Catering!!! WooooooooHooooo!!!

We have finally completed our menu!!!!!!!!! It's done, and it's delicious! After bidding out no less than 6 catering companies and having two tastings, we're happy to report that we've scored The Hearty Boys from the famed, Food Network! And you want to know the most amazing part - they were the second to the cheapest quote!

The food is divine! In fact, I think it's the best food I've ever tasted; like food food, not just wedding food.

Our final menu is Fall inspired and we totally let them run with that theme... They incorporated dried figs, roasted pears, and the most amazing sweet potatoes you'll ever taste! It's a vibrant, warm, hearty, Fall meal, and I LOVE IT!!!
Get a load of our menu:

Hors D'oeuvres: (more fun than fall, but really tasty nevertheless)
  • MC2 - crunchy mac and cheese squares
  • BBQ Pulled Pork on Cheddar Polenta Crisps
  • Artichoke Fritters with Lemon Dipping Sauce
  • Blackened Chicken Skewers with Remoulade
  • Merlot Candied Pear on Brie Napoleon
  • Vegetarian Antipasti - cheeses, veggies - some marinated, some roasted, some raw - and a variety of delicious spreads for crostinis
  • Port Fig Roasted Beef Tenderloin with grilled onion relish and horseradish cream
  • Herb Roasted Salmon Filet with wasabi whipped cream and lemon butter sauce
  • Fennel Seed and EVOO Roasted Green Beans
  • Mixed Field Greens with candied walnuts, shaved red onion, goat cheese, and Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
  • Gourmet Mashed Potato Bar: with Buttermilk Redskin Potatoes and Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, accompanied by: pan roasted grape tomatoes with garlic and sea salt, crumbled smoked bacon, sour cream, Gorgonzola fondue, vanilla roasted pears with cracked black pepper, candied pecans, and brown sugar marshmallow streusel!!!! (What can I say, I'm a fan of mashed potato toppings...)
Specialty Drinks:
  • Roasted Pear Belinni
  • Pomegranate Mojito
  • Captain & Coke - Nathan's old college drink...

Ok, so seriuosly, this is like almost 55% of our budget. But, I'd rather compromise on our centerpieces and/or linens than compromise on delicious food. Don't get me wrong, I'm still being VERY budget conscious, but, you give a little here and take a little's a process... At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

Photo Credit: Chicago Magazine


ami @ elizabeth anne designs said...

it sounds divine! i agree with you - people will totally remember the AMAZING food you had way more than the centerpieces.

Jenna said...

I am spending 50% of my budget on food as well! I am thinking about doing a homemade mashed potato bar at my open house and this is such great inspiration!

Colleen said...

Thanks guys!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Everyday Bride, I'm so glad I found your site! I would love to talk to you about Hearty Boys. How can I get in touch with you?

Colleen said...

Hey Meg - just email me at theeverydaybride@gmail[dot]com. I'd be happy to tell you everything I know!

Rica Chica Event Productions said...

Your menu sounds delish! I want to do similar buffet style/food stations, and my budget is all going to food.

Thanks for more wonderful inspiration!