We’re back with part two in our series on Wedding Trends for 2010.
This week, we’re dishing on what’s hip and happening on the culinary side of things.
Comfort foods and casual eats with a kick are all the current crave. But these foods are anything but basic. Part comfort, part creativity, the latest flavors are coming from the great American melting pot. So, it’s about familiar foods, mixed in with your heritage, and given an updated presentation. Chef’s are taking those old recipes, changing them up with new spices and seasonings, and presenting items with unexpected pairings to make them “original” all over again.
Personalize the menu by making menu choices that showcase your occupation, city or heritage. Pass mini ice cream cones of house-made specialty flavors such as chocolate-bacon (see two very familiar and comfortable ingredients, one unusual pairing) during the reception hour if you own an Ice Cream Shoppe, serve cheese steak sandwich bites for Philly-style nuptials, mini deep dish pizzas for a Chicago wedding, pasta and gelato stations for an Italian fete – get the picture?
Laid-back seafood is totally “in” right now. Think silver dollar lobster rolls and chowder shots. For entrees, the crab cake is King! Among other top choices are alternative cuts of beef like flank steak served with cauliflower as an entree. For a casual outdoor celebration, corn on the cob seasoned with roasted garlic sea salt makes a perfect accompaniment for grilled French-cut chicken with a white BBQ sauce.
Often, all it takes is a pinch of something special to take food to a new level. Perfect example, take French fries. This all-time casual favorite is still popular, but these creations are not your average potato – we’re talking about fries with finesse. Try spicing things up with seasonings such as Old Bay or Szechuan fusion salt. During cocktail hour, try Parmesan truffle fries served in a tall shot glass, they make a great passed app. For a fun and unexpected plated appetizer, present a trio of seasoned shoestrings, each served with a unique dipping sauce. Not a culinary wizard? No worries, that’s what the professionals are for. Chef’s LOVE the opportunity to showcase their artisic talents. They are full of knowledge and creativity, so ask your wedding planner to collaborate with them for ideas.
Looking for a twist on the traditional wedding cake? Society, I give you the newest dessert creation that is all the rage, “cake pops“!
In short, it’s cake on a stick — totally adorable, completely customizable, and absolutely delish!! Offer these bite-size delights on an abundant station of sweet treats such as candies (think jelly bellies, Jordan almonds and m&m’s) in the color of your wedding, assorted bite-sized cookies, cotton candy in martinis and any other miniature specialty desserts that speak to your sweet tooth.
Toward the end of the evening, surprise guests yet again with a late-night snack and casual conversation in a lounge atmosphere. Treat everyone to milk and cookies, hire a taco cart, waffle truck, or offer an ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings!
Remember to have fun selecting your wedding day menu, and regardless of the trends, choose foods that tickle your taste buds.