{A Laid Back, Labor Day Menu}

Apart from the whole committing-to-a-lifetime-with-your-soul-mate thing, one of the best parts of getting married is, in fact, the food. We’re really lucky to have found our neighbors at Joshua’s Catering, a green company that is known for their local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. We’ll be adding some flavors of our own by making our own pumpkin whoopie pies, which we tested out last week and Pete’s family approved. We’re also going to be brewing a summer beer (TBD) and canning homemade berry jams for our family as favors.

I figured now would be an appropriate time to share our full menu. It’s an alternative twist on a Labor Day picnic, with locally farmed, grass-fed, organic meats. We’re not having a traditional wedding cake, instead we wanted to have a trio of desserts. Each guest will be served a watermelon gazpacho, whoopie pie, and last but not least, banana crème brûlée—a slight nod to my brother, who is a fan of banana-flavored desserts and was kind enough to approve of us getting married on his birthday.

Starters

  • Grass-fed beef  sliders with caramelized onions and Gruyère cheese
  • Endive and goat cheese with dried cranberries and reduced balsamic vinegar
  • Gazpacho shooter with blackened gulf shrimp


{Intermezzo of peach sorbet}

Salad

  • Arugula and goat cheese with roasted beets, hearts of palm, and a reduced red wine vinaigrette

Dinner

  • Blackened shrimp taco with black bean and corn salsa, served with summer slaw
    OR
  • Chipotle barbecued chicken with truffle mac n’ cheese and grilled asparagus
  • With baskets of gaufrette potato chips to share


Dessert

  • Banana crème brûlée
  • Watermelon gazpacho
  • Homemade pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling

We were surprised by how difficult it was to find a sustainable caterer that focused on local efforts. That being said, we also had a tasting at Birchtree Catering, where the chef/owner Rasa couldn’t have been any sweeter, but overall Joshua’s Catering was a better fit (plus the owner and chef are super charming and flexible).

For you fellow wedding attendees out there, do you tend to take notice when caterers use locally-sourced ingredients, or not so much?

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5 thoughts on “{A Laid Back, Labor Day Menu}”

  1. Ummmmm ok so that meal sounds amazing. I want one of everything. Maybe you and Peter should be menu planners on the side haha

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  2. Everything looks yummy. I don’t know why I have to choose between the two entrees ~ that’s too difficult. Maybe I need to know how many tacos are involved and is the chicken white or dark meat??? Can’t wait!

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