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December 14, 2010

Yes. Yes, you can. 🙂 Although, there won’t be cheezeburgers.

After taking a few days to think about last week’s rather eventful catering meeting, I’m in a much calmer place (and no alcohol was involved ;-)).

The catering manager sent our initial paper work about an hour after we left her office Thursday. I let the attachment sit in my inbox unopened until yesterday morning.

I needed to have a (completely sane) conversation with myself before I could proceed.

  • How many appetizer choices do we want? Four.
  • Do we really need to provide a full bar? No.
  • Am I okay with that? Yes.
  • Do I like the entrée selections (on paper)? Yes.

Good, good. Time to start editing!

Randy and I initially highlighted eight (!) appetizers that sounded good. Although the manager disagreed, I’m of the opinion that’s too many options – especially if the displays are sitting on a table. I would feel overwhelmed if I were a guest and I don’t want that to happen to ours. I also don’t want to run out of one or two popular items while others go to waste. Picking four seemed like a good compromise.

Unless there is a veto from the parental units, here is the appetizer list:

  • Lobster queso dip with tri-color tortillas
  • Chicken potstickers with Thai and barbecue sauces
  • Italian sausage stuffed with baby portabellas
  • Phyllo and Asiago wrapped asparagus

I think that list covers just about everything. People who prefer a dip have an option. Those who like finger foods have two options. The people who want a heavy appetizer have it. There’s even something for vegetarians (like my photographer). I hope we won’t be occupied with pictures for the entire cocktail hour because I need to eat at least one (or several) of the wrapped asparagus. Nom nom nom! 😉

The main course was much easier to decide.

  • Chicken Bruschetta – Parmesan crusted chicken breast, served with bruschetta tomatoes, red-skinned mashed potatoes and a vegetable.
  • El Paso Pork – Southwest dry-rubbed pork medallions with sweet Vidalia onion jam, served with red-skinned mashed potatoes and a vegetable.
  • Tricolor Tortellini – Sauce TBD

Young guests (flower girls and family) in attendance will munch on chicken strips, fries and a vegetable. House salads will also be served with ranch and sundried tomato vinaigrette available on the tables.

As for the bar, I decided beer, wine and martinis would be just fine. Again, there is something for everyone. The martini list is generous, if I do say so myself. It features Bartlett Pear, Espresso, Green Apple, Pomegranate, and Traditional martinis.

My mouth is watering just thinking about all of the yummy goodness! I’m definitely looking forward to our tasting in January.