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Wedding Food Recs [moved from L.A. board]

I'm getting married in a little over a year, and it is my goal to have food that doesn't suck! I feel like most of the time it's cold, bland, and dry, which is something I really don't want. What're some of the best places you've had catered food? Also, what are some of the more interesting dishes you've had? I'm curious if anyone has had experience with something other than wedding cakes. Is it possible to have a good elegant looking desert that isn't cake? If it has to be cake I'm also curious about what good cakes you've had.

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  1. Can you include some rough price guidelines and any food preferences?

    1. Speaking to the dessert question, at my mom's second wedding, they had a small wedding cake for tradition, but the real dessert was Creme Brulee made in pastry cups served w/ huckleberries (done by the Four Seasons).

      I went to a wedding two weeks catered by Wolfgang Puck, and everything was really tasty. Definitely a pricey catering job, but if you can afford it...

      1. I got married last September and used Evan Kleiman's Good Food Catering. The food was incredible. You may know Kleiman as host of KCRW's "Good Food," owner of Angeli Caffe on Melrose and a leader of LA's Slow Food movement. We were totally opposed to chicken until we tried her rollatini. Her ricotta gnocchi is also delicious beyond description. The pizza is great. She's reasonably priced, but you have to rent equipment separately. We did family-style service.

        We actually got our wedding cake from the Viktor Benes Bakery at Gelson's, and again, it was very tasty and reasonably priced. We also had apple and blueberry pie. Our Good Food catering dinner menu is printed below:

        Welcome Stand: Pomegranate Limeade with Fresh Mint, Roasted Nuts
        Passing Appetizers:

        Freshly Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell
        Raspberry mignonette, chili sauce

        Mini Skewers of La Espanola Chorizo with Grilled Red Peppers and Red Onions

        Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Sweet 100 Tomatoes and Basil

        Pizza’s Pesto, Margherita, Salsicce

        Eggplant Croquettes with Arrabiata Sauce for Dipping

        Grilled Baby Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Glaze

        Salad
        Baby Arugula, Belgian Endive and Radicchio with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, Sweet 100 Tomatoes and Toasted Pinenuts
        Balsamic Vinaigrette

        Entrée

        Grilled Pounded Tenderloin of Beef Served on Arugula with Leeks and Roasted Peppers

        Chicken Breast Rollatini filled with Ricotta and Spinach topped with Baby Tomato-Herb Saute

        Seasonal Vegetables-(grilled asparagus)

        Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi with Toasted Hazelnuts and Butter and Sage

        Angeli Bread

        Coffee

        Seasonal Berries
        Homemade Caramel Sauce and Homemade Vanilla Sauce for Pie

        1. we had our wedding catered by the Olympic collection...The food is awesome and very reasonably priced for what you get. They are very organized and professional.

          check out ocbanquet.com

          For hors d'oeuvres, we had a sushi station, a fusion station, 2 meat carving stations, an ahi carving station, 4 tray passed items including lamb chops, chicken skewers...
          wow, it was awesome!

          sit down dinner was choice of filet mignon or salmon.

          and a huge dessert buffet, including cakes and pastries from michel richard and creme puffs from beard papas(which I asked for).

          Ask for Kourosh. He'll take great care of you.

          Where is your wedding venue?

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          1. re: coco puff

            funny i had my sweet 16 catered by the Olympic Collection, and none of it was really special. true more reasonably priced than having Cynthia's do it (as was originally planned) but nothing noteworthy. in fact, the best part of the meal was the dessert - i brought in mini cobblers from Cynthia's.

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