Modern Tex Mex Wedding Menu Tasting in Austin

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011

Whenever people ask about how @TheRealMrFury and my wedding planning is coming along, they always add something to the extent of: at least you know the food will be spectacular! The assumption is understandable, given how he and I met through our mutual passion for food.

Initially, we were stumped. We want to stay at a modest budget but do not want to sacrifice our food values. You know, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, frikin delicious, and plenty to go around. Deep inside, I felt pressured from what our friends were expecting from us, especially since they love our cooking. I jokingly brushed people off by saying, “oh, I don’t know… it’s not as if we’re catering our own wedding…“.

Thankfully, we met Kristine, a talented chef and caterer in Austin, Texas. I found her through, get this… her sister who lives in Vancouver. Helen of Growing Chefs introduced us after hearing that I’m planning my wedding down South. After a few email exchanges, The Cowboy and I found ourselves seated at the kitchen counter of Kristine’s adorable house with chickens running freely outside.

The only parameters I gave Kristine were that the menu should be 1) Texan/ Tex-Mex and 2) as locally sourced and organic as possible. Since some of our guests were coming all the way from Vancouver, we wanted them to experience fresh and contemporary Texan cuisine. (Yes, we considered a BBQ wedding, but only a split second). Kristine has solid relationships with many local farmers and is able to source beautiful produce and meats for us. Her seasoned background in Tex Mex cooking and acuteness to ethical eating set her apart at our first bite.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we tasted… or rather, polished off with 2 chilled bottles of wine.

Pork belly and pineapple tostatas by Melody Fury

Pork belly and pineapple tostatas. No possible way to go wrong with this at the cocktail reception.

crab, grapefruit and avocado tostata by Melody Fury

Crab, grapefruit and avocado tostata. Fresh, citrusy and delicate. The creamy avocado ties in beautifully with the flaky crab meat.

Black eyed peas with warm bacon vinaigrette, mango and wilted greens by Melody Fury

Black eyed peas with warm bacon vinaigrette, mango and wilted greens. This was hearty, yet fresh and bursting with flavour. Bring on the pork fat!

Nopales and arugula salad with roast poblanos and queso fresco by Melody Fury

Nopales and arugula salad with roast poblanos and queso fresco. Most peppery and hefty arugula I've ever tasted, fresh from the farm.

Achiote braised pork shoulder with pickled Texas peaches by Melody Fury

Achiote braised pork shoulder with pickled Texas peaches. The pork was impossibly succulent and paired seamlessly with the juicy peaches that Chef Kristine pickles every summer.

Texas duck confit with housemade bbq sauce and mangoes by Melody Fury

Texas duck confit with housemade bbq sauce and mangoes. This dish was smoky, tangy, and intensely flavourful. We're still torn between the bbq sauce and a mole sauce. One more tasting please!

These are just a few items that we tried on that fun evening. We can’t wait to finalize the menu and to share it with our loved ones on our big day.

What do y’all think?

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  • Adrian

    Looks so delicious. I always love your pics, Mel! xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7900871 Marsha Ungchusri

    MOLE!! MOLE!! MOLE!!

  • Queenoshun5

    Delicious 

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thank you so much, love xoxo Hope to see you soon, Adrian.

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    That’s what we were thinking ;) Get ready to feast!

  • http://www.eyesbiggerthanmystomach.com Melissa@EyesBigger

    ummm… i’m invited right? lol.  looks and sounds incredible Mel!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thank you so much, dear :) We hope it’ll be just as good on our wedding day!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    *muah* thanks Melissa. You are so sweet. Of everyone that asks, I wonder who would ACTUALLY fly to Austin…

  • http://www.laurenlovestoeat.com Lauren

    Omg my mouth watered looking at the crab, grapefruit and avocado tostada. Looks like it’ll be a delicious wedding! Congrats!!!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thank you so much :) I hope the food on the night of will be as delicious as the tasting. You are very sweet, Lauren!

  • Shao

    Everything looks amazingly delicious. Love how thoughtful you were with the menu. Your guests are in for a treat!

  • Nancy

    Pork belly tostadas – now that’s something I might fly to Austin for!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Awww Shao, you are so sweet. Thank you for your kind words. You are welcomed to come crash it!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    ;) We would be more than happy to have you with us, Nancy.

  • http://twitter.com/boneats Bonita

    What a beautiful menu Mel, for what will be a beautiful wedding (and a beautiful bride!). Your guests will surely love the food. (And if not, just ship me the leftovers! ;-P)

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thanks Bonita! You got it babes ;) Feel free to crash it, k? xo

  • http://www.sitesnbites.com Jen

    Reading the menu totally made my mouth water!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Aww thank you Jen! We’re completely looking forward to it. :)

  • Elizabeth

    Wow…how I wish i could go back to my wedding and redo the food. Though tasty and fun (a cocktail reception like yours) it was unmemorable and not along the same standards I have now. 

    I would be more than happy with this menu set in front of me as a guest!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Aw Liz you are so sweet :) Thank you so much. I’m sure that your guests had fun regardless. We’ll see how it actually turns out for us ;) This was just the tasting after all.

  • mark

    I’m so happy for you Melody…God Bless you Both with a Wonderful Future…

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Thank you so much, Mark! I really appreciate the blessings.

  • dsr

    Does Kristine have a catering company?? If so, can you give me the info? Would love to talk to her about our wedding!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Hi dsr, to the best of my knowledge, Kristine is currently the head chef at Mulberry and Weatherup. Those would be the best way to reach her. I’m not sure if she still caters on the side but it never hurts to reach out! All the best with wedding planning :)