The best bites for your big day

Photo by Brittney Raine Photography

Photo by Brittney Raine Photography

Follow the Food

by Emily Kovach

Of all the things worth splurging on at your wedding, put food at the top of the list. Whether you want a casual family or buffet-style dinner, a more formal service or a refreshingly unconventional setup—maybe a favorite food truck?—every guest at your wedding will expect something to nibble and sip. It once was standard for wedding venues to offer only one approved caterer, and couples were stuck with whatever style of fare that company provided. Thankfully, that’s changing, as venues realize how important customization and personalization is to modern couples. Our city’s vibrant dining scene offers a bevy of fantastic options, no matter your taste, diet or budget.

Tried and True:
Birchtree Catering

You simply can’t go wrong with the local, beautiful, delicious food from Birchtree Catering. For nearly 10 years, this woman-owned company has been knocking wedding and party food out of the park and has received a ton of recognition for its work both from wedding resources such as The Knot and review-based sites such as Yelp. From their kitchen in the Globe Dye Works, the team sources from farms and local markets, working with the best of each season’s offerings, and they compost and recycle waste in their facility, as well as at events. Call Birchtree, and you can call it a (delicious) day.

Vegan Vittles:
Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Soggy vegetable napoleons are so 10 years ago. These days, vegan and vegetarian couples expect and deserve the same level of creative, tasty and crowd-pleasing (because you know some guests will be skeptical) options that their omnivorous counterparts enjoy at their receptions. Rachel Klein and her team at Miss Rachel’s Pantry have vegan wedding fare down to a very delicious science, including snappy little hors d’oeuvres (try the hearts of palm mini crab cakes) and hearty, savory entrées, including roasted black garlic seitan with fresh herbs.

For the Budget DIY Set:
Local 215 Food Truck

Thanks to the easy mobility of food trucks, no longer are remote or kitchenless venues off-limits for couples who want to host their reception in the same place as their ceremony. The Local 215 food truck is an especially great option for this purpose, as the four-wheeled wonder is actually outfitted with a fully equipped kitchen inside it. (Many trucks prepare the food in a commissary kitchen and simply reheat and plate in the truck.) Bonus: The food is made from ingredients sourced from small, local farms.