Weddings are typically catered by hacks trying to maximize profits over quality.
I have the pleasure to report that I actually had a great chowhound level meal at a wedding. the wedding for fifty was at Cielo, the outdoor indoor restaurant at Ventana Inn in Big Sur.
The expectant mood was set not only by the gorgeous setting but by the first round of eating which consisted of the most exquisite appetizers including caviar perched on the apex of the thinnist potato crisp ever created, ahi carpaccio and delicate moist smoked salmon. No moisture or grease stains hiding under these beauties -- really first class. These were washed down with a nice bubbly.
Dinner started with a divine potato leek soup that set the standard for this classic. Dizzled with truffle oil, it had none of the starchiness that can detract from less wellprepared versions. A nice organic green salad followed. The main courses were a generous but expertly prepared filet mignon with a tower of beautifully scalloped potatoes or a perfect swordfish fillet perched on a pile of sauteed greens.
All in all the greatest venue for a wedding with food to match....I highly recommend it--without reservation.