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Help plan wedding menu -- must be cooked in advance (?) (!)


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Help plan wedding menu -- must be cooked in advance (?) (!)

jeremyn | May 2, 2009 09:22 PM

We are in the fortunate / unfortunate situation of having to cater our own wedding. We're also doing our own flowers, cake, and everything (ah!), so 99% of the prepwork must be done at least a day in advance. Any menu item suggestions?

Things we're planning on so far:

Cold grain salad -- tabbouleh
Cold or room temp grilled veggies -- summer squash, slow-roasted tomatoes ??? What else?
Fruit salads
Grilled beef tenderloin (another thread) -- sauces? Tips for advance preparation?
Chicken dish?
Antipasto -- cheeses, meats, olives, crackers and all that jazz
Second starchy-dish?
More veggie ideas?

We're thinking of a satay/peanut sauce kind of thing for the chicken. It's unfortunate to have to grill chicken in advance, but hopefully adding copious amounts of sauce can add some moisture back to the dish.

Same story on the beef.. needs to be done in advance and preserve as much moisture as possible....and hopefully up the flavor factor since beef tenderloin is not the most flavorful meat in the world.

I definitely need another veggie / starch dish. I'm having trouble thinking of things that can be done in advance and served cold or room temperature though. We're looking to avoid things like pasta salad, potato salad, etc, since we want to avoid the "backyard high-school graduation party" feel as much as possible (not that these aren't perfectly acceptable dishes).

So, any suggestions?

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