Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yum! Our Caterer Tasting

One of the highlights of wedding planning is the fact that everything needs to be tested ahead of time, to make sure it will be perfect for the big day. And tasting the food is no different, in fact, it's probably more important than a lot of things, because everyone puts such high expectations on the food at weddings. Nobody wants to hear people report back, "the food was good, for a wedding."

So we scheduled our caterer tasting pretty early in ad
vance, since it was an easy thing to check off the list. We're using the on site caterer at The Mountain Terrace, and they have 4 tastings a year. There were about 12 other couples there with us. We started our tasting with 5 appetizers from their list of about 30 choices.

(From left to right: Mushroom Profiteroles (eww, mushrooms), Dates Wrapped in Bacon & Filled with Goat Cheese (pretty good), Traditional Spanikopita (Spinach-Feta Phyllo Triangles) with Apricot Drizzle (ok, but the pastry was too flaky), Ahi Tuna Poke on Crisp Wonton (neither of us cared for this, it tasted sort of like fishy fruit loops), and at the top of the picture is the Crab Cakes with Chili-Lime Aioli (really good, our favorite appetizer we tried).)

After appetizers we tried a Mixed Greens and Pear salad, with G
orgonzola Cheese, Caramelized Walnuts & Champagne Vinaigrette, which was very good, but the picture didn't turn out. We then sampled one of the vegetarian options, Roasted Veggie Stacks with Eggplant, Portobello Mushroom, Red & Yellow Bell Peppers, Herbed Goat Cheese & Feta Cheese (we didn't care for half the layers).

After that was
another vegetarian option, Eggplant Parmesan (Mr. Cola didn't care for this since he doesn't like eggplant).

Next we tried Chicken Cacciatore Served in a Tomato Sauce with Fresh Vegetables, along side Smashed New Potatoes with Roasted Garlic, Green Onions & Crème Fraiche. The potatoes were excellent, and are our choice for one of our side dishes, the chicken was quite good too.

we had the fabulous Roasted Beef Tri Tip with Caramelized Shallots & Red Wine Sauce.

The red wine sauce was fantastic, and we will be serving the tri tip at our wedding, hand carved to order at the chef's carving station (we're doing a buffet, if I didn't mention it earlier, it's much more casual, which is what Mr. Cola wants, and fits our venue).

Equally as fantastic was the Teriyaki Roasted Salmon with Mango-Papaya Salsa, which is our other main course selection.

Mmmmm, my mouth is watering looking at these pictures again! Narrowing down the two entrees was the easy part of this process, but we still haven't figured what appetizers we'll be serving, except the gourmet cheese, bread and fruit 8 foot table.


We definitely have time to make our other appetizer choices though, and I'm so glad we did this part early in our wedding planning. And now we have time to save up too, 'cause apps, food and open bar is going to cost us about $9,300, including tax and service charges:

Did you enjoy your caterer tasting as much as we did? And how early did you decide what to serve at your wedding?

(all pictures in this post except the last one of the cheese table were taken by me. And yes, Mr. Cola was reprimanded several times to not touch the food until I took the shot, LOL!)


  1. I remember the crab cakes and the cheese buffet from the wedding I attended at TMT - both are yums! And that tri-tip looks amazing. Is it wrong that I would eat that right now and it's only 10:21 a.m.?

  2. I still think you need to pick the chicken satay as one of your hot appetizers!

  3. Your apps are making me drool! We're doing our tastings in January and we'll decide based upon how everything tastes. :) Have you guys done a cake tasting yet?

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  5. Yum yum! You're making me hungry! Our caterer doesn't do tastings, but she has a little restaurant where you can go in and try her food. We went in with fiance's family and ordered 5-6 different entrees and sides, and then the cost of our bill is deducted from our final catering bill.

  6. Oh my gosh, this post made my mouth water. Delish!!

  7. I may or may not have wolf-whistled at the pictures of the food. They all look really great! You’re right – food is one of the most anticipated parts of a wedding reception. You definitely want to choose the right caterer who not only serves great food, but also listens to your needs or wants. I’m sure you and your guests enjoyed the entrees at your wedding reception!

    -- Neva Modzelewski