It used to be that couples who took food seriously would host restaurant receptions. Today, gourmets are taking the concept one step further, planning wedding feasts at private chef's tables that offer a sneak peek into the culinary action. (Go to zagat.com to find tables in your area.) Hudson Yards Catering, owned by New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer, created this foodie's wedding, starring upscale comfort fare. After all, the best bashes are the ones where everyone ends up in the kitchen.

Before dinner, give guests a chance to gather in the kitchen and graze on tasting portions served straight from cooking stations. This Gruyére-and-smoked-bacon risotto, which is finished with a poached quail egg, is an elegant riff on breakfast. Food and location, Hudson Yards Catering. Tableware, Party Rental.