Create Your Perfect Wedding Day Menu
Food in Bloom Catering offers up insider tips on selecting the ideal menu that will thrill you and your guests on your wedding day.
Every bride and groom wants their wedding to be perfect. There are many variables to consider when planning a wedding, but putting the focus on the food should be a priority. With food sensitivities, ensuring food is aesthetically beautiful, and the desire to source organically, locally, seasonally and responsibly, choosing options to please every guest can be a challenge. Our event planners shed some light on what to consider when creating that perfect menu.
Utilize Your Resources and Keep it Seasonal
Oregon Bounty. There’s a reason why Portland, and Oregon has become a powerhouse of culinary innovation in the past decade. The region’s food practices are top notch, boasting sustainability, organic and locally sourced products. The accessibility to these resources is abundant, making it easy and practical for chefs, restaurants and caterers to make magic happen. When choosing your menu, be logical with your produce choices. If you’re having a summer wedding, invite the notion of having those vibrantly colored seasonal vegetables and fruits play into your theme. You likely aren’t going to have a root vegetable succotash side dish at your July wedding.
Season Simply and Sensibly
Keeping simplicity in mind, avoid entrees or salads thick with seasonings or other additions which may cause issues with your guests. If you’ve got a complex entrée with over a dozen ingredients and seasonings, of course it’ll taste great, but odds are someone in the crowd is going to have a food sensitivity with one of those ingredients that you aren’t aware of. Again, if it’s summertime, your guests are likely not going to want a heavy sauce based entrée anyway, so go light and fresh using citrus notes and simple herbs to enhance the taste.
Eat With Your Eyes
Looks aren’t deceiving. If it looks clean and fresh, it’s going to taste clean and fresh. People eat with their eyes. When’s the last time you heard somebody say, “Mmm, that mystery meat tastes amazing! What do you think it is?” If your wedding is decorated with a minimal aesthetic in a crisp and chic space, choosing fresh, simple foods will enhance that visual. A heavy, heaping glob of sweet potatoes will just look ‘ew’. Grilled asparagus or a black bean and sweet corn salad with lime and cilantro provide both a pop of color and simple flavors that will look stunning on a simple buffet, without compromising the taste or the budget.
You’ve already picked colors and décor elements, and incorporated those into your invitations so why not continue with your food and drink and make your theme sing, further enhancing the ambiance in the space? If your wedding hints of ‘Springtime in Paris’ with vibrant floral arrangements and decorations, go bold and consider a French themed menu. Start the celebration with a champagne toast before moving onto dinner.
Add a detailed touch with adorable individual baguettes with sweet cream butter. Pair bright haricots verts and a light arugula salad. A hearty entrée such as Chicken Provençal will ensure guests won’t leave hungry. Then sweeten the deal after the main course, and unveil a customizable crepe station where your guests can make their own savory and sweet desserts. And of course, be mindful of guests who have food sensitivities and be prepared to have an alternative option, should the situation arise.