Food Tasting

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I haven’t blogged in about a month because I have had to mentally push away the fact that the wedding is fast approaching in order to maintain my sanity.  My cat started having urinary issues and ultimately had to have emergency surgery.  Between cleaning up after all of his accidents, driving him over an hour away to have surgery that I wasn’t sure he would make it out of and then keeping him separated from my other cats for two weeks, and, oh yes, paying the $1300 bill, I was at a breaking point and just pretended that I didn’t have anything else to worry about.  The positive thing about being ahead of schedule with wedding planning was that I was able to take that time away without getting behind.

We had our food tasting at MGM and it could not have gone any better.  I have eaten at the restaurants in the casino but the event chefs are different so we were basically at their mercy.  If the food wasn’t good, we would be stuck with it.  Fortunately every single thing we ate was delicious. Great food is a must so I was very relieved.

Joey and I were able to invite a few guests to the tasting but had to give the number of people attending ahead of time to the coordinator so that they knew exactly how many plates to serve.  If you know me then you know that not one thing in my life ever goes exactly how it is supposed to and inevitably I get stressed out and start panicking.  In true Jessica Williams fashion, at the last minute there was a change up of people who would be attending so I was scrambling to find someone.  It ended up working out but the 24 hours up until then were not very enjoyable.

The chef came out in between each presentation and explained exactly what we were eating.  If you’ve ever watched Top Chef, it was exactly like that.  The chef that prepared our meals will be the same chef working our wedding so we were able to ask him questions and know exactly what we would be getting that night.

We started with the hors d’oeuvres.  We had selected six options ahead of time and after tasting had to choose four.  Something that we had to take into consideration is that people will not have plates for cocktail hour and therefore the items we chose had to be easy to eat without one.

Next we tasted the salad, and then the entrees.  They presented a plate to show us exactly how it would look the night of the wedding and then we all had smaller (but still large) portions.

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Lastly, we tasted the cakes.  We chose three combinations to taste and mixed and matched until we decided exactly what we wanted.

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I was absolutely stuffed by the end of it and I didn’t eat half of the food in front of me.  On the other hand there was not a single scrap left on any of Joey’s plates.

It was nice to get back to wedding planning with such a positive day.  Joey has already asked if we could have another tasting if we said we couldn’t decide.