Wedding Reception Menu
Atlanta is the capital city of Georgia and is represented by all sorts of wedding venues; some are specialized in serving American dishes, others are African, some are Asian, others are European, some are dedicated to serving only steaks, while others are designed to serve only vegetarian foods.
Today, we will present two great wedding reception venues, where an engaged couple can celebrate their wedding in Atlanta, Georgia. The first wedding venue recommended here is perfect for those who fly to Atlanta, in order to celebrate a destination wedding. We say this, because the One Flew South, the first restaurant recommended in Atlanta, Georgia, is located exactly inside of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. One Flew South may be located inside of an airport, but it can be compared to some fancy restaurants found in New York and Los Angeles. This restaurant is great for those who wait for their next flight, but it can be also booked by couples who want an unusual wedding; a wedding that takes place in a restaurant inside of an airport is anything but usual. Happy couples can choose for their guests appetizers like house-cured salmon, pecan dusted scallops, pork belly sliders, seaweed salads, soup chowders, arugula salads, chicken noodle soups, entrées like mushrooms ravioli, thyme roasted pork belly, Carolina trout and mains like duck breast with sweet potatoes, fennel and coriander crusted lamb tenderloin, springer mounted chicken breast, salmon with tofu, and many others.
Our second option for a couple searching for a wedding venue in Atlanta, Georgia is Canoe, a restaurant, serving dishes priced at around $40. Canoe is found at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, serves American dishes, is appreciated for its eclectic atmosphere and is considered by most of those who have been there, ‘a romantic hidden gem’. The food is fantastic, the restaurant offers a great view of a river nearby, and the staff is very helpful. This is a great spot if you want to impress wedding guests. Now let's see what happy couples can choose for their guests: appetizers like jumbo lump crab cake, summer corn soup, shrimp stuffed calamari, baby arugula salad, house smoked salmon, entrées like grilled Atlantic salmon, pecan crusted red grouper, slow roasted Carolina rabbit, cornmeal crusted rainbow trout, local roasted chicken, duck breast, roasted lamb sirloin, and mains like duck and beef with fried eggs, wilted spinach and truffle pommes frites, beef short ribs with celery root, with potatoes and black radish slaw and Hickory grilled New York strip with crème fraîche potatoes, black garlic butter and broccoli rabe. Desserts at this restaurant are represented by cheesecakes, ice cream, chocolates, pies, fresh fruits and crème brulee.
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, being located in Illinois. Its approximate population is 2.7 million people. Chicago is included in a Metropolitan area, sometimes called ‘Chicagoland’, where 9.8 million people live.
Being such a large city, with so many inhabitants, Chicago benefits of plenty of places to eat; it is considered that the approximate number of restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs, taverns and other places like this is around 5000. And of all these 5000 places to eat, here are the best that can be considered in case of a wedding: Alinea (a very expensive restaurant, with prices beginning at $150 and ending at $1000), The Purple Pig (a rather cheap steakhouse, serving European contemporary dishes), and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (a restaurant specialized in the American cuisine).
Alinea is incredibly situated on the first position on many tourism websites, although prices there are not among the lowest. Alinea is found at 1723 N. Halsted St. and is the perfect place for special occasions. One can enter this restaurant only if they have a reservation, so if you plan to celebrate your wedding there, make sure to contact the restaurant manager at least one year before your big event, because Alinea is very popular and booked for many other events too. As expected, wedding dishes served at Alinea refer only to exquisite foods, such as steelhead roes with carrots, coconut and carry, oyster leaf with mignonette, King crab with passionfruit, allspice and heart of palm, lobsters with chamomile, razor clams with soy and scallops with Thai bananas, sea salt and kaffir lime.
