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Wedding Food

Lizzy, Thanks! It's nice to talk to someone who can relate. I'm happy to be your sounding board - I love wedding talk. :)

Nov 19, 2009
linz_e_moore in General Topics

Wedding Food

That's funny! That is one of my ideas - I love the idea of a mashed potato bar. One of the venues we are considering has that as an option, and I really like it. Your list has more extensive "toppings" so I am going to ask about those as well.

Nov 19, 2009
linz_e_moore in General Topics

Wedding Food

Hello all, hope everyone is having a good Thursday so far!

I recently got engaged, and am planning a December 31, 2010 wedding. I have only been to 2 wedding2 my entire life, one was a "potluck" style reception when I was about 12, and the other was appetizers at a country club this summer.

I am stuck on what to serve. My options are pretty limitless in terms of food.

So, I am asking 2 questions:

1. What is the best food you have had at a wedding?
2. What would you like to see more at wedding receptions?

We are planning on inviting close to 400. We are in our mid 20's, and have a good mix in the guest list, ages and otherwise.

Thanks so much for your suggestions!

Sincerely,
Lindsay

Nov 19, 2009
linz_e_moore in General Topics

Am I the only one who thinks Cheesecake Factory is overrated?

Judging by the other posts in this board, obviously not. Simple solution. Stop going.

Mar 27, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

Coop's

I literally just got back from New Orleans. I spent a week there, returning home late Friday. We (boyfriend, friend, and myself) had been referred to Coop's from a local dentist who lived in New Orleans. We stumbled in, hungover, at around 1 P.M. Let me mention, we probably could not have looked any more touristy with our digital cameras slung around our necks. We were treated very kindly by the waitress, and our food was incredible. We ordered fried shrimp, pasta, a hamburger, fried chicken, and red beans and rice. Our service was excellent, and the food was impeccable, and the portions were large. Can't imagine anything to complain about. When you are a tourist, don't expect to be treated like a local.

Mar 23, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

What do you get at Chipotle?

Steak soft tacos, with cheese and salsa. What, I'm a simple gal!

Mar 03, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

Instant Coffee

If you like lattes, try the new International Foods (makers of the cappucino mix) individual lattes. They have little packets of Vanilla Lattes, Mocha Lattes, and Hazelnut Lattes. They are decent, better than work coffee. If you want something a little stronger, try mixing the packet with coffee instead of the recommended water.

Feb 02, 2008
linz_e_moore in General Topics

Top Chef 4 starting March 19th????

It's definitely March 12. I saw the promo today on Bravo. Looks excellent, I've been going through withdrawls.

Jan 25, 2008
linz_e_moore in Food Media & News

Surprisingly good Mushroom Bisque - Quiznos

The Green Chile Bisque with Chicken is actually pretty good. I work at a Hilton that is within walking distance of a Quizno's, and I frequent there for lunch. The bisque is great topped with cheese.

Jan 24, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

favorite thing to eat from panera?

For breakfast, an everything bagel and regular coffee. Don't try their mixed coffee drinks. Way too sweet and definitely overpriced.The bagels are good- not earth shattering, but decent, especially if you take the time to get them toasted. I used to work at the mall, and would spend my lunch break at Panera. Lunch was always the choose two-a greek salad and chicken noodle soup. Again, nothing earth shattering, but decent, moderately priced food that beats McDonalds. Also, my boyfriend loves their Italian sandwich, and their veggie isn't bad either. Don't get the Caesar salad though. Bad dressing.

Jan 22, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

McDonalds or Wendy's or Burger King??

I thought my mom was the only person who ate her sausage biscuit with grape jelly!

Jan 17, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

I've only been a handful of times (3 maybe) and every time was alright. Nothing great, nothing horrible, just mediocre food. I believe I got the pepper shrimp the first trip (spicy shrimp with peppers, garlic, etc.) Not great, but okay. The second time I got grilled chicken. I don't really remember much of that dish, if that tells you anything at all...Most recently I got the 7pepper sirlion salad. Better than anything else I've had. Seasoned very well, but the steak was a little chewy. As another chowhounder already said, ask for the bleu cheese on the side or light. They overload it, and it isn't the best quality bleu cheese to start.

Jan 17, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

First Time to New Orleans!

Speaking for Acme, I was watching travel channel last night, and Acme was on "Top Ten Placres to Pig Out." They showed a man who ate 58 dozen oysters in 2 1/2 hours. Interesting. I defintitely will hit all three of the places you mentioned.

Jan 17, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

Cooking Classes in New Orleans

Thanks for the ideas!

Jan 17, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

L'École Culinaire???

I also looked into Le'Cole Culinaire when I was looking to move to St. Louis. The price was a no-go for me. It definitely is expensive, and I was afraid that all I would learn was techniques and knowledge I could find on the internet or in a book. I'm sure all you will be taught you will learn better by starting at the bottom of a restaurant and working your way up. That's not to say that it isn't a great school, I just hadn't/haven't heard much about it yet. You will probably do better at a restaurant, but I do agree that any degree/career diploma/etc. is better than nothing at all. If you want the best, save up and go to CIA, FCI, etc. Le'Cole might eventually be just as recognized, but right now it just isn't. Good luck in whatever you do!

