Tuesday, September 18, 2007

They're Tiny, They're Tasty, They're Tapas

The summer after our Junior year of college, my now-fiance and I traveled through Europe. The first country we visited--and ultimately our favorite--was Spain. The cities were beautiful, decorated in bright yellows, deep reds. The people were gorgeous, and very kind. But most importantly, the food was absolutely amazing. Fresh seafood. Paella. Pitcher after pitcher of Sangria. And tapas, tapas, tapas.

I would love to get married in Spain. But alas, my funds do not allow for such extravagance. I am, however, incorporating Spain into my wedding in any other way I can. This, of course, means Spanish food, or at least food born of Spanish inspiration. We have decided to serve tapas. Sure it goes against convention for an evening, dinner-time reception, but who cares! It is my opinion (and, luckily, the opinion of my fiance as well) that our wedding should reflect the things we love, and we love Spain, and we love tapas. I think tapas is a great alternative to the more traditional reception meal. It offers a wide variety and can be more closely tailored to meet the dining needs of your guests. You don't have to worry about who's a vegetarian, who can't eat cheese. It doesn't matter if this many people prefer chicken, but that many prefer beef. With tapas, you can have a little of it all, which guarantees that everyone gets something good to eat. Plus, it is a fun way to help develop a menu that is creative and unique. Anyone can serve the standard chicken, but how many weddings offer warm goat cheese on lightly toasted Spanish bread with a sweet fig confiture and a dusting of shredded almonds?

If you're really stuck on what to serve and just can't make up your mind between chicken or fish, look into tapas as a possibility. You'll really have a great time creating a variety of options for your guests to enjoy. And no need to worry about people leaving hungry: tasting multiple and varied flavors on their palettes will often fill people up more than eating a larger quantity of just one item. So give tapas a try, and save the extra dough for that great Spanish honeymoon that you absolutely, without a doubt should take.


Blogger Bsam said...

I feel like we have a lot in common :) I am sure your wedding is going to be beautiful! Im not sure if you are incormporating bridesmaid dresses ( flamenco style) if you are, I have found one that might be perfect for you ( in a magazne, not on my own i'm not that creative :) ) let me know!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:02:00 AM  

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