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Let’s talk rehearsal dinner! It really sets the tone for the wedding so we wanted ours to be fun and delicious. It kicked off our weekend of amazing food,  1st the rehearsal dinner feast, followed by the crazy amazing food at our wedding, and culminating in an awesome BBQ filled with kielbasa and Bronx specials (roasted red pepper, mozzarella cheese and breaded eggplant on a hero). Mmmm I’m getting hungry just thinking of it!

We had been entertaining family that was in town all week so this was a nice start to the official wedding festivities. I spent the earlier part of the day getting an organic pedicure and gel manicure with my bridesmaids and my mom. It was nice to feel pampered and have a little down time before we were kicked into high gear.

Above we are rehearsing for our outdoor ceremony in my parents field, below in the chapel where we were married, followed by us signing our marriage license, my cousin insisted we document the moment. That cute little white dress you see? Juniors section at Kohl’s, $30, thank you very much!IMG_5555IMG_5505

After all the rehearsing we had worked up quite the appetite, time to eat!

My mom did an amazing job planning our rehearsal dinner. We chose Catherine’s Restaurant in Goshen New York. I love this place, their goat cheese salad (which is on the menu below) is one of my favorite dishes and I crave it when I go home. I also love that upstairs the restaurant is fancy and downstairs is more laid back, there is a great bar with the beautiful back room we used for the rehearsal dinner. It was private, the perfect size, close to the bar, and just the right vibe. Plus it fit in with the cellar theme I seemed to have  going for my shower, bachelorette party dinner, and now rehearsal!

We loved working with Catherine’s, they were responsive, made exceptions for people who were picky or had certain dietary needs, kept my vodka coming (and gave me a mason jar to drink out of) and didn’t even ask for a total amount of people until the week before and no deposit.  Everyone complimented the food, I really enjoyed my salmon and ate some of Przemek’s steak too. My favorite as always was my salad and my twin cousins loved their french onion soup. Amy, (with me below) had to bow tie pasta and almost cleared her plate! I’m never disappointed when I eat here and it was even better than usual on this occasion. Check out this awesome menu for our dinner below!IMG_5631

Menu

Hors d’oeuvres (placed on table when we arrived)

  • Rice balls
  • Crostini with roasted veggies and cheese
  • Chicken satay skewers

Appetizer Selection

  • Catherine’s mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Warm goat cheese salad with mixed greens, grilled apples and pears, pecans, with raspberry walnut vinaigrette
  • French onion soup

Entree Choices

  • Cedar plank salmon with brown rice, veggie medley, and dill sauce
  • Crispy chicken with roasted peppers and mozzarella over wild mushroom and pea risotto
  • 16 oz. NYS certified angus strip steak with baked potato, veggie medley, and red wine sauce
  • Bow-tie pasta with chicken, shrimp, wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, garlic, and olive oil
  • Accommodated on request Murray’s pan roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach

Dessert

  • Berry cake with cream a real “show stopper”

Drinks

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Vodka for the bride to beIMG_5627Above, my favorite goat cheese salad!

IMG_5565Above, some of the crostini that was placed out for us to munch on as we all arrived, so good!

IMG_5664IMG_5663Above, the show stopper cake, soooooooooo damn good! I can’t say I had a ton of it since I had to fit into a dress the next day and all but we definitely sampled!

IMG_5650Above, my hubby and I. Below, here is a picture of my beautiful bridesmaids and I, don’t you love all the bright colors!

IMG_5608IMG_5581Above, my parents and I.

IMG_5702Above, my Aunt Michelle and her twins flew in from Colorado and my cousin Ali who is also in the wedding party came in from Florida! The picture below pretty much sums up our laughs and dynamic of the night.

IMG_5678IMG_5579Above, bridesmaids and groomsmen co-mingling.

It was such a great night, the food, the company, all perfect. We stayed really late and then I was up until after 2am getting all the money together for the next day. All worth it though, in truth the whole weekend flew by. In my next post, I’ll fill you in on the Wedding!

Restaurant Review: 5 bites!