Wedding Menu in Tuscany - Guest Post

June 29th 2011 by Giulia

The right Menu for a special Wedding in Tuscany

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Choosing the right menu is crucial for the success of a good wedding, as much as for the location of the event. The latter, in fact, should be evocative, in harmony with your style. Tuscany offers beautiful venues indeed, but menus need to be studied in detail according to them, because they mostly characterize your wedding event. Tuscan regional cuisine is rich of culinary tips for your wedding menus, thanks to the great variety of its traditions.

Don’t forget that your guests will remember more of an unsatisfying menu rather than a wonderful location! Therefore, it is always important to take care of the wedding menu in detail, and it’s not easy: you have to satisfy all tastes, or at least try to do it.

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The quality and variety of food, the combination of tastes and plenty of choices are the elements that will determine the success of the wedding menu.

After the ceremony, the second important part of your wedding begins with the party. Thus, you should carefully decide which food to be offered to your guests and how, and take care of the mis-en-place.

Keep in mind the season. The ideal is to offer your guests products of the season or at least in harmony with it.

Another important element is also the place where you are getting married and the style of your wedding. The menu shall be consistent with the situation where you are (city, country).

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Usually the Italian wedding menu begins with an appetizer buffet, during which the guests have time to socialize while awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom.

Here’s an idea of how a menu for a wedding in Tuscany could be arranged. You will find a few typical dishes of this region to give the banquet a local touch. Enjoy it!

Cocktails nonalcoholic fruit Bellini, Mimosa, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene white wine, fruit juices
“Oysters” Buffet - Oysters served with lemon, pepper and croutons

Buffet of raw seafood - Shrimp and “sparnocchi”, big prawns
Carpaccio: sea bass, grouper, salmon, mullet, tuna, swordfish, croaker
Served with various sauces: citrus dressing, oil, lemon and capers, balsamic vinegar

Panigacci corner - The typical grill will be displayed to cook “panigacci”, a flat bread made in Podenzana, a small village in the Lunigiana area.

Express kitchen corner
Marinated Octopus with olive oil, chili, garlic
Squid and shrimps salad with cherry tomatoes and arugula

Particular cheeses corner
Gorgonzola cheese, Camembert, Taleggio, Parmesan, Tuscan Pecorino cheese
Herbed goat cheese, Scoppola of Pedona (small village on Versilia’s hillside)
(served with acacia honey, raspberry jam, red onions jam, Passito wine)

Rustic buffet
Lardo of Colonnata (small village on Versilia’s hillside), Finocchiona, Mortadella di Prato, Tuscan salami and Tuscan prosciutto crudo

Crostini of Tuscan bread be seasoned with various sauces
Liver patè, spicy fresh tomato, mushrooms

Corner for tasting typical Tuscan soups
Spelt soup from “Lucchese” recipe, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita

Fries in cones
Fried sage, “panzanelline”, fried bread, eggplant, zucchini, zucchini flowers, onion rings, skewers with prawns

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Menu (served at the table)

Homemade pasta with eggplant, zucchini and fresh tomatoes
Cones with squid, fish fillet, mussels, shrimp, zucchini and cherry tomatoes
Rack of veal roasted, vegetables, flan with carrot sauce

Wedding cake

Coffee and digestive liqueurs

After dinner buffet
Exotic fruit skewers
Skewers of strawberries with warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream
Watermelon, pineapple, melon
Buffet for gourmets
Rum, Brandy, Calvados, Terre Arse Florio, Cuban cigars, Whisky and dark chocolate.

Guest Post by Silvia Rotilio, Lombard Tuscan-born adopted,she worked for a long time in Milan and abroad in the tourism and events sectors within major companies. She now lives in Versilia, a land that offers her a daily inspiration. She is cooperating as freelance with wishversilia travel consultant and wedding planner agency.

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