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Monday, December 16, 2013

Wedding: The Food - Our Gluten Free Wedding Reception

Sydney Rustic Vintage Wedding

As you will know, if you've been reading SIL for a while, I have a lot of allergies in addition to being a coeliac. I can't eat tomatoes, citrus, this that and the other - it's definitely not easy for me to find food. 

So naturally, the catering for our wedding was a real challenge. Jesse wanted our reception food to be entirely gluten free so there was no risk of me getting glutened on our wedding day. It was so difficult finding a caterer that would provide us with gluten free, contaminate free food (others would say, it will be gluten free but prepared/stored next to gluten food or no we won't do all gluten free food. 

We only booked our caterer just a few days before the wedding as it took us so long to find one and finalise a menu... but what we ended up with was amazing.

Fruit and Vegetable Bar - Gluten Free Wedding Reception Menu Sydney

I knew exactly what I wanted, I just needed a caterer who could get the wheels turning and give us what we were hoping for - and Flavours Catering did just that.

Usually, when choosing a caterer you pick off their menu and they give you ideas, but because of the specific needs, we did things the opposite ways. I had the menu planned out and even had recipes - I just needed to find someone who would agree with what we wanted and thankfully Flavours did. 

Fruit and Vegetable Bar - Gluten Free Wedding Reception Menu SydneyAbove we have our gorgeous rustic themed Fruit & Vegetable bar which was styled by Venece who did an incredible job - she even took time out of her weekend to come in and set everything up to make sure it was perfect as this was one of the first times Flavour's Rustic styling would be used. 

I think the first thing I did when I saw Venece was give her a great big hug as, even though it wasn't quite finished (we arrived at the reception early) it was already looking incredible.

Rustic Grazing Table - Sour Cream and Chive Baby Potatoes - Gluten Free Catering Sydney

The rustic theming continued with our buffet table and it looked so good! As you know from our reception post, we had an incredibly relaxed laid back reception and I wanted the food to be the same. I wanted our guests to be able to pick and choose what they wanted, when they wanted and our buffet style grazing table allowed for this.

All of the food tables were on Timbermill's gorgeous wooden trestle tables which I absolutely adored.

Gluten Free Wedding Reception Menu Sydney - Fruit and Vegetable Bar, Mini Frittatas, Mini Potatoes, Rice Paper Rolls

The Menu: 
  • The Fruit and Vegetable Bar
    Veggies: Carrot, velery and cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes
    Fruit: Watermelon, pineapple, rockmelon and honeydew melon cubes - whole apples, bananas and strawberries
    Dips: Hummus, tzatziki and beetroot dip 
  • The Buffet Table - The Cold
    Spinach and Ricotta Mini Frittatas
    Goat Cheese and Roasted Pumpkin Mini Frittatas (my absolute favourite)
    Rice Paper Rolls with Avocado, Cucumber, Carrot and Baby Spinach with Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
    Watermelon with Feta and Mint
    Pesto Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing
    Quinoa with Feta, Pumpkin and Baby Spinach
  • The Buffet Table - The Hot
    Baby Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chive or Bruschetta Style Toppings
    Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce
    Spiced Beef Meatballs with Tomato Relish
    Seared Beef Skewers
Everyone loved the food and it was worth every penny. Even though we were left with lots of leftovers that we couldn't keep (make sure you bring extra things to pack food into just in-case something happens and you're left without) I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Especially those pumpkin and goat cheese frittatas <3 

The food was really fresh and healthy and exactly what Jesse and I love - and our guests loved it too. Some admitted they thought they might be eating hippie food when they found out it was gluten free, but they were shocked at how delicious it all was! Definitely a SIL style menu ;)

But tell me, formal sit down dinners or relaxed grazing tables/buffets - which do you prefer?

Next post: The Candy Buffet!
Wedding Vendors in this post: 
Caterer and Food Styling: Flavours Catering - 1300 368 605 -
Wooden Trestle Tables: Timbermill Rentals -

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  1. This looks perfect! I would love something like this at our wedding. :) My fiance was firm about having a sitdown meal though, but I've persuaded him to have a Bride menu and a Groom menu, so that there are some fruit and veggie packed meals in there!


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