March 6, 2013

Malibu Wedding

Planning weddings can be a nightmare.  Or, as it turns out, a dream.  This last minute affair was in the latter camp.  A very cool bride and groom can make all of the difference.  Throw in a gorgeous Malibu beachfront home as a location and you've practically sealed the deal.  Initially, I was super stumped about what to serve at a winter beach wedding.  Meat and potatoes didn't fit the bill, nor did lobster rolls (not to mention the bride's shellfish allergy).  But through discussing food and restaurants with the Venice couple, I got inspired to make this seasonal, light, Californian menu with Asian flavors.  Sake steamed kabocha squash went into sushi cut rolls and got topped with shiso peppers and ginger.  And amongst surfers, there had to be a taco; slow roasted soy glazed pork made for a juicy one.  Dinner was served family style and for whatever reason, it thrilled me to serve kale fried rice at a wedding!  Amy handled all things pretty and floral and created gorgeous decor that only enhanced nature's beauty.  The anemones really popped amongst all of the white on the table and were stunning on the wedding cake (very impressive, Amy!).  It was such a treat to spend the day at the beach setting up; I'm pretty sure that we all wanted to move in.  I can only hope that the guests had as much fun as we did.

The Menu


mint margarita
silver tequila, mint, lime

vodka, lemongrass, shiso, ginger beer


asparagus tempura

kabocha squash sushi with shiso peppers & ginger

tuna tartare on potato chips

tofu bahn mi crostini with hoison

soy glazed pork tacos with pickled red onion

to start

little gems, winter citrus, avocado, pickled cucumber, seaweed & fennel with a sesame ponzu vinaigrette

to share

black cod miso

grilled rib-eye with sake glaze

kale fried rice

charred brussel sprouts with pork belly & chili sauce

wasabi edamame puree with shitake mushrooms & shiso


dark chocolate pots de creme

vanilla wedding cake with vanilla buttercream

photos by Yayo Ahumada


Erin said...

This. Is. Beautiful. All of it--food, tables, setting.

Whitney said...

This looks like perfection. I've just started the planning process for my wedding, and this hits the stop. Do you do weddings often?

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