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Shooby Doo Catering's Seafood Menu Inspires an Oceanic Reception Design

Seasonal ingredients from Washington inspire a gourmet menu and reception design
Lara M. Burnap

Bouquet, bridal gown, bridesmaids—all involve important decisions. But in culinary cities such as Seattle, the main ingredient that every couple focuses on is the menu. Uniting the event design with dinner is a clever way to pay homage to a beloved flavor, dish or cuisine. “Food has the ability to bring people together—it’s communal!” says Kim Morrill of Your Perfect Bridesmaid. “Artfully crafted food, like the menus crafted by the amazing caterers we worked with, really creates an experience for guests. It sparks conversation and leaves a vivid memory.” And today’s reception menus are equivalent to fine dining experiences—from grazing stations to elaborate courses. 


SEAFOOD GRAZING STATION: Creamy crab bisque with grilled como leaf and crab garnish; Kumamoto oysters on the half shell with cilantro Fresno mignonette; herb-poached prawns with horseradish and tomato; bay scallop aguachile with crisp plantain tostone; whole cooked Dungeness crab; whole king crab legs; and lobster doughnuts with Maine lobster salad inside a Top Pot doughnut.

TRAY-PASSED APPETIZER: Salmon-wrapped crab leg: Dungeness crab meat wrapped in cold smoked salmon with spiced crema and topped with caviar

MAIN COURSE: Crab Salad with Dungeness crab, butter lettuce, cucumber, tomato, preserved-lemon vinaigrette and diced avocado; Entree of Tenderloin Oscar featuring beef tenderloin, asparagus, Dungeness crab with béarnaise, served with crisp fondant potatoes.

DESSERT: Blueberry cheesecake– Cheesecake tart, candied citrus and shaved white chocolate

THE DESIGN BY YOUR PERFECT BRIDESMAID: A monochromatic backdrop is ideal for this seafood-inspired spread, and subtle seaside accents are incorporated into the tabletop as an homage to the Pacific. “We were inspired by the textures found in a coastal environment: fishing nets, boat ropes, the shimmer, shine and texture of all the seashells, buoys and sailor stripes,” says Kim Morrill of Your Perfect Bridesmaid.

Shooby Doo Catering is the proprietary caterer for Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park.  

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