How to Cook a Wedding Feast for 120

November  5, 2015

This just in: You can cook all the food for your wedding yourself, and will live to tell the tale.

Get it? Photo by James Ransom

This week on Burnt Toast, we find out what it's like to to do just that: Food writer Jill Santopietro walks us through how she did it—right down to showing us how to make the 3,428 gnocchi she rolled for that day, 8 years ago. Plus we hear some wedding food advice from some of our friends in the food world.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


Tim January 25, 2016
Thanks for the gnocchi recipe! We're there other parts of the menu? I listened to this episode twice. I'm so inspired to cook for my own wedding!
Jill S. January 25, 2016
Hi Tim! Yes, there was more. We started with mini clam chowders, corn chowders, crab cakes, and lobster rolls. Inside, we created an antipasti bar (marinated eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, olives, and lots of salami, cheese). Then we had a salad, the gnocchi, and to finish make-your-own brownie sundaes. Oh, and anchovies, ricotta, and bread were served on each table.
Jill S. November 12, 2015
Hi Savit, here are the recipes. We just uploaded them to Food52
Hope you enjoy them!
Jody November 9, 2015
Oh my gosh! Such wonderful memories! (I happened to be there, Jill is my niece) The food was phenomenal, you could taste the love that went into it! As I was first listening to the podcast, I was wondering if Jill forgot about the anchovies (I have never had them before nor since, and loved them), but of course she hadn't, however, I had forgotten that the DJ was over the top crazy. :) It was a beautiful wedding with incredible food and an amazing couple who pulled it off perfectly!
Savita November 6, 2015
I listened to you guys say the word gnocchi at least 20 times and now I have to make it. Will you be posting Jill's recipe?
vegetalmatters November 5, 2015
I'm not even engaged, and I have zero catering experience, but I've been secretly planning to cook for my wedding whenever it may happen. I don't know anyone who has done this, so I love hearing that it is possible!!