Monday, September 24, 2012

Foodie Wedding Weekend

 While I hope to always provide great customer service, my love for great food an entertaining is really at the heart of my business. My clients, who own their own restaurant in Seattle, knew what they had in mind for their wedding and on the top of the list was great food. The focus was on sourcing as much fresh, local organic ingredients as possible which is what do anyways......

 The weekend kicked off with a Welcome Dinner with both Shucked Fresh and Grilled Island Style Oysters and a Poor Boy Oysters and Pulled Pork Slider bar with all the fixings.....








The Ceremony and Reception at The Meadow, Lakedale Resort.



On the day of the big event the Family Style Served Menu featured 
       Assorted Crostini on toasted Local Artisan Breads 
Fig Jam/ Gorgonzola Cream
Fresh Mozzarella with Basil Arugula Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes
Gouda with Fall Apple Compote




Dinner
  Bowls of Island Greens, Red Wine, Citrus Vinaigrette
          Platters of Roasted Beets,  Medley of Summer Beans 
  Cedar Plank Roasted Sockeye Salmon
Flank Steak served with a Spicy, Bourbon Peach Sauce
Cornbread baskets with Jalapeno Honey Butter
















For Dessert The Bride wanted assorted Hand Pies....
Fresh Picked Island Blackberry Turnovers
Apple Cinnamon Pouches
and of course a little something Chocolate
Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Piped Ganache.



Their final comment  was" You Nailed It!"

Dungeness Cracked Crab Feed

The bride wanted as much of her reception outside, casual and relaxed.  Her mother and I took care of the details......
Mason Jars, Custom Printed Bibs, Chinese newspapers for the shells
Crab Crackers for everyone
Beautiful red center pieces from Robin's Nest Floral.
Red Rose Petals framed the Bride and Groom across from the Lakedale Lodge.

The brides arrived by row boat to the ceremony. Her brother was the captain.

Artisan Cheese with Local Blackberries and Fresh Figs

Ripe Organic Local Tomato Bruschetta



Chilled Tubs of Crab, Baby Back Ribs with 5 Spice Plum BBQ Sauce, Summer Salads...

Pintail Barge Cruise to Stewart Island



Want to have a party here? Saturday afternoon we all boarded the Pintail Barge and made sail for Stewart Island about a 2 hour cruise from Friday Harbor. The captain Tim had raked out yards of sand so we all felt like we were at the beach. The band played on the back deck while the guests ate appetizers on the way out. We dropped anchor and later after exploring the island and trekking out to the Light House guests returned to find their dinner waiting for them.....
It is one of those days where even though you are doing the cooking, you can't help but feel how LUCKY you are to live in such a beautiful place and love what you do for a living.

Cedar Plank Salmon served with Orange Miso and Lemon Aioli Sauces


Cannellini Bean, Basil and Heirloom Tomato Salad on bed of Arugula

Island Organic Good Earth Farm Greens
Figs, Blueberries, Candied Pecans, Gorgonzola...Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette
Sunset Cruise Home with the fishing boats....

Labor Day Weekend Destination Wedding, San Juan Island


Ceremony for 90 Guests at The Point, Lakedale Resort

The San Juan Islands, the perfect place to have Destination Wedding.
Friends came from near and far to celebrate not only their friends wedding but all the beauty of the San Juan Islands. Guests kayakedwhale watched, bicycled and hiked the islands trails before being wined ( and craft-beered) and dined.

The bride and groom were great, the weather was great, the venue was great and I was told, the food was great!







Later in the Lodge....New York Cheese Cake
served with Skagit Valley Berries ,
Chocolate Orange and Salted caramel Sauces

Lakeside Summer Birthday Seafood Buffet



The two sisters planned a family Get-a-Way to celebrate their mother's 70th Birthday. Coming from a family of fisherman seafood had to be featured on the menu. 
The Lakehouse at Lakedale Resort made for the perfect location. 
On the Menu
Spicy Sweet Diablo Shrimp
Grilled Alaskan Halibut and Wild King Salmon
Pesto Green Beans
Green Goddess Romaine
fresh Corn on the Cobb
Old Fashion Carrot Layer Cake