When I started planning my wedding last year, one of my biggest priorities was to have delicious food. I wanted a meal that would be memorable and one that our guests would remember. Thanks to my amazing wedding planner and the culinary talents of Trattoria Grappolo, Sunstone Winery and Solvang Bakery, we got that meal and then some.
All of these pictures in this post are from my amazingly talented wedding photographer Dana Grant, and pretty much make me hungry every time I look at them. The Englishman and I tasted everything that was served before our big day, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.
For our cocktail hour, we had three different Sunstone Wines: Rose, Grenache Blanc and Merlot along with an assortment of beers for guests to sip while they enjoyed some passed appetizers.
For our passed appetizers, we decided on some bacon wrapped shrimp, bruschetta toasts, melon wrapped in prosciutto and house made potato chips with burrata and guava.
In short, it was AMAZING. All of it.
I couldn’t get enough of the house made potato chips either as evidenced when the Englishman and I paid a visit to chef Leonardo for a snack.
Pretty soon it was time for the champagne toasts and to dig into dinner.
For dinner, we started our meal with freshly baked bread and olive oil (one of the best combos ever in my opinion).
The salad course included a classic Caprese and a Caesar salad.
For our entrée, we decided on a rustic roast chicken with vegetables and a penne amatriciana.
Everything was served family style so guests could enjoy as much as they wanted (I loved having dinner this way!)
Then it was time for our delicious cake! If you read my post on Solvang Bakery, then you’ll know that they made sure the cake was free of any allergens and made from scratch.
Not only was our cake gorgeous, but it was GOOD. Best cake I’ve ever had hands down.
We ended up going with two different flavors – chocolate with lemon buttercream and carrot with lemon buttercream. We have the top tier in our freezer but somehow I don’t think it will last until next year.
In addition to cake there was gelato, which I never got to try (still broken up about it), but it was a big hit among our guests, especially since it came with little sugar cones.
And that was our wedding food. Huge thanks again to Dana Grant Photography and her amazing pictures! If you are ever in the Santa Ynez area be sure to pop into Sunstone Winery for a glass of rose, Solvang Bakery for some baked goodies, and Trattoria Grappolo for an amazing meal. I’m already planning my return trip up there to eat all of it again.