Food doesn’t have to be fancy to be tasty. Guests at the party dined on simple meatball sliders and easy snacks like veggie trays. This helped keep the budget reasonable instead of spending a huge amount on a full sit down dinner.
Rather than serving a traditional, old school wedding meal like chicken and steak, consider unique and interactive food options that express your personal tastes. Hire a food truck that serves tacos or host a more casual pig roast or shrimp boil rather than opting for a fancy plated dinner. It can save you money and your guests will remember it forever!
A well planned buffet table provides guests the opportunity to customize their menu to their liking, says Austin-based stylist Hilary Dominguez, while knowing exactly what they have to choose from - thanks to charming little food labels that tie in with the event theme.
Like many Atlanta suburbs, Marietta has embraced its historic downtown district and bulked up food and shopping opportunities for residents who may not want to drive into Atlanta for a great meal. Downtown Marietta including Marietta Square is home to some memorable restaurants and this fall 2018 the area welcomes a new food hall Marietta Square Market, to compete with Atlanta's on-fire food halls Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Housed in a former repurposed historic warehouse, Marietta Square Market, a 7-minute walk from Marietta Square, will feature a variety of restaurants with street tacos, baked goods, burgers, ramen, bubble tea and other au courant goodies on their menus. If your Marietta travel plans can wait, Swedish cult retailer IKEA is opening a Marietta outpost in 2019 or 2020.
You can always impress guests with a specialty drink, and you don't have to be a mixologist or sommelier to do it, just find one at your local gourmet grocery store. Many specialty grocery stores will have food and beverage experts on site who can offer recommendations for locally-produced nonalcoholic beverages as well as picks from local breweries and wine that works with your menu. Additionally, they almost always have information packets about the products that you can take home and place on your table for guests to explore.
You don't even have to leave Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to experience some of the best in local cocktail culture. One Flew South in the international terminal has a top-notch food program from celebrated Atlanta chef and Soul author Todd Richards (don't miss the collard green ramen) that will make you forget you are eating in an airport and a deep cuts cocktail menu with classics like an Old-Fashioned, Sazerac, Aperol Spritz and the Nearest to Happiness (pictured) featuring Uncle Nearest 1856 whiskey, lillet rouge, lemon, simple syrup and muddled blueberries and mint, the fartherest cocktail imaginable from a sad, sugary airport margarita.
A family favorite, applesauce blends well with many mealtime menus, standing in as side dish or dessert. Best of all, applesauce is easy to make. Simply peel, core and cook apples until they fall apart easily with a spoon. Add seasoning (think cinnamon and maple or agave syrup) while cooking or after. Applesauce without seasoning varies in color, based on the type of apple you use. In some cases, cooking the apples with peels on results in a pink sauce. To remove peels, just run the cooked apples through a food mill or strainer. Make applesauce as chunky or smooth as you like. For long-term storage, freeze or can it using a boiling water bath.