Friday, June 25, 2010

Food, Glorious Food!

There are certain things about wedding planning that are just plain awesome. Like cake tell them you're a bride and they just give you free cake. For FREE.

Another awesome thing is catering tastings. We had to wait until closer to the wedding to do that one, but we finally got to try Raveneaux's yummy food! We had previously picked three entrees and four side dishes from Raveneax's chef's menu to taste. We also sampled the house wines. Here are our options:

Entree #1: Chicken Raveneaux: chicken with mushrooms, herbs, and other random vegetables

Entree #2: Chicken Marsala w/ Sides #1 and #2: Asparagus, Roasted New Potatoes

Entree #3: Chicken Piccata w/ Sides #3 and #4: Green Beans Almondine, Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I like to joke that every wedding involves some variation of "wedding chicken." "Wedding chicken" is a bland, dry, mass-produced chicken dish that isn't anything to write home about. However, I think I'm slowly changing my opinion on the issue...last weekend Jeff and I went to a wedding with a really yummy chicken curry dish (so NOT wedding chicken!), and at our wedding we'll be serving that first entree, Chicken Raveneaux, which in my opinion tastes wonderful!

The chicken marsala we tried definitely fell into the "wedding chicken" category, and the Chicken Piccata, while good, just wasn't as great as the Chicken Raveneaux. My parents agreed with Jeff and I, and it was an easy choice.

As for veggies, we had to pick between asparagus and green beans. I don't like asparagus AT ALL, but my mom and Jeff thought it was really, really good. We ended up going with the green beans because we figured they'd be more accepted by everyone (you know, some people just don't like asparagus...but EVERYONE likes green beans!).

Next up was mashed vs. new potatoes. The new potatoes were really good. We all loved them. The mashed potatoes were pretty good too, but not as good as the cute little baby red potatoes. Easy choice. the wedding we'll be serving the following:

  • House salad

  • Rolls

  • Chicken Raveneaux

  • Green Beans Almondine

  • Roasted New Potatoes
We also have a kids menu with the following:

  • Chicken fingers

  • Fruit

  • Mac n' cheese
And then of course we'll have the two cakes for dessert. Oh, and the candy buffet. :o)

Another thing crossed off the to-do list! Keep your fingers crossed that my yummy chicken Raveneaux doesn't turn into "wedding chicken" when it's prepared for 200 guests at a time!

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