Spring is in the air, bringing with it the sound of wedding bells. And every time a bell rings, we ask, "Where's the cake?" Because here at Fat City, we know that the best (or worst) part of a wedding is the food.
The Knot, a go-to website for all things wedding, recently released its list of Top Wedding Food Trends. Adoration for foods in individual serving sizes, such as cupcakes, is the theme of the list, promoting lots of options in tiny containers.
Petite portions work well for weddings because they allow for moderate
amounts of a large variety of dishes, instead of just enough lemon
chicken and asparagus to feed 200 people. You get everything you want
without bending your budget, and guests with restrictive diets are
sure to find something they can enjoy.
Here are the top dishes for which we would say "I do":
Appetizers: Fettuccine from the Rieger
This handmade pasta, with truffle butter and pecorino cheese, was delicious enough to tempt Charles Ferruzza to order it for dinner. But this heavy dish is best eaten in small portions if you want to walk, and not waddle, to the dance floor.
Salad: Arugula salad from 715 in Lawrence
This may be the most skippable course in the midst of a buffet of delicious wedding fare, but the arugula salad from 715, tossed in a roasted-garlic vinaigrette and topped with airy, fried vegetables, is one you'll want to make room for.
Entree: Sliders from Tavern in the Village
Instead of the typical "chicken or steak?" dinner, add some Kansas City style and slice up the meat on a bun with some barbecue sauce. Tavern in the Village offers barbecue chicken sliders with fried onion straws or ancho-seared beef sliders with onions and peppers -- classy alternatives to a one-third-pound burger when wearing a white dress or a tuxedo. Vegetarians in the group? Try the nachos, with black beans, corn and goat cheese, minus the chicken.
Dessert: Petite pies from the Upper Crust at Pryde's Old Westport
The Upper Crust offers about 30 different types of pie throughout the course of the year, including classic fruit pies, cream pies, and seasonal pies such as apple, chocolate cream and sweet potato. Perfectly buttery and flaky on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside, the petite size is the perfect amount for one or two guests. Order a few of each flavor, and everyone is sure to end the meal content.
Cocktails: (Edible) Cocktails from the Drop
Forgo the traditional bubbly toast and clink a summery drink like the bellini martini (white peach puree and champagne) with your new spouse. For the of-age crowd, the Drop's famous edible cocktails, such as the Chocolate Drop, can also double as dessert.
So, Fat City readers, what foods would you want in your fairytale ending?