Awesome, Awesome Wedding Menu


First off, I’ll just say that Astoria has somewhat limited catering choices. It was a little frustrating at first but it has come together just fine — better than fine, actually. We have been in discussions with our caterer over our wedding reception dinner menu and I think we have come up with a great and tasty celebratory spread. jwa and I are both very, very pleased. The menu has a kind of Asian-Swedish-Italian-Moroccan-Greek-French fusion thing happening. Mmmm….tasty, tasty fusion.

The gluttony feast will begin after the ceremony, on the rooftop, where there will be snacks (or as the fancy-pants are apt to call them, Hors d’ oeuvres) that will consist of the following:

* Halibut Cakes with Green Salsa (avocado, lime, cilantro, green apple)
* Seared Black-Sesame Encrusted Ahi Nigiri Sushi
* Caramelized Onion and Sweet Red Pepper Tartlet (vegetarian)
* Middle Eastern Sesame-Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt-Mint Sauce
* Chevre Spanakopita with Lemon-Honey (vegetarian)
* Rogue River Creamery Blue Cheese with Hot Pepper Jelly on Walnut Crostini (vegetarian)

It is also at this point that the wine and champagne will begin to flow. After a little while — when the snacks are gone or the guests get restless — we will head downstairs to the hotel’s wine bar and have dinner.

Course One:
Dungeness Crab Cocktail

Course Two:
Wild Mushroom Soup

Course Three: (A choice of one, although, jwa has already decided that he is having all three. What the hell, it’s his wedding too, I suppose).

* Grilled Wild King Salmon with Swedish Dill-Mustard Sauce; with jasmine rice & baby garbanzo bean pilaf and oven roasted asparagus

* Moroccan Chicken (boneless dark meat chicken with Middle Eastern spices, Kalamata olives, onions & garlic) — or possibly coq au vin — served with soft polenta and oven roasted asparagus

* Wild Mushroom & Spring Vegetable Ragout with soft cheese polenta for our vegetarian guests and oven roasted asparagus

Course Four: (How European!)
* Small Salad of Seasonal Baby Organic Greens with Salalberry Vinaigrette, Toasted Hazelnuts & Radish Sprouts

Course Five — The Final Course — this is where it gets awesome:
Wedding cake, coffee, tea, port.

It looks like the cake will be petite yet three-tiered, with the bottom and mini top tier being an almond cake with a bittersweet chocolate-espresso ganache filling. The middle tier will be a citrus-infused cheesecake. The whole thing will be slathered in vanilla-orange buttercream. Oh yeah, there will also be bittersweet chocolate drizzle cascading down the sides of the cake, as in the title picture.

Catering Choice
We looked at three places for catering: a well-known restaurant in Astoria that we were super-super-unimpressed with at a recent lunch, Voila Catering in Portland and the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview, WA. We really liked Voila but, you know, they’re in Portland and the wedding is in Astoria. Very expensive travel fees but, if you are getting married in Portland, you should check them out!

No comment on the Astoria place. *sigh*

Finally, Ann at the Shoalwater (and soon to be in Astoria at the Bridgewater) is awesome. So nice and calm and dedicated to using local, fresh, in-season ingredients. Also, she has such a calming presence and stress-free way about describing how everything at the reception will work. It was such an easy choice to go with them for the catering. I have the feeling this may actually come together!

8 Replies to “Awesome, Awesome Wedding Menu”

  1. Sara: Well, hopefully it’ll look very similar to that! 🙂
    That’s the picture I gave to the baker. The thing I really like about it is that it looks really dramatic and impressive but it’s really just choclate drizzled down the sides of a white frosted cake …
    I’m not sure what flowers we will use. We’re not really using any roses anywhere in the wedding and apparently tulips and calla lilies aren’t safe to use on food. So, we will have to come up with a edible, nice looking flower to decorate the cake with in the next ten months!

  2. Hello Michelle,
    I discovered your website quite by accident recently. I googled “red wall” looking for inspiration as I reclaim a son’s bedroom (currently blue but too dark and somehow just wrong) for a home office. Up came your diningroom and I read the item and then aother and amlost incidentally a recipe or two or more and suddenly I was remembering that I used to like to cook with wine and why did I stop and soon there were lovely smells coming from the kitchen and I was hooked. (Yes, a run-on sentence, but it was a run-on process.) Thank you for sharing.
    I know this is predominantly a food site but I love that there are also cats and renos and now this wedding. I hope you won’t mind if I drop in from time to time. I have enjoyed the visit.

  3. Christy: and whatever baby wants….
    Ursula: hi! welcome! Oh, that’s wonderful — so glad you’ve rediscovered your cooking joy 🙂 Stop by whenever!
    Allison: you know, I keep going back and forth between panicking that everyone will decline and no one will be there and everyone will accept and we’ll have more people than expected. 🙂
    If it’s the first scenario, I’ll hold on to your email… 😉

  4. dang, wish my bro had followed your menu…instead I watched the other guests eat pork barbecue while I noshed on the the scattering of cut veggies.

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