A Wild Thyme Tasting

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Editorial Note: This was not a paid tasting nor is it a sponsored endorsement. I was invited to see for myself and write a piece if I enjoyed my experience. I’m not even sure there are words for how much I enjoyed it and that is with no strings attached. In addition to how impressed I was with the vendors involved, it was probably one of the most enjoyable networking events I’ve been to without even trying to be one. =) I’m ashamed that it took me so long to get this piece on the blog (pregnancy is rough man) because I really do want to pay homage to the folks who gave me a fantastic baby-free night out and so clearly care about their customers. 


Sometimes you meet a vendor in this industry who just goes way above and beyond to please their clients. A Wild Thyme Catering is certainly one of those and they blew my mind with the level of their service when I was invited to a special tasting. Each of the couples who were having their tasting that evening were treated to more than just food. Tables were set up based on each couple’s wedding vision with custom linens and florals to inspire them. Because their tasting took place with other couples, they got to try a variety of foods in addition to their own selections. Going into the tasting, I thought I knew which selections would be my favorites but I was surprised over and over again. So I’m sure it was great for the clients to be delivered the same opportunity to open their minds to additional options. Overall, I was astounded by the level of specialized customer service from a vendor. I think I’m with the 99% of people who didn’t have anything remotely that awesome when our tasting happened. That is a LOT of work to please their clients and help them picture their big day. I would say that A Wild Thyme made an already cool experience (Personalized food! Yay!) and took it up about 15 notches. But it wasn’t just the atmosphere and the overall party it created that impressed me, the food was A-mazing as well!

I tend to shy away from what I consider to be fancy dinner parties or events because I lack an appreciation that so many have for certain foods (like goat cheese, mushrooms, capers, etc.). I think I’m not alone in that feeling so wedding food can be really hit or miss depending on the caliber of the affair. But everything I had from the fun mashed potato bar to the fanciest plated items knocked my socks off. Even with the broad spectrum of choices, I don’t think there was one thing that night I wouldn’t eat again without hesitation and I’m picky! The knee-jerk whiny elementary schooler part of me cringed when I heard that we were having candied peppers because I’m a wuss for spicy things. But I’m so happy I tried everything because I’m pretty sure that now I want to eat them on everything. I need to find a supplier stat because I had no idea what I was talking about. It just proves that in the right hands, ingredients can be magically transformed into stellar food. By the time we got to the last shared course, everyone was stuffed. So I pigged out on a serving of the best steak of my life with very little competition from the non-pregnant folks who were saving room for the alcoholic ice cream. I hope the moaning of my food-gasm was silent in my head like it was supposed to be. If it wasn’t, I was at least politely ignored by my fellow guests. ;)


APPETIZERS

Quesadilla with Port Infused Pear, Caramelized Onion, Brie
Chicken Saltimbocca Bites
Watermelon Cube with Blackberry-Balsamic Reduction and Grana Padana *
Chicken and Candied Poblano Flautas **
Buffalo Chicken on a Mazina Chip

STATION

Mashed Potato Bar ***

ENTREES

Coffee Cured Pork with Pickled Onions and Cider Sauce
Mediterranean Braised Chicken in Tomatoes, Olives and Garlic
Slider Trio:  Guacamole Beef; Chicken, Kale, Sweet Potato; Greek Lamb ****
Barbecue Boneless Chicken Breast *****
Rosemary Trout with Chunky Tomato-Corn Salsa
Medallions of Beef Tenderloin over Creamy Potato “Risotto”
Grilled Petit Tender of Beef ******

* Who knew that pickled watermelon was so damned good??
** I want to eat these every single day for the rest of my life.
*** Again with the delicious candied pablanos and the creamy sauce was delish.
**** How on earth can someone make a chicken hamburger and have it be that moist?
***** I always say BBQ chicken would be my last meal if I were on death row. 
I’ll be contacting A Wild Thyme if I’m ever in the clink.
****** Best steak I’ve ever had. Like butta! And I barely had to share!! Mwhahah!


