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Mmmmm … food

February 16, 2011

Soooo … we had our food tasting at the Alumni Center today.

And this is the only picture I have to share:

That’s Randy, Mom and Dad sitting around the table pre-food being served. As we were standing in the parking lot afterward, I stopped mid-sentence when I realized I’d forgotten to take pictures of the entrees. *sniff*

Bad bride blogger, I know.

You’ll have to make do with my picture-perfect memory (HA!) and expertise in culinary writing (HA HA!).

First things first … Everything was wonderful! The portion sizes are generous as well. I even know what I’ll be ordering – and it’s not what I expected. 😉

We began the meal with a house salad – Romaine, spinach, roasted pecans, goat cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes with our choice of homemade Peppercorn Ranch or Sun-Dried Tomato dressing.

Paired with the pecans and goat cheese, I preferred the Peppercorn Ranch; however, I liked the flavor of the Sun-Dried Tomato better. Surprisingly, Randy liked the latter as well.

I was so busy talking, at one point, I looked around the table and noticed I was the only one with salad still on my plate. As I was finishing, the server was bringing out the entrees.

For us to share, we had:

  • Pork medallions (which looked and tasted more like center loin) with an El Paso dry rub, covered in sweet onion jam. Accompanying sides were whole roasted baby red potatoes and green beans with red peppers.
  • Chicken bruschetta (battered and lightly fried chicken breast covered with bruschetta tomoatoes) paired with garlic mashed potatoes and julienne vegetable medley (squash, carrots and zucchini).
  • Tri-color tortellini with a roasted red pepper sauce

There was also yummy-in-the-tummy asparagus thrown in there (I think with the pasta) somewhere.

Hands down, the table favorite was the pork (and that’s what I’ll be getting). The sweet onion jam made the dish! At one point I tasted a roasted potato with the jam and was sold. Delish! Although great in its own way, the chicken bruschetta couldn’t hold a candle to the pork. The pasta was my least favorite (but still good). That’s probably why we opted to switch it out.

For sides, the julienne vegetable medley and roasted potatoes were crowd-pleasers with the green beans and garlic mashed potatoes tied for second. I’m someone who LOVES garlic (probably the only one in my immediate family), but the potatoes were overwhelming to me. In fact, I can still taste them.

In the end, we opted for the following appetizers and entrees:


  • Coconut shrimp
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Brie and raspberry en croute
  • Phyllo and asiago wrapped asparagus
  • Buffalo chicken dip with pita chips


  • Pork medallions with El Paso rub, roasted baby red potatoes, julienne vegetable medley
  • Chicken bruschetta with Parmesan risotto and julienne vegetable medley
  • Ravioli stuffed with cheese and spinach with the roasted red pepper sauce and julienne vegetable medley

It’s going to be wonderful … and I can’t wait!


Guest Tree

November 10, 2010

Instead of the traditional guest book, we’re having a tree!

I just ordered it from LovliDay on Etsy. Wanna see it? Huh, huh?


Isn’t it adorable?? It has just taken over the candy bar as my current favorite wedding piece. 😀

We’ll provide washable ink pads in two different shades of green so guests can “leaf” their thumbprints. Then they can sign their names beside them.

I’m already looking forward to framing and hanging it in our house. 🙂



‘Mom, I’m getting married here’

July 8, 2010
Erickson Alumni Center

Personal Photo

That title sentence  adequately summarizes how the Alumni Center (AC) came to be the chosen one.

I toured the new venue after a meeting in late 2008 – several months before Randy popped the question. I couldn’t get over how nice the place was! More importantly, with the exception of the Club Room which has red and gold tones, the entire facility is a blank slate with almost endless decorative possibilities. Likewise, the courtyard and fireplace are amazing.

After the tour finished, I called mom while walking to my car. I don’t think I let her finish “Hello” before I blurted, “Mom, I just toured the new Alumni Center. I’m getting married there one day…”

We oohed, aahed and shared exciting ideas, but the information was tucked away for future reference at the end of the conversation. “One day,” I thought.

That one day was Feb. 27, 2009.

I didn’t immediately book AC, however. I researched other venues like I felt I should, but I knew deep down nothing would compare.

I got price lists for the Waterfront Place Hotel and Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa since they best fit my two main requirements for our wedding – outdoor ceremony space and the ability to host the ceremony and reception.

I’ll be honest; I nixed Lakeview right away. My parents were not impressed when they attended a wedding there, and I never really pictured myself getting married on a golf course. I knew if I couldn’t, there was no way Randy could. 😛

WPH was a contender, but, again, the ceremony location (concrete patio overlooking the Monongahela River) wasn’t ideal. In the end, though, the ornate décor was what pushed me away. I’m scared of color, you see, and the idea of mixing pink, orange and green flowers with blue, gold and brown décor was too much for me.

In June, I attended a meeting at the AC and popped my head into the director’s office afterward.

“Hi! Can you tell me how far in advance you take reservations for events?”

“Well,” she said. “I have some 2011 dates booked already.”

Wha …??

After I regained my composure, I was able to tell her we wanted to get married in June 2011. She already had one Saturday booked during the month, but the other three were open. She gave me a packet of information, told me to read it over and give her a call if I was still interested.

And I did … the next day.

Just kidding.

But it was less than a week.

Randy and I met with her to go over the contract in July; Mom and I met with her when I signed the contract and put down the deposit in August; we’ll meet again later this year to discuss menu options. Yay!

Up next: Another Jun-iversary