Remarkable Menus

Personalized meals enhance everyone's wedding experience

For many couples pouring their creativity into sophisticated, personal weddings, clichéd food is out of the question. These brides and grooms are going for customized menus that reflect their tastes. Whether it's to invoke the flavor of their city, to honor their heritages or to create a cocktail-party atmosphere, collaboration between couples and caterers is key. Today, the question isn't, "Chicken or beef?"; it's, "What can your caterer do for you?"

Michi Trota and Jesse Lex knew they wanted the food at their June 2007 wedding in Chicago to be extraordinary. There was just one hitch: Michi is a carnivore, and Jesse is a vegan. The first caterers they met with were not enthused. But Kelly Milam from Blue Plate catering, a Chicago-based custom caterer, was excited by the challenge. Kelly helped the couple decide on four stations, including a Brazilian churrascaria, complete with roasted lamb, pork, chicken and beef. For the veggie-lovers, they created an heirloom tomato bar, featuring seven varieties of fresh summer tomatoes served with artisanal mozzarella, olive oils, vinegars and herbs. The unique menu was a hit with meat-lovers and herbivores alike.

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