Autumn yields a bounty of exciting ingredients and recipes, making it one of our favorite times of year for planning exquisite menus. Couples appreciate the flavors of home and dishes that bring them comfort and an air of nostalgia. Guests delight in the fruit of local harvests and the opportunity to sample regional favorite foods and beverages. All things come together magically in fall—truly the perfect season for weddings.
The fall weather influence
Moderate weather in much of the Northern Hemisphere means that fall is one of our peak growing seasons. A bountiful harvest of greens, potatoes, squash, and fruits like apples, berries, and pears open up many possibilities for chefs creating seasonal menus. Keep an eye on the weather so you’ll know which crops are ready and when, and work with your chef to adapt as needed.
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Soup for starters
Soups and stews grow more popular in the fall as weather turns cooler and the ingredients abound. They are popular as starters on fall wedding menus, as they are filling and a great option for honoring special dietary requests like vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free.
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Couples and guests alike gravitate toward comfort food year-round, but most passionately in the fall. At Wente Vineyards, we try to honor this connection by making sure our menus are filled with our personal twist. One of the most popular items that we serve this time of year is our House Smoked Double Cut Pork Chop with baked polenta, apple cider braised cabbage, and mustard cream, paired with Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Pinot Noir. Incorporating favorite childhood and family dishes is a great way to personalize a wedding menu.
“Make sure, when planning your fall specialty menus, to keep in mind that your chef might need to make changes if not all seasonal crops come in on time. We can plan ahead and attend to details, but we can’t influence Mother Nature.”
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