Friday, March 16, 2012

Who's Hungry?

At Coastal Gourmet, the most important things to us is the quality and presentation of our food; along with, of course the overall taste! We pride ourselves in using only the freshest ingredients and gourmet food. While the summer might seem far away, it is this time of year that all of the details are starting to fall into place for our 2012 summer brides- beginning with wedding menu tastings.
A few pointers for you before you embark on your food tasting:

EAT BEFORE YOU GO TO A TASTING
This is something you might not think of doing, but keep in mind that almost anything tastes good when you are hungry. Remember that the purpose of a wedding tasting is to get a small sample of the dishes to be served at your wedding. Try not to fill up on one dish, so you can save room to sample others. A couple of bites is enough to determine whether or not you like the taste.

TRY TO BE ADVENTUROUS
The main objective at a wedding tasting is to ensure that you like what is being offered at your wedding. However, I'm sure there are items that you know that you already like, so why not try something that you are unsure of? We might make the best mashed potatoes, but most people know what mashed potatoes taste like already, so why not try our parmesan herb risotto cakes?
A great thing about Coastal Gourmet is that you can always go into one of our Mystic Markets or restaurants and try something on your own. Order the mashed potatoes with your next steak dinner at Latitude 41, and try our parmesan herb risotto cakes at your tasting! Which takes me to my next point...

BE FLEXIBLE
You don't have to choose anything that you and your fiance don't care for, but be flexible enough to consider a dish that you might not have initially chosen. A menu item that you wouldn't usually consider might be prepared in a new way that appeals to you, and could just turn out to be your new favorite meal!

DONT BRING A LARGE GROUP
It's fun to bring your parents or your future in-laws if they are paying for your wedding or have a strong influence on the menu choices, but we suggest limiting your crowd at the tasting. While you want everyone to enjoy the ultimate wedding celebration, the day really belongs to the bride & groom, and part of that is planning the day. With to many opinions at the table, it's sometimes difficult to get a clear idea of what the bride & groom actually like and want for their wedding. Treat the tasting like a date night out for you and your fiance, where you can relax and try fabulous food without the pressures of other people being there.

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BUDGET
Don't be afraid to speak with your catering sales coordinator to discuss about what menu items work best within your budget. Lobster tails and filet mignon might have been in the wedding of your dreams, but your prefrences might not match your wallet. You event coordinator will be able to suggest delicious alternatives to some higher priced items that will fit perfectly with your budget. We can also suggest different styles of service, or possibly serving fewer courses for a less expensive menu.

TAKE NOTES
Bring a notepad to the tasting. Take notes on how the food not only looks and tastes, but it's overall presentation. You can use this information to discuss items of interest with your event coordinator at your menu & detail meeting.

Photography Credits:
Scallops & Tuna Hors'd: Maggie Conley Photography
Scallops Entree: Orchard Cove Photography
Salmon & Filet Entree: Seth Jacobson Photography

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