Is That Really a Thing?

This weekend we had the pleasure of serving a meal for a wedding. The decorations were beautiful. The bride and her dress were beautiful. And, since it was an outdoor ceremony and reception at a local county park, most importantly the day was beautiful.

When the bride and I started discussing her meal six months ago, she was in a slight panic. Her caterer that she had originally hired had decided that he couldn’t afford to do catering anymore after a disastrous showing at RAGBRAI last year. Unfortunately, that was the case for a few caterers in our area. Not so much that they went out of business, just that business hadn’t been as expected for such a big event.

In any case, she was frantic to find a new caterer and we had met at the bridal show a couple months previously. She had tried the food, but of course, already had her caterer picked so had passed us by at that point.

Fortunately she remembered us in her time of need.

As we discussed prices and what her budget was, we started throwing out ideas for her menu. We did the usual pork sandwiches, hot buffet, yada yada yada.

Then she asked if we had ever done breakfast before.

A plan started developing for her to serve Brinner at her wedding reception. Yes. It was served at 5:30 in the evening. That is the best part of Brinner…also known as Breakfast for Dinner.

Her menu consisted of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage links, and bacon.

Quite possibly one of the best wedding meals we’ve ever done. It was delicious. It was creative. And most importantly, it was fun.

Remember, this event you are planning? It is your special day. You need to decide what kind of message you want to send your guests.

You want it to be memorable.

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Recipe of the Week – Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

I have spent the last couple weeks pouring over recipes…not something I generally do since I’m not a cook, but I took this task on with gusto because, well one, it was my idea and two, I like knowing Mark can make anything I present to him.

For the The finished product!first recipe in this series, I chose a BLT Pasta Salad. You are probably thinking, “But wait. You don’t like bacon, and that happens to be a KEY INGREDIENT of this salad.” You would be right. That didn’t stop me from finding this to be a very intriguing salad and I do know that many people like bacon so I’m giving you what you like.

This time I took three different, but similar, recipes, gave them to Mark, and put him to work. He took what he felt to be the best out of each and added a little of himself to the recipe as well. Here’s what he came up with:

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Give it a try and let us know what you think!