Jeffica

In my 30 years, I have been to my fair share of weddings. Friends, family and family friends have a tendency to invite me to their milestones because I am extremely fun. Okay, that’s probably not true. Even at 30, the wedding circuit is not slowing down. In the next year alone, I have eight weddings to attend. It’s amazing to me that eight people even like me. Or maybe it’s an obligatory thing. That would make much more sense.

This past Saturday night, I attended a wedding for two friends, Jessica and Jeff, or as someone cleverly coined them, “Jeffica”.  I knew going in that this wedding had the two best possible wedding characteristics: local location and heavy appetizers.  In a previous post, I mentioned the cocktail hour at The Standard Club. Jessica’s sister, Lauren, who also happens to be one of my best friends, got married at the Standard Club three years ago  A wedding at the Standard Club is the Jewish equivalent to the Inaugural Ball.  I’ve never been to the Inaugural Ball, but I can imagine that it is quite impressive.

Jews love to eat and these particular friends understand that food (and drinks) actually do make a wedding more fun. Those two components, coupled with an unbelievable band and a guest performance by the groom’s unbelievable band, Great Divide, made for a phenomenal Saturday night. Usually I am in bed with a Home Run Inn pizza and sleeping by 10:00.

Appetizers and desserts are my favorite courses at weddings, restaurants and barbecues alike.  As far as I’m concerned, I could go the rest of my life without a main course when good appetizers and desserts are involved.  Although it was tough, I managed to pick my favorite food from cocktail hour, dinner and dessert. Enjoy the photos and congratulations to the happy couple!

Favorite appetizer: Mini reubens, passed on trays

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Favorite part of the main course: Unreal Italian chopped salad with a giant shrimp in the center

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Favorite dessert: Mini chocolate chip cookie skillet

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I appreciate food in shot glasses. Who wouldn't love shrimp in gazpacho and crudite?

I appreciate food in shot glasses. Who wouldn’t love shrimp in gazpacho and crudite?

A garden with flowers made of smoked salmon and cream cheese.

A garden with flowers made of smoked salmon and cream cheese.

A taste of Mexico

A taste of Mexico

The main course

The menu

Onion rings are so underrated.

Onion rings are so underrated.

More deliciousness in shot glasses. Milkshakes galore!

More deliciousness in shot glasses. Milkshakes galore!

Sundae toppings

Sundae toppings

I had to leave a little bit of cake for the other guests.

I had to leave a little bit of cake for the other guests.

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