Rehearsal Dinners

Charleston Meets Nashville | Rehearsal Dinner | September 9

October 10, 2011

I just love doing rehearsal dinners – they are so much fun!  All of the energy and excitement building, leading up to the next day’s big wedding. We were delighted when Mrs. Huff decided to host her dinner with us. CJ’s was the perfect size for her 100 guests. For those of you who love CJ’s but couldn’t host your wedding with us because you were expecting 200-300 guests, we are ideal for your smaller rehearsal dinner! Our big thanks to Chris and Adrienne Scott for coming by to photograph the details for us!

Jane and her family hail from Charleston, SC and are very proud of their hometown. She wanted to make sure she could give the bride’s family and guests a taste of their beloved city, and we were thrilled to make that happen for her. Our wonderful florist Caprice incorporate beach grass, sand, and driftwood in with the centerpieces, along with pictures of Matt + Kali and table name descriptions of special sites in Charleston!

Guests were greeted on the CJ’s porch with passed appetizers and some mellow tunes from Blue Tone Music.

The menu from A Catered Affair was a spectacle! I just have to share it with you.

Champagne Lobster Tartlettes
A delicious blend of champagne-poached lobster and gruyere cheese baked in a savory bite-sized shell
Endive Spoon
Fresh endive leaves filled with Waldorf-style filling. Diced apples, toasted pecans, blue cheese vinaigrette
Fried Green Tomatoes
Corn-dusted coins of hot green tomatoes topped with cool tabouli and queso fresca
Praline Chicken Tenders
Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast, fried golden and tossed in brown sugar praline sauce
Pulled Pork BBQ
Hoecakes topped with Hickory Smoked pork shoulder pulled and tossed with a mild BBQ sauce
Hoppin’ John
Tennessee Hoppin’ John with Summer Field Peas
Seasonal Greens
Seasonal Collard Greens seasoned with our house-smoked pork belly and served with our signature Serrano Vinegar and our Dill Spiced Vinegar
Southern Spoonful
Cherry Tomato and Cucumber on Red-leaf Lettuce with Sweet Shredded Carrot Garnish all marinated and on a red leaf foundation
Truffle Mac and Cheese
Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese served with diced tomatoes, chopped onions, crispy bacon, sour cream and additional shredded cheese

And of course, three delicious chocolate cakes in the shape of Matt’s mandolin, guitar, and banjo, complimented by dessert shots of Banana Pudding and Key Lime pie!

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