Jan 17, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Cooking Classes in New Orleans

I know I have already posted that I will be in New Orleans March 16-21 for vacation, and have asked for your restaurant suggestions, but I am now also looking for any specialty cooking classes I could take while visiting. Just like a one day, few hour class in the city. I have a degree in culinary arts, but am interested in regional classes. If anyone has taken any, or has any ideas, please let me know. Thanks again!

Jan 15, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

First Time to New Orleans!

Thanks. I have spent some time reading through previous posts. I should have done that before I posted my own thread. I have a list of about 100 places I'd like to go! Too bad I only have a week.

Jan 15, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

First Time to New Orleans!

Thanks so much. I am excited about Luke. I think I may be overly excited about my trip to New Orleans. LoL. If it were acceptable to pack now, I probably would.

Jan 13, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

First Time to New Orleans!

Hello Chowhounders. March 16 I will be making my first trip to New Orleans. I am so very excited to visit this beautiful city, somewhere I have always wanted to go, mostly for the food. I will be staying at the Hilton Hotel on St. Charles Street (has anyone stayed here? Good/bad?) Anyway, I need MANY suggestions as to where to eat. I want to eat everything. I will be there for one week, so I need great places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I want everything from white tablecloth to newspaper covered tabletop. Now, I will be going with my boyfriend and a friend who doesn't like seafood (Iknow, I know) so please include restaurants where he could find something that suits him (burgers, chicken, steak, etc.)

Thank you so much in advance, and who knows, maybe I will see you there!

Lindsay

Side note: Has anyone eaten at the Hilton St Charles Street restaurant, Luke? It is ran by John Besh?

Jan 13, 2008
linz_e_moore in New Orleans

Never Tried Sushi

Hey fellow Chowhounders. I know it's hard to believe, but at the ripe old age of 21, I have yet to try sushi. Before I go spend a bit of money, I was curious as to what you enjoy, sushi-wise. I know everyone has different tastes, but I was just wondering.

Jan 11, 2008
linz_e_moore in General Topics

McDonald's hiring "Baristas"

LoL...So true! I wouldn't trust a fast food chain with my coffee. Then again, I don't really trust Starbucks, so what do I have to lose?

Jan 09, 2008
linz_e_moore in Chains

Research. Please help!

Interesting idea. That was something similar to another idea I had, about how restaurant reviews influence peoples tastes and decisions to visit a restaurant. My mom told me that Sam's Choice potato chips are made by Lay's and cost a lot less, but which sells more?

Jan 08, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

thanks a lot jfood. i'm developing a thick skin. i asked for opinions, i shouldn't be so testy. thanks again, i appreciate all of your input, positive or negative.

Jan 08, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

jfood
thank you for your response. that student should have been criticized! apologies if i appear testy, i think i am testy. i also have the flu. ha! i appreciate all your help, and always enjoy reading your posts. you are very insightful.

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

charlesbois, I apologize if I offended you. I certainly didn't mean to imply that the particular topic was "light and fluffy" No offense was intended.

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

I would never use the ideas of another person to pass off as my own, I'm not stupid, as a person who would do that is. I simply asked for opinions. As I am in the beginning of research, any ideas are welcome, however "broad" my subject may be. I have not committed to anything, I am RESEARCHING. Anyone who thinks otherwise is incredibly misinformed. Maybe I am ambitious. I can think of worse things to be.

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

Thanks so much for your response, Caroline 1. How insightful. I'm also considering something on how Food Network has influenced pop culture. Launching these celebrity chefs, reality shows, cookware, cookbooks, etc.

The Juggernaut that is Food Network.

LoL, I can see it now!

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Anyone Read Sandra Lee's Memoir?

I checked her book out at the library (hey, don't be angry, I have the flu!) and was very surprised that I actually enjoyed it. To start, I cannot stand this woman, and refuse to watch her show. But the book was sad. I feel very sorry for the life she had to lead, and greatly respect her ability to bounce back. Do I think she deserves a show? No. But it is definitely worth reading.

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Food Media & News

Research. Please help!

Thanks for all your opinions. I'm still trying to come up with a topic, and for some reason, I am having a total brain freeze. I know this topic might seem "light and fluffy", but enrollment in culinary schools has more than quadrupled in the last five years. I know a lot of contributing factors play into this, but you can't help but think that the rise of the food related reality shows and the such have played into this somehow. I just thought it was an interesting topic. I'm still definately searching. It doesn't have to be that serious...one topic, not mine, is about the attititude toward screwtop wine.
I'm trying to brainstorm. If anyone has any interesting thoughts, I would definitely appreciated hearing them. You are all very intelligent people! Thanks again! I'm open for ANY suggestions at this point!

Jan 07, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food

Research. Please help!

Fellow Chowhounders, I will soon be starting my thesis for my Masters of Arts Gastronomy, and was considering doing it on the topic "How Celebrity Chefs have influenced food and culture."

Any thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated!!

Jan 06, 2008
linz_e_moore in Not About Food