Happy New Year!!! Wishing everyone a bright and joyful 2013.
Creating delicious food is important, but the logistics of executing a dessert bar is a big priority as well. Everything needs to be made in advance, so careful thought must go into the timeline of when each dessert is made and how it will be stored. The key to good organization is to know each dish inside and out. Making each dessert from start to finish in one go is not always the most time efficient, so it helps to look at all the different components as individual parts and plan things this way. Although I’ve had no professional experience in catering, I did take a lot from the different stages I’ve done. It was all those little tips and tricks I learned along the way that helped keep the edges clean and straight.
The wedding feels like it was all just a dream. Months later, I’m still in disbelief that it actually happened. Everything came together beautifully and although the dessert bar was such a huge part of the wedding for me, I merely remember it as just the cherry finish on top.
There are really no excuses as to why it has taken me so long to continue my posts. I can only say that despite my efforts to slow down time it continued to tick forward. Sorry to those (aka grandpa) who have (has) patiently waited for me to update. Hopefully this is better late than never.
After doing a bunch of test batches I decided to go with the berry-lemon jam with lemongrass! My sister really loves that flavor to begin with and one of the best dining experience I’ve had with her and her fiance was at Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, a Michelin starred Thai restaurant that uses a lot of lemongrass. The deep red color fits right into the wedding venue (a winery!), the flavor is familiar but with a twist, and it actually required the least about of prep work!
Before I was asked to do the dessert table for my sister’s wedding, her fiance suggested that I make the favors. Somehow just the favors turned into something even bigger, but I’m happy to do it all! The favors won’t exactly be part of the dessert bar, but I thought it would be nice to include it in this series. We bounced around a couple of thoughts, but once the idea of jam came up the decision was set. Lucky for me, jam can be made well in advance, so right before the wedding all I need to worry about are the desserts.