Let’s not kid ourselves. A way to a person’s heart is through their stomachs. People may forget about what goes on during a wedding dinner, but one thing that will leave a lasting impression is the FOOD. A good meal is something that I personally value and while I may not get to eat much during my BIG day, it matters to me what my guests will experience.
When it comes to food, I always opt for quality over anything else. Knowing that the standard and quality of food can be counted on at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, it became a vital factor in the selection of our wedding banquet venue.
I thought I’d share with you guys our food tasting session as quite a lot of thought and preparation went into this. The choice of food may be a very personal thing, but there are other aspects of this tasting session that might be helpful for you brides/grooms-to-be!
The phrase “to each to his own” couldn’t be more apt when it comes to food as a person’s taste and diet preferences are extremely personal. Hence, James and I prioritised on crafting a menu that would tell a story. Sharon, our dear wedding consultant, got 3 chefs from various kitchens involved and we met up with them to discuss how we could feature some of our favourite dishes – especially memorable ones that we’ve tasted from around the globe or where our travels have taken us.
We decided to involve our family members and close relatives as their opinions matter to us. I never really thought that this session would be so posh and formal (of course, this is The Ritz-Carlton way). We were immediately greeted and seated in the Chihuly Room upon arrival, which had been fully set up with a floral centrepiece from my wedding florist, along with various table setting options that we could consider for our actual day.
Clare, our wedding planner from Blisspact, was also around to oversee the entire tasting. We are so thankful for her & Sharon’s advice to do a mockup of our floral arrangements so we can have an overall feel of what The Grand Ballroom would look like on the actual day. Our wedding florist, CC Lee, had done up such a gorgeous centrepiece that was so perfectly in line with the theme we are going for.
Prior to the food tasting, we had actually discussed our preferences with Sharon, our wedding consultant. There were a few things to work through such as our colour scheme, tablecloths, napkin folding style and plating options, etc. All these little details matter a lot in the grander scheme of things as we had to consider all that was going to be on the table (i.e. our MANY wedding favours), cutlery etc.
Having chosen an individually plated dinner, we are so happy to have the option to customise MORE– such as the plating, serving style and even the table layouts and arrangements within The Grand Ballroom. An individually plated menu also makes it easier as we can custom every menu especially when catering for our Muslim, vegetarian or seafood-allergic friends.
As we wanted to add a personal touch to our dinner menu, we were able to include some of our favourite food items like fishmaw in the soup (also known as “pio” as I’m Hainanese and my Ku Ku makes the best “He Pio Soup”, Korean-inspired dishes as Korea was our first trip together as a couple, and even an “interactive” dessert (which will be left as a surprise). We also decided to do a tea pairing of the food with our favourite teas from TWG tea (one of our go-to outlets for a date)!
The food tasting went very smoothly as EVERY SINGLE dish came out way beyond our expectations – from the taste to the presentation. P.S. James and I are very passionate about food, and you can expect how happy we were to have had this meal.
The tasting session ended with a feedback session with the chefs. Apart from some minor feedback we had, everyone heaped them with praise for this beautifully-crafted and very well-thought-out menu.
People who give you their food, give you their heart. I am so thankful to the chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and we hope to see our guests going home with happy tummies and smiles on their faces.
Watch a little video snippet I put together to document our food tasting session as part of my wedding journey: