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Culinary Creatives: In the Kitchen with Oklahoma Wedding Caterer Abbey Road Catering

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Today, we’re thrilled to showcase Abbey Road Catering and owner Kris Abbey, as we did in the latest issue of Brides of Oklahoma! Abbey Road provides exceptional catering for so many fabulous Oklahoma weddings and is a trusted vendor among brides, focusing on classic American dishes with an Oklahoma twist. Read below to learn more about Abbey Road Catering, and check back for more spotlights on our Oklahoma wedding catering professionals, captured by Picturesque Photos by Amanda!

The Style

Our menu is broad, but our cuisine focuses on modern American classics with an Oklahoma influence.

The Dish 

Herb-Crusted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Amaretto-Infused Sweet Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans

Tasty Tips

What is your signature dish? We did nearly 500 events last year, and no two events are the exact same, so it’s hard to name just one signature dish. We do a fantastic Lemon Thyme Grilled Chicken Breast served with Creamy Garlic Aioli. It’s a crowd pleaser and budget-friendly, so it’s definitely one of our popular items.

What advice do you have for brides who are trying decide between a sit-down vs. buffet-style meal? This decision truly comes down to personal style and how the bride and groom want their guests to experience the event. A sit-down, plated dinner can be sophisticated, elegant and give your guests a real chance to relax and be waited on. On the other hand, a buffet dinner or heavy hors d’ouevres encourages guests to mingle, graze throughout the event and introduce a wider variety of menu selections.

Do you offer menu tastings? Yes. We offer quarterly group tastings where we pull together a broad selection of our most popular items for our booked clients. This gives them a chance to taste our food, see our food displays and chat with our sales team. We do offer private tastings as needed such as times when clients live out of state or a menu is highly customized.

Do you have a set menu or do you offer custom menus? After 18 years in business, we have a great selection of house dishes, and we are always expanding our repertoire. We gladly work with clients to build custom menus, too, and often, those are some of the most exciting times in our kitchen.

What advice do you have to offer brides and grooms? It is your day, but don’t forget about your guests. All of us vendors in the industry have been to more weddings than anyone rightly should. What that means, though, is that if you hear one of us make suggestions based on experience, listen. We never want to take away from our client’s vision, but we are just as invested as they are in pulling off a memorable experience for everyone.

The Love Scene Collection: Romantic Altar Inspiration from June Sixteenth Events

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We’re so thrilled to continue sharing more stunning wedding inspiration from Oklahoma’s most talented planners! Today, the spotlight is on June Sixteenth Events as they set the scene at Sparrow for an elegantly romantic walk down the aisle. Hope Photography and Scissortail Stories did an incredible job of capturing the vision behind this shoot, from the intricate lace details in our blushing bride’s gown from Bella Rose Bridal to the gorgeous rentals courtesy of Marianne’s Rentals Special Events Solutions that tie the whole look together. Flawless hair and makeup by AnnElyse Salon & Spa along with glittering jewels from Naifeh Fine Jewelry topped off our bride’s lovely look. Signage from Rachel Kathryn Designs added the perfect touch of hand-written personalization. Keep scrolling for some seriously breathtaking romantic altar inspiration from June Sixteenth Events and don’t forget to check out a special behind-the-scenes look from Scissortail Stories!

Photos // Hope Photography

Video // Scissortail Stories

From the planner: “The inspiration behind the shoot was to create a ‘WOW factor’ with a backdrop that was clean, romantic and modern while highlighting the beautifully open venue. We wanted a design that would keep guests’ attention front and center on the Mr. and Mrs. The design was created to inspire couples looking to transform the traditional altar by using elegant yet simple items to add depth, dimension and drama. By stacking gold glass topped tables hung with calligraphy, framing them with acrylic columns, romantic florals with an aisle laced in rich chiffon draping and dozens of candles, the dreamy ceremony scene is bound to be an unforgettable setting.”

Looks of Love Contest 2018 – Cast your vote for our Top 10 Finalists!

