Summer in New York has so much to offer your wedding menu. Berries and vegetables are thriving, and vibrant color is everywhere. A chef who’s worth their salt will tailor your menu around what is freshest in the month of your wedding. Tomatoes, melon, strawberries, green peas, snap beans, dandelion greens, herbs oh my! New York’s got them in droves in summer, and they’re at their peak of flavor, texture, and nutritional value.
Here are a few of our favorite summer wedding ideas how you can incorporate these flavors that are specific to where you are right now!
It’s 90 degrees and beautiful! As they arrive, let your guests cool off and get into the festivities with something tall and cool. Try a seasonal herb or flower like basil or hibiscus in place of citrus fruits, to cut the taste of the sugar and give it an extra fresh layer. Our personal favorite for 2017 is blackberry juice, juniper gin, and basil leaf. Wedding Tip: Theme your signature cocktail to your story by naming it after a meaningful place you share!
Passed Cool Bites
Let the seasonal ingredients do the talking with fresh hors d’oeuvres that are high in flavor, but cool in temperature. Replace toast points with crunchy and cool cucumbers, juicy and colorful watermelon radish, or summer squash carpaccio cups.
Let’s talk about presentation. With so much flourishing around us right now, a veggie station is a must. Not only is it beautiful a rainbow of color and selection, every element will be properly ripened, retaining its moisture and texture for the best possible flavor and nutritional value.
If crudité is a little too rustic for your taste, try an elegant raw bar with seasonal garnishes and salads or a roaming Burrata station with local eggplant antipasti, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and pesto.
First Course, Seasonal Produce
While lettuce greens and spinach leaves are beautiful and tasty right now, we love to layer our salads with texture and color from a variety of vegetables. Top with a seasonal edible flower like pansies or squash blossoms for an extra pop of romance. If you'd rather have something more substatial, try a unique summer pasta with green peas, fried basil, and a bright and lemony chicken broth, topped with herbed ricotta cheese.
Entrée, Light & Fresh
Opt for a smaller portion of hot protein and starches, balanced with lightly cooked vegetable sides. Sunshine and dancing can be draining, and you don’t want the meal to put the party on hold with an evening food coma.
Try the natural sweetness that summer brings to our blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries for a refreshing sorbet. Incorporating herbs like lavender, mint and green tea can balance the palette and keep it cool.