What do you eat if you don’t eat bread? – My Paleo Wedding Menu

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engagement photoI hate how some people think that Paleo is not delicious to eat.

Have you ever had people ask you: “What do you eat if you don’t eat bread?”

I get asked this a lot, and my reaction is usually a fake laugh while inside my head, I’m thinking “ARE YOU CRAZY??”

But they’re not crazy, because we’re so bombarded by the food industry with crappy food that we forget what truly good food really is. One of my first reactions to Paleo many moons ago was: “What can you eat if there’s no cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner?”

I was faced again with this issue when planning my wedding (which is this Saturday). I have 60 non-Paleo family and friends attending, and they’re probably all wondering “ARE THEY GOING TO SERVE ME JUST BACON AND SWEET POTATOES?” (That’s a pretty delicious image, but not really wedding style.)

So, I had to go in search of a caterer who would cook a scrumptiously delicious and visibly beautiful wedding meal. Many of you probably think that was seriously difficult. After all, it’s hard to even find a single Paleo restaurant to eat at!

But it was surprisingly not hard at all, and Joshua Charles is the man who is making my wedding so special. I can’t thank him and Marian enough for making our Paleo Wedding dream become reality. (His team is even going to cook EVERYTHING in olive oil, coconut oil, or butter/ghee!)

In case you don’t believe me, here is the menu and some photos from the tasting (courtesy of my good friends, Caroline and Wayne, who did the tasting in California for us while we were still in NYC).

Passed Appetizers

paleo wedding passed appetizers
Lemongrass Braised Pork Belly
Chilled Melon Soup Shooters
Kampachi Tartar Spoons with Kaffir Lime
Gravlax of Arctic Char with Eggplant Caponata and Black Pepper Creme Fraiche

Main Courses (carving station)

paleo wedding grilled lamb
Grilled Herb Marinated Bavette Steak
Grilled Leg Loin of Marin Lamb

Main Courses (non-carving station)

Leg of duck confit with dried cherry-grainy mustard glaze, over sauteed pea vines
Rosemary skewered Alaskan Halibut cheeks, grilled and served with with arugula, preserved lemon, and green olives

Sides and Salads

paleo wedding Summer ratatouille and goat cheese bake
Summer ratatouille and goat cheese bake – Heirloom eggplant, peppers, and zucchini stewed with tomatoes and baked under a goat cheese crust (we normally only eat raw or fermented dairy, but we’re making an exception)

paleo wedding roasted baby beets salad
Roasted baby beets with chevre, parsley and shallots – Organic gold, pink, and purple baby beets dressed in lemon vinaigrette with crumbled Laura Chenel goat cheese

paleo wedding butter lettuce salad
Butter lettuce with aged balsamic vinegar, strawberries, mint, and candied pecans

Sushi Bar action station

Fresh fish and vegetable nigiri sushi and maki rolls (yes, there will be some white rice in this…but it’s not the worst thing)


We’re really unwilling to compromise and have even a gluten-free cake – yep, you read that correctly, there will be NO WEDDING CAKE. Instead, “dessert” will consist of 4 wine and food tastings, a dark chocolate tasting (3 different chocolates), and a tea sampling with 8-10 different teas to choose from.

Wine and Food Pairings

I’ll post a more detailed post on this after the wedding, but we’ve got oysters and champagne, walnuts & stilton with port, and more!

OMG – I’m so excited just looking at this menu again! Don’t get me wrong, we did have to compromise on a few issues. For example, we are having cheese (many of them raw cheeses though) and sushi, as well as plenty of alcohol of course and several specialty cocktails (although we refused to supply ANY soda regardless of whether it had corn syrup or cane sugar)!

Spread the Message – Paleo is DELICIOUS!

If you know someone who thinks Paleo is full of crappy food and that there couldn’t be any good food without grains and processed sugars, then PLEASE PLEASE send them this menu created by Joshua Charles.

Click the Tweet button above to let everyone know you don’t eat crap.

And let me know below what you think of the menu in the comments below!

PS – the amazing photo at the top of this post is by one of Jeremy’s close friends from high school, who has now become one of THE BEST photographers in the Atlanta area. He’s flying out with his fiancee to take our wedding photos too. You can find more of our engagement photos at http://jasonhalesphotography.com.

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  • Jenn September 24, 2013, 9:15 am

    Your menu sounds amazing and I can’t imagine your guests being disappointed. Hope your wedding day goes well and best of luck to you!

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 10:42 am

      Thanks so much Jenn!

