As Jessie Spano Would Say…

I’m all packed up and ready to head to my parents’ house in St. Pete for the weekend.

All Packed!

(Ah! I’m wearing shorts!)

Ryan, Sadie and I are packing in my car and heading south because we have a very important activity on the agenda for this evening…


As Jessie Spano would say, “I’m so excited! I’m so excited!” (Side note: Why is this the second time I’m referencing Jessie Spano on my blog in less than a month???)

I cannot explain to you how excited Ryan and I are for this event.

I know it’s common for most grooms to look forward to this activity and Ryan is no exception. The two of us are basically eating machines and have been asking about the cake tasting since we booked our venue back in November.

Tonight we finally get to try the food! This evening Ryan and I have plans with our mothers to attend our wedding food tasting at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, where we’ll be getting married in less than two and a half months.

Tea Garden

(The above picture is of the Tea Garden, where our ceremony will be held. Our reception will be indoors in a ballroom.)

Prior to our tasting we were asked to select several items off the menu to sample, including four hors d’oeuvres (aka the hardest word to spell in the entire world), two appetizers, two salads, three entrees and three wedding cake flavors.

Tonight we will be trying the following items:

Hors d’oeuvres

  • Beef and artichoke bruschetta, olive aioli
  • Citrus shrimp, horseradish aioli
  • Ricotta fritter, minted tomato sauce
  • Port roasted duck, raspberry wonton


  • Black pepper smoked shrimp, exotic fruit, avocado salad
  • Pan seared lump crab cake, sweet corn puree, smoked bacon-tomato relish


  • Baby greens with maple roasted pears, Point Reyes bleu cheese, spiced pecans & champagne vinaigrette (we’re asking for a different cheese in place of the bleu)
  • Boston bibb with raspberries, brie fondant crostini & port vinaigrette


  • Herb roasted chicken breast & seared diver scallop with lemon orzo
  • Grilled filet & seared sea bass, Parmesan spinach soufflé, pesto green beans, tomato ragout
  • Grilled filet & butter poached lobster, spinach Gruyere soufflé, merlot demi


  • Red velvet cake
  • Two “surprise us” cakes

I’m pretty sure we’ll be calling in our second stomachs to get through these delicious dishes tonight!

Of Possible Interest

Question of the Afternoon

What is the single best dish you’ve ever had at a wedding?

I had the most delicious gnocchi in the world at a wedding Ryan and I attended last May. It was fantastic!


  1. says

    What a fun weekend you guys are going to have! I can’t remember the best food I’ve had at a wedding…but the cake at ours was pretty good and I had some delicious butternut squash ravioli at the last wedding I went to.


  2. Katie says

    That sounds so much fun! I would be looking forward to the food tasting too because it’s all gonna be reallyyy good! Take tons of pics I want to see all the options, hehe! And the cake is always the best part of the wedding food to me.


  3. says

    omg you are going to have a blast! this planning is so exciting! I love weddings! yours is going to be spectacular I know it! Honestly I read your blog, over so many others, because you are young, fun, and manage time so well!



  4. Monique@She's Going The Distance says

    How exciting!! You’re getting so much closer 🙂 And I love testing food haha.

    Being on the senior cabinet, I got to taste and select the food we had for prom. It was awesome. I imagine wedding planning is not even in the same vein haha 🙂


  5. SaraRM says

    Ok so ive been a lurker for a while and am coming out of hiding for this post….

    First of all, loved your outfit! You rocked those shorts 🙂

    And second my favorite wedding food was at my own wedding. It started as a joke but I suprised the husb with passed mini corndogs. They were served in martini glasses with swirls of mustard and ketchup! It was done as classy as mini corndogs could be 😉 and the guests LOVED LOVED it. They still talk about it 2 years later and were a bigger hit then the shrimp cocktail and ahi tuna. Go figure…


  6. says

    Not the hardest to spell- it’s the hardest to pronounce! Just yesterday, while in line @ a grocery store, I heard the ‘ever so popular’ pronunciation of: Whore-dover. This was followed by more verbal slaughtering in the manner of: Irregardless and TOOKEN. TOOKEN is not a word. omg.Taken. This is such a pet peeve of mine!!! Along with “more better”. I think my blood pressure just wrote recollecting the memory!
    Have a fantastic tasting!!!


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