This is not your grandmother’s wedding reception. The Knot posted a list of wedding trend predictions earlier this year, and everything from phone charging stations to slow-mo video booths made the cut. The popular wedding website hinted at a rise in all-nighter after parties that feature upscale late-night comfort food bites (think shooters of tomato soup or couture pigs in a blanket). But comfort foods at wedding receptions have actually been a growing trend for years.
Last year, New York event planner Amy Shey Jacobs told HuffPost Live she’s seeing a lot more “farm-to-fork” foods and big platter family-style meals at wedding receptions. Jacobs confirmed that comfort foods are still a big wedding trend, with newfangled updates like cronuts (a croissant-doughnut hybrid), sliders, and donuts with dipping sauces and on the rise.
So, are comfort foods right for your wedding? Check out these ideas from celebrity weddings.
Nate Berkus’s farm-to-table feast
Celebrity designer Nate Berkus’s recent wedding to Jeremiah Brent featured a homestyle family feast. Berkus dished to People about the reception menu: “Family-style organic comfort food,” he said. “Creamed spinach, truffled mac and cheese.” And those were just the sides! The main course was dry-aged rib eye and chicken (whole birds were presented tableside) and additional accompaniments included grilled asparagus with romesco sauce, and quinotto, a Peruvian risotto made with quinoa. Brent’s mom’s “dump cake” was served for dessert.
Britney Spears’s country cuisine
In 2004, after Britney Spears famously married Kevin Federline, she described her reception fare as “country food.” The pop star told People the menu included chicken fingers, Louisiana crab cakes and mashed potatoes. For dessert: White-chocolate butter cake.
Julia Roberts’s backyard BBQ
Actress Julia Roberts threw a full-on barbecue — on July 4th, no less — when she wed Danny Moder in 2002. The Oscar winner’s backyard BBQ feast included hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob, as well as five lemon and chocolate raspberry cakes baked by a friend!
Great sources for wedding comfort food ideas
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart knows a thing or two about weddings. She wrote the landmark 1987 book, “Weddings,” and in 1994 a wedding-themed edition of her magazine became an annual feature. Stewart’s website features a spread about wedding comfort foods that includes ideas for a mashed potato bar, pulled pork sliders and upscale s’mores.
And for more ideas for wedding comfort foods, check out The Knot’s tasty lineup: Mac and cheese bites, a baked potato bar, soup shooters with grilled cheese wedges, and more.