We Picked a Menu…and It’s Awesome!

Hive! I’ve been kind of a terrible blogger- McGlovin and I did our final catering tasting, and do not have any pictures to show for it. To be fair- I took many, many food pics, but my phone chose to save them as grey squares, rather than actual images. Sorry, Hive. For the time being, maybe a photo of engagement dinner will suffice?

Anyway, about dinner- McGlovin and I placed a huge, ginormous emphasis on the meal. We’re celebrating a really happy time in our lives, and are fortunate enough to have so many of our loved ones take the time out of their lives to celebrate with us, so a nice dinner is just a small token of our appreciation. Truth: every year, McGlovin and I host a big ‘family dinner’ with twenty or thirty people . This is, of course,  a much larger guest list, but providing everyone an awesome dinner party just seems like a natural way for us to show our family and friends how thankful we are to have them.

Family style was our immediate first choice for service- it’s just so friendly and interactive! I like that people can take more of what they like and less of what they don’t. We also decided to have a big Italian menu- Italian is the perfect food genre to inspire excited conversation, hearty laughter, and tons of family memories. Plus, several of our more important times as a couple involve Italian food: A week after I ran into McGlovin on campus senior year, I demanded requested that he come over to a mutual friend’s house for dinner, where I was making a lasagna from scratch. I like to say that’s the meal that tricked him into falling in love with me 🙂 And then, of course, there was the epic engagement dinner that McGlovin created, shown above. How could we not have all kinds of Italian food on our menu?

Anyway, since I don’t have any glorious food porn for you to salivate over, let’s cut to the quick: our menu. We’re having bruschetta and heavy antipasti during the cocktail hour with meats, cheeses and roasted veggies. Once people migrate upstairs for dinner, they’ll be met with a family style house salad in vinaigrette and ciabatta with a compound herb butter, to enjoy while the best man and maids of honor give toasts. Then, for dinner, we’ll have a roasted veggie lasagna with red sauce, sausage, peppers, and onions in vodka sauce over penne, chicken marsala and garlic mash, and balsamic roasted vegetables. We tried to penne pasta with an evoo sauce, but it came out a little dry. We also tried chicken parm, but decided to do chicken marsala instead, so if someone didn’t like tomato sauce they had a few options.

So, what do you think?  A little disappointing to have to try to picture a menu without any photos, but just think about all of that Italian food being passed around on big family sized platters- could that be any more fun {Chandler voice}??

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