Thursday, June 23, 2011

Coastal Weddings: Lindsay & Billy

Wedding Season is officially in full swing here at Coastal Gourmet, and while professional shots of some of our weddings haven't come in yet, I couldn't help myself but give a sneak peak to our most recent North Lawn wedding!!

Guests kicked off the wedding weekend on Friday night with a casual and elegant Rehersal Dinner BBQ at the Boat Shed, located on the grounds of Mystic Seaport. While guests mingled on the dock of the Boat Shed, overlooking the Mystic River & Mystic Draw Bridge, the dinner buffet opened. The Menu consisted of Field Greens Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette, Steamers with Drawn Butter, Corn Bread with Whipped Butter, Corn on the Cob, Lobster Rolls, BBQ Chicken and Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs with a Molasses BBQ Sauce. Guests finished up the evening with Fresh Strawberry Shortcake! Lindsay & Billy chose the North Lawn at Latitude 41 for their ceremony & reception. They couldn't have asked for better weather, their perfect June wedding day was without a cloud in the sky! Setting the scene were the two gorgeous tents that Sperry Tents set up on the lawn- one for the ceremony, and the other for the reception. Sperry never ceases to amaze me eith the quality of their services and the overall breathtaking effect their tents have. With classic wooden poles and pristine cloth panels, they are among the nicest looking tents I have seen, and fit perfectly with the Seaport's nautical atmosphere.As guests arrived, they were greeted with our signature hydration station, complete with fresh lemonade & iced tea with fresh lemon wheels, along with chilled cucumber water. Guests made their way to the ceremony tent, and as soon as everyone exclaimed "Mazel Tov!", the party got started. The new Mr.& Mrs. Donovan made their way, visiting with guests during cocktail hour with love-struck grins on their face.A self-proclaimed "foodie", Billy was very much part of the planning process and hand picked many of the items served throughout the evening.
The cocktail hour consisted of:

-Our Classic Harvest Antipasto Station with assorted International Cheeses

-Seafaring Coastal Raw Bar, complete with ice sculptures, featuring chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Freshly Shucked Oysters and Crab Claw Shooters.

-Billy's Favorite Chicken Drumbstick Duo Station, which included Buffalo & Teryaki Chicken.

Passed Hors'd Consisted of

-Honey Mustard Scallops Wrapped in Crispy Bacon

-Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

-New Zealand Lamb Chop "Lollipops"

-Grilled Bistro Filet Crostinis

-Feta & Watermellon Skewers with Mint Leaves

Lindsay & Billy chose two signature drinks to accompany the bar service as well- Lemonade & Vodka cocktails, along with Freshly made Mint Mojitos!

As guests made their way into the reception tent, dinner was served.

Guests dined on a duet entree of Pan Seared Chillean Sea bass with a Fresh Mango Chutney, Accompanied by Filet Mignon with a Portobello Demi-Glace and Horseradish Chive Sauce on the Side. Entrees were served with Roasted Potatoes with Fennel & Fresh Herbs, and Lightly Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest & Pink Sea Salt.

After the wedding cake was served, Lindsay chose to have mini cups of ice cream passed, topped off with warm chocolate chip cookies! As always, it was a pleasure to work with all of the professional and fantastic vendors that were by our side that evening. I would like to give a special word of thanks to Jennifer Brinton, of Grace Wedding Planning. It was our first time working together, and I feel as though I came out with not only a new professional colleague, but friend. I can't wait to see Amanda Tedeschi's pictures of the day as well!!

Wedding Coordinator: Alyson Devaney

Wedding Planner: Jennifer Brinton

Photography: Amanda Tedeschi


Videographer: Ann Stein Tucker

Justice of the Peace: Lois Procopian

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Easy Steps to a Healthier You #3

Did you know that you can eat cheese without all the guilt? No, seriously, I'm not lying. To all of you that have always eyed the gourmet cheese counter at Mystic Market, but was afraid to order anything, fear no more, cheese can be good for you!
It is a great source of calcium, and packed with protein and fat, which help keep you full. To top it off, it's versatile and easy to convenient- making it a great snack!

Here is a quick breakdown:

SWISS: Packed with protein, calcium & B12. Try it on our Smoked CT Turkey Sandwich:

Smoked Turkey & Swiss with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion & Garlic Mayo on a Baguette

MOZZARELLA: Mozzarella is lower in calories than many other cheeses. Try it on our Proscuitto & Mozzarella Sandwich:

San Danielle Proscuitto & Fresh Mozzarella, Sundried Tomatoes, Basil Pesto & Balsamic Viniagrette on Focaccia Bread

BLUE CHEESE: Blue Cheese can get a bad wrap, because as a dressing, it isn't too good for you, but it is best paired with fruits and nuts, and works lovely crumbled over salads. Try it on our East Market Salad:

Fresh Greens, Gorgonzola (Blue Cheese), Toasted Spiced Walnuts & Dried Cranberries

CHEDDAR: It's a little higher in calories than some of the others, but you won't loose out on the calcium or protein. Try it on our All Natural Free Range Turkey Sandwich:

All natural, no hormones or antibiotics free range Roasted Turkey with Cheddar Cheese, Cranberry Relish, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo on a Baguette

GOAT (CHEVRE): Low in Sodium, this soft cheese is similiar to feta and works best on Salads:

Mediterranean Salad: Fresh Greens, Kalamata Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Feta Cheese, Balsamic Glazed Onions & Red Onion

Hungry? You can Check out the Entire Mystic Market East Menu Here!

Thanks Fitbie!