One of the best things about the eco-conscious bride, besides the fact that she’s got a dainty carbon footprint, is that everything she chooses, from bamboo invitations to charitable favors, is practically guaranteed to look and feel fantastic for her guests. This is especially true when it comes to her wedding menu. After all, what could taste better than local, seasonal ingredients? They’ll make every dish delectable, no matter how acclaimed her chef is (or isn’t!). Since about 35 percent of a typical wedding budget is spent on catering, we suggest making responsible choices with that buying power. In fact, if there is only one element of your wedding that you’d like to be “green,” your menu should be it.
For expert ideas on how couples across the country can serve sustainable fare, browse this sampling of dishes, drinks and desserts suggested by one of New York City’s most coveted caterers, Great Performances. As of this summer, any of the thirty varieties of vegetables they grow on their organic Katchkie Farm in the scenic Hudson Valley can be on a dinner plate at the Plaza Hotel within 24 hours of harvest. That’s what we call taking the next step in catered affairs.