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Wedding: Food & Drink

November 29, 2012

Our wedding catering was provided by the incredible Natasha Bailey of Eatable Swank. Natasha swooped in to rescue me from my catering conundrum (i.e. having a very hard time finding gluten-free vegan catering in Kansas City!) even though her new business wasn’t even fully set up yet. She basically let me design the menu top to bottom, and came through with the most delicious buffet food I’ve ever had…and our guests agreed. There were NO leftovers!

I am devastated to report, however, that I do not have photos of the vast majority of the food served that night. Our photographer had a medical emergency shortly after the ceremony and had to leave immediately, so we have no photos from dinner, including the toasts and speeches. (Later that evening, a photographer friend of the DJ’s came and snapped some reception photos, but only about an hour’s worth.) I was SO PROUD of the food we served, and everybody – literally everybody, full-blown carnivores and all – loved it and gushed about it. I wish with all my heart I had photos of everything to show you, but all I’ve got from the day of are a few shots from before the ceremony and two guests’ camera-phone shots of their plates. I do, however, have a few photos from our tasting sessions that I can show you, even though the final dishes may have been slightly different. So, onwards.


100% vegan and gluten-free buffet
• Fresh fruit cups & kebabs with vanilla-mint syrup
• Hummus with olive oil & Arabic spice
• Raw Caesar salad with avocado dressing & Brazilnut parmesan
• Tuscan spaghetti with pesto, white beans, & broccoli
• Thai-style stir-fry with noodles & mixed vegetables
• Indian chickpea curry with roasted cauliflower
• Choice of brown rice or quinoa
• Roasted baby potatoes with garlic & sea salt

Natasha attended to every detail, right down to the recycled, eco-friendly flatware, plates, and bowls.

Fresh fruit cups & kebabs with vanilla-mint syrup
We served these during cocktail hour. Matt and I didn’t even get to have one; sad!

Hummus with olive oil & Arabic spice
Natasha’s hummus was dreamily smooth and exotically spiced. Honestly some of the best hummus I’ve ever had.

The hummus was served with gluten-free rice chips.

Raw Caesar salad with avocado dressing & Brazilnut parmesan
No photo, sadly, but this Caesar salad was delectable. We served it with an optional scoop of olive tapenade on each portion. (Matt and I made all these namecards ourselves, by the way!)

Indian chickpea curry with roasted cauliflower
We served this with a choice of brown rice or quinoa. Even people inexperienced or unfamiliar with Indian food fell in love with this mild, saucy curry.
Tuscan spaghetti with pesto, white beans, & broccoli
Made with gluten-free corn noodles, this pasta with fresh basil pesto was bright-tasting and wonderful.

Thai-style stir-fry with noodles & mixed vegetables
Natasha came up with the perfect complex stir-fry sauce for this delicious mess of noodles and veggies.

Roasted baby potatoes with garlic & sea salt
BEST roasted potatoes Matt and I have ever had, period. The perfect amounts of olive oil, sea salt, and garlic. I can’t even describe how good these were! In fact, this was the first dish the buffet ran out of.

We provided an open bar that evening, with wines by The Vegan Vine.

I’ll conclude with two dinner photos taken by guests, plus one more photo from an earlier tasting session.

Our wedding buffet was everything I wanted it to be, and more. We and our guests all felt it was the best catered food we’d ever eaten. I wish I could eat it all again! A thousand thanks to Eatable Swank for making it all happen.

P.S. I’ll be featuring the cake(s) in a separate post. Just you wait. 😉

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2012 2:59 pm

    Yum!! Everything looks fantastic! I’d love to go to a vegan (aka dairy free) wedding! Even my own wedding the chef messed up at added paramasan cheese to everything. I literally didn’t eat a thing at my wedding except my dairy free cookie – instead of the wedding cake – that I brought from home! (wedding was in Mexico!)

    • November 29, 2012 3:00 pm

      Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that mistake with the cheese! I would have been so upset!

  2. November 29, 2012 3:22 pm

    Holy hell, that food looks and sounds delicious! That would have been an amazing spread for sure, and I can see why your carnivorous guests were pleased. I’m shocked more and more that my hubz is enjoying more what I’ve been cooking for the past few months for him. He still cries for a serving or two of beef and chicken during the week, but he’s definitely making it easier on me at mealtime. I think I made a pasta dish one night and used some scratch-made chicken stock from my freezer, and my poor body just totally rejected it. So on those nights where he’s wanting meat, I just have to do two meals. But I’d say American-Chinese style meals and Indian are the way to go with carnivores. And that hummus looks incredibly smooth. I like chunky bean dips, but I really love my hummus silky smooth with just a touch of olive oil. How lucky that you found your caterer, and with her not having a business fully set up yet. Sad you didn’t get to enjoy a fruit cup. :-/

  3. November 29, 2012 5:12 pm

    Le sigh. It did look good. *cries to self for not getting any potatoes, hummus, or salad*

    • November 29, 2012 5:13 pm

      Dude, you’ll be talking about that for the next 10 years, won’t you? 😛

      • Hillary Dyan Davis permalink
        November 29, 2012 5:28 pm

        Only if you plan on gushing about them for that long ;).

  4. alli permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:15 pm

    Your food looks amazing…would love to go to an all vegan affair someday, or throw a vegan wedding bash too. 🙂
    I Tried calling Natasha to see about working with her, but her phone number on her web site says its been disconnected and no longer in service..Do you have another phone number for her you can share? Thanx!!

    • November 29, 2012 5:20 pm

      I can ask her if she minds me giving you her number. She’s several months pregnant right now, though, so she may not be doing catering again for awhile 🙂

  5. November 29, 2012 5:54 pm

    wowza.. that looks like a fantastic spread! can you please get married again and invite me 😉 a gorgeous wedding with a beautiful bride where i dont have to worry about food 🙂 perfect!

    • November 29, 2012 6:02 pm

      Aw, thank you Richa! I WISH I could have the whole wedding over again, if for no other reason than to eat another serving of all these yummies.

  6. November 29, 2012 7:30 pm

    Best best best best wedding food I’ve ever had. I loved the tapenade even more than the hummus! It was mighty good with the potatoes 🙂

  7. November 29, 2012 7:41 pm

    Sounds like the perfect wedding fare…. making me hungry 😉 Can’t wait to hear about your CAKE!

  8. Lauren permalink
    November 30, 2012 12:59 am

    Love everything! Extra love for the eco friendly utensils and plates! 🙂 I’m going to keep all this in mind for if/when I ever get married aha I’m always looking for ways to get people to include more ‘green’ options for things – in both food and environmentally friendly things!

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