Hola Brides and Grooms! Let's work on your menu for your amazing beach wedding in Puerto Vallarta area! I know I do not look like a chef in this picture below, but it is festive and we are all about fiestas with great food and bar!
I am a certified Cordon Bleu Chef in charge of catering in a Wedding Venue in Bucerias, Mexico called Martoca Beach Garden. I would like to talk to you about selecting your menu for your wedding day in Mexico; In our particular case, we want to focus on Sea-to-Table and Farm-to-Table dishes and ingredients so let's begin with our reason behind promoting a local menu.
Did you travel 2,000 miles to eat a Steak? NO. Did you travel 2,000 miles to eat Sliders? NO. Our clients enjoy great food as well and know they can find better steaks and burguers in the USA. Our bride and grooms are encouraged to create a menu that showcases our vast array of local ingredients and styles of cooking. We believe your wedding should be a cultural extravaganza. This includes not only the theme in decorations and bar but also the menu for the dinner and tapas. Tapas are our equivalent of appetizers in North America.
So, I usually explain to my catering clients that there are 7 traditional types of cooking methods in the world such as broiling, braising, baking, frying, roasting, poaching, grilling, steaming, sautee and such. I can name the rest but it is not important. What is important is that we dominate all of them and can cook anything you like as long as you give us the ingredients and the recipe. However, we like to focus on Mexican Food. Not the Tex-Mex or US Mexican food although we can make it as well; It is very tasty! Even though we love Tex-Mex, if cooked properly, we still think you should introduce local Mexican food in your wedding. So let's take a look at a sample of what we recommend for your wedding so you can have your guests culturally in shock yet very impressed and raving about your food choices!
All french dishes in essence can be replicated by our team, any cuisine for that matter, with our ingredients and spices. All we do is use our local ingredients. We prefer you do not choose imported items but like I said we can cook anything you like. However this is about a local Mexican Coast Menu for your wedding:
I suggest you use these ingredients:
From Local Sea Protein: Fish, Large fresh water Crawfish (prawns) in season, Rock Lobster, Shrimp, Octopus, Scallops, Oysters, Clams. We highly recommend using these ingredients in your wedding. We will have them delivered fresh the morning of the wedding by boat.
From Local Farms Protein: Pork, Chicken or Rabbit or goat or Lamb. Beef we have but unless it is braised I would not expect a dry age cut or a steak comparable to Nebraska or Texas or Montana beef etc. Also we have amazing diary for fresh cheeses made locally from goat and cow.
From Local Gardens: Many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Many kinds of herbs such as parsley, hybiscus, cilantro, basil, thyme, epazote, hoja santa, banana leaves and more.
Spices we have less but a few locally but these we usually get in store. Vegetables locally we have pretty much anything we need such as local lettuce, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, huitlachoche, squash, squash flowers and much more. We produce much for export in this area. Specially fruit which is why our area exports mangoes, guavas, pinnaple, avocado, limes, lemons, grapefruit, etc.
So as you can see we can make almost anything you like as far as Mexican Food goes and we prepare it with local ingredients if you desire. We help our local farmers and fisherman and families.
A fun menu sample for a wedding that really wants to show your guests our local cuisine would be for example:
Appetizers such as Ceviche (lime marinated fish), tostadas de Mariscos (seafood usually shellfish), mini hard shell fish tacos, shrimp in vara (shrimp roasted on wood fire on a stick or a kebab), MIni Shrimp coctail our style, Cueritos (pickled por rinds, Chicharron (pork rinds deep fried with salt and lime and chili powder mix), and many more ideas to shake things up and use local ingredients from the sea and traditional local street food with great presentations.
For dinner well, any of the ingredients I talked about above wil be magnificent cooked with any of the methods and sauces. Such as a Fish en Papillote, Sarandeado Fish (grilled whole fish with a red Mole sauce), Fried Ajillo fish filet (all line caught fresh fish), grilled Shrimp and lobster Kebab, etc.
Remember all sauces come from the 5 mother sauces and therefore I can replicate or play with any sauce you like and give it a special touch and of course in Mexico we have our moles. Which is like in the US a roux, or in Indian food is Masala or in Spain it is a Sofrito... Cooking is so much fun. Just mix ingredients and serve. We cook every dish on site and on time. We do not over cook chicken breast so that it is so dry you cannot taste it. We do not cook chicken breast in mole because you should never braise lean meats for example. That is a no no. We do things right!
So, if you want to show your guests a great time give them a chance to eat local prepared food at your Mexico Beach wedding. Let the dishes inspire their dance moves. We promise that our Mexican Menu is not your Chipotle Restaurant salad bowl. We are a culinary catering team that enjoys showing the world why Mexican Food is now a world heritage award winner by the United Nations. Think French food classical cooked with our spices and ingredients. After all Mexico gave the French the tomatoes, corn, peppers, Chocolate and the avocadoes... anyway. We owe them for their mother sauces, cooking methods, techniques and Champagne. And they owe us for ingredients and Tequila and Mariachi!
This is a good article if you want to learn more about the complexity of gourmet Mexican Food cooking: