So, I’ll take a break from house postings for a day to bring in a little update on wedding planning!
Things I’ve checked off the to do list are as follows:
Book church/officiant – CHECK!
Book reception site – CHECK!
Book photographer – CHECK! (http://www.megangarrison.com/ – she’s going to be great!)
Buy dress – CHECK!
Make/Print/Send Save the Dates – CHECK!
Pretty pitiful, right? I’m chalking up my lack of check marks to the house. It’s all the houses fault. Oh well, it’ll all get done, right?
So, Monday night, Robert and I headed over to Mosaic Edibles Cafe on River Road in the River Road Shopping Center (right beside Francis Kahn) for a tasting, since we’re now trying to pick out a caterer. The cafe is adorable!
Great patio for spring/summer/early fall eatin’
Inside is super-cozy! They recently renovated the whole inside (saw it on their website) and it looks great! They have little loveseats at some of the center tables, really nice granite tabletops and great service.
Since we were there for a tasting, we got to sit with the sales manager and go over our options for the menu. Luckily, many of the menu items we are interested in serving at the reception were available on their every day menu, so we got to try them! We each got an entree, and then we split another entree (it was a lot of food…but totally worth it!)
Robert got the beef shoulder tenderloin with a smoked gouda cream sauce – his had asparagus even though this picture (from their website) has cheese grits. The cream sauce was unreal – the perfect match for the beef. Delicious!
I ordered the pecan crusted chicken breast with grilled peach gravy and a side of the cheddar sun-dried mashed potatoes (no picture of this 🙁 ) The mashed potatoes were so good – I’m pretty sure I ate most of them before Robert got to try 🙂 The chicken was also good – when I read ‘grilled peach gravy’ I was thinking that it would be a sweet gravy – it wasn’t really sweet, more like a turkey gravy, so although it was really yummy, it wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’d get it again!
We ‘shared’ the Shrimp ‘N Grits. On their menu, the description is:
yellow stone ground grits topped with sauteed all natural, chicken andouille sausage, peppers, onions & large wild caught shrimp, topped with smoked gouda cream sauce, scallions & cheddar cheese.
And yes, it is just as good, if not better than the description sounds. Again, with the smoked gouda cream sauce, it added a flavor to the grits I’ve never had before, but it totally worked. The chicken andouille sausage was an awesome pairing with the shrimp, and from a girl who will try any shrimp and grits she finds on a menu, this is definitly one of the top contenders for the best Shrimp ‘N Grits I’ve had! Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed.
Regardless of whether or not we use them as our caterer, we will definitely be going back for dinner! Not to mention, their menu is seriously affordable. Entrees are all around $13-$15 per (and they are great portion sizes), pastas are all under $10, sandwiches and pizzas all under $10 and their drinks are definitely reasonably priced.
We have our eye on another location in Richmond for our catering, which we will have a tasting with them soon and make our decision from that.
Now that I feel like I ought to look for a job as a food critic, I’ll sign off, but stay tuned for more house stuff, hopefully a review on the next caterer and who knows, maybe I’ll start reviewing local restaurants on the side 🙂