The Work Has Begun...

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The IPC kitchen has been buzzing with activities lately. We are excitedly preparing a wedding banquet for our beloved associate pastor. During our 256 years as a church, this is the first time an ordained minister of IPC has been married in our congregation! This is a joyous occasion indeed!

So, we are busily prepping and freezing foods for the big day.

Cumin Cheese Straws.


Groom's cake.

Cutting out bread rounds for tomato sandwiches.

Here is the Reception Menu for the wedding. We are anticipating about 450 guests.

Garlic-Thyme New York Strip on Mini Rolls
Savannah Tomato Sandwiches with Basil Aioli
Cucumber & Watercress Sandwiches
Walnut-Pesto Shrimp Salad on Phyllo Cups
Assorted Scones with Cream & Raspberry Preserves
Chocolate Fountain with assorted dippers
French Macarons (Jina Breazeale's Specialty)

Mock Champagne Punch
Emperor's Bride Cold Tea

Groom's Cake: Dark Chocolate Cake with Caramel Filling with Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Make-Ahead prep a week prior. We have made & froze the following so far. As you can see, they are all baked goods.

288 pieces of Spicy Cumin Cheese Straws (will cut in half, yielding 576 pieces)
324 Mini-Scones (Orange-Pomegranate & Lemon-Poppy Seed; used same base dough)
800 Bread rounds for Tomato Sandwiches
Dark Chocolate Cake with Caramel filling which will yield 225 servings
400 Macarons (Jina Breazeale is busily making these at home! Thanks Jina!)


  1. Awesome. Make ahead and freeze is such an important concept. Best of luck with all the preparation. Can't wait to see the photos of the final products!


  2. It's amazing to see and think about the level of coordination dedicated to such a big event. I hope everything goes well on the big day!

  3. Wow! What an event! All of that food sounds so wonderful. I'm sure your pastor's wedding is going to be so much fun, with lots of yummy treats!

  4. You are an awesome lady to do all of this!! I hope you'll post some recipes when you have time. I know the celebration will be wonderful.

  5. How exciting!! Sounds like you have alot of work ahead of you! 450 guests!! Wow! The menu sounds fantastic : )

  6. WOW! This looks like it will be (was?) a lovely, lovely reception. The care and creativity you are putting in to it is impressive. Lily says we should move down and go to your church, so you can do her wedding reception!!! :-)

    Karen (the Mrs.)

  7. @ Mr. Rigggenbach, please tell Lily I would travel to cater her wedding. And it would be an honor to have you at IPC.
    @ Susie, I'll do my best to post as many recipe as possible.
    @Christine, my head is spinning with so many details, but I think I'll make it. :)

  8. What a wonderful and tasty celebratory feast!

  9. Wow Kay, I will be really interested in hearing all your preparations for this big exciting event. I've been asked to do an outdoor event next February where they're expecting about 100-250 people & they want to highlight lamb on their menu, we're going to be doing lots of prepping & freezing later on in the year. I love working with large numbers, with clever prepping & menu, you can pull off an awesome amount of food. Good luck with this one, it sounds fabulous my friend :)

  10. It was all soooooooooo delicious and beautifully done! Thank you for all of your hard work in making that day so special for the happy couple (and everyone else, too).

  11. Wow, it has been buzzing indeed! A wonderful sounding menu.



  12. Wow what a event ...wonderful menu awesome.