I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to what I put in my mouth. ~ by Jessica, Real Bride

So… food is kind of a big deal with me. I’ve been in the food biz for a little over 5 years now, doing everything from catering weddings to slinging soup at the farmer’s market. I’m a certifiable foodie and a bit of a snob when it comes to what I put in my mouth (<— no cheap shots please). It doesn’t have to be fancy, just good.

The thought of choosing a caterer in my area, in my budget, was a terrifying one. In a town synonymous with piggies (those are stuffed cabbage rolls where I come from) and baked ziti, both fine choices by the way, I was looking for something a little different. But don’t be mistaken, I’m not the frozen foie gras type either. I’m just looking for some good simple food with a fun perspective. Being that I’m not planning on having a “sit-down” meal per say, more like bites and tid-bits. Less formal, more social.

After a few dead-ends in my town, I was feeling a bit discouraged. It seemed we were either completely misunderstanding each other (figs and dates = not the same thing!) or my budget was not ideal. I’m a caterer and I get that you “get what you pay for” but even my meager budget x 100 guests is thousands of $$$$$. I was almost at the point of doing it myself, but my honey threatened to abort mission if I tried it. Lets just say I’m not the “cool under pressure” type :) I eventually followed the advice of friends and called Pat from Grico’s. Now I have to say I had serious reservations at first since the website gives little indication that they were any different than the usual north-east PA fare. But after talking to Pat and attending an event she catered, I was convinced I was dealing with a very talented and creative lady. 

We tossed around some ideas and came up with a pretty pleasing spread, I’d say. Now if I was planning this menu solely for my own tastes it would span several continents and involve a lot of raw meat… what I like raw meat, lay off me. However keeping in mind I will have to feed everyone something they will eat, I think we struck a nice balance.

Brad and I make it a point to go on a date to the fair every year and decided to recreate some of the treats we really enjoy for the wedding. Including fresh popped kettle corn and some local candied apples(my favorite!). A friend of mine is doing the cupcakes and we’re still deciding on flavors… lets just say it will involve lemon curd, fresh raspberry butter cream and a fig or creme brulee inspired creation. Again….. yay! 

Also, I’m super excited about the “Thanksgiving on a roll” station. I think its it a great way to do something low-key while keeping it fun. Great alternative for budget brides!

I was supposed to take some actual photos of the courses at our tasting, but I uhhh… I ate them before I remembered :( Sorry about that. But here is a taste (<— you see what I did there) of what’s to come.

Harvest-ey don’t yah think.

So, what do you think you want to serve at your wedding?  And are you super into food, or is it sort of a passing thought in the scheme of things?

Also, I’m planning on doing a few signature cocktails, mah honey prefers gin drinks and I would like a champagne drink of sorts. Perhaps champagne and local cider??? Any suggestions?  They’d be greatly appreciated…………..

oh and whisky, we like whisky :)

xoxox, Jessica

(Alison here again!  Jessica is one of our fabulous Real Bride Bloggistas, and she’s planning her Fall 2012 vintage wedding.  Jessica is the coolest, and if you dig her half as much as I do, you can also check her out over at The SoupChic on Facebook.  Note: thoughts expressed in guest posts are not necessarily the opinion of The Knotty Bride.  Simply put, we encourage free speech.)

popcornapplesroot beer / food pics: top- grico’s, 2nd – west of the loop, 3rd L- whole living, 3rd R- delish, 4th L- Real Simple4th R- grico’s, 5th R- Homesick Texan, 5th L- BHG

kettle corn collage, clockwise: 12, 3, 4 / candied apples collage, clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4 / creme brulee collage, clockwise: 1, 2345 / For all garland related posts, click here.

And now, as usual, your Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants…

Label(s): Jessica, The Bloggistas, {Food + Drink}

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15 comments

  1. Sarah on May 9, 2012

    Those candied apples!

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  2. Janna lee on May 9, 2012

    I feel like I’m suffering from a food crisis. I want classic New England Summer fare with a fun twist for my grooms North Dakotan family to get the food I love and my family get it in a new way!!!!

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  3. Debbie Baer on May 9, 2012

    My mouth is watering….are you married yet?! <3

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  4. Marie on May 9, 2012

    I just ate but it does not matter. Oh what I would give for a creme brulee right now. A lot.

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  5. Andrew Cresswell on May 10, 2012

    So often the meals at weddings are the mundane standard hotel fair, pretty un-inspiring and often not even worth photographing. Wish all weddings could be as creative as this with their food !!

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  6. Thirty Three and a Third on May 10, 2012

    Everything Looks Delicious!!

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  7. The Thanksgiving spread looks awesome along with the candied apples, yum yum!

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  8. Kelli Ahern on May 10, 2012

    CANDIED APPLES!!!!!! Best dessert table ever!

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  9. Yvonne on May 10, 2012

    Are those candied apples not the most adorable things ever?! Holy cow, I don’t think there could be a more precious and fanciful, but delicious looking food spread!

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  10. Bridal Profile on May 10, 2012

    It seems to be very yummy.

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  11. Lena on May 10, 2012

    YUM. Good thing I’m all stuffed up with a head cold and photos of food are actually more appetizing than trying to eat today!

    As for cocktails, I’ve got a few ideas…

    http://www.acrimsonkiss.com/2011/11/apple-cobbler.html

    http://www.acrimsonkiss.com/2010/12/cider-smash.html

    and for honey, what about a Martinez?

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    • Jessica on May 10, 2012

      these are great!!! thanks :)

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    • Alison on May 10, 2012

      Yeah, Lena’s awesome at cocktails. They should rename them “lenatails” because WTF why are they called COCK TAILS!

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  12. Sarah on May 11, 2012

    My fiancee and I had kettle corn on our first date – you’ve inspired me to infuse that into the wedding, thanks!!

    Everything you picked looks so delicious and I can’t wait to hear more of your decisions. Love the direction you’re taking with the food, plus it’s nice to see food ideas since I don’t see that too often on the wedding blogs.

    Good luck with your next steps!! Whoever’s invited to your wedding is in for an incredible treat :)

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  13. Janet on May 11, 2012

    If you like whiskey I saw a good recipe for Jack Daniels Cupcakes somewhere..

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