Winter in this part of the country comes with a festive feeling in the air, making it a perfect time for those desiring the utmost elegance for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. This is the time for sumptuous fabrics for both bridal and groom wear as well as for their bridal parties, best men, and ushers. Think velvet blazers for the groomsmen and thick satin or even brushed wool gowns for the bridesmaids.
Although venues for winter weddings may range from anything from rustic to top-tier luxurious, they nonetheless offer optimal comfort and elegance, and winter wedding food is typically more complex than its spring and summer counterparts. Many people struggle with creating a winter wedding menu because they've grown so used to spring and summer wedding fare.
Following are four food and beverage strategies designed to help create the ultimate winter wonderland wedding.
1. Seasonal Starters
Herb-roasted vegetables on skewers, smoked salmon balls, meatballs with roast pepper sauce, and bacon-wrapped scallops are all excellent starter selections for winter weddings. Nuts and sparkling cider provide a quintessential holiday accent.
2. Red Wine
Building a starter and entrée menu around red wine ensures a luxurious culinary experience, particularly if you choose wines produced in Pennsylvania. Most people don't realize that Pennsylvania wines are considered to be "Old World Wines" as opposed to the "New World Wines" produced in the better-known Napa Valley and other North American wine regions. Old World Wines evolved through time to be paired with food.
3. Comfort Food Entrees
Winter is the time for comfort food no matter what the occasion. Classic pot roast makes a fabulous entrée when paired with a well-aged Cabernet and herb-roasted vegetables. Maple-glazed salmon is another excellent choice and offers a strong enough flavor profile to stand up to being served with a Pinot Noir featuring notes of plum, black cherry, and ripe blackberry. Other possibilities include:
- Beef tenderloin
- Garlic flank streak
- Fettuccine Alfredo with seafood, chicken, or steamed vegetables
- Bacon-wrapped pork cutlets
- Baked ham
- Traditional or vegetarian lasagna
Another outstanding option for winter weddings is to arrange for a pasta bar. This is a particularly good idea if your guest list is highly diverse because it allows each person to fill his or her own plate from a variety of options. Vegetarians won't have to worry about politely declining options including meat, for instance, while those who simply love salmon, shrimp, Italian sausage, or chicken can have their fill.
Vegetarian entrees created with a root vegetable base also provide an excellent winter wedding entree. Please feel free to contact GingerBabies Catering LLC at your convenience to discuss vegetarian and other menu options.
4. Hot Cocoa Bars
Hot cocoa bars provide guests with the opportunity to custom craft their own winter beverage. Everyone from flower girls and ring bearers to the great-grandparents of the bride and groom will love this delicious, seasonal treat — and it can also double as a dessert when served with a slice of wedding cake after an elegant dinner.
Hot cocoa bars can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, but keep in mind that small, fun touches enhance the festive ambiance, such as marshmallows in unique shapes and colors and stirring sticks made from hard rock candy. A variety of selections should be available, including sugar-free options for those on restricted diets and a small selection of liqueurs for the over-21 crowd.
The services of an experienced catering company that combines the best of local food and beverage options to those sourced from various parts of the globe are an invaluable asset when planning the wedding of your dreams — no matter what the season.