Wednesday, March 12, 2008


After my aunt re-stated her complaints, re: the lack of seating at A New Leaf, she had me hemming and hawing about the location again. (I mean, bridesmaids and guests sitting on the steps? Come on!) So, at last week's tasting, when I was trying to convince my caterer to put stools around all of the highboys, she told me that if I am going to do a cocktail party that I am going to have to remain committed to it. And she was right. Unrealized or not, a few people been giving me heat on the cocktail party decision -- all delivered through unrealized facial ticks, eye rolls, "Whatevers," and forced smiles. And, because I have the disease to please, it has caused me to triple guess everything. Well, to all of the naysayers, I present:

Our Menu

Anyone who frowns upon this is nuts. (If I say so myself.) Doesn't it sound so delish? I need to add some chicken to round it out and there will be a few vegan options made available. But, for the most part, this is it! I think that it's the coolest! (I am supposed to be at the gym AS I POST THIS (Baby steps to the 4:30 a.m. plan, I guess.), so I don't have time to edit and format this. I just copied it from the contract. )
  • Passed Hors D'oeuvres:
    • Gourmet Pizzas: Four Cheese Pizza with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Vegetarian Pizza, Plum Tomato, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil
    • BBQ Pizetta: Smokey BBQ Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Shallots and Smoked Mozzarella drizzled with Truffle Oil
    • Jumbo Shrimp stuffed with Chorizo
    • Open-faced BBQ Beef Brisket on Mini Cornbread topped with Homemade Apple Slaw
    • Both Potato and Spinach Mini Pierogies served with a Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
    • Mini Meatloaf Sandwiches served with Pancetta, Roasted Tomato, Caramelized Onions and Fresh Sage
    • Mini Macaroni & Cheese topped with Lobster Morel (ome prepared without Lobster ) Presented on a Tasting Spoon
    • Mini Cheeseburgers passed in a Hawker Box with Squeeze Bottles of Ketchup and Mustard
    • Mini Pigs in a Blanket served from Hawker Boxes
    • Phyllo Dough Rolled into a Pinwheel with Mushrooms, Fresh Spinach and Onions garnished with Sour Cream and Fresh Chives
    • Tuna Tartar: Ahi Tuna seasoned with Sesame Oil, Ginger, Garlic served in a Crispy Wonton Cone with Wasabi Cream
    • Diced Pear and Apricot with Brie Cheese Quesadillas
    • Mini Open Face Polish Sausage on Rye topped with Sauerkraut
  • Wine and Cheese Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Black Table Room
    • International Cheese Display with Imported and Domestic Cheese, served with Lavosh Crackers and garnished with Red and Green Grapes
    • Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Humus served with Pita and Vegetable Crudites served with Assorted Dipping Sauces
  • Wedding Cake
  • Sweets Table:
    • Fresh Fruit and Berry Platter
    • Assorted Mini Tarts: Lemon, Apples & Praline, Chocolate, Banana Cream, Hazelnut, Raspberry, Blueberry, Pecan and Pumpkin
    • Assorted Mini Cheesecakes: Tiramisu, Chocolate Chip, Plain & Raspberry
    • Mini Taffy Apples
    • Assorted Gourmet Cookies
    • Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Gourmet Tea served with Baby Tongs, Sugar Cubes, Cream, Equal and Sweet and Low
  • Late-Night Snacks:
    • French Fries served with Squeeze Bottles of Ketchup
    • Mini Wrapped Gyros with Julienne Tomatoes and Onions
    • Mini Chocolate and Strawberry Milkshakes topped with Whipped Cream and a Cherry


jessica lynn said...

wait a minute. you're having ALL THAT FOOD at your wedding?! can i come?! =) it sounds delish! your guests will not be disappointed!!

Tara said...

i got 'so your not having a meal' from my mom when i told her about doing a cocktail style. but then my sis came to the rescue with reassuring comments. and Dan's parents were thrilled with the idea... i think some people just don't know what to expect with it.

your menu sounds amazing. and really the variety is great and will keep them all happy. i generally prefer the cocktail menus so i am biased.

stick to your guns- they will love it.

Linda said...

Yum. Sounds fabulous!

Kate said...

It all sounds amazing! You are making me hungry! How many guests are you having??

Sarah said...

i agree with fellow bloggers, your menu sounds awesome and it will be a smashing success. you've put a lot of careful thought into it. some people are too old-fashioned, they wouldn't understand a cocktail reception like they wouldn't understand a wedding blog. AS IF!

A Windy City Wedding said...

With all that food there is no way they will be missing a sit down meal by the end of the night. Why have one good meal when you can have 20+ awesome mini-meals. It all sounds so yummy, I want to come too! :)

Vanessa said...

Oh. My. God!

Can I steal it for my caterer's inspiration...puhlease?!

Ten Thousand Only said...

shrimp stuffed with chorizo? STUFFED WITH CHORIZO?!?!?!


Mike said...

This menu is pure genius!