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Cookie Dough Desserts: The Latest Wedding Food Trend from Chef’s Market

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The cookie dough trend is alive and well! It's been on the scene in places like New York and California and it's made it's way to Nashville! And what's so much fun is that local Nashville area caterer Chef's Market is bringing this trend to Nashville weddings! With a variety of options to choose from, Chef's Market is here to tell us all about incorporating this trend into your wedding. The best part is that it's egg-free (and still tastes delicious!). I'll leave it to Hayley to tell us all about it below...

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"Although each wedding is different, there is one thing almost all of them have in common: food! Because of this, brides spend countless hours trying to decide what they will serve on their big day. Many couples want to stand out, but are unsure how. With social media sites raving about all of the newest trends in food, it can be hard to keep up with what is in, and more importantly what would be right for your big day. If you are wanting to join in the craze, but aren’t ready to risk a food trend with your main course, why not try it out with the dessert? Gourmet cookie dough shops are popping up all around the country, so we decided to give them a try for our catering events!" - Hayley of Chef's Market

"Growing up you were probably told that you couldn’t eat raw cookie dough because you could get sick, but don’t worry this dough is egg-free and 100% safe to eat! From cones to cups to bite sized truffles, so far all of our cookie dough treats have been a big hit! I mean who doesn’t love cookie dough? These mini desserts would be the perfect addition to anyone wanting to add a little fun to their food selection!" - Hayley of Chef's Market

Thank you so much for sharing this new tasty trend with us, Chef's Market! See how you can book their cookie dough desserts for your wedding here on their website. And also follow them over on Instagram!

All photos by Grace Smith

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Food/Catering, 0 comments »

What to Expect at Your Wedding Catering Tasting with Two Fat Men Catering

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Photo by Rebecca Walker

When booking your wedding caterer, it's something you need to physically be present to do - to taste the food and meet with the team! But what are the steps in booking your wedding tasting? We chatted with Debbie Valentine of Two Fat Men Catering and asked her about all the ins and outs of what happens at your wedding tasting. What information will you need to know prior to booking your tasting? And what can you expect during the tasting? I'll leave the rest to Debbie - she'll fill us in on everything you need to know! Use this as a resource for booking your catering tastings!

It's time to try the food at Two Fat Men! What are your hours to book an appointment?

Debbie: We typically like to do tastings Tuesday - Thursday between 12-6pm as the weekends tend to be busy with events. However, we will always make exceptions!

Hooray - we booked our appointment! How long should we allow for the tasting and what information do you need from us?

Debbie: Tastings usually last an hour and a half to two hours depending on how many folks come with our couple. We like to have a preliminary proposal in place before the tasting.This includes the couples names, date, venue, some preliminary ideas of food and how many guest they are expecting.

Do we need to decide buffet, sit down meal, or passed appetizers before we make our appointment?

Debbie: Not necessary but having a general idea is a good help!

What will be served at the tasting? Is it a full meal or bites of your "best of" menu?

Debbie: Chef Ed tends to go overboard when it comes to tastings! He serves up "small" portions of what the couple would like to try and then adds his own spin on what he thinks will work with the menu! I always tell our couples to come hungry! They will normally get hors d'oeuvres as well as entrees and sides .

Tell us more about the process once we sit down and meet for the tasting.

Debbie: We start by getting drinks and making sure everyone is comfy and ready for a food experience! We bring out the platters with their choices on them, give a quick explanation of what each item is, and we let them eat! We will check back periodically to make sure there are no questions or nothing is needed. Once they have tried all of the food we bring out the big guns and Chef Ed comes to the table to talk food! At this point we have brought out some of our homemade ice cream samples for our couple to try. Chef usually has us running around bringing out more food options that he feels the couple would like and we wrap it up after they feel comfortable with what they have tasted and have a good idea of what they want to serve!

How far out from our wedding do we need to book Two Fat Men?

Debbie: 6 months to a year. We sell out a few times a year so it's best to be safe!