The Purple Pig is located at 500 N. Michigan Ave. and is open from breakfast to late night. Just like in the case of the previous restaurant, if you plan a wedding at The Purple Pig, you should discuss with a representative there, at least several months before your wedding. In terms of wedding menu, this restaurant serves steaks, antipasti, salads, fried items, panini, smears, cured meats, cheeses and sweets. A menu for a formal wedding at this restaurant should contain fried almonds with rosemary and garlic, roasted corn with mushrooms, shaved raw summer squash, made of arugula, hazelnut, opal and lemon basil, pigs ear, slow roasted ham, chorizo, tomato bread, prairie breeze and Italian wedding cookies.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab is found at 60 E. Grand Ave. and accepts reservations with OpenTable. A wedding menu at this restaurant is based on all those foods mentioned in the very name of this restaurant. Thus, we have stone crab appetizers, spinach stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, oysters, clam chowers, Joe’s cole slaw, greens salads, vegetables chopped salads with lobster, shrimp and Alaskan King crab, fried shrimp, fisherman’s platter containing scallops, calamari, shrimp, and cod, lobster tails, artichoke stuffed sole with creamy fennel broth and Chilean sea bass with bok choy and miso glaze.
Appetizers or hors d’oeuvre represent the first course served at an event, before the main course. They have to be tasty, and presented in small portions, to leave guests hungry for more.
Appetizers are very different, depending on many factors, such as the cuisine where they can be included, the chef that has prepared them, the season when the wedding is organized, the location of the wedding, and many others.
A traditional American restaurant could serve as appetizers for a wedding these next courses: rock shrimp with calamari, mango chutney and bouchot mussels, ancho chilies with lime, guacamole with tamarind chutney and papadum, chickpea with ‘boodie’s’ ketchup, and semolina polenta with coconut milk.
An African restaurant, on the other hand, is specialized more on dishes that contain raw vegetables and fruits, such as those mentioned next: hommus bi tahini (that contains purée of chickpeas, lemon and garlic), spicy hommus, Kashkawan cheese, Shankleesh (a variety of aged cheese, mixed with onions and tomatoes), Muhammara (this is literally spicy red pepper combined with walnuts), balila (chickpeas combined with lemon, garlic and olive oil), batinjan makdous (eggplant stuffed with walnuts and garlic), and marinated quails with a special blend of seasoning and grilled meat.
Asian dishes have always attracted everybody's attention, not necessarily because they are very tasty, but because they are unusual. So for an unusual wedding, we recommend an Asian start, that contains only cold appetizers. Dishes like the tuna tartare spring roll with crispy shallot and ponzu, or the crispy calamari salad with cashews, green apples and miso vinaigrette will certainly amaze wedding guests, just like a Peking duck salad with poached eggs and sherry vinaigrette or like a deviled tuna tartare, with scallions and chili mayonnaise. Nevertheless, those who prefer hot appetizers, will be glad to find out that Asians have dishes like this too. And the best examples that can be used at a wedding are: boneless spare ribs with Chinese mustard, steamed sea bass roll with ginger, sizzling scallion oil and cabbage, and wok fried oysters and foie gras with king soy and Thai basil.
Europeans serve plenty of dishes at the beginning of a wedding, letting the wedding guests decide upon one (or more) of the dishes presented there. Thus, in most cases, tables are covered with all sorts of dishes that can be selected by the wedding guests, dishes like: tagliatelle with spicy tomato clam broth, bibb and beets with pumpkin seeds and parmesan, gravy meatball sliders with pork, beef, veal and pecorino, endives with pears and foie gras nuggets, organic eggs and truffles, crispy calamari with lemon aioli and arugula combined with almonds and truffle vinaigrette.
There are many ways to make a wedding menu memorable. While the bride and groom may not be that attentive to the wedding menu on their wedding day, since they will be stressed by seeing everyone at their party enjoying themselves, their guests will most likely be eager to fill their stomachs with some tasty treats.
The first thing that has to be considered by a happy couple organizing their wedding is to choose a regional menu. This is available if they plan a destination wedding as well. No one will want to eat pasta in Hawaii, not even those who have Italian roots. For a wedding organized on an exotic island, for example, the recommendation is to choose only traditional dishes.
