Happy Wedding Wednesday, friends! I have a fun one for you today! A sneak peek into the real decisions of a full service planning couple I have the honor to be working with–Deedee and Ian! Deedee and Ian hired Katie O' Events a month before they graduated from Albany Medical College and have since started their residencies in Texas. Deedee and Ian knew they wanted to get married in Upstate New York as they have ties to the area. Prior to their graduation and big move we nailed down  a bunch of big decisions for their October 2014 wedding, including the venue–the gorgeous Mansion Inn of Saratoga in Rock City Falls, NY. 

Today's post is focusing on their tasting at the inn. A tasting is intended for the bride and groom (and sometimes lucky wedding planners) to check out the menu items they're considering offering at their wedding. This way the couple can sample the menu and make sure they're happy with what will be served. In most cases, the tasting is held closer to the actual event, but, again, with Deedee and Ian moving out of the area, the Mansion Inn of Saratoga let them hold their tasting early! We were SO THANKFUL to Chef Rick Bieber and Event Manager / Innkeeper Lori Laustrup for that!

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Let the tasting begin! Their appetizers are amazing! Deedee and Ian chose a flatbread station with three pizzas–a margherita, Buffalo chicken, or broccoli rabe with roasted garlic and aged parmesan. YUM.

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In addition to the pizzas, there will be a few passed hor d'oeuvres, including house made Saratoga potato chips topped with seared filet mignon, carmelized onions, and horseradish sauce; chilled cajun shrimp; and southwest style spring roll! Gotta love the infusion of some southern flavors–a favorite of Ian's and they are Texans now…

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Are you hungry yet?! Hahah–I am!

Next up, soup and salad! The salad was an amazing arugula with poached pears, candied walnuts, and dried cranberries with a balsamic vinaigarette. This was paired with a bowl of roasted tomato bisque with a grilled cheese crouton. One word; three syllables: A-MA-ZING. 

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On to the main course! So Deedee is from central New York and really wanted to have a traditional Italian dish that is native to the Utica / Syracuse area…Chicken Riggi! Chef Rick had never made Chicken Riggi, but Deedee found a recipe and sent it to him to try. Chef Rick said he was a bit nervous for Deedee to taste it, but turned out perfect! 

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Butternut squash lasagna! YUM (and vegetarian)!

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Stuffed chicken filled with carmelized onion, roasted poblano peppers, spinach, and monteray jack cheese topped with mole sauce and served with blackbeans and rice. OMG.

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Last, but not least (so many great options)–braised short ribs in a red wine demi-glace over creamy parmesan polenta with seasonal vegetables.

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Onto desserts (my favorite part)! Deedee and Ian decided on cheesecake lollipops (I was so full I couldn't even finish mine); mini pecan pies with chantilly cream; and double chocolate brownies (half of these will have a peanut butter frosting). So. Good.

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Deedee and Ian made some amazing (and tasty) decisions! While I'm always excited when a KOWE couple gets married, I'm particularly excited for Deedee and Ian's day because I have yet to work at the Mansion Inn and I'm really loving the unique space that they have there. There are accomodations on-site, too, and several lovely options for both the ceremony and reception site. Needless to say, October 2014 can't come soon enough!

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Thanks again to Chef Rick and Lori at the Mansion Inn of Saratoga for being so flexible and willing to work Deedee and Ian–the Docs thank you! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Did you (or will you) do a tasting for your wedding? Did you change your mind about any of the foods you picked? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–