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Locally Inspired Cuisine for Ann Arbor Weddings

Locally Inspired Cuisine for Ann Arbor Weddings
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You have been working hard to nail down all the little details for your gorgeous wedding in Ann Arbor, but there's one thing missing... a talented Ann Arbor wedding catering team to make your culinary visions come to life. Because, let's be real: the wedding meal will have a lasting influence over your guests' experience, so you want to share some of the area's finest dishes with some locally inspired eats to show off the local flavors! So before you choose your wedding caterer, let's talk about some of the delectables you might want to serve up to your guests.

After all, why wouldn't you want to try some of Ann Arbor's delicious and inspiring cuisine options that will really give you that full Michigan experience? Since more than likely a few of your guests will be traveling to the area for the first time, go ahead and show them what makes your local dining scene so special.

    Cocktail Hour

    Let's begin with some savory appetizer ideas that are sure to be the perfect addition to your menu:

    • Cherry Salsa: Since Michigan is a large producer of cherries, you can imagine that a cherry-inspired starter is a delectable treat to share amongst your guests. Consider serving as a passed appetizer on top of flour tortillas or pita chips. The refreshing flavors are perfect for the late summer months, and your guests will love it!

    • Detroit-Style Coney Dog: As you may know, this area is known for its outrageous and delicious coney dogs, and Ann Arbor does a fantastic job living up to the expectations of home-styled treat. With a combination of hot dog, chili, mustard, and onions, these make a perfect little appetizer for a laid-back celebration.... or as a midnight snack to keep everyone on the dance floor!

    Main Course

    Word on the street is that Ann Arbor is really known for its comfort food. Indeed, it's the hearty meals that give guests the true Ann Arbor experience.

    • Michigan Pasty: This comfort dish dates very far back to when miners were first moving into the state during the 1800s. A mixture of beef, rutabaga, vegetables, and potatoes stuffed into a dough pocket, this dish is great for a more informal wedding.

    • Michigan Cherry Chicken Salad: This semi-sweet chicken salad is a crowd pleaser in Michigan. Made with boiled chicken, dried cherries (again with the cherries!), celery, sweet onion, and toasted nuts, dish it out and get ready to relish this savory treat.

    • Blackened Great Lakes Whitefish: Ann Arbor is in a prime location for importing local seafood, and the Great Lakes whitefish is one of the delicious fish that makes this area its home. This dish is great with a side of asparagus and is perfectly seasoned for all of your guests to enjoy.


    Now for one of the best parts of the evening: confectionary treats from some of the area's finest!

    • Paczki: Paczkis, which are similar to doughnuts, are quite popular in Michigan, especially among Polish communities. This deep-fried dough is filled with lemon, blueberry, or even get local with cherry custard. This baby is sure to please even the pickiest of palates.

    • Mackinac Island Fudge: Chances are you've probably heard of Mackinac Island Fudge, and even though it's a bit outside of the Ann Arbor area, it's still popular amongst many of the area's chocolate shops, like Kilwins Ann Arbor.


    And finally, we can't forget the drinks! Ann Arbor has seen a boom in the number of wineries and breweries in the area, so the selection is definitely expanding. However, we have chosen some proven crowd favorites that are sure to be the perfect addition to your bar menu.

    • Wine: St. Julian Wine Company is one of the most renowned wineries in the entire state of Michigan, and luckily for you, it's just right around the corner from Ann Arbor. Plus, you can get a free tasting by stopping by to help you choose your wine selection!

    • Beer: Ann Arbor has a variety of great brews, and the Ann Arbor Brewing Company is one of a number of breweries that will offer you with a quality, local, craft beer selection.

    Click here for more signature drink ideas for Ann Arbor weddings!

    It's pretty clear that you have fallen in love with Ann Arbor, and for good reason. With that said, you will want to do everything you can to make your wedding a great representation of the culture and spunk this area offers all of its brides-to-be, and one of the best ways to do this is to bring local cuisine to your wedding day. If you're still not sure how to do this, ask your Ann Arbor wedding caterers for some help and start dreaming up your locally inspired dish. Happy planning!

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