Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Wedding Day Day (con't)

T. and I chose Kirkland's Cafe Juanita for our wedding and reception because it has the best combination of creativity, execution, and service we have ever experienced. Before the wedding, we would have put it up against any restaurant anywhere. After...well, it was a completely over-the-top experience. Not only was the menu magnificent, Holly Smith and her staff treated us and our guests as if we were long-time friends. Do yourself a favor and go there.

We had a corner table with tables for six for our guests along walls in either direction. This allowed us to circulate easily and visit with our friends and family. Everyone liked their tablemates, which turns out to be a great thing at a wedding reception.

Menu (served family style):
Salt Cod and Hearts of Palm Fritti
Fra'Mani Salame with Balsamico Panna Cotta

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House Made Pappardelle with Goose Sugo and Parmigiano Reggiano *
Taleggio Raviolini with Pinenuts, Pomegranate, and Marjoram

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Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado, Rising C Citrus, and Pickled Shallots

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Whole Roasted Branzino** with Taggia Olive Pepperoncini Vinaigrette

Oregon Saddle of Lamb with Sunchokes in Bagna Cauda and Housemade Pepporoncini Fariciti Piccanti

Quail with Broccoli Rabe and Marsala Sauce

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Wedding Cake ***

* Exquisite, and the first time they made it!
** Branzini is a Mediterranean sea bass
***A rich yellow cake with raspberry mousse filling and Italian buttercream icing

3 comments:

Pamela said...

It truly was the best!! The ceremony, your chosen music, the service, the food, the people, the ambiance, the visuals. Can't wait to view some of the millions of photo's taken of the evening.

Marguerite said...

Fabulous menu! Congratulations!! (a little late)

K. said...

It's never too late for good will and good wishes! Thanks so much.