Mark & Emily’s Family-Style Summer Wedding Menu

Summer Wedding Menu

This week was the first week of Fall semester at my university and somehow in all my years of teaching the start of the semester gets crazier every year instead of easier. But I wanted to slip in one last bit of summer and tell you about this beautiful summery menu I did for my good friends Mark and Emily’s wedding.

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

These two really know how to throw a party (one of the main qualities I look for in a friend) and their wedding reception was beautiful and full of creative and stylish details (you really, really need to check out the viewmaster invites).

Baby Spinach Salad with Fresh Peaches, Scallions, and Candied Pecans

My little crew and I served a family-style dinner to 200 guests, dining al fresco in a friend’s lush and sprawling backyard. The menu was inspired by the amazing local California summer produce and summer backyard classics.

Tomato Heart Skewers with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

The evening started with some passed appetizers as guests arrived and socialized, like prosciutto wrapped honeydew melon with lime glaze (not pictured). And these little skewers of fresh mozzarella, basil, and little tomato hearts.

Tomato Heart Skewers with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

Heart close-up!

Spicy Sausage & Sweet Potato Bites with Garlic Aioli

Spicy sausage and sweet potato bites, with garlic aioli for dipping.

Goat Cheese Thyme Tartlets with Balsamic Glazed Caremelized Onions

Savory tartlets with goat cheese and thyme filling, topped with balsamic glazed caramelized red onions.

Lemonade Bar

The prettiest lemonade bar.

Lemonade Bar

 

More gratuitous photos of lemonade bar.

Lemonade Bar

Cucumber water, kiwi mint lemonade (always a surprise smash hit), fresh lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and pomegranate raspberry lemonade.

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

On to dinner!

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

Everything was served family style, along with overflowing baskets of local artisan bread from Tartine and whipped butter.

Baby Spinach Salad with Fresh Peaches, Scallions, and Candied Pecans

Absolutely gorgeous late summer California peaches, homemade candied pecans, scallions, and baby spinach salad. Served with my eternal favorite poppy seed dressing.

Baby Spinach Salad with Fresh Peaches, Scallions, and Candied Pecans

Watermelon Salad with Jicama, Feta, and Mint

Perfect summer watermelon and jicama salad with feta and mint. It’s really hard to tell from this picture, but I painstakingly cut all the jicama into precious little hearts for this salad. My favorite fancy salad trick!

Summer Squash Tart with Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan

A tart made from layers of summer squash, herbs, and ricotta, and oozing with melted mozzarella and parmesan in a tender pastry crust. It’s hearty enough to be a main dish for vegetarians, but also pairs nicely with the beef as a side.

Lemon Basil Orzo with Fresh Asparagus and Tomatoes

Lemon Basil Orzo Salad with Fresh Asparagus and Tomatoes. See, I don’t put hearts in everything.

Spice Rubbed Tri-tip

Spice Rubbed Tri-tip.  Mmm.

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

Congrats, you guys! It was an honor to be a part of your super cool wedding. Come visit soon so we can eat stuff.

Mark & Emily's Backyard Summer Wedding Menu

Photos by Zoe Lonergan

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