Monday, October 19, 2009

Food Spotlight: Wedding Weekend with Amazing Food!

This past weekend my dear friends Sandy and T.J. celebrated their wedding. I was so happy to be a bridesmaid and had an amazing time! I was incredibly impressed by the beautiful decor, thoughtful details, unique customs and, most importantly, the food! You never know what you're going to get at a wedding. More often than not the food at events that serve 200+ people is mediocre at best. However, the food at Sandy and T.J.'s rehearsal dinner and wedding was phenomenal!

Friday Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner took place at Enjoy! Restaurant in Apple Valley, MN. The restaurant is decorated as a romantic Tuscan villa, and I fell in love with it. The rehearsal dinner for 60 people took place in the Fireplace Room, and it was a beautiful space for an intimate gathering. 

Bridesmaids with the bride-to-be in front of the fireplace.

My amazing dinner- Walleye with maple honey butter atop whipped sweet potatoes and fresh green beans. Walleye is a Minnesota specialty and this meal was incredible! (Recipe below)

Sandy and T.J.'s wedding was perfect, and the reception was a blast. The decor was tasteful and beautiful. Here is the head table centerpieces surrounded by flowers. It was a gorgeous setting for a great meal!

The starter salad was deliciously unique. It was tender bibb lettuce with shredded carrots, candied walnuts and a ginger-French dressing.

The main course was also delicious. It was roasted chicken smothered in creamy white wine sauce atop wild rice stuffing, and served with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus. Yum!

Don't forget the wedding cake! This five-tiered beauty was a Buttercream masterpiece. The two flavors were dark chocolate Irish cream and lemon raspberry. Divine!

Enjoy Minnesota walleye at home! This tried and true recipe adapted from is sure to please.

Corn Flake Walleye with Whipped Maple Butter

4 walleye fillets
1/2 box Cornflakes crushed as finely as possible
2 eggs with dash of milk for batter
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper to crushed Cornflakes, if desired
 Olive or vegetable oil, for pan frying
4 tblsp softened butter
1 tsp maple syrup
Salt and Pepper

Heat oil (1-1 1/2 inch deep) over medium heat. Dry fillets with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Dip walleye fillet in egg batter and let excess drain. Roll fillet in crushed Cornflakes and place in heated oil. Turn fish once or twice until easily pierced with a fork. Drain on plate lined with paper towels.

Combine softened butter and maple syrup. Serve dollop atop each fillet. Enjoy!

Serves 4. 

1 comment:

  1. So honored you would include my wedding in your blog! Also, I agree that at a lot of weddings the food is so-so, so hearing you loved the food warms my heart! Love you!