As I mentioned in a previous Wed Loft post about multicultural weddings, serving traditional food and drink is an easy way to honor culture and family at your wedding. With our ever growing community of global caterers and restaurants, modern multicultural couples have a wide variety of reception options from which to choose. From simple appetizers to cocktail hour treats and even a full plated meal, food is the great mediator that brings families together and adds cultural flavor without overwhelming the entire wedding celebration. Here are some of my favorite dishes:
Ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer in the coastal regions of Latin America. Served cold, it is always fresh and relatively simple for caterers to create. The dish is perfect for a Latin inspired cocktail hour; add some gourmet chips, guacamole, and fresh farmer’s cheese for a fabulous appetizer plate.
Your Italian ancestors surely dined on traditional wedding soup, a perfect first course for a sit down reception meal. Follow up with various fresh pasta dishes served family style, ending with fruit, salad and a generous shot of Limonchello to cleanse your palette.
A Japanese sushi bar is an enticing addition to a cocktail hour. Remember to include vegetarian options for non-fish eaters. Sushi can be a brave choice so be sure to research your caterers and check out comments on the various online review sites.
A home style Brazilian BBQ is sure to please any grilling fanatic with its wide variety of meats, salads, and vegetables. Know for its simple yet flavorful seasoning, Brazilian BBQ and the accompanying side dishes are perfect for a buffet style reception.
Of Greek decent? Fill a dessert table with traditional cakes and pastries. An old country family sweets recipe would make a perfect favor for your guests. Remember to include the instructions so they can pass on the tradition with their families.
Here are some of my favorite drinks:
Mead, a homemade wine-like drink, is common at Irish weddings. Easy to make at home, mead is a thoughtful, unique gift for guests.
Beautifully colored and deliciously tasting, Sangria is the drink of choice at weddings with a Latin flair. Simple to make and serve, it is a perfect summer wedding signature drink.
Sake is a Japanese rice wine served at special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays. Served chilled or warm, sake etiquette, pouring for others and receiving in specific movements, is a common custom in Japan. Advice from sake experts: sip slowly and never let a cup go dry.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little global tour of traditional wedding food and drink. No matter how you choose to add culture your wedding, this special touch is sure to connect with your families and guests and provide happy memories for you newlyweds for years to come.