wedding planning was determing the menu. Wedding food is so…pretty and tasty, gone are the days when you go to a wedding expecting a bland chicken buffet dinner.
We chose the University Club of St. Paul as our venue, partly because it was big enough to hold the masses (we invited the entire world to our wedding, well, at least the entire city of Napoleon, ND), it was a beautiful space and they have a great reputation for serving great food.
Here is the menu from our wedding day plus some pics, photo credits to Sewell Photography
Champagne with raspberries/wine/beer/cocktails
Butler-passed hors d’oeurves
Roast tenderloin of beef with garlic croutons and roasted red pepper mayo
Moroccan chicken tenders with spicy tomato sauce
Shrimp skewers with mint pesto
Mediterranean Bread Salad
Crisp greens tossed with focaccia, roma tomato, red onion, pepperoncini, black olives, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
Charred New York Strip Steak (12 oz), Poblano chili cream, scallion mashed potatoes, baby carrots and roast corn pico
Breast of Chicken, chardonnay chive sauce, stuffed with spinach-truffle mousse, rosemary roasted potatoes, bouquet of vegetables
Vegetarian open-faced ravioli, balsamic tomato jus, tri-colored pasta sheets layered with shiitake mushrooms, baby artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, braised leeks, spinach, asparagus and feta cheese