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Wedding At The Down Town Club

On the hottest darn day of the summer in 2010, I had the privilege of attending a lovely wedding for J & S. Like the priest said during the ceremony, J & S are ‘dunkin’ people, but the reception surely was not. It was luxuriously fancy! Held at the Down Town Club, right next to Independence Hall, it was down right swank.
Before dinner, we had cocktail hour with booze and food. We may have been at the down town club, but they had no qualms about serving meats on sticks.
There was sushi too!
Some sliced meats, perhaps?
These were just about the cutest things ever. It was pulled pork on top of chips that were shaped like little spoons!
Fresh fruit?  Yes. Cheese? Yes!
There were some sweet things during cocktail hour as well. They also passed around some veggie spring rolls, sliders, bacon wrapped something on skewers, and other delicious treats. And the booze was a-flowin.
Ok, onto the formal reception! The room was beautiful with incredible high ceilings. We were on top of this high rise building and there were incredible views of Philadelphia. We started with a salad of greens with a balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was great as is, but it was even better once you realized there was asparagus hidden underneath!
There were two entree selections. The first was the crabcake. Looks good. And man, they have broccolini as a side! I love broccolini!
I picked the turbinado of beef. It was great! I even enjoyed the veggies, although I avoided the shredded carrots. Let me just say something. I have to hand it to caterers. Seriously though. I have no idea how you bring out food for 200 people, at essentially the same time, and everything is hot and delicious and nicely presented. This is why I am in the eating business and you are in the cooking business. I’m very happy just doing the eating, thank you very much.
You probably thought I was going to talk next about the wedding cake. Or perhaps wedding pie? No way, jose. I’m next going to talk about the Room of Desserts! Yes, you heard it right. This wedding reception had a room solely dedicated to desserts. This lovely plate is what I decided to have. Starting from the top and going clockwise we have a cream puff (meh), chocolate dipped strawberry (yums), red velvet cupcake (my favorite!), fruit tart (ok), and a lemon tart in the middle (good). I really enjoyed this room of desserts because you could get what you wanted and didn’t have to just be forced into eating wedding cake. Even though I’m sure that wedding cake was probably quite good. And the cake was in the room of desserts as well, of course!
What else was in this room of desserts? Well, for one, fire! Fire, from the cherries jubilee. There was also a whole side of the room solely dedicated to coffees and teas.
Little mini cannolis, and lots of other mini sweet treats. There were tons of chocolate based treats.
Ice cream too!
Pies, cupcakes, and of course, wedding cake, which I totally forgot to take a picture of. Wedding cake capture fail! It was a great ceremony, fantastic cocktail hour, delicious dinner, even more delicious desserts, and a fun and dance-filled reception. Here’s to wishing J & S a happy life together!

Another Wedding!

So I ended up crashing a wedding at the Schuylkill Country Club. As it was at a more traditional type of place, it ended up being a pretty traditional wedding. No pizza, no ribs, no nacho bar. But there was quite the open bar.

Salad and bread. Both of these were actually really great. The rolls were warm and dense. The salad had lovely dressing… slightly mustardy, but still good.There was no meal selection in the rsvp’s, so it wasn’t surprising that it was a buffet. Although this place was kind of fancy, so it was still a bit surprising. Here’s the rice dish that’s hard to describe. It was like a cross between plain rice pilaf and plain risotto. The rice was incredibly mushy, but not in a bad way, so it was like a risotto, but incredibly buttery. So we’re not really sure what it was, but we all really loved it. There was also asparagus, chicken, and salmon.
I’m not a big salmon fan, so I just stuck with the chicken and the asparagus, and the mystery rice dish. It’s hard to describe the chicken too, but it was baked, and it was incredibly moist and tender. The asparagus was also cooked quite well and nice and buttery. The meal was quite heavy on the butter. No complaint from me though. I’m all about putting butter on everything.

The cake was an incredibly rich and dense chocolate cake with chocolate goop in the middle and some vanilla frosting on top. There was also a raspberry sauce drizzled on it. The sauce was too tart though, so I had to avoid it. I’m not typically a chocolate person, but this cake was quite delicious. I ate the whole thing. I couldn’t help myself. I’m all wedding’d out for the rest of this year!

Barn Wedding Reception

After showing up late for the ceremony (damn you google maps, you failed me again!) we headed out to the reception in style. There was a shuttle bus from the hotel to the reception, and when I say bus, I mean bus! As in big ass greyhound type bus. It was pimpin, and stylin indeed.
So the reception was in a barn. Say what? Yes, a barn. I kid you not. But it was free of hay and animals and the stench that goes along with it. Instead, it was cozy, adorable, and lovely. A reception like no other, and that’s a very good thing.
There was a little band from new orleans which was just perfect for this type of setting. Four instrumentalists and a singer. I absolutely loved it.
The little takeaway gifts were jams! Yes! Jams! As you can already see, this is my type of wedding reception!
Even some of the centerpieces were food based. Seriously, my kind of reception, y’know?
There was a little outdoor tent setup in front of the barn, and the open bar was there (thanks uncle p!), and a few appetizer stations. The first was a nacho bar. I’ve never imagined a wedding reception with a nacho bar. But now that I’ve seen it, I think everyone should have one. These were homemade flour tortilla chips. There was chili, and melted cheese, and guacamole, and pico de gallo… it was perfect.
There was also a little setup of pot stickers and california rolls. The california rolls were excellent. The pot stickers had been pan fried who knows how long ago, so they were a bit cold and soggy. I’m sure if they were freshly fried, they would have been little pockets of heaven.
There were also some servers going around with hors d’oeuvres. These were little potato cakes with ketchup relish. Eh, I wasn’t impressed. The sauce was sweet and odd, and so were the cakes. I also saw some fruit skewers and soms type of artichoke things going around.
Bacon wrapped scallops. Put two of my favorite things together and it’s a perfect little snack.
On to the dinner! Once they were ready for dinner, we started with a lovely summer salad. Spinach with roasted pear, berries, dried currants, preserved grapes with a carmelized onion type dressing. It was a perfect salad. And it came with the cutest little whole wheat biscuit.
The entrees were served buffet style. I love buffets because I can try whatever I want, and it’s just less stuffy. Ribs! Wahoo! Beef ribs with bbq sauce, and they had a silky peach bbq sauce to go along with this. Also, short ribs. Which actually ended up being better than the ribs because there were no bones and you could just revel in all the meatiness. And mac and cheese. Again, another dish I would not imagine at any wedding reception, but something that everyone should consider!
Crab quesadillas with pico de gallo. These little suckers were good, and filled with real crabmeat. I didn’t try the chicken, but I bet it was good!
Last but not least was a grilled veggie salad. I love veggies like this. Just grilled with some olive oil and herbs, these are my favorite ways to eat veggies. Squash, zucchini, bell peppers, fingerling potatoes in red and purple, all cooked just enough to retain their bite.
The bride and groom got a little mini cake for their traditional cake feeding thing. It was a chocolate cake. They seemed to like it enough. But the rest of us did not get to partake in the cake. I did not mind this at all.
Instead, we got apple pie! You’re looking at a girl who loves herself some pie, so getting apple pie instead of boring wedding cake was a pleasant surprise.
Apple pie a la mode with caramel sauce. This beats cake any day of the week. What a truly unique and different reception. I loved everything about it. With the two weddings I’ve been to this year, they both had incredibly different receptions from the norm. And I’m thankful that they were unique and memorable.

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