We are very fortunate to have so many outstanding DC wedding venues that allow offsite Catering; recently we were treated to a fantastic dinner party thrown by UWL family member RSVP Catering at Arena Stage. We loved the concept of their tropical family style dinner that would be ideal for a DC rehearsal dinner or luncheon bridal shower! Building a team from the ground up including catering allows for a custom and completely personal food and sensory experience for guests. Event caterers love creating unique wedding menu ideas around a theme or the tastes of the client; the sky is the limit when picking out everything from passed appetizers, stations, and style of dinner.
Appetizers and the cocktail hour bar are your first opportunity to show off to guests, so for a lighter summer menu RSVP Catering passed black sesame shrimp toast with Thai chili peanut sauce and slow roasted BBQ with pickled cabbage over a glazed donut. The bar was stocked with fresh fruit infused summer cocktails, local gins, and spicy peppers. Post cocktails and small bites, we moved to the outdoor terrace overlooking the DC waterfront for an al fresco family style dinner. My favorite course was the pineapple caprese salad (what a fun summer twist on the traditional!). This was followed by family style platters of poached cod with dill and lemon, roasted rack of lamb finished with pomegranate and fennel glaze, and fresh summer veggies.
This menu just shows that wedding food does not have to be dry chicken and filet mignon; have fun with flavors, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and spices! Your guests will love the experience of custom prepared menus. They will feel like they were walked through a creative experience instead of just eating another boring wedding meal! RSVP Catering really embraced the idea of tropical flavors and created a one of a kind experience for guests! Thank you to the team at RSVP Catering and Deb Lindsey Photography for giving us such great DC Rehearsal dinner inspiration!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to this tropical Arena Stage Dinner
Venue: Arena Stage
Photographer: Deb Lindsey
Catering: RSVP Catering
Floral Design: Volanni
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Valet: MJ Valet
Rentals: Perfect Settings
Decor: Syzygy Events
Entertainment: Bialeks Music