Here Comes the Bride's Menu
Some of you may know that I'm a bride-to-be, in nitty-gritty countdown mode. Five weeks from tomorrow, this previously engaged girl is finally gettin' hitched, and she's officially a nervous bride.
Mister Groom and I, we fell in love with the low-key vibe and natural beauty of the place during a vacation last year, plus we wanted a warm, beach destination for vow exchange rather than urban pavement.
Nearly everyone I talked to assumed that the reception menu would be my biggest priority. The tricky thing about a destination wedding is the distance; with 1,500 miles between me and the island, the opportunities for sampling caterer menus went out the airplane window.
Our original catering choice was the chef/owner of a place we tried and loved last year; arrangements were handled via e-mail and phone, and at first, all seemed to be going smoothly. Then suddenly, like a tropical wind, several e-mails went ignored, and I knew in my gut something was wrong. I picked up the phone and found her in the midst of packing up her belongings and moving to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nice.
Next on the list was a chef/owner of a Pan Latino restaurant, and so far, she hasn't jumped ship. Even with a contract in hand and a menu that's been set, I must admit, I'm a tad apprehensive. After all, I've relinquished control and must have faith rather than nerves.
The reception menu is the result of several factors, including time of day, setting and guest palates. We'll tie the knot around dusk in an outdoor ceremony on a private beachfront property. The 40-some guests come from afar with varied dietary preferences; more than 10 percent is vegetarian, another five percent eats fish, and about half is comprised of diehard carnivores.
To accommodate, we decided on a buffet, which also makes the process more democratic (and hopefully less stressful). The lineup includes kebabs of skirt steak and mahi mahi, with various tropical chutneys, avocado salad, a pumpkin (calabaza)-rice combo and mixed greens with nuts and fruit. Of the three passed appetizers, two are meatless. We're hopeful there will be something for everyone.
As for dessert, there will be no wedding cake, but a tier of red velvet cupcakes instead. Early in the planning, I announced I would make the cupcakes myself, but vehement protests from friends and my mother (who just rolled her eyes) helped me come back to earth and search for a baker on the island.
Here's my dilemma: I'm still in search of cupcake toppers. I had envisioned vintage bride-and-groom picks, which turn out to be more of an extinct species than originally thought. My luck seemed to change when I learned of an online source in Ohio, that claimed to have vintage miniature bride and grooms small enough for cupcakes. I ordered five dozen, very pleased with myself, and then the package arrived. I am now the owner of five dozen senior citizen bride and grooms, resembling Grandma and Grandpa Kettle.
So, I'm counting on you guys to help out a nervous bride. Know of any sources for vintage bride and groom picks? Send 'em on over. And if you're in my bridal shoes, share your menu conundrums here, and veteran brides, I'd love to hear what did and didn't work!
Talk to me today at 1pm ET for an hour of meat-free shopping, cooking and eating.
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