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Southern Veggie Casseroles Your Guests Will Fall in Love With

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Good food is at the heart of all the major life events humans go through – and it makes sense. Eating together is more than a social act – it is an act of trust, joy, and bonding. This is why most people only eat with people they actually like. And this is precisely why your wedding menu is so important.

Of course, if you are planning a Southern wedding, you will want to make sure your menu reflects the amazing cuisine in the area – but that doesn’t always mean you have to focus on meat-based products.

There are so many veggie casseroles we all love in the South, and which would work so well with your own wedding!

Here are some suggestions, for example:

  • Corn pudding. Well, this is a real Southern food – it has the texture, the flavors, and the versatility of the South in every single ingredient. And that’s precisely what makes it such an amazing food for a wedding. If you want to offer your vegetarian friends a delicious option, this is it. They will be delighted!
  • Broccoli, rice, and cheese. Well, people might not be big fans of broccoli in general – but we guarantee that when they get a taste of this casserole, they will actually ask for more. The combination between the greenness of the broccoli, the rice, and the cheese is absolutely delicious – the kind of healthy food that nobody can say NO to!
  • Sweet potato, marshmallow, pecan. If you want to surprise your guests with something unique and really tasty, serve them a casserole made from sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and pecans. Add a few cornflakes to the mix for a bit of extra-crunch. This sweet casserole will be more than appreciated by all of your guests – vegetarian or not!
  • Onion soup casserole. Somewhere in between the classic French onion soup and a classic Southern casserole, this dish is a true delight for all senses. It’s something most of your guests don’t eat every day – something they will love so much they will ask the recipe for!

 

Still searching for the best and most talented wedding catering service in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and allow us to be the ones who delight you and your guests with a delicious Southern menu! Contact us and we guarantee you will never regret your choice!

 

No Southern Brides and Grooms Should Ever Make These Wedding Menu Mistakes

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Regardless of where in the South you come from (be it New Orleans, any other place in Louisiana, or any of the other beautiful Southern states), you should definitely consider planning a traditional Southern wedding. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your heritage and, of course, to offer your guests a “taste of home” as well.

What are some of the mistakes all Southern couples should avoid making when planning their wedding menu?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Bacon-everything. OK, we get it. Here in the South, we love bacon (well, pretty much everyone everywhere else does it too, right?). While it is definitely OK to serve one or two bacon-based dishes at your wedding, it is important not to overdo it. Southern cuisine is so much richer than this, and it would be a real shame if your guests didn’t get to eat something unique they haven’t had before.
  • Not including the personal touches. Every family has their own set of recipes – so why not bring that into your wedding menu to make it more special, more personal, more in tune with who you are and where you come from? Discuss with your wedding catering company and share your family recipes with them to see what can be done. Guests will be delighted to taste these foods!
  • Not spreading out the food stations. There’s a very good reason food stations are popular at Southern weddings: they offer real diversity. At the same time though, it is important not to locate the food stations too close to each other because this might cram everything and it might make guests feel skittish.
  • Serving the heavier foods early in the evening. We’ll admit it: some of the most famously Southern foods are quite heavy and they might make guests feel lazy, rather than ready to dance. This is why it’s important not to serve them at the beginning of the wedding (or at least not all of them). Spread out the heavier foods throughout the entire wedding day (and don’t forget about the late-night snack either!).

 

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One-Dish Foods for Your Southern Wedding? Yes, Of Course!

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A lot of brides and grooms think that “wedding-worthy” food has to be really sophisticated. They also often feel the pressure to have fancy dishes because they think that’s what their guests expect when it comes to wedding cuisine.

While that might be valid in some circumstances (e.g. very elegant and luxurious black-tie weddings), the truth is that most weddings can be splendidly successful events with menus featuring dishes that are delicious but simple.

In fact, recent wedding trends have shown that most wedding guests wish the food to be simply good – they don’t actually expect fancy dishes, and they are frequently happier with classic foods that remind them of home.

One-dish entrée are a perfect example of this.

