{Advice} Unique Wedding Food

For me, one of the biggest hurdles of wedding planning, after the flowers, dresses, music, etc., was what food to serve at my (our) wedding.  We wanted to accommodate all, but we didn't know just how to do that. Even after taste tests, which was fun to sample, it was still a difficult task. In the end we made the right decision for us, but it might not have been the best choice for our guests. 

If you find yourself struggling a bit with this topic in your own wedding menu planning, today we are very excited to share some great tips with you from someone who knows a thing or two about wedding menus: Jeannette Maier of Fancy Girl Table Catering. Jeannette creates unique menus that are sure to appease every wedding guest, from a vegetarian or vegan, to a meat lover. Breaking the stereotype of organic food, Fancy Girl Table only uses ingredients from local farms. 

Please enjoy Jeannette's advice, and maybe get inspired by the sample menu she has shared with us. 

When trying to appease even the pickiest of eaters at your wedding, choose menu items that are based on familiar foods or comforts foods. Macaroni and Cheese, Pizzas, Steak, etc., can all be turned into elegant, updated wedding hors d'oeuvres with a twist. Choosing a wide variety of menu items will increase the chances of appealing to more picky palates.

Don't serve a plated dinner: serve Family-style, instead. This way you can serve a wide variety of dishes to cover many tastes. Family style is a great way for everyone to eat together, taking a little of this or that without feeling left out of anything. This is a great way to incorporate the meat and potato eating guest, the guests on special diets, like gluten-free, and even the vegan. More and more guests are on special 'diets' these days. Fancy Girl serves some Lentil Porcini Meatballs at our vegetarian weddings that even the meat and potato eater who wouldn't touch a vegetable enjoys! No one would even guess that our Cauliflower Crusted 'Pizzas' were Gluten Free!

Lastly, visual appeal is very important. Picky eaters don't like fussy, intimidating food. Lots of color and food that looks easy to eat will entice the picky eater to give it a chance.

Here's an sample comfort mini menu to serve to appeal to many tastes:

Steak Skewers with Smoked Salts & Herb Remoulade (photo attached)
Eggplant Porcini “Meatballs” with Smoked Tomato Dip (Vegetarian)
Mini Hudson Valley Pulled Pork Sliders with Kale Slaw Salad on Brioche Buttons (photo attached)
Tiny Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Short Ribs, Petit Basque & Pickled Caramelized Onions
Mini Mac & Cheese Pots with Parmesan Crisps (photo attached)
Gluten Free Cauliflower Mini Pizzas with Kale, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Jam (Vegetarian)

Jeannette definitely has some great pointers here, wouldn't you agree? Making vegetarian dishes for those that need them, to also be tasty and hearty enough for meat and potato lovers is a great take-away! I love the fact of hiding ingredients to make something unexpected, like the Gluten Free Cauliflower Mini Pizzas! Guests won't know its cauliflower, but will be clamoring for the last crumb-I know I would! 

Our many thanks to Jeannette Maier of Fancy Girl Table Catering for imparting your knowledge for our readers! What tips did you find helpful? Anything on her sample menu strike inspiration for you? Let us know in the comments below! 

Photo Credits: Rob Penner Photography