Second Food Tasting - Canapés Catering

We had our second food tasting for our wedding last night with Canapés Catering.  We had been asked to choose the food we wanted to taste prior to arriving.  This was very difficult for us only because there were SO many incredible options.  Case and Point - the hors d'oeuvres list was 19 pages long and that font size was small!

The tasting was held at Thorpewood, which is one of the places we looked at having our wedding.  Unfortunately for us, our wedding size is more than they could accomodate, but I would highly recommend it to anyone having a smaller size wedding.  Absolutely beautiful.  

Hors d'Oeuvres

Seared Sea Scallops with Fresh Bacon and Beurre Blanc - Pan-seared jumbo sea scallops drizzles with beurre blanc and topped with crumbled crisp bacon.
Maryland Crab Cake Canapés on Sweet Corn Muffins with Cajun Rémoulade - Rich Old Bay seasoned lump crab cakes served resting in a miniature sweet cornbread muffin with a leaf of mesclun and a zippy Cajun rémoulade sauce.

Katafi Wrapped Sea Bass  with Tomato Essence - Garlic infused oil marinated sea bass filets wrapped in shredded phyllo, pan-seared until crispy and served with a Tomato Caper Essence Beurre Blanc.

Southwestern Tequila and Lime Jumbo Prawn - Tequila, lime juice, olive oil, brown sugar and cilantro marinated shrimp, pan-seared and served with a barbecue dipping sauce.  


Thai Crab Rolls - Sautéed carrots, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms tossed in a Thai sauce with chives, coriander, cellophane noodles and lump crab rolled in rice paper wrapper. Pan-fried and served with a spicy dipping sauce. 
Fruit Soup Shooters - Peach & Mango….refreshing and beautifully garnished.

Salad & Bread

Salad of Mesclun Greens with a Basil Tarragon Vinaigrette - Fresh seasonal greens displayed with grape tomatoes, dried apricots and cherries finished with goat cheese and tossed with a flavorful herb vinaigrette.
Spring Greens with Blue Cheese, Sweet Pecans and Grilled Pear - Fresh field greens and crisp romaine tossed in Vidalia vinaigrette with candied pecans, sliced grilled pear and crumbled blue cheese.

Fresh Baked, Grilled Olive Loaf

 & Sides

Maryland Crab Cakes - Rich lump crab mixture seasoned with Old Bay and formed into cakes then BAKED to a golden brown.  Served with sides of savory rémoulade sauce and cocktail sauce.
Grilled Tenderloin of Beef - Olive oil, garlic, cracked pepper and rosemary rubbed tenderloin of beef seared and roasted to a medium rare served with shiitake demi-glaze and horseradish cream.

Chicken Scaloppini with an Herb Marsala Sauce - Boneless chicken breast dusted lightly with seasoned flour, pan seared and served sliced resting in an herb Marsala sauce. 

Grilled Salmon Filets with a Béarnaise Sauce - Garlic infused grapeseed oil rubbed salmon filets, grilled and served resting in a pool of a rich tarragon shallot béarnaise sauce.

Soft Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Crispy Leeks - Creamy Parmigiano-Reggiano accented polenta served with a sauté of assorted mushrooms.
Our sides in the above entrée pictures were:
Roasted Fresh Asparagus - Fresh asparagus roasted in olive oil seasoned with cracked pepper & salt.
Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts - Sweet butter pan seared seasoned Brussel sprout halves.

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted New Potatoes - Miniature red potatoes quickly seared in olive oil, fresh rosemary and a hint of garlic, finished in the oven with sweet butter, kosher salt and cracked pepper.


Flavorful moist carrot cake torte layered with a rich cream cheese filling.
White butter cake torte layered with a fresh raspberry mousse, raspberry conserve and shredded coconut. (they forgot the raspberry mousse, but we were too full to mind)

Almond butter cake torte layered with a smooth almond scented buttercream.

Pretty impressive stuff, right?  We had some clear favorites, but all of the food was absolutely delicious.  My mom, Kevin & I split everything in the pictures above and even brought leftovers home to my dad, who couldn't make it.  
I like this part of wedding planning!

Even without any wine, we got a little loopy from all the delicious food.  Kevin proclaimed that he got his first ever "food high".   My mom snapped a picture of us in the midst of our post-meal happiness. 

We had planned to have a third and final tasting next week, but are considering cancelling and going with our clear favorite. :)


Erica April 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

oh my gosh! It all looks so freaking good!. I think (without tasting anything ;) I'd offer the crab cakes and almond butter cake for sure! You have a tough decision ahead of you!

I Run for Fun April 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Mmmm...everything looks so delicious! This is so perfect, Lauren. And what an exciting few weeks you've had, with being in the magazine and the free massage!

Tricia May 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM  


Running Diva Mom May 6, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Just found you -- looking forward to following your journey :-)

aladdinsane12 May 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

Oh my gosh, you had me drooling through the whole thing! I have never made Maryland style crab cakes before- I've only ever made this kind!

Simply Life May 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

oh wow, everything looks great!

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