What are some great one-dish options you should consider including in your Southern wedding? We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Pork chops with squash and potatoes. This simple dish is comforting and delicious – and you really don’t need more from an entrée on your wedding menu. When made by a skilled caterer, it’s hard to go wrong with this dish. It’s an option that’s bound to be appreciated by many of your guests!
  • Baked pasta with tomato sauce. Baked pasta has something almost magical about it: it is universally appreciated by adults and children alike, it’s easy to pull off, and it’s satisfying for everyone. The secret lies in using quality tomato sauce and adding basil to it – this simple dish will explode with flavor and it will be a truly good option for your vegetarian guests too!
  • Chicken rice bowls. You really can’t go wrong with this one either: it has chicken (which, as everyone knows, is universally popular), it has rice, and it has vegetables. It’s a great one-dish entrée that will remind your guests of homemade dinners and cozy family moments. Precisely what you want your wedding food to achieve, right?
  • Bean cassoulet and cornmeal dumplings. Looking for a warm and comforting dish that even people who are not familiar it will appreciate? This one-dish dinner is usually made with three types of beans (like garbanzo, white, and butter beans) – but feel free to go wild with as many as you want for a bit of extra variety.

 

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These Quick and Delicious Southern Dinners Will Be Welcomed at Your Wedding

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We might be biased here, but there’s no food better than the food you find here in the South!

Our food warms everyone’s hearts and makes people feel good. It makes people come together and smile. Eating what we prepare for you is sure to help build great memories of warmth, friendship, and family.

There’s nothing like a Southern dinner to make people feel welcome – so you should absolutely include Southern-inspired dishes in your wedding menu!

What are some of the very best ideas? We have gathered a few of our favorites for you.

  • Rosemary chicken. We have already established that chicken is appreciated by everyone – so why not bring a hearty, flavorful chicken dish to your wedding tables? Rosemary chicken feels like coming home to a hearty dinner after a long day of work. It’s cozy and loving, and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. What more could you want for your wedding menu?
  • Meatloaf. This is old-school, yes – but doesn’t it make you recall dinners at home with your family? We bet everyone at your wedding will associate this dish with the same cozy vibe – and this is precisely what makes it perfect for a Southern wedding. Southern food is all about home, warmth, and family, and meatloaf is perfect for this!
  • Coconut shrimp and veggies in foil. There’s something magical that happens with all dishes cooked in tin foil – they soften up, their flavors are enhanced, and somehow, they end up being so satisfying that even the simplest ingredients taste amazing when brought together. Coconut shrimp is a true delight – just perfect for a warm summer evening, so all of you planning their Big Day for this summer will definitely appreciate this idea!
  • Meatball pasta. Another true comfort food classic; a classic everyone will truly love coming back to again and again. For an even heartier vibe, opt for a pasta bake instead of the classic dish – the oven will do wonders on this simple, yet eternally delicious food, bringing it to the next level of comfort and flavor!

 

Looking for a talented wedding catering service provider in New Orleans? Contact Food Art Inc. and allow us to be the ones who delight you and your guests with your dream wedding menu. Contact us and we promise you will remember our food for years to come!

Top Most Delicious Southern Wedding Foods by Season

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Of course, every single detail of your Big Day matters – and a lot!

From the dress you wear to the shoes that walk you down the aisle and from the colors and flowers that surround you to the music that embraces you, all of your wedding details will contribute to painting a beautiful, candid, and unforgettable event in your life.

Don’t forget it, though: your food is highly important too – and if you want to serve a Southern wedding menu, your guests deserve the very best there is.

What are some of the best Southern foods by season? We have some tips for you – continue reading to find out more.

