This weekend, I'm hosting a bunch of girls for my friend Lauren's bachelorette party so it was finally time to clean out the storage area that has been housing all of my wedding related piles of stuff...aka the guest room. Little did I know that throwing away RECEIPTS AND SCRAPS OF PAPER would bring back all of the emotions from my wedding day. I started crying like a baby. At first, my poor husband thought I was crying because I didn't feel like cleaning. I mean, how hilarious is that? And the funniest part was that he didn't even really flinch. Poor, poor man. How did I con such a sane, normal, loving guy into marrying me? Have I finally lost it? Don't answer that.
Anyway, since our wedding was on the brain, I decided to post about one of my favorite aspects of the planning - the FOOD of course! My mother and I poured over the menu, making sure every bite was spectacular. I asked my photographer to take pics of every...single...item...of...food. This was apparently the first time a bride ever requested this, but lucky for me he was happy to do so. Today, I'll walk you through our cocktail hour.
Here my friend - were the mini lobster rolls. Being from Maine, we had to have lobster rolls. And not just any lobster rolls. These had very specific instructions: a) had to be cold water lobster preferably from Maine or Canada (I know, I'm psycho but cold lobster meat is sweet and tender and what you want) b) HELLMAN'S MAYO...duh c) butter grilled bun. These tasted just like you were eating them on the coast of Maine, but in the heart of Chicago, and that's just what I wanted.
The inspiration for the menu was easy. We took our all time favorite dishes and turned them into little bites of food. You've heard me ramble on about the chorizo flombado from Border Cafe, so here, we had our caterer recreate that dish. I love the little Tabasco sour cream dollop on top.
I'm pretty obsessed with fried chicken and biscuits. That's actually what I wanted for our entree and my mother was so horrified I think she ignored me for a week. Luckily, we were able to work it into the hors d'oeuvres. Our caterer topped mini biscuits with a fried piece of chicken, drizzled with honey. I MEAN. YES.
Fun food isn't complete without some bacon mac n' cheese. This was ridic and so yummy and fun to eat. I'm obsessed with these spoons.
So you know my Homey girl Caitlin is vegetarian, so I wanted to make sure our vegetarian options were nothing short of delicious. Here, we have the avocado egg roll with this incredible Asian dipping sauce.
I hate to say this, but I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed these little suckers. These were grape lollipops rolled in goat cheese and then crusted in pistachios. These were so refreshing and a perfect contrast to some of the more heavy items.
One of my favorite memories from our wedding, was sneaking away with Charlie for a bit and enjoying our very own platter of goodies.
What did you serve at your wedding? We'd love to hear...stay hungry!