Aloha! Although Colorado is a long way from the beaches of Hawaii, many of Serendipity’s 2012 brides are taking inspiration from our island friends for their wedding menus.
One of Serendipity’s service consultants, Suzie Loya, said Serendipity is getting a lot of requests for luaus. Suzie and Serendipity’s executive chef put together this menu for one of their June brides.
Arugula Salad with Fresh Vegetables and Edible Flowers
Served with Housemade Citrus Vinaigrette
Sesame Cabbage Salad
Polynesian Inspired Salad topped with Black Sesame Seeds
Slow Roasted Pork Butt Shredded and Sprinkled with Hawaiian Salt
Huli Huli Chicken
Chicken Thighs and Breasts Marinated in a Pineapple-Soy Sauce accented with Fresh Ginger
Sweet Potato Puree
Sweet Potatoes combined with Brown Sugar and Island Spices – a Client Favorite!
Macadamia Nut and Toasted Coconut Rice Pilaf
Savory Grilled Pineapple with Avocado and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Rosemary Flatbread presented with Assorted Spreads including Honey Blossom Butter and Roasted Garlic Spread
Coconut Cream Mini Pies & Passion Fruit Tartlets
Now if that doesn’t have your mouth watering… Colorado brides seem to be in the know, since honeymoon destination inspired food is popular, especially Caribbean and other island cuisine, according to WeddingChannel.com.
Brides.com highlights organic menus, or menus featuring locally grown food, as being popular with brides. Serendipity, a leader in green event planning in Denver, helps brides with this option by offering locally raised grass-fed buffalo, locally-grown vegetables and internationally inspired dishes made from Colorado ingredients. (Serendipity can go above and beyond the food to ensure your event is green, but those details are for another blog!)
Buffets are still popular among Serendipity brides. Buffets can be very creative and provide a lot of options for guests. However, plated dinners are being requested more this year. One of Serendipity’s popular plated meals includes buffalo tenderloin medallion on a Colorado cabernet reduction and Colorado trout mousse in puff pastry.
Another popular option is a family-style dinner. Theknot.com listed family-style meals among its Top 10 wedding catering trends. Family style not just for Italian food and this type of service allows the food to be the focal point of your tables.
Serendipity senior wedding coordinator, Shauna Anderson, said another trend more Serendipity brides are embracing includes a light cocktail hour before the ceremony. For example, guests are greeted by servers with silver trays of spiked strawberry lemonade and a small nibble prior to the ceremony.
If you feed the guests before the ceremony, why not consider a late-night snack, too? Theknot.com said late-night snacks also made the Top 10. Around 10 p.m., when dinner is long gone and cake has been cleared, consider serving something as simple as popcorn or as satisfying as a slider.
The most important trend a bride can adapt is to make her wedding her own! There are hundreds of options when it comes to catering and Serendipity relishes creating custom menus that reflect the bride and groom and help make their celebration one that will be remembered.