Weddings these days are multi day events. As the grooms parents, we hosted the rehearsal dinner and two post wedding events for family and friends from out of town. By Sunday evening, my husband was exhausted. I on the other hand had beds to change and linens to wash before my daughter and son-in-law return this coming holiday weekend.
The rehearsal dinner was at Twisted Tapas in Belmar. Kevan, the owner and the chef, Sean, did an outstanding job with the hospitality and food. When our guests arrived, we had marinated olives on the table. Next up was nachos and a pear and walnut salad. The tapas entrees were spaced perfectly, giving people time to enjoy and savor each plate that was being served. After those items, I selected a seafood salad filled with shrimp, conch, calamari, scallops and other fish dressed with a delicious dressing with a little kick to it. Following that, albondigas, which are meatballs stuffed with Manchego cheese, white wine, onions and cherry pepper sauce, delicious. Along with the meatballs we had an artichoke and short rib flatbread. The artichoke flat bread was perfect for my vegetarian sister-in-law. Last, but not least, was my son's all time favorite of Twisted Tapas, their chicken tacos, with a special sauce. Unfortunately, this particular taco is no longer on the their dinner menu, but was made special for our party. The tacos were fabulous.
On the day of the wedding, I didn't want the groom and his groomsmen going off to the wedding on an empty stomach. I ordered a Jersey Mike's subs by the box. It was perfect for lunch. You are able to select four types of sandwiches, which are cut and individually wrapped for guests to enjoy. Each box serves 10, which gave us more than enough for the bridal party and some family that came down early for the wedding. (photo from Google images).
If that wasn't enough eating, on Saturday, we hosted a post wedding luncheon for our out of town guests. I ordered food from Ma's Italian Specialties, in Belmar. From the owner, Anthony, I selected his 18th Avenue Salad, which consisted of mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese and candied walnuts dressed with a delicious balsamic dressing. For sandwiches I selected the Angie (grilled chicken, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella), Rosie (fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers & baby arugula with balsamic vinaigrette) and lastly, the Matty Burke (hot roast beef, fresh mozzarella and gravy). All were delicious and enjoyed by everyone.
More eating followed with a few less guests, at Brandl Restaurant in Belmar. Not only is the food consistently delicious, but the hospitality in the front of the house, thanks to Paul, and wonderful service, kudos to Tina, make it a thoroughly enjoyable meal. With nine dinner guests there was a range of tastes. Appetizers that evening ranged from mini crab cakes, grilled Caesar salad to roasted beets. Entrees for the evening skewed mostly to the nightly special of scallops. Desserts again offered a broad range of tastes from their homemade donuts and chocolate dipping sauce, to pecan bread pudding, molten center chocolate cake and homemade bourbon ice cream.
Phew, that was a lot of food and I didn't even go into what we had at the wedding. Today, I was off and off to the gym I was after a food fest of three days.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.