Tuesday, 4 August 2009

About a vegetarian wedding meal

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Two Saturdays ago I was invited to a wedding that had the particularity to feature a vegetarian meal and an evening vegetarian buffet: the bride is vegan, and it was a great compromise between omnivore and vegan. As you probably know, I am not a vegetarian, but I thoroughly enjoyed the food.On top of being of great quality and very healthy, the quantities were perfect, the presentation was superb and everybody enjoyed it. The meals were nicely balanced and I don't think anybody missed the meat.
I'll take you through the menu
:
(I chose the first option of each choice presented)

For starter we had the choice between:

Asparagus, duck egg, Roquette and parmesan salad:
Asparagus, duck egg, Roquette and parmesan salad

Assiette of tomato (mozarella salad, gazpacho, bloody Mary jelly)
Assiette of tomato (mozarella salad, gazpacho, bloody Mary jelly)

Forest mushroom Risotto, parmesan crisp & truffle vinaigrette
Forest mushroom Risotto, parmesan crisp & truffle vinaigrette

For the main course we could either have:

Pithiviers of English rosary goat cheese, provencal vegetables & butternut squash sauce
Pithiviers of English rosary goat cheese, provencal vegetables & butternut squash sauce

Leek, cherry tomato &blue cheese 'cannellonis' with olive potato cake and carrot 'spagetthi'
Leek, cherry tomato &blue cheese 'cannellonis' with olive potato cake and carrot 'spagetthi'

Fragrant courgette&tomato curry with wilted spinach, quinoa and leek Bahji
Fragrant courgette&tomato curry with wilted spinach, quinoa and leek Bahji


and for the desert there was:

Dark Chocolate creme brulee hazelnut sable & vanilla marshmallow
Dark Chocolate creme brulee hazelnut sable & vanilla marshmallow

Baked white chocolate cheesecake, passion fruit
Baked white chocolate cheesecake, passion fruit

Glazed lemon tart creme fraiche raspberry puree
Glazed lemon tart creme fraiche raspberry puree


So a good vegetarian mean can satisfy everybody, only rarely have I had such great vegetarian food...

The Buffet was also light, tasty and exciting with wild mushroom canapes, pine nut rice, vegetable kebabs and so on...:
Evening vegetarian buffet
Evening vegetarian buffet


Also the bride had decided to avoid the traditionnal British iced fruit cake to replace it with beautiful and colourful cupcakes:
Cupcake galore

Cupcake galoreCupcake galore

Cupcake galore

To top it up, the meal took place in a conservatory, flooded with light, with a view on the peak district, the tables were garnished with fresh decorations, and the atmosphere was assured to be light nd happy.
It was great wedding, and whether the guests were vegetarian or not, the meal was enjoyed without any question...I hope that reassures the vegetarians amongst my readers who would like to plan a vegetarian theme for their wedding food...

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BreadWaiterTable decoration centerpiece
Table decorationPeak district scenery
Guests present

12 comments:

Bob Davies said...

Wow, Awesome photographs :) Looks very tasty :)

Alison Cornford-Matheson said...

The food looks divine! Great photos!

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, vegetarian food for a wedding, very interesting! I'm not a vege lvoer but the dishes do look great.

Junglefrog said...

That certainly looks incredibly appetizing! Great photos too!

Adriana Mullen said...

Awesome job Chris!

Angie's Recipes said...

A vegetarian banquet! wow! Amazing!
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zerrin said...

It seems everyone enjoyed the wedding. Pictures are awesome!I'm not vegetarian, either, but I do love vegetables. And all these foods take my attention.

ICook4Fun said...

I don't think I will miss the meat if they serve me this kind of food :) By the way, beautiful pictures.

Ricardo said...

I would have loved to experience this vegetarian delightful wedding must have been amazing..well at least i seen the pics very inspiring. thanks for the share xxx

Christelle said...

Bob: Thanks :)

Allison: it was absolutely superb indeed!

Pigpigs, yes I am like you a carnivore, and I was very impressed ...

Junglefrog: Thanks! :) I am always more at ease on the fly, stills are too long ;)

Adriana, thanks! very much apreciated!

Angie: yup very proud of the bride, she's been an amazing organiser...

Zerrin: yes it was a great and relaxed wedding!

Icook4fun: Exactly my point, I did not mind behing a veggie for a day!

Ricardo: Glad the pics inspired you :)

Japanese Recipes said...

Wow, the Asparagus, duck egg, Roquette and parmesan salad looks special. Another Great post.. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful! I am thinking about a vegetarian menu at my wedding. How did this couple figure out everyone's menu choices? Did they ask on the RSVP card or did everyone just choose a plated dish from the buffet?