Putting Culture Back Into Food

This year’s trend toward more formality is a great opportunity to showcase your cultural heritage. Sit-down meals and full entrees are the perfect way to pay homage to your ancestry and give your big day that unique pop that everyone wants.

To any culture, food is incredibly important. And for every culture, the food is unique and diverse. America is a huge melting pot of cultures—which do you identify with? Are you purely “American,” or do you have a little Italian in your blood? Perhaps your family is originally from the Phillipines or a South American country. Any way you crumble the cookie, making traditional or even fusion cuisine is a great way to make your big day even more special.

Choosing a dish that represents your cultural heritage doesn’t have to create a feeling of impending doom. There are so many dishes to choose from—in any culture. Instead, try localizing a bit more.

For example, if you’re from San Francisco, perhaps include some of their world famous sourdough bread. If your family is from the South, perhaps some hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes?
Screen shot 2556-07-19 at 14.11.11If you’d rather just give an all-around head nod to your country of origin, that’s fine, too! Likely your guests won’t mind if they get a piping hot serving of Shepherd’s Pie with a side of traditional Irish Soda Bread. Or if you have Basque heritage, perhaps a bit of paella is in order?

The options are endless—the only difficulty lies in finding someone to cater the meal. Traditional food, though, does present a great opportunity to enlist the help of family and friends who know how to cook well—especially if you’re not planning on an overly large guest list. Doing so could save you a bundle of money and will save you the trouble of having to find the “perfect” caterer!

If you have an experienced cook, another fun option would be to fuse cultural food with more contemporary fare—essentially, creating something you won’t find anywhere else.

Where did your ancestors hail from? Would you ever use your cultural heritage to influence your wedding day food?

Image: Steven Labinski via Flickr

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