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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Lettuce entertain you.

I went to a lovely wedding yesterday. The ceremony itself was fabulous. They held it on the grounds of a public mansion on a hill overlooking a picturesque river scene and since there weren't more than a couple of dozen guests, it was elegant without being flamboyant.
The reception was held at a cozy nearby restaurant on the river. Lovely reception, not so lovely food.
The way the food was served was as if these people had been watching gourmets on Food Network and thought, "We can do that!" Specifically the visual attempt was comically amateurish, in my non-foodie opinion. Take the salad you see in the picture above (slyly snapped with my phone cam). It's a quarter head of iceberg lettuce (yuck, iceberg?) with diced tomatoes and croutons floating in a pool of ranch dressing. Um? Is this supposed to look like gourmet food architecture or something? It doesn't. It looks like the salad chopper got lazy.
It would have been fine if the taste made up for the arrangement, but it didn't. It wasn't terrible, just... mediocre. My linguini was oily, the broccoli had been oversteamed, and I'm really not even sure what kind of sauce they were trying to pass off with the asparagus. Hollandaise, it was not. Ranch? Entirely possible. I didn't try it.

So... in summary, Yay for the wedding! Not so much for the food. Thankfully that's not what we were there for.
posted by hilary at 8:53 PM |


Anonymous Anonymous said...

they probably paid out the nose for that blah stuff too!

I'm kind of a food snob...I'd have gotten a little teared up over the hunk o' lettuce. It's not even supposed to be Ranch dressing you do that's bleu cheese. If yer gonna go it right!


9/18/2006 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the crutons were easy to get at with that setup. :)


9/19/2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger Tedd said...

That's the way I made the salad for my girlfriend when I made her dinner for prom (her request.) I used Catalina dressing, as I recall...

9/20/2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

That so sucks for whoever was paying for the food! I wonder if they made any complaints... I've watched lots of Bridezilla episodes. THOSE brides would've had the caterers/cooks HEADS on the plates. LOL.

9/21/2006 4:49 PM  

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