The cocktail hour following the ceremony is a wonderful time for your wedding guests to mingle, get acquainted or reconnect. There is no better way to get the celebration started then over a signature cocktail or glass of local wine. Along with that, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are offered to tease at the dinner to come.
We offer two options for the presentation of appetizers. Tray passed and the ever-popular stations. Tray passed hors d’ oeuvres are served to your guest by our staff on beautifully presented platters or our texture filled shadow boxes. The server also describes to guests what they are being offered. This is a really lovely way to have your guests feel like they are being well taken care of as they interact with each other over a cocktail. For example, our pulled pork and marmalade wonton skins are a favorite passed hors d’ oeuvre.
(inset: Smokey pulled pork, orange fennel salsa on a wonton skin. Parmesan crisp with chopped tomato, scallions and roasted garlic)
(inset: Albondigas with piquillo pepper sauce. Gazpacho shooters with poached shrimp)
Stationed appetizers are set up for guests to graze as they like and are usually themed. For example, one of our classic stations is a California assortment of cheese. This is presented with other tid bits such as dried fruit, nuts or chutney, along with pieces of flat bread, baguette or specialty crackers.
(inset: domestic cheese assortment accompanied by fresh figs, thyme and grapes)
Another great station is our Bruschetta Bar which features a variety of toppings for crostini including the traditional tomato, basil and roasted garlic. We love to give this offering an international spin with toppings such as Citrus White Bean and Feta Dip or Edamame Wasabi Mash for example. Ultimately, this is an opportunity to be a little creative and wow your guests with an amazing expected offering as well as give them a little something unexpected that will be memorable.
(inset: Bruschetta station with dips and spreads including roasted red pepper hummus, sweet pea mash, citrus white bean and feta spread)
Recently we’ve even done an attended version of the appetizer station with green lip mussels, featuring the traditional Champagne Mignonette and offering up a fun Spicy Bloody Mary Ganita to accompany.
The cocktail hour is a wonderful place to personalize your menu. We love to find out what you like and then give it a twist that uniquely represents you on your day.
If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, keep an eye on our FaceBook page where we post current menus and pictures from current real weddings.