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Any recommendations for a Paleo wedding reception?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 23, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Just started planning for the big day. We'd like to host a Paleo/Primal relaxed dinner party for about 20 guests. Looking for recipe ideas that are relatively easy to prepare and would not frighten off any non-Paleo peeps. Would also welcome any suggested Dos & Don'ts for such an event.

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on February 26, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I love duck, it's a very underrated meat. Strangely it's not that generally available in Australian shops although it's quite common in restaurants. I think the best birds get bagged by the amateur hunters.

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on February 24, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Great suggestions below, but as an aside... CONGRATS! Best of luck to your and your honey.

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on February 24, 2013
at 05:46 AM

@eddie, glad I could help! I think it's awesome what you guys are doing and it would be really cool to pull it off at the reception as well. Most people have these notions that a primal/paleo/healthy way of living is a life of deprivation when nothing could be further from the truth! Our SAD counterparts don't realize that 90% of what goes in their bodies isn't even food!

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Salad: bitter greens, roast beats, goat cheese, very simple vinegairette. Meat: steak. Roast veggies: brussel sprouts, parsnips, baby potatoes, asparagus. Cheese plate: chevre, brie, blue, gouda, berries, apples, maybe some nuts. Damn I'm hungry now.

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on February 23, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Also, I have NEVER had a meat-eating guest complain about pot roast as a main course. Easy prep, sits on the stove or crockpot for hours while you nibble appetizers or make salad. It's great (SWEET but great) with sweet potatoes instead of white.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on February 23, 2013
at 07:26 PM

Stuffed with pecans is best. Do some bacon-wrapped pineapple as well. Maybe some of those prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupes too.

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on February 23, 2013
at 03:35 PM

Easter is actually way easy! I did an easter brunch last year and it was a nice quiche, devilled eggs dressed up like hatching chicks, fruit salad and some almond flour muffins.

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:07 AM

I'm with you on your point #5, that's what we suspected would be the best policy. Really like your menu suggestion too!

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on February 23, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Duck! Just because I personally look forward to every possible special occasion to roast up a duck. :-) Seriously though, I don't think you should have much problems. Small plate appetizers are easy to do paleo, then a nice full meal with a big presentation meat (duck, half a salmon, crown rib roast) and a beautiful array of seasonal side dishes. I really find that as long as you're presenting a lot of sides people don't really notice that their "favorite" is lacking. Do a green salad and a fruit salad, some sort of nice starchy side like a sweet potato casserole or even roasted baby potatoes (if you swing that way), and one or two favorite other veggies.

And serve some lovely cocktails (I like sangria punch for parties if you need to avoid gluten and keep liquor costs down) and have a nice paleo-esque cake... it's your big day to celebrate. Congratulations.

A08b210e4da7e69cd792bddc1f4aae4b

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on February 26, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I love duck, it's a very underrated meat. Strangely it's not that generally available in Australian shops although it's quite common in restaurants. I think the best birds get bagged by the amateur hunters.

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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on February 23, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Ideally . . .

  • The Groomsmen could do a persistance hunt to bring back the meat . . .
  • Dinner party attire would consist of loin cloths (have a place at the front so people can check their spears)
  • Bacon would be the overall theme.

On a serious note:

Some quick hitters:

  • Bacon/Guac mini "sandwiches" or BLT's
  • You could make it similar to a Brazilian Steakhouse with multiple meat selections.
  • Freshness of ingredients should be a priority. Fresh fruits and vegetables locally sourced if possible.
  • If there will be a dessert course, find a baker that can utilize almond/coconut flours and use some natural sugars such as honey for sweetener.
  • I wouldn't even advertise that the dinner is primal/paleo, just let the food and quality of ingrediants speak for themselves.
  • Find a clever substitute for the bread. I prefer bacon (you probably won't get many objections).

The last time we did a Paleo Dinner was for Easter. My wife and I were the only ones who followed a primal lifestyle. Our menu was Prime Rib, mashed cauliflower, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and deviled eggs. We did not receive any complaints.

-Matt
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06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on February 24, 2013
at 05:46 AM

@eddie, glad I could help! I think it's awesome what you guys are doing and it would be really cool to pull it off at the reception as well. Most people have these notions that a primal/paleo/healthy way of living is a life of deprivation when nothing could be further from the truth! Our SAD counterparts don't realize that 90% of what goes in their bodies isn't even food!

A08b210e4da7e69cd792bddc1f4aae4b

(1031)

on February 23, 2013
at 06:07 AM

I'm with you on your point #5, that's what we suspected would be the best policy. Really like your menu suggestion too!

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 23, 2013
at 03:35 PM

Easter is actually way easy! I did an easter brunch last year and it was a nice quiche, devilled eggs dressed up like hatching chicks, fruit salad and some almond flour muffins.

