JP and I are food-lovers. We can nom like champs.
When it came time to start discussing food for the reception, we were torn. We wanted to be able to have some kick-butt food, but weren’t really thrilled with the idea of a sit-down 45-course meal. We wanted dancing! Revelry! Mingling! Bouncing around! After eating a big sit down meal, I know all I want is an n-a-p.
We decided to nix the sit-down dinner and opt for, let’s call it, upscale bar food. Here’s the reasoning: If you’re dancing and drinking, you don’t want fluffy boring food. After dancing and drinking, all I want is a cheeseburger.
While we’re not doing giant, delicious burgers like the one above, we are having small portions of things, easy to eat on the fly between songs, but also enough that you could stuff your face for a few hours if that was your bag. Yes, we’re buying into the mini-trend a bit.
We also had trouble deciding on one genre of food. So, true to form, we’re going to do what we want. It’s our wedding, rule-breaking is the name of the game.
The idea is to have 4 main genres of food, which represent our roots and also us as a couple: German, Cajun, Italian, and Asian-Fusion.
Well, JP is from Germany. I also have a lot of German on my father’s side of the family. For the German foods, we’re thinking…
- Bratwurst mit Brötchen (Brats with little rolls)
- Brezeln (Big smushy pretzels)
- Kartoffelsalat (Potato salad, but we’re not doing mayonnaise-based)
- Senf (Mustard)
My parents both went to Tulane, and we have a Louisiana-style plantation home. To pay homage to the Louisiana history of my family, we’re doing Cajun food. (I also was conceived at the New Orleans World’s Fair. Beat that). Also, well, we’re from the South, so, well, yeah. Self-explanatory.
- Mini Po’ Boys
- Red Beans and Rice
JP and I, plus our families, love Italian food. I make the best bruschetta around, and I think we’d all die without good pasta.
- Ramekins of Baked Penne and Cheese
- Skewered Caprese
- Arista di Maiale (Pork loin roasted with a butt-load of herbs and garlic)
- Mini Pizzas
I think JP and I went through a period where we ate Doc Chey’s about 40 times a week. I’ve been eating with chopsticks since I was a wee one. (Though my mother still hasn’t mastered them).
- Spring Rolls
- Fortune Cookies
Semi-unrelated sidenote: I’m also doing the fold-1,000-paper-cranes thing. I’m an origami nerd.
For dessert land, we’re having wedding cake, groom’s cake, and fruit. That’s, um, the delicious genre?
These are all our rough ideas food-wise. (No judgment in brainstorming). I know they’re lacking in some areas, both evenness of the categories and well, we need more veggies. Hopefully we’ll get it perfected so everyone can easily rock and nom all night.
Anybody have any amazing ideas for additions to our run-around-and-eat-apalooza?