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Getting “All Jarred Up” with Your Wedding Favors

 

When I saw these delicious jarred confections, I just knew that they what they would be perfect for!  We’ve already talked about planning your Southern wedding as well as choosing a down home Southern Menu and cocktails, and now you can add “All Jarred Up” to your Southern wedding favors!  If you’d like to share your comfort food with family and friends, yet don’t have the time (or inclination) to bake in small portions, this is perfect for you.  “All Jarred Up,” the new pie and dessert company, delivers bakery freshness and convenience in a jar – just for you – or two, three to four and many more.

pie in a jar wedding favor for southern wedding Pear-ed Together (large) pie a jar by all jarred up

All Jarred Up company founder and baking maven, Teri Hiles explains, “I wanted to create something that was a common comfort food, but in a unique single serving design with incredible quality ingredients. The best part about the pies is that they are ready to eat right out of the jar. We ship them to your house already baked. Warming the pie is so easy. You place it in the oven, and in a few minutes you have a perfectly warmed, homemade pie in a convenient size. The half pint pie is the perfect amount for one or two people.”

All Jarred Up currently carries five baked goodies, traditional favorites including mixed berry pie, apple pie, pear pie, banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies. They also make two homemade dessert sauces, caramel and chocolate, that can be served on the side or over your favorite ice cream.  Small on price and big on flavor, All Jarred Up uses only fresh, in season ingredients, and as many all-natural and organic ingredients as possible. All Jarred Up baked goods are freshly prepared, sealed, decorated and retail on www.AllJarredUp.Etsy.com with prices ranging from $6 to $13 dollars. Most of their sweet treats come in two convenient sizes: The half pint, perfect for one or two, and the pint, just enough for two or three people. Teri plans to introduce her popular peach pie and pecan pie for the upcoming holiday season. I had an opportunity to try the apple jar and it was ridiculously delicious!  Can’t wait to send as gifts!

Southern Food for Your Wedding

When brides come here to Coastal Georgia for their destination weddings, they are looking to incorporate some of the Southern beauty into their event vision.  Extending that vision to your menu is no different.  You can add special twists to your menu while enhancing the charm of southern fare.

 

Many couples choose to treat their guests to very elaborate meals to reflect their celebration.  One of the biggest staples in southern food is fried chicken, which can be done elegantly and uniquely for an unforgettable experience for your palate.  While most guests don’t expect to eat with their hands at weddings, this Lemon-Brined Fried Chicken by chef Thomas Keller  of Ad Hoc sounds delectable and well worth it!  The chef said that they only did friend chicken twice a month (every other Monday), but have now increased the frequency and expanded the menu due to the demand.  For those  looking for the real “down home taste”, opt for the buttermilk fried chicken recipe by Emeril.   If you’re looking for an intimate and engaging style reception, as your caterer or venue to provide the food in “family style service”.  Your servers will provide platters for each table of food, of which guests make their own plates and pass to each other.  It is similar to a buffet, since the caterer will keep the platters full, but guests aren’t forced to leave their table.  The key to serving something so simple is to amp up its presentation and taste.  With chefs Emeril and Keller’s recipes, we’ve got taste covered.  When served family style, look for platters, bowls, and other service items that are reflective of event vision.

photo by Jennie Chen

Here in the Golden Isles, every year we have the Shrimp and Grits festival on Jekyll Island with chef demonstrations, concerts and so much more.  So needless to say, Shrimp and Grits are big in southern coastal cuisine.  There are several great recipes like this one by Tyler Florence and or this one by chef Eric Kelly.  With the many variations and serving styles (i.e., as a shooter, amuse bouche, or as a side or entree), the possibilities are endless.

 

Instead of rolls, opt for the Southern foodie favorite:  cornbread!  Cornbread can appeal to so many of your guests with variations of recipes like Paula Deen’s Vidalia Cornbread (seen above), Emeril’s Cast Iron Honey Cornbread, or this amazing recipe for jalapeno cornbread.  Can’t make a decision?  Offer them all!

 

Being an avid John Grisham fan, I distinctly remember reading about his protagonist in A Time to Kill eating fried dill pickles (seen above)  and I thought, “gross”!  A few days later I went to the House of Blues in L.A. with my family and tried some. Pure Heaven.  Since we don’t eat a lot of fried foods, these are some of the few things I will occasionally prepare.  Looking for something a bit more healthy?  Try Joe Vitale’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Vinaigrette and Warm Frisée.  Both would make for great food at your cocktail hour along with these Southern Cocktails.

There are so many other great ideas out there, by some of your favorite well known chefs like Louis Osteen’s Charleston Cuisine, Paula Deen’s Kitchen Classics: The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook and The Lady & Sons, Too!,  Patti LaBelle’s LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About is phenomenal.  Her Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese is the TRUTH.  We’re talking real mac and cheese, honey—the kind hat is not fixed in a pot but comes out of the oven.  And don’t forget Emeril’s Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude.  These are just a few ideas to get you started.  Be reflective of your area—serve up local hot sauces and seasonings like Maryland’s Old Bay with your food, or garnishes, preserves, and drinks from the local area.  Food can inspire so much for the rest of your event vision, so go with what you love.