Planning Valentines Day Wedding – Part 5

Tips for Food

When you think Valentine’s day you think chocolate. Get creative with your cake and dessert tables. Use lots of chocolate and color. Fresh flowers should adorn the dessert tables.

Foods that claim to be aphrodisiacs make a perfect accompaniment to a Valentine’s Day reception. Create an entire menu around these foods or use only one or two.

A list of some foods that are commonly considered to be aphrodisiacs include:

  • almond
  • asparagus
  • arugula
  • sweet basil
  • nutmeg
  • honey
  • strawberries
  • caviar
  • truffles
  • vanilla
  • oysters

Create a complete menu around these foods by adding them to other dishes. Oysters Rockefeller or oysters on the half shell always make for a grand appetizer. A bit of caviar gives a nod to the masculine guests.

Chicken breasts in a white wine sauce served with toasted almonds scattered on top makes a delicious entree. A side of oyster stuffing and a tomato salad sprinkled with fresh chopped sweet basil sitting on a bed or arugula gets the dinner off to a good start and makes for a very pretty plate.. Fresh asparagus, if it can be found in February, is always an elegant addition to any meal. Use the flavors of ginger, anise, and nutmeg to enhance dishes.

Use menu cards for your buffet to name the dishes and give a short explanation of the ingredient that is considered an aphrodisiac in the dish.

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