A month ago we were FINALLY able to give our palates a taste of possible potentials for our wedding :)
Rlan and I came with our empty stomachs ready to fill our tummies with delicious yummy food! But the Inn at St. John’s goes all out for these things, so there was a mini-Wedding Showcase at the Gallery Garden filled with vendors for those who still looking. So in our case, we were just waiting patiently with our grumbling stomachs =/ Yes, there may have been cake samples and drinks available for us, but we didn’t want to ruin our appetite!
The doors finally opened and we quickly found our table to be greeted with a sample of cold hors d’oeuvres :D As much as I wanted to just dig in, we waited till the server came around to explain what exactly was in front of us.
- Mini Caprese Salad, Basil Crostini - which if you know me, I love caprese!!! So I was really looking forward to this :D It was yummy and delicious, but nothing special
- Chilled Sliced Beef Carpaccio, Red Onion Jam, Lightly Smoked Bleu Cheese, Herb Crostini - also yummy, but again tasted nothing out of the ordinary
- Cured Tuna Carpaccio, Crisp Wonton, Miso-Wasabi Aiolli - definitely one for all the sashimi lovers! Could definitely taste the kick of the wasabi :D
- Curried Chicken-Sundried Fruit Salad, Toasted Almonds, Light Pastry Cup - this was DELICIOUS!!! the currey really gave it a hint of indian, a bit tangy, and overall sooooo goood!
We were then served with our hot apps :)
- Spiced Chicken Wontons - basically fried dim-sum, which tasted the best out of the hot apps
- Spanakopita, Feta-Spinach in Phyllo - I’ve had better spinach pie
- Forest Mushroom Flatbread, Artisan Brie, Wild Leeks - flavorful but salty
Next up - salad, which were both yummy :)
- Season’s Best Mixed Greens
- Taste of Michigan Salad
Mind you, we’re already getting full… and we still had our entrees coming up!
- Slow Roasted Chicken Breast (Top left)
- Fresh Herb-Panko Crusted Chicken Breast (Middle left)
- Mediterranean Branzini (Top right)
- Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon (Bottom right)
- Cast Iron Seared Filet Mignon (Bottom left)
Slow Roasted Chicken Breast vs. Fresh Herb-Panko Crusted Chicken Breast
At first, I really thought we would lean towards the dish with the rice, coz seriously, how can we say no to rice? Unfortunately, that wild rice aint our white rice, and the chicken was a bit dry for my taste — so the rice option - sad to say - was not worth it, especially when the roasted garlic cream sauce on the slow roasted chicken breast was so good! I practically finished the whole dish! Which I don’t know if that was a smart idea when we still had 3 more dishes waiting to be served =/
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon vs. Mediterranean Branzini
The fish definitely beat the chicken for me! The salmon was good, but the mediterranean branzini - even though it smelled like fish - was just to die for! Although it may have a lot to do with the 7 layer dip on the mild fish and the accompanying risotto cake! So now when I watch Chef Ramsey talking about the risotto - I know what he’s talking about ;) I never knew how delicious risotto is!!! Simply amazing! The Branzini is actually not part of the Ballroom menu - it’s on the Atrium menu =/ But they said they’ll be able to serve it still for us!
Cast Iron Seared Filet Mignon
And of course the steak! Which of course is how much extra. I wont lie, it was perfectly cooked… but other then that, it was just an ordinary steak. My dad’s steak I think has much more flavor and much more juicy! Maybe that’s what it was lacking - the juicy fat :P
And of course to end the night… a whole plethora of their Pastry Lover’s Extravaganza sweet table, Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee action station, and their Gourmet Coffee Station with some sweet treats called By-the-Dozen (which please don’t get your hopes up if you’re expecting to see this at our wedding! LOL). I was too stuffed though and too overwhelmed to know what to exactly I wanted to try - and this picture doesn’t even do justice of how much desert was at the venue!