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We were overwhelmed with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 10 finalists and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! The couple with the most likes will be crowned our Brides of Oklahoma 2018 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a dinner date for two at a restaurant of their choice on us, a romantic overnight stay at The Skirvin Hotel AND breakfast at The Skirvin’s Park Avenue Grill on a mutually agreed upon date!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

Photos top left to bottom right: Peyton Rainey PhotographyKristina Gaines PhotographyPicturesque Photos by AmandaTammy Odell Photography, Magnolia Adams Photography, Sarah Libby PhotographyCaroline Eliza Co.Brianna Record PhotographyKatie Hadley Photography, Loganna Photography

Culinary Creatives: In the Kitchen with Oklahoma Wedding Caterer Pepperoni Grill

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In the latest issue of Brides of Oklahoma, we were thrilled to give our readers a peek inside the kitchen with the top Oklahoma wedding caterers! Captured by Picturesque Photos by Amanda, this inside look at the amazingly talented chefs and the delicious dishes they prepare is such a treat and will definitely leave your mouths watering! We’re We’re wrapping today’s spotlight profiles with Oklahoma wedding caterer Chef Chanthay Heuangsayaseng from Pepperoni Grill! Stay tuned as we feature more from Oklahoma wedding caterers featured in the pages of Brides of Oklahoma.

Featured Dish

Ahi Tartare Tower: Layers of cucumber, mango, ahi tuna, avocado and micro greens finished with wasabi and Sriracha aioli, alongside sesame wonton crips.

The Style

Our specialty is modern Italian.  However, our passion and creativity goes beyond Italian.

Tasty Tips

What is your signature dish? Chicken tortellini florentine: tri-colored cheese tortellini, sautéed chicken, Roma tomatoes and spinach in artichoke cream sauce – absolute deliciousness!

What advice do you have for brides who are trying decide between a sit-down vs. buffet style meal? When deciding between plated dinner or buffet for your reception, there are a few things to take into consideration.  First, what is the overall style and feel you want for your big day? Are you having a more formal event, black tie or a more casual affair? Plated table service is the most formal while a buffet style meal brings a casualness. A plated meal can save you money on food cost, but you will pay more for service. A buffet dinner will most likely save on costs and service. It also gives your guests control of the portion of the meal they would enjoy while offering a variety of options. One choice is not better than the other. You will just need to take into consideration budget, guest expectations and your personal preferences. After all, it is YOUR DAY!

Do you offer menu tastings? Absolutely! We set up tasting appointments at all of our locations. We would love to showcase what we have to offer you.

Do you have a set menu or do you offer custom menus? We have sample menus but love to do custom menus. Our talented kitchen team of chefs can create the perfect menu for your event.

What advice do you have to offer brides and grooms? Leave the details to the professionals by hiring a great caterer. Hire us!

Culinary Creatives: In the Kitchen with Oklahoma Wedding Caterer Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

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In the latest issue of Brides of Oklahoma, we were thrilled to give our readers a peek inside the kitchen with the top Oklahoma wedding caterers! Captured by Picturesque Photos by Amanda, this inside look at the amazingly talented chefs and the delicious dishes they prepare is such a treat and will definitely leave your mouths watering! We’re super excited to continue sharing profile two of three today with a spotlight on Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse executive chef Juan Torres! Stay tuned as we feature more from Oklahoma caterers featured in the pages of Brides of Oklahoma.

The Style

I enjoy working most on dishes that reflect American, Southern or Spanish styles.

The Dish

36oz smoked tomahawk grilled heirloom tomatoes boursin and roasted fennel cream sauce – black peppercorns ghost pepper sea salt – charcoal smoked pearl onions

Tasty Tips

What is your signature dish? Cedar plank scallops with a crab and artichoke, lemon buerre blanc served with lobster risotto.

Do you specialize in certain cuisines? I enjoy working most on dishes that reflect American, Southern or Spanish styles.

What advice do you have for brides who are trying decide between a sit-down vs. buffet style meal? Consider the size of your party and the type of menu you want to offer. For a more intimate style setting, choose a set menu with items that reflect your tastes. Buffet style meals seem to be a more suitable option for larger groups, but it doesn’t mean you have to limit your options. Have fun with it by creating a themed menu that showcases your style and the wedding’s theme.

Do you offer menu tastings? Yes, you may book by appointment with our banquet manager.

Do you have a set menu or do you offer custom menus? We offer several set menus ranging from $59 up to $100+ per person and welcome the opportunity to create a custom menu that best suits your tastes. We are also happy to cater your event large or small.

What advice do you have to offer brides and grooms? Try not to stress and have fun! Allow others to help you and handle any surprises that may occur on your special day so you can have time to enjoy each other and the festivities.