How to cater your own wedding.
We are catering our own wedding this August. 165ish people. Grilling chicken and beef kabobs. Suggestions for easy, fresh do ahead sides. Our theme is local. Stuff from our garden is what's making it on the menu. Also, how do you figure out quantities for a group this large? Thanks!
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There is nothing wrong with platter after platter of grilled and creatively dressed individual vegetables, Italian style. Some can be dressed with lemon and olive oil, others with various vinegars and herbs to make each a bit unique and these are often served room temp, but August can be even too hot for that many places. You can do zucchini platter, eggplant platter, bell pepper and cilantro platter, roasted onions, and whatever else you have. If you will have corn available a grilled Mexican style corn station manned by someone would be fun, made to order dish that is manageable. I'd have warmed pita or flatbread available to serve with the kabobs or even to slide the kabob into with squirt bottles or yogurt or tahini sauce. Tabouli salad keeps well when made ahead. Use tons of parsley, mint, lemon and some tomatoes.
Or what about making lots of fresh pickles from your July and August garden and serving them with some creamy cheese and bread....
If you have a slightly middle-eastern palate in your menu, there are a few Moroccan carrot salads on food52 that would be lovely and easy to prep the day before and then throw together.
- cucumber rounds topped with dollops of hummus, or cherry tomatoes, or basil, or mozzarella balls, or some combo of the above
- strawberries toothpicked to basil leaves, some left plain
- bowls of hummus with crackers and pita on the side
- meat & cheese plates
- fresh fruit plates
- prosciutto-wrapped cubes of melon
- deviled eggs
We had about 75 guests. Good luck!
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What are you planting this year? If tomatoes, then you should do a simple tomato salad--maybe a caprese or even just some tomatoes with really good olive oil, balsamic, s&p.
Panzanella is awesome--tomatoes, stale bread, cucumbers, basil, simple vinaigrette.
Green beans vinaigrette.