This coming April I’ll be celebrating my 7th wedding anniversary and still people are talking about the fantastic reception.
Firstly, let me tell you about Italian weddings. One thing they all have in common is food! But there are clear regional differences, with southern Italian celebrations lasting up to 3 days and the number of people invited will give you a headache. The concept of family in Italy is very important, it is not unusual to see a cousin you haven’t seen in 10 years accept your RSVP. I spent 8 years at sea before my wedding so thought my list would be small, but there were still 140 guests.
Usually, for a bride to be the first priority is the dress, for many this is a time they have been dreaming about for many years. For me, it was the party. People that I loved coming together, enjoying great food and having fun. I wanted a party that I would have enjoyed as a guest, many have told me I am a giver by nature and this really reflects in what I do.
So, my top priority was the venue and then the menu. My husband and I may both be Italian, but from different areas, with very different culinary traditions. We decided a buffet would reflect both of these, serving cold cuts, fried fish, vegetables, cheeses, savoury pies and just one served course – a crepe parcel with potato, green beans and pesto sauce.
It goes without saying, a chef is the worst client any caterer can have, but the food was delicious and exceeding our expectations, bringing together our two families traditions. The only mistake they made was missing two chairs at the top table!
When the sun went down, the fairy lights came on and so arrived the evening buffet and open bar. Crepes suzette, chocolate, fruit … a paradise for gourmets.