10 Yummiest Things We've Eaten at a Wedding

Image Gallery: Reception Venues Reception tables set with a molded Gulf crab parfait for Jenna Bush's 2008 wedding -- just one example of the yummy things you can eat at a wedding.
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Wedding fare isn't known for being haute cuisine, but we beg to differ with this milestone meal's bad rap. Tasty and unexpected, these wedding reception treats run from the savory to the sweet. And they all have one thing in common: We'd nosh them again, with relish. See which dishes made our top 10, beginning on the next page.

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Miniature Crème Brûlée Trio
A variety of crème brûlées
A variety of crème brûlées
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We have four words for you: Espresso, chocolate and sea salt. Now imagine sampling each flavor from one of three individual ramekins brimming with crème brûlée. The custard, made of a simple base of sugar, cream and egg yolk, allowed its star ingredient to shine -- whether sweet or savory -- under a cap of caramelized sugar. Elegant and tasty, this crème brulee trio was a delightful way to end a wedding reception meal -- and one we still fondly recall.

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Lobster Bisque en Croute
Lobster Bisque can be served with or without a puff pastry crust.
Lobster Bisque can be served with or without a puff pastry crust.
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Lobster Bisque en Croute was a refined, yet hearty, soup ideal for a starter course. The richly textured flavors of celery, onion, shallots, fish stock, herbs, white wine and brandy blended with a tomato-infused cream base and large chunks of lobster. In keeping with tradition, the soup was baked in a bowl topped with a golden brown puff pastry crust, which lent an unexpected lightness to this luscious dish.

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Coconut Soufflé
Souffles come in many varieties.
Souffles come in many varieties.
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This winter-white dessert tasted like summer and was beautiful enough to serve year-round. We loved the individual servings of coconut soufflé baked in clear glass jars for maximum eye appeal. The ingredients ranged from traditional soufflé starters like cream of tartar, flour and sugar to fresh coconut, lime juice and coconut milk. The sweetness wasn't all sugar, though. Coconut milk -- the decidedly non-dairy liquid from this tropical fruit -- lent a honeyed, yet light, luxury to each bite.

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Carpaccio of Shaved Beef Tenderloin
Here's another way to serve beef tenderloin: with napa cabbage sauté, baby carrots and dried plums in a red wine reduction sauce.
Here's another way to serve beef tenderloin: with napa cabbage sauté, baby carrots and dried plums in a red wine reduction sauce.
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Shaved beef tenderloin on a bed of chickory and arugula layered onto a warm herb-encrusted crostini and topped with shaved reggiano cheese: There's nothing we didn't love about this equation. Especially because this starter was a perfectly portioned bite-sized temptation. So what if my tablemates were surprised to learn "carpaccio" referred to thinly sliced raw beef. The delicate cuts of quality tenderloin were wonderfully flavored, and best with these few, simple ingredients. Yum!

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Candy Bar
A candy bar buffet of your favorite sweets will send you straight back to childhood.
A candy bar buffet of your favorite sweets will send you straight back to childhood.
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When we heard there was a candy bar, we wondered how the wedding planner was going to divvy it up between all the guests. Then we saw the candy "bar." This buffet-style arrangement offered DIY servings. We filled empty martini glasses with our favorite confections: chocolate candies, custom-wrapped mints bearing the bride and groom's insignia, Jelly Belly beans, and more -- some of the candies we hadn't seen since childhood. Debuted just as the reception came to a close, it was a sweet way to say goodbye to guests.

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Citrus Sorbet
Orange, lemon or raspberry sorbets make nice palate cleansers.
Orange, lemon or raspberry sorbets make nice palate cleansers.
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Citrus sorbet as gambit? Absolutely. It was certainly a conversation starter when each serving's miniature tiers mimicked the wedding cake design. And the piping of the happy couple's initials on the plate's edge was a nice touch. These delicate portions of cold citrus goodness were more than a good-looking diversion, though. The sorbet served as a palate cleanser after the meal and before the wedding cake.

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Custom Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are a tasty after-dinner treat, whether mongrammed or served plain with a drizzle of chocolate.
Shortbread cookies are a tasty after-dinner treat, whether mongrammed or served plain with a drizzle of chocolate.
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We think shortbread cookies are tasty and not-too-sweet, which makes them the perfect accompaniment to an after-dinner espresso. So it was especially fun to discover these cookies make great wedding favors, too, thanks to a custom ceramic dough stamp outfitted with the bride and groom's monogram or other special design.

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Lasagna
Lasagna is great reception dish -- it tastes delicious and can stand up well to reheating.
Lasagna is great reception dish -- it tastes delicious and can stand up well to reheating.
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We were surprised to see lasagna on a wedding reception menu, but in retrospect, it made perfect sense. The dish is inexpensive, easy to assemble and a snap to reheat. What we loved, however, was the presentation: Large-scale cookie cutters gave these saucy noodles shape and form -- especially important for a dish not known for its plated discipline. Plus, coloring the pasta with carrot and beet puree took this hearty fare up a notch.

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Miniature Pecan Pie
A heart-shaped mini pecan pie is a nice wedding favor.
A heart-shaped mini pecan pie is a nice wedding favor.
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Pecan pie stays fresher than most meal-enders, so it wasn't entirely unexpected to dine on this low-fuss treat after a wedding. What we adored was the perfect size. Miniature pecan pies, served in their own pie pans, were the hit of the reception. Take-home bags customized with the bride and groom's initials meant the pies doubled as a party favor. What could have been better?

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Wedding Cake
This delicious cake has buttercream frosting and white chocolate shavings.
This delicious cake has buttercream frosting and white chocolate shavings.
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Sure, the design's the thing when it comes to wedding cakes. But guests still want it to taste good. Get the best of both worlds by pairing flavor and good looks -- and sampling our faves. Our summery pick was white cake layered with lemon curd and buttercream filling, topped with buttercream frosting. For an equally decadent feast for the eyes and palate, we loved a tiered cake coated in thick ganache with a dried coconut garnish. Two out-of-the-ordinary tastes that broke the traditional wedding cake mold.

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