Our Wedding: The Food And Drink

Well, we did it. That's right, after over 10 years of dating, Tucker and I finally got married. As you can imagine, it was a decadent affair, with lots of attention to the food and beverages. While I don't have recipes to share, I thought I would take a post to detail what we did!

Let me start by giving credit where credit is due: Capers Catering did an incredible job with the food. As you can imagine, we have pretty high standards, and they absolutely met them. The beautiful pictures were taken by Perspectives Photography (some of the less beautiful shots in the bunch were taken by my iPhone).

Refreshments started at the ceremony with rosemary lemonade, self-served as guests arrived:

The menu:

The passed appetizers:
Lemon-Dill Crepe with Smoke Salmon and Herb Cheese
Parsley and Parmesan Encrusted Baby Lamb Chop Lollipops au Mint Jus
Chilled Minted Pea Soup Shooters & a Manchego, Dried Apricot Grilled Cheese Baton
Heart-Shaped Wild Mushroom, Caramelized Shallots, & Goat Cheese Tartlet
Crispy Beet Chip with Crème Fraiche, Caviar, and Chives

Stationary cheese display:
Selected cheese brought by familiar members from California and some bought from Whole Foods (i.e., Humboldt Fog and Truffle Tremor). There were also delicious homemade crackers and tapenade! I'll have to get the full list and recipes from Aunt Susan.

The first course:
Roasted Vegetable & Lemon Ricotta Tart Petite Herb Salad topped with Crispy Shallots With Red Pepper Puree and Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette

Main courses:
Parsley & Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin atop Wild Mushroom Crostini with Thyme-Shallot  Reduction
Seared Filet of Halibut, Fresh Lemon Zest and Lemon-Mascarpone Cream
Both Accompanied by a Wild Mushroom & Spring Pea Risotto Cake and Roasted Summer Vegetables
Barley Risotto with Artichokes & Roasted  Red Peppers, Chive Oil

The beverages:
The main attraction from a beverage perspective was the incredible flight of beers that Tucker's brother, Lee, brewed for us, with labels designed by Tucker's cousin. See an overview of the brewing process on Lee's blog here and details on the following brews here: Hoppily Ever After, Ale We Need Is Love, RachAle, TuckBrew.

My favorite was the LoveyWeiss, which was a raspberry Berlinerweiss. Here is a picture of my mom drinking it:

 We also had a house punch that we called "HoneyIDo Punch", which was a Pimms and honeydew punch served in mason jars (see picture of us toasting below with the punch). We used this recipe from Serious Eats: Pimms Melon Punch.

And dessert, of course!
We had macaron favors made in pistachio and raspberry flavors, some with cream filling, some with chocolate ganache filling. Finding a local vendor who could make decent macaron at scale was difficult. After tasting several places, we finally found Bliss Bakery in Groton, and OH MY GOODNESS, do they make a good macaron. Check out the favors and the macaron tower here: 

We also had strawberries with sabayon and/or chocolate ganache for dipping. Yum!

 Oh, and there was an INCREDIBLE cake too, made by Tucker's Aunt Susan. But I'll save that for another post.


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