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April 10, 2012 | hints, tips & advice, inspiration, musings, planning, unique ideas, wedding experts

So I’ve realised that I don’t really talk about wedding food much…

I’m usually too busy ooohing and ahhing over wedding dresses, hairstyles and dreamy photography.

My lack of food posts may have something to do with my own undomestic goddess ways. Shockingly I haven’t even used the cooker in our apartment yet…and it’s been a month since we moved!

Despite my shortcomings in the kitchen, I can appreciate that good food is a big, important, joyous part of any wedding celebration! (I may not be able to cook but I’m very good at eating. Cake is my speciality.)

So when food design and event management company, Tapenade offered to share their thoughts on wedding catering trends in 2012, I jumped at the chance to feature some of their delicious food and expert advice.

Creativity is the key for weddings this year.  With a high demand for more personalised options, dishes are deliciously fun!  What’s more, formal sit-down meals are out – this year it’s all about informal dining.

John Hearn, Executive Chef at Tapenade offers his suggestions for what’s on the menu for 2012:

1.     Relax and enjoy! 

Informal dining options such as buffets, bowl food and rustic platters are shaping up to be hot this year.  These all give guests the freedom to move around and enjoy proceedings, making for a more relaxed atmosphere. Remember, the key is to include a good mix of meat, fish and vegetarian options to accommodate all guests. 

Popular choices for bowl food include slow cooked rump of lamb with red onion and cardamom, honey roasted pumpkin and toasted seeds; roasted red snapper with walnut and coriander potatoes; sliced chicken simmered in coconut with lime chilli, coriander and lemongrass with sticky rice. 

Why not give guests a different experience with a chopping board served to each table with ready carved meat – charcuterie style!  Or serve tender racks of pork, or lemon and lime chicken with a variety of side dishes that guests can help themselves to.

2.     Retro food chic

Reinvent classic dishes and pay homage to your childhood favourites, with a fresh twist.  Think pie & mash, mini sirloin hamburgers, bangers and mash, or fish and chips all made from local produce.


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