Another idea that luckily is taken into account by any chef is to present the food very well. Not only the tongue will remember how good the food was at a certain wedding, but also the eyes, so any happy couple should bear in mind that their guests will very likely recall a fabulous looking buffet table, much better than how the food was like.
If a chef recommends a happy couple to choose a certain dish, because it is trendy and everybody loves it, the happy couple should take this suggestion into consideration, because the chef knows better than them what works at weddings and what does not. Let's say that, when a happy couple plans their wedding, pomme frittes served with a traditional mayonnaise in paper cones are the best way to go; well, this is one of the dishes that they should choose, if they want to offer their guests a contemporary and, at the same time, trendy dish.
A complete menu, with appetizers, main course and dessert, is around 80-$90. A dinner wedding menu can include these next first courses: chilled tomato soup, with peach, watermelon and lobsters, ruby red shrimp, smoked trout with pickled onions and Cipollini purée, and sweet corn custard with husk cherries and basil, and these second or main courses: red snapper with sungold tomatoes, zucchini and artichokes, roasted and braised lamb with scallions, ruby crescent potatoes and green garlic and duck breast with grapes and almonds. For dessert, happy couples could serve a wedding cake with crème fraîche, plum sorbet and candied fennel, warm chocolate pudding, an apple tarte with Bourbon cream and butter pecan ice cream and a selection of raspberry, plum, blueberry and lemon sorbets.
Regarding the drinks that can be served at a wedding, these are champagnes, wines, all sorts of liquors, and also beverages, teas and other non-alcoholic drinks. Drinks should be ordered by the wedding guests as they desire, and not purchased in advance by the marrying couple.
A special place in a wedding celebration is occupied by the wedding banquet. It is no less important than, for example, the choice of dress for the bride. The main component of the feast – is, of course, the menu, which is negotiated in advance with the staff of the restaurant, which will host the banquet. A menu for wedding reception is a very important thing and that is why you should pay maximum attention to it.
There are certain dishes that are usually served at the wedding table. For example: pork – a symbol of wealth and longevity of the newly formed family. If we are talking about the wedding of Muslims or Jews, then pork, of course, is replaced by lamb and beef. As for the choice of dishes, it all depends on the tastes of the newlyweds, their home, traditions, but most importantly the wedding menu should be as diverse and abundant. Also, wedding menus may vary depending on the season in which the celebration is held. For example, the presence of a variety of fruits and vegetables during the summer wedding gives the ability to use light, fruity and vegetable salads, cold appetizers and luscious desserts made from summer fruits. In the warmer months it is a good idea to have cold non-alcoholic drinks, lemonades and iced teas.
With regard to alcohol, there are no particularly strict rules – only beer served at the wedding is not accepted. The bubbly and noble drink – champagne – is consumed at wedding receptions mainly for toasting. On the drinks is not worth saving, that is a rule you should keep in mind!
Because at the wedding there is pretty much alcohol, then, first of all, you need to take care of different kinds of snacks. These may include: cold meats, olives, sandwiches, marinated mushrooms, a variety of pickles, stuffed tomatoes and eggplants, assorted cheeses, fish, poultry. A menu for wedding reception is not complete without these.
After the snacks it should be served hot meals, which should be at least two. It is traditional the presence on the table of meat and fish dishes. For example, medallions of beef steaks, grilled salmon, pork with mushrooms and onions, stuffed trout. As a garnish you can choose French fries, fried potatoes with mushrooms, steamed rice with vegetables or baked potatoes with herbs and butter. Wedding banquet usually ends with the dessert, symbolizing a sweet and happy life of a young couple. In addition to the traditional wedding cake, it is best to offer guests fruits, assorted berries and whipped cream, ice cream cups, cookies.
Simply but most importantly – ask for advice and when you will have all the necessary dishes, guests will be satisfied and happy.
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