A special mention has to be given to the other vendors who were so doting that night as well. InVINtions Winery (Water 2 Wine at the time of the event) graciously provided a space for the event and made custom bottles of wine for each couple as a parting gift. The table settings and florals were great for all 5 tables/themes. The alcohol-infused ice cream (yes, you read that right) was super neat and fashioned after some of my all time favorite drinks. I was very surprised by the texture and how little it tasted like the negative aspects of alcohol. Of course, I only got the tiniest lick off each sampling spoon because I was one month pregnant at the time. But, I want to do a post exclusively on that soon! It was just a great time!

Photography: Pippin’s Pictures | Venue: InVINtions Winery (Formerly Water 2 Wine) | Catering: A Wild Thyme | Floral Design: Bella Lu Floral | Event Design: Muse Events | Rentals: Event Rents | Ice Cream: Twisted Cream
 
Green and blue wedding decor inspiration Orange and green floral arrangement with kumquats by Bella Lu Floral Orange wedding decor by Bella Lu Floral Rustic wedding table with teal and beige Appetizers by A Wild Thyme Catering Wedding mashed potato bar with martini glasses by A Wild Thyme A Wild Thyme mashed potato bar station A Wild Thyme Catering Denver plated wedding food A Wild Thyme Catering Alcohol infused ice cream by Twisted Cream of Denver

Real Colorado Wedding – Andrea and Gary

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All photos by Honeytree Designs

All photos by Honeytree Designs

Bride: Andrea Minks, 37 – Office Assistant

Groom: Gary Brown, 43 – College Professor

Wedding Date: January 19, 2013

This wedding is very special for many reasons. Not only is it flooded with sweet details, an entire community of wedding professionals came together to create a beautiful wedding for this deserving couple. Transformed from the original concept of a church potluck reception, Andrea and Gary got more than they could have ever hoped for and one of the most unique weddings I’ve seen.

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Gary and Andrea met one Sunday and so enjoyed their conversations that they felt like they had known each other for life. Shortly after, they went to Manitou Springs on their first date. Says Andrea, “We both love hiking and decided we’d go back and hike The Incline together and we have done it twice since!” Later, Gary would propose by the same creek where they sat talking on that first date.

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The couple was wed at Louviers Village Clubhouse in Louviers, CO. I had no idea that was even a town so I’m delighted to learn of its existence and that it has a historic 2-lane bowling alley. The color pallet and overall feel of the wedding were inspired by their custom invitation suite. Mismatched vintage chairs complimented the historic building and a desert table designed to honor the bride’s Brazilian heritage was one of her favorite elements. “Elaborate dessert buffets are a big part of almost every wedding in Brazil, and to have that element duplicated with beautiful vintage display items and traditional Brazilian desserts (introduced to us by our planner) literally brought me to tears when I saw it,” said Andrea.

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Another favorite was the charming hot cocoa bar, complete with homemade marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, and whipped cream. “The toppings are what put it over the top,” recounts Andrea. It was a great concept for cocktail hour in lieu of alcohol for a family that doesn’t drink. And it was certainly a big hit with the number of children in attendance, including their 5 kids (who were comprised the wedding party).

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My favorites? The table assignments with “A little birdie will tell you where to sit” written on them, the bowling alley, the bouquet, and that killer cake with the painted birches. Did I mention that they had candy by Sweet Family Secrets? So jealous! It’s very attractive how they took shabby chic and made it more clean and contemporary. I have to say that I really dig the decor.

Venue: Louviers Village Clubhouse | Wedding Coordination: Feather and Twig | Photographer: Honeytree Designs | Gown: Celestial Bride | Flowers: Bella Lu Floral | Cake: Kelley Kakes | Sweets and Favors: Sweet Family Secrets |Catering: A Wild Thyme Catering and Events | Music/Entertainment: Center Stage Entertainment |  Hair and Makeup Stylist: Girls and Curls – Kim Jundt | Officiant: Bishop Brent Michelson, Church of Latter Day Saints | Stationery: The Paper Mavens | Vintage Chairs, Ladder, and Hot Chocolate Station: Chairs with Character | Desert Display, Shutters, and Chalkboards: Sweet Nomelie | Linens: Event Rents