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When Worlds Collide… with Delicious Results

May 9, 2012

One of the most enjoyable aspects of planning any wedding is creating a menu that’s a reflection of the bride and groom.  After all, the food we enjoy says a lot about who we are, where we come from and what’s important to us.  Yes, Mac-n-Cheese is important; don’t even try to pretend it’s not.

What makes the menu planning process even more enjoyable is when the future Mr. & Mrs. Foodie come from different culinary backgrounds and they want to show off the best that each world has to offer.

Such was the case with Anna Bell and Bert.  In her first email to us Anna Bell wrote, “2 Dine4 was recommended to me as a stellar caterer with impeccable service. Because my fiancee is from Georgia and the Carolinas, we want to incorporate Texas and Southern cuisine in a fun, stylish way. Also, as a former employee of Cippolina from many years ago, I am a huge fan of Chef Chris’s cooking!”

Working with that in mind, plus a few additional suggestions from the bride (BACON!), Chef Chris came up with the following menu.  Can you guess which buffet was marked “His” and which one was “Hers”?

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Warm St. Andre on Spanish Olive Oil Torta with Jalapeno-Red Onion Relish

Grilled  Pimento Cheese Panini on Homemade Foccacia Bread

Green Chile Pork Empanada with Cilantro-Poblano Pesto

Candied Bacon Skewers

Heavy Hors d’Oeuvre Station 1

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Tacos with Goat Cheese Crema, Poblano Rajas and Cilantro-Sesame Cole Slaw served in a Snow Cone Cup

Grilled Shrimp on Smoked Tomato Grits Cake with Creole Sauce

Mushroom Ajillo Empanada with Salsa Negra Aioli

Yukon Gold Mashed Potato Fritters stuffed with Aged Cheddar Cheese

Heavy Hors d’Oeuvre Station 2

Butter Lettuce Salad with Avocado, Grapefruit, Sangria Onions and Candied Pistachios tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette

Green Bean Bundles wrapped in Serrano Ham with Shiitake Mushrooms and Crispy Leeks

 Gougeres filled with Pulled Pork Barbecue and Queso Oaxaca

Petit Chicken Fried Chicken Sandwich on Homemade Roll with Creole Cream Gravy and Cornichon

Fresh Vegetable Crudités with Chipotle Ranch and Green Chile Hummus

Homemade Cornbread and Sweet Yeast Rolls

What does CANDIED BACON, on a stick no less, say about a person?  It says that you, sir or madam, have your priorities in order.  Who cares what The Most Interesting Man in the World drinks?  Does he like Candied Bacon?  If he does not, he ceases to be The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Epilogue:   These days Bert and Anna Bell call Washington D.C. home, but the last time they were visiting Austin Anna Bell requested that we recreate some of their favorite dishes from their wedding reception for friends and family who had gathered at her parent’s home for the holidays.  What a wonderful way to relive a memorable moment and enjoy the food that helped make it so.

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