Transatlantic union marries the best of both cuisines
We were thrilled to cater for a gorgeous transatlantic union between a British bride and her American boy at their marquee wedding near Bruton in Somerset, earlier this month.
The brilliant brief was to produce a menu which married the best of British & American cuisines.
The weather was kind, with stunning September sunshine and, following the village church ceremony, the guests were welcomed with Champagne and eight different canapés including, Cow………….eee; slow cooked beef brisket, cornbread & BBQ sauce, ‘Duck & Waffle’ confit duck, waffle, ‘quackling’ & maple syrup, pig cheek & black pudding bon-bon with eggy mayonnaise, beetroot & Chase vodka cured salmon gravadlax, Bloody Mary gazpacho shooters, and, the incredibly moreish, deep fried truffled macaroni & cheese with truffle mayonnaise.
That evening we held a reception for approximately 150 guests with more canapés, oysters courtesy of Oyster Meister, who supply chuckers with leather holsters & metal buckets who work the room chucking the oysters.
Guests were then seated to a sharing main course of overnight roast pulled shoulder of Somerset lamb with pomegranate, mint & cilantro (what we Brits call coriander), Sharpham Park pearled spelt salad, pea, broad bean, orange & radish, sprouting broccoli with anchovy dressing, capers & toasted almond, yellow & green courgette salad, Homewood cheese Ewes curd & preserved lemon served with a selection of freshly baked artisan breads with seaweed butter & Somerset butter.
Dessert was aptly entitled the ‘Big Apple’ trio of apple & blackberry with a Sharpham Park spelt crumble, apple & salted caramel tartlet and Thatcher’s Gold sorbet & apple crisp served with organic double cream from the local Godminster Herd in Bruton.
Post dinner, the bar was stocked with Brooklyn lager, Thatcher’s cider and the cocktail menu featured , Gin & Tonic’s, Margarita’s and Old Fashioned’s.
At midnight the hungry revellers feasted on pork, Bristol chorizo & fennel seed sausage rolls.
The marquee, by Apex Marquees, was styled with olive & orange trees which lent a Mediterranean feel in the late summer sunshine.