All photos courtesy of Julie Jones and Donie Ungerman from Picture Something Blue.
I’ll admit, I didn’t go into the whole wedding planning thing with a ton of ideas. I knew I wanted something rustic. I knew I didn’t want to wear white. And I was absolutely, 100% dead certain that I wanted food trucks to cater the shindig.
But you can’t get everything you want… my father killed the food truck idea almost immediately. He kept saying to me, “Jaime, can you imagine your grandfather waiting in line at a food truck?!?” and no matter how much I protested, he wouldn’t budge. It was only one of two things where he put his foot down and made the executive decision.
Which makes it that much harder for me to admit this: I am so glad we went the route we did with The Moveable Feast Catering. Ugh, fine. You were right, Dad. Don’t rub it in.
At the end of it all, there was only one reason I was willing to stray from the food cart idea. Her name is Kimberly Sheldon, our Event Specialist over at The Moveable Feast. Words cannot describe how freaking amazing Kimberly was start to finish – I loved her from the moment we spoke on the phone. I went from being frustrated and disappointed to excited and inspired within minutes. Seriously.
You see, just because I wasn’t going to get my food truck experience didn’t mean I wanted to go the way of plated dinners of dried out chicken and bland fish. I wanted to get creative and do something different – something almost anti-wedding. After all, my father and stepmother married in 2005, and if you ask my father (a HUGE foodie) what was on the menu, he couldn’t tell you. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I wanted something delicious, memorable and a little fun… and it had to be affordable.
What she delivered hit every target imaginable – a series of food stations, each with something fantastic. Here’s the breakdown of each station:
Produce Station: This station, while my favorite, didn’t get nearly the attention it deserved. I was in love with the gazpacho shooters, mini cones of quinoa salad and caprese salad. Guests also had the option of fresh fruit, grilled vegetables, fresh guacamole and a ridiculously delicious fire roasted red pepper hummus.
Build Your Own Slider Station: These bite-sized wonders were a huge hit! Choices were pulled BBQ pork or Black Angus burgers and all the toppings you could need.
Make Your Own Street Tacos Station: Complete with all the fixings, guests were able to choose between fajita chicken, seasoned beef or grilled Mahi-Mahi. And if that wasn’t enough, there were chips and salsa to snack on, too.
Gourmet Mac and Cheese Station: three (yes, THREE!) different kinds of gourmet mac and cheese. Of the four we tried, we ended up selecting a rotini pasta with duck and gouda, a seafood penne with dill havarti and the old school mac and aged cheddar.
Oh, and how could I forget the Bellini Bar, complete with peach, pomegranate and blood orange purees that each guest could choose for their own custom bellini.
I’d love to take credit for our menu, but it was 80% Kim’s genius (okay, maybe 90%). If it sounds like I’m gushing, it’s because I am – a huge reason that our wedding was such an awesome experience was because we hired Kim and the team at Moveable Feast. They even handled the whole process for getting chairs for the outdoor ceremony and a tent for the cocktail hour. It was so much more than I could have ever hoped for.
I know that they do amazing “traditional” catering for weddings, so don’t let me talk you out of working with them because of our unique choices. But the creativity and passion Kimberly brings to her work was what hooked me.I would work with The Moveable Feast Catering and Kimberly Sheldon again in a second. They are the real deal.
For more information about The Moveable Feast Catering, visit their website.