  • Serve something seasonal and unique, such as a strawberry salad with goat cheese and croutons. Spring is the perfect season for fresh foods that aren’t heavy on the stomach (or on your diet plans, for that matter) – so why not bring that into your wedding and delight your guests with a classic sweet and savory Southern combination? They will love it!
  • Zucchini, squash and corn casserole. Everyone knows Southerners are huge on casseroles – so borrowing from some of the season’s best vegetables and putting them together in a delicious, cheese-infused casserole is bound to be nothing less than an absolute success. People will line up for second servings of this, even if there’s no meat in it!
  • It’s the season to get cozy – and the food Southern people eat during the pre-winter months reflects this very well. We suggest you pick something comforting and heart-warming for your fall wedding, such as chicken pot pies. They are absolutely spectacular in terms of presentation and flavour, they are made with chicken (something you cannot go wrong with), and the puff pastry covering it will make them even more comforting (because we all know carbs are the best enemy against sadness, right?).
  • As the cool season starts to settle over the South, people look for foods that are a little heavier, a little spicier, and a little warmer. Anything based on squash will work marvellously from October to early December – but if you want something even more comforting, we suggest nothing less than an absolute Southern classic: fried chicken. Everyone will love it!

 

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4 Southern Cookie Recipes Your Guests Will Want to Borrow

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Regardless of where your wedding guests come from, one thing is for certain: they will not be able to resist falling in love with the amazing cuisine of the Southern areas.

Here at Food Art Inc., we really believe in the deliciousness of Southern cuisine and we want to share it with the world – if you are planning a Southern wedding, you definitely want the same too.

So, what types of Southern cookies to serve at your wedding if you want to infuse every single part of the Big Day with the amazing Southern foods?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Shortbread cookies with lemon frosting. These delicious bites are so, so refreshing and nice! Even if you don’t like lemon-infused sweets, you will love these for the softness of the cookie itself, for the delicious frosting, and for the amazing looks. Even more, your guests will love it too!
  • Peanut bars. Want to serve a cookie that is scrumptious and almost sinful in its own right? Slightly chewy bars made with peanut and chocolate are the perfect sweet snack when you want to keep on dancing throughout the entire evening (and late into the night). This is what makes these cookies the absolute perfect option for a fun wedding!
  • Fruitcake bars. Full of flavour and slightly crunchy at the same time, these bars are bound to make for the perfect summer cookie for a wedding. They look really good and even their appeal goes well with the idea of a wedding – so you can definitely rely on these tiny bites of sweetness to be a real success from every point of view.
  • Eggnog cookies. Since it’s the eggnog season, we couldn’t have missed this from our list. These sweet bites are similar to an eggnog cheesecake – they are creamy and delicious, they taste amazing, and they are just perfect for the cool season. Although not a cookie in the traditional sense of the word, these small sweet snacks are bound to be highly appreciated by all of your guests!

 

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Mac and Cheese Recipes Perfect for Your Wedding

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Few dishes can be as satisfying and as happiness-inducing as a big serving of mac and cheese. They might not be the healthiest option and they might pile up quickly on your hips if you over-indulge – but since you don’t get married every day, your wedding day might actually be a great time to serve one (or more) mac and cheese dishes. With the entire “comfort food” trend going on, this type of dish is bound to please just about everyone at your wedding!

What are some of the very best mac and cheese recipes to delight your guests with on the Big Day? Read on and find out more.

  • Classic, baked. If you just love the classic baked macaroni recipe, there’s no reason to change it, right? It’s a recipe all of your guests can relate to – and most likely the mac and cheese recipe they are most used to. Call back to their childhood memories and make them feel really happy with a plate of deliciously cheesy macaroni!
  • With leeks, Cheddar, and mustard. When you look at this dish from afar, it doesn’t seem like there’s much of a difference when compared with the classic version. However, this one is filled with the strong flavor of green onions, and the mustard adds some tanginess. People will just love this unique take on a very comforting dish!
  • 4-cheese. Want your mac and cheese to be even richer in both terms of taste and looks? How about making it really special, with multiple types of cheese (yes, you can totally include fancy Swiss or Italian cheeses if you want to!). Love bacon? Include that as well, or how about adding bits of delicious Italian sausage? Your guests will love this rich, decadent mac and cheese recipe!
  • Crayfish Mac N Cheese. Want your mac and cheese to be very New Orleans in nature? Add crayfish to the mix. Or how about making it even more New Orleans in flavor by adding a little seafood bowl to your cheesy béchamel sauce?  It will be a dish that your guests will talk about for years to come!

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