Choosing A Classic Charleston Wedding Menu – by Tanya Gurrieri, Owner at Salthouse Catering

Choosing A Classic Charleston Wedding Menu – by Tanya Gurrieri, Owner at Salthouse Catering

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When couples plan their wedding in Charleston, they know that guests will be coming from far and near with high expectations for the local dining scene. Charleston’s food culture is part of the attraction to the Holy City and our chefs do a great job highlighting our local bounty with seasonal ingredients. Salthouse Catering can help you build a quintessential Charleston wedding reception menu that will leave your guests talking about the food for years to come.Shrimp and Grits are a must! Whether you offer this dish as an entrée, small plate station, or passed appetizer, include it on your reception menu somewhere! There’s nothing like our local sweet shrimp and tasso ham gravy smothered over creamy stone-ground grits from Marsh Hen Mill on Edisto Island.

Next up – is Tomato Pie. Fresh ripe tomatoes are layered with cheesy goodness in a flaky crust and baked to a golden brown. While there are many versions of this dish, our mini tomato pie tartlet, offered as a passed hors d’oeuvres is popular with both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. And while we’re on the topic of tomatoes…don’t forget fried green tomatoes. This savory dish is complimented with goat cheese mousse and pepper relish and is perfectly paired with grits, chicken, or seafood.

No menu is complete without seasonal local produce. Whether you choose collard greens, fresh melon, or sweet corn, our local farms produce delicious ingredients featured throughout our menu in a variety of ways.Fried chicken is a classic southern staple and our award-winning buttermilk brined fried chicken is always a crowd favorite. Perfectly paired with creamy five-cheese mac n cheese on a tasting plate or as a late-night snack on a flaky biscuit topped with bourbon brown sugar gravy, you can’t go wrong either way! During the Colonial Period, coastal South Carolina was the largest producer of rice in America. Even today, you won’t find many Charleston meals without rice on the menu. Anson Mills curated Carolina Gold Rice and saved the crop from extinction. We love their Middlins rice cooked slow and creamy like grits. Nutty and flavorful, this rice makes a perfect companion to our slow-braised short rib or local fish plates.Charleston is blessed with a bounty of local seafood coming fresh from our creeks and waterways. Choose sustainably sourced fish like grouper or Mahi as the star of your plated dinner entrée or in our popular fish tacos. Servers passing She Crab soup shots or mini crab cakes are a nice way to greet guests for cocktail hour. Choosing menu items to reflect Charleston’s rich culinary history is easy and your guests will appreciate the thoughtfulness and opportunity to try dishes they may not get to enjoy where they live. Keep your menu seasonal, fresh and local to provide a dining experience your guests will remember.

Contact Salthouse Catering to begin planning your reception menu: [email protected] | 843.577.7847 | Instagram | Facebook

 

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