Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Planning Your Wedding Part 3: Food & Drink

Whew! So far, you’ve chosen your soulmate, the venue for your impending nuptials, your guests and wedding party, your photographer - what’s next? Why, it’s one of our very favorite aspects of a reception - the food, y’all. 
Whether you chose to have a buffet for or a seated dinner, food is a big part of the fun, adding flavor to the party and helping to determine the tone and formality of the reception - a sit down dinner with servers will probably be a more solemn event than a buffet style setup or finger foods being passed around.  Don’t be afraid to get creative or a little silly with your catering choice - recently we did a wedding for a couple who had their first date at Tacodeli - guess who they chose to provide the food? 
Another trend we’ve noticed is couples choosing a local food trailer to provide the food - Austin certainly has a plethora of options to choose from, and some of our favorites are Peached Tortilla and the Odd Duck.

Launched in 2010, immensely popular and “flavor-smitten” Peached Tortilla is a “Texas fusion taco truck” that was voted Food Truck of the Year 2011 by Eater Austin and count Neiman Marcus, West Elm and C3 Productions among their high profile catering fans. 
image via Austin360

Though it’s currently closed for the winter season (in the meantime, check out sister restaurant Barley Swine), Odd Duck is our go-to spot for a “Farm to Table” food truck experience. Go forth my friends, eat artisan pork belly sliders and feel good about it while you do so.
If you’d like to go a more traditional route and choose a company that focuses primarily on catering, we’ve got you covered there too.  Some of our recent favorites include Kurant Events, Pink Avocado, and  Royal Fig. 

This catering company celebrated their 10th year in Austin in 2011, and caters events ranging from 10 guests to 1,000 of your closest friends. Their philosophy is to “prepare fresh, exciting and flavorful cuisine while providing focused personal care and professional service throughout the entire event.”

Pink Avocado has been all over the radar lately - they’ve catered multiple weddings we’ve worked on, and their events always turn out to be a big hit. Clients include Google, High Beam Events and SXSW. 

Royal Fig has a cheese wheel wedding cake on their website, which is genius and awe-inspiring and will be a source of obsession here for several days to come.  Cheese cakes aside,  this full service catering company’s menu ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced - there’s a list of farms available in case you want to check up on them, Portlandia-style. There’s also the option of just going with the flow and letting their event coordinator take care of all the details for you. Either way, they have you covered.

Is there a caterer or similar company you've had a particularly good experience with here in Austin? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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