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Want your food to be as unforgettable as your vows? Teresa Bernstein, director of catering for the top-rated Hilton Orlando, shows you how to create a wedding meal that's totally you.
Re-create your favorite restaurant dish as an app.
To make it feel even more personal, tell the story behind it with a card placed on the serving tray. Did you and your groom share crab cakes on your first date? Your caterer can turn that dish into something completely wedding worthy!
Pick local bites.
Use regional ingredients to show out-of-town guests what your area has to offer, says Bernstein. Even if it's something as basic as grits, your caterer can always find a way to elevate it.
Give a shout out to your background.
Honor your heritage with an updated version of a traditional dish. Or have the chef infuse flavors into a classic wedding entrée, says Bernstein. Tweak popular and crowd-pleasing wedding dishes with flavorful spices that will remind guests of your background but still feel familiar to them.
Show some love to the vegans.
"The last thing anyone with diet restrictions wants to see is another place of roasted vegetables," says Bernstein. Make sure your tasting includes out-of-the-box options that are vegetarian and gluten free so you can pick one that will even make the meat eaters jealous.
Work in a family recipe.
A good caterer of baker can turn a homey family standard into a show-stopping tiered confection for 200. Then, send your guests home with the recipe printed on a pretty card for a meaningful favor!
Bonus: Cocktails are a great place to customize. "We can barrel age big batches for up to six weeks — Manhattans, rum punches, you name it," says Bernstein. Or just give your faovirte cocktail recipe to your venue, which should oblige.