We have food allergies - are you able to accommodate?

Debbie: Absolutely! However, if it is a deadly allergy I remind folks that we are a working kitchen and cross contamination can happen mistakenly.

What else will we need to know for our tasting?

Debbie: You should come hungry! We charge a $25.00 per person fee but we will credit their account if they book with us!

Thank you so much for sharing all about the tasting experience at Two Fat Men, Debbie! I don't know about you, but now I'm hungry! You can check out more informatio on Two Fat Men's catering options here on their website and also be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!

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Join Dream Events & Catering’s Summer of 25 Dreams - A Community Outreach

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dream Events & Catering is turning 25 this summer! There's so much to celebrate with this Nashville staple in the wedding catering business. Owner Becki Annastas and her team have launched the Summer of 25 Dreams to celebrate in a different way - by giving back to the community. She and her team will be "committing acts of dreaminess" all across Middle Tennessee - from feeding, empowering and supporting those around us. Keep reading to find out more about how Becki + her team at Dream Events & Catering is impacting our community this summer...

How did this idea begin? The kick off was during Nashville's Big Payback in early May and the 25 Dreams will continue through Labor Day. Organizations that Dream will be supporting are Next Door, Nashville Diaper Connection, Safe Room, Little Lady Big Cause, and Compost Nashville. Dream has already donated more than 2000 items for a donation drive and clocked nearly 100 hours of community service. This is so inspiring! 

The cool part about this campaign is that you have a chance to be involved! You can donate to their Dream Donation Drive and also spread the word through social media using the hashtag #Summerof25Dreams. 

“We were just looking for a creative way to say thank you to the community that has supported us over the years. The success so far already has us of dreaming of future summers and ways we can continue this campaign.” - Becki Annastas, Owner of Dream Events & Catering

 

Check out more about what Dream Events & Catering can do for your wedding here on their website. And also be sure to follow along with their Summer of 25 Dreams on Instagram!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Bridal Shows & Events, Food/Catering, 0 comments »

Cabbage Salad Recipe for Brides on the Go from A Happy Healthy Heart

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey girl! I am so excited to share this guest post with you today from food blogger Melissa Haithcock with A Happy Healthy Heart! Melissa was kind enough to share her cabbage salad recipe with us since it's the perfect healthy lunch for the on-the-go bride! Hopping from appointment to appointment on your lunch break and after work gets hectic - and finding time to eat healthy in hopes to look your best on your wedding day isn't always the easiest! But this cabbage salad recipe is one that will put these worries to rest. The delicious + fresh ingredients are sure to give your tastebuds a treat! Without further ado, I'll let Melissa share her story + recipe with y'all! 

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Melissa from A Happy Healthy Heart: I haven’t always loved vegetables and when I first started experimenting with recipes that included them I had to make myself want to eat them. For me, this meant they had to be pretty! Our eyes are drawn to attractive things so I figured that if the food looked good then it must taste good too! I have now learned that the prettier the food, the better it is for you because the color comes from the nutrients within it. 

 

On Sundays, my mom would steam cabbage before church so that it would be ready for lunch later that afternoon. I remember waking up to the smell of it and thinking it was awful! The scent would drift into my room just as I was opening my eyes and because I didn’t like the way it smelled, I never ate it. I didn’t eat cabbage until a couple of years ago but now I absolutely love it; especially red cabbage.

 

I love combining all kinds of fresh vegetables into one bowl to make a complete meal. This dish is just that. The quinoa offers protein, the vegetables are full of nutrients and the peanut butter sauce is a source of good fat. If you like, you can always substitute almond butter in the sauce. It’s just a matter of preference. 

 

If you have an extra 20 minutes this week, make this nutrient-dense salad and let me know what you think. Wiley (my husband) absolutely loves it and I’m always happy to make it. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

¼ head red cabbage, thinly sliced

¼ head green cabbage, thinly sliced

1 head broccoli, chopped

5 mini bell peppers, sliced

½ sweet onion, minced

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

1 ¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup vegetable broth

handful of cilantro 

Sauce

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp tamari (or sub liquid aminos)

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Once all vegetables are chopped, combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mix until well incorporated and set aside. 

Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

In a large saucepan heated to medium heat, cook vegetable broth, onions, broccoli and peppers together. The vegetable broth should simmer and absorb into the vegetables. Allow to cook for 7-8 minutes.

In a large bowl combine quinoa, cabbage, carrots, cooked vegetables, and sauce. Mix well and until sauce has covered all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or cold. Store in air tight container for up to a week. 

 

Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us, Melissa! You can check out her healthy food blog A Happy Healthy Heart here online and also be sure to follow her for more healthy recipes on Instagram here

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Food/Catering, Makeup, Hair, Health, Beauty , After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

ONEHOPE Wine: Giving Back Through Beverages at Your Nashville Wedding

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There's a new trend in weddings as of late: Giving Back! And if you're a couple like my husband and I, then you are looking for a way to give back with your wedding. For us, we had a note at every seat that said instead of giving a favor, we gave back to a charity of our choice. But let's take it one step further with ONEHOPE Wines! ONEHOPE donates a portion of the proceeds from your wedding wine purchase back to a charity of your choice! (I seriously wish I knew about this when I got married!) Plus, they have the most FUN branding - hello, gorgeous sparkly wine bottles! So when your guests are sipping on their bubbly, you can tell them that glass directly gives a hungry child a meal (or insert cause of your choice______). How amazing is that?! I have Danielle here of ONEHOPE Wines to tell us more about the lifestyle brand that will leave your guests feeling inspired (and maybe a little more brave on the dance floor). :)

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Tell us about ONEHOPE Wine + how long you've been in business!

Danielle: ONEHOPE is a lifestyle brand that provides a built in give back with every purchase. Half of all profits go back to cause partners with over $2.3M donated since 2007. I have been with the company for four years and LOVE having the opportunity to combine wine + giving back!

How did ONEHOPE get started in weddings?

Danielle: It's a natural fit. Most wedding receptions include wine and bubbly! We give brides & grooms the opportunity to serve + celebrate with ONEHOPE and give back at the same time. Each case of bubbly for a toast provides 50 meals for hungry children for example. That is something really special that they can do on their big day.

What's the philosophy behind ONEHOPE?

Danielle: Giving back is good business! ONEHOPE makes GREAT - award winning wines AND provides a built in give back at the same time! It allows people to buy something they are already going to buy and feel really great about their purchase making an impact.

What are your strengths compared to others beverage providers?

Danielle: The built in give back. It's pretty great. It's not something other brands are doing nor are grocery stores or liquor stores. At the end of the day, we'd be just another great wine but...the impact from every bottle sets us apart. You're getting amazing 90 point + rated wines and our foundation is supporting causes all over the country, locally and globally.

What attracts brides to ONEHOPE?

Danielle: The delicious wine & bubbly. The opportunity to be a change maker without having to write check. Any bride would love that! The ability to have power with their purchase. They've got the budget and plan to buy it anyway... now they know lives are being changed while they have fun on their BIG day.

What trends are you seeing in the wedding beverage space?

Danielle: We are constantly rolling out and changing varietals. Every single bottle gives back. Our GLITTERS are pretty special. I think the coolest thing we can do is that the bride and groom can choose their OWN cause of choice from their purchase. 15% can go to a charity that THEY choose. That makes it even more special and meaningful. Love pets? We can give a donation to YOUR local pet shelter for example. Any 501c3 can receive a check!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about ONEHOPE?

Danielle: Serving ONEHOPE at your wedding is a GREAT way to treat your guests to amazing wine and turn it into a party for a purpose. It's a no-brainer. Simply swap out the brand you were planning to serve with ONEHOPE. #winenot

Thank you so much for sharing all about ONEHOPE Wines, Danielle! You can check out more of ONEHOPE Wines here on their webpage and here on their Instagram page! 

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