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on February 23, 2013
at 02:18 PM

Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds. Yum. Lots of recipes out there on this one.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on February 23, 2013
at 07:26 PM

Stuffed with pecans is best. Do some bacon-wrapped pineapple as well. Maybe some of those prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupes too.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:00 PM

Smoked salmon! Yum! Use it to make little parcels around cream cheese or veg... Or just on its own, or maybe with nori-seaweed in some sort of sushi type thing?

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I like using mandoline sliced cucumbers as a "cracker" of sorts to carry my favorite appetizers, cut at a slight diagonal. Some horseradish sauce dotted on top with a small slice of roast beef is pretty awesome. Also salmon with cream cheese (if you swing that way) works). Fruit salad and a nice green salad for starters would be good too. Maybe something with avocado.. that can be nice and decadent.

I love the duck idea, and with all of the leftover duck fat you will have after.. that is well worth the cost! Of course beef and lamb are generally liked for main courses as well.

You can make a nice scalloped potatoes without needed a b??chamel or any kind of sauce with flour in it if you just heat up some heavy cream, mix in your favorite melty cheese and pour over the arranged potatoes. I like to line them up in rows against each other, the presentation is really nice. Sometimes I sprinkle another cheese on top near the end of the cook time for some crispy bubbly texture.

I also agree with not necessarily advertising it as paleo and letting the food speak for itself. I have heard time and time again that the main things that people remember about weddings are the food and the music, so no need to give anyone reason to prejudge the food before they taste it.

Are you cooking this yourself? If so good luck and have fun, and congratulations!

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on February 23, 2013
at 04:52 PM

Salad, chunk of meat, piles of roast veg and tubers for dinner. Cheese and fruit for dessert. Whole foods, not substitute foods. And if you mention paleo, your guest should punch you in a sensitive area of your body. ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 24, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Salad: bitter greens, roast beats, goat cheese, very simple vinegairette. Meat: steak. Roast veggies: brussel sprouts, parsnips, baby potatoes, asparagus. Cheese plate: chevre, brie, blue, gouda, berries, apples, maybe some nuts. Damn I'm hungry now.

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D964a9a8eef65e10b292394f32c74e31

on February 25, 2013
at 11:23 PM

A drool worthy dessert course worthy of any guest, paleo or not: Roasted Pineapple with Honey and Pistachios.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/quick-recipes/2012/03/roasted-pineapple-with-honey-and-pistachios

Also check out Pinterest for ideas, that's where I found this gem.

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on February 24, 2013
at 04:24 PM

For dessert I'd do 2 different parfaits served in stylish glassware. The first would be a Paleo Mexican Chili Chocolate Mousse (spicy chocolate) and the second would be simple Egg Custard.

At the table, I'd offer a whipped topping (whipped coconut milk or a basic whipped cream), dark chocolate curls, toasted coconut flakes, nuts, and fresh macerated berries. Toppings would be served buffet style at the table so guests would have to pass the ingredients. This would save me time, and it would be an activity for guests. I'd imagine it would stimulate conversation while they are personalizing desserts. (Dull moments suck so I always like to have an activity at parties.)

Then, I'd pair dessert with a Cuban Style Espresso with sticks of real sugar cane to nibble on. Steamed coconut milk or heavy cream on the side. I had espresso like this at a Cuban restaurant last year and it was so cool. We couldn't stop talking about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDFjab62Vs

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on February 24, 2013
at 01:48 AM

My wedding reception is an all you can eat BBQ reception. Lots of meat for my Paleo friends, veggie kabobs for my vegetarian friends, and sides.

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4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

(398)

on February 23, 2013
at 07:55 PM

I don't know what your budget looks like, but here are some things that come to mind:

Bacon-wrapped appetizers: chicken meat, pineapple, scallops.

Shrimp or prawns.

A good veggie tray with lots of choices and some non-meat and non-dairy dips for those who DON'T eat meat (or don't eat pork).

Some of the suggestions above look great, like sliced cucumbers to carry spreads. I LOVE liver pate spread on a cucumber -- I take a few ounces to lunch and make myself a cucumber boat to eat it on, but it would make a great appetizer too, perhaps with a parsley leaf on top.

You can make other meat based spreads too.

Tuna nicoise salad could be made into a nice spread too: tuna, real mayo, anchovy paste, olives. Spread on a cucumber slice and top with a slice of hard boiled egg.

Smoked salmon.

Guacamole with plaintain chips.

Sliced plantain, sauteed or baked in coconut oil, served with a toothpick.

4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

(398)

on February 23, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Also, I have NEVER had a meat-eating guest complain about pot roast as a main course. Easy prep, sits on the stove or crockpot for hours while you nibble appetizers or make salad. It's great (SWEET but great) with sweet potatoes instead of white.

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Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

on February 23, 2013
at 07:27 PM

Sashimi's the way to go.

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