  • Alyssa (Everyday Maven) September 24, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous menu – paleo or not! Congrats on your wedding and enjoy every minute!

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:38 pm

      Thanks Alyssa :)

  • lisa brown September 24, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Oh my word! All your choices sounds like heaven on a
    plate!! Congrats and it’s going to be a gourmet feast for all
    involved. :)

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:38 pm

      Yes! I can’t wait :)

  • Sammi Ford September 24, 2013, 5:23 pm

    That menu looks deliciously fantabulous! Congrats and all
    the best on your wedding day and thereafter :)

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:38 pm

      Thanks Sammi!

  • Carol September 24, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Wow – some of that I don’t even know what it is – but it sounds wonderful. Have a great wedding!

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:38 pm

      Thanks Carol!

  • Salixisme September 24, 2013, 6:19 pm

    That is an AMAZING sounding menu! I don’t think you would even miss the bread etc with that gorgeous food.
    I hope your wedding day is just as amazing as well.

  • Joanna Kinslow III September 24, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Have a fab wedding day and all the very best for the future :)
    Your menu is awesome, particularly the duck my all time fave!

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:34 pm

      Thanks Joanna – that duck is top of my list :)

  • Chelle September 24, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Congratulations on your impending nuptials!

    Now, I wish I were invited! I’d love to have a go at that whole menu. You gonna offer up recipes later? Of course, I totally love the meat, but every single one of those side dishes looks like something I’d like to try.

    Best wishes! :)

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Thanks Chelle – I’ll definitely ask Joshua Charles if he’d be willing to share one of the recipes with us :)

  • julie rodgers September 24, 2013, 7:23 pm

    The menu looks great,and I’m sure will taste the same.I wish you a wonderful sunny day,all the very best wishes Louise.

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:36 pm

      Thanks Julie!

  • joanna September 24, 2013, 7:55 pm

    geez, your wedding menu is awesome. i’d love to go to a paleo wedding! I’ve been to a vegan wedding once and the food was great. at the time, I was a raw vegan so I was at least happy there were salads.

    i’d kill for some of that lamb!!! I recently started cooking with it and am in love.

    definitely post pictures of you and your future husband!! can’t wait to see your dress. have fun, louise!

    • Louise September 24, 2013, 11:36 pm

      Thanks Joanna – I definitely will :)

  • katie flynn September 24, 2013, 11:27 pm

    looks amazing! can i crash?

  • sandra September 25, 2013, 7:20 am

    your wedding menu sounds fantastic ,im still new to paleo so still not quit sure what i can and cannot eat ,but never mind i will get to know , have a wonderful day on saturday .

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 12:59 pm

      Thanks Sandra – you will get there (just takes a bit of getting used to) :)

  • Lydia September 25, 2013, 7:21 am

    Wow that sounds delicious and VERY EXPENSIVE!! I wish you the best.

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 12:59 pm

      Thanks Lydia!

  • Lisa September 25, 2013, 8:27 am

    Very inspiring! Sounds wonderful and congratulations!

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 12:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Christie September 25, 2013, 9:01 am

    Fabulous menu! Lucky you! Congratulations on the wedding. We are now exclusively Paleo and the meals I make are the BEST ever. My husband loves everything! It is not hard to do. (Although, I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen!) At 64 I have never felt so healthy! Thanks for all you do to make this easier. Have a beautiful day!

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 12:58 pm

      Thanks Christie!

  • Shannon September 25, 2013, 11:57 am

    OMYword! Your menu is lovely! Surely everyone is guaranteed to enjoy every morsil !
    The pictures are phenomenal.
    Congratulations bride to be!

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 12:57 pm

      Thanks Shannon!

  • anna September 25, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Loads of good wishes for your big day on Saturday. The food looks simply delicious :-)

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 2:32 pm

      Thanks Anna!

  • Janet Kolver September 25, 2013, 3:42 pm

    What a beautiful selection of fine food!
    Not only visually appealing but also blending wonderful flavours.
    I think your non-paleo guests are going to be very pleasantly surprised.
    Best wishes to you and hubby to be <3

    • Louise September 25, 2013, 4:03 pm

      Thanks so much Janet :)

  • Lea September 26, 2013, 7:21 am

    Louise It all looks and sounds beautiful and elegant . I
    wish you and your husband many decades of happiness

    • Louise September 26, 2013, 11:36 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Ingrid Derks September 26, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Dear Louise,
    I am very impressed. And my congratulations!
    It takes time to learn a lot about Paleo living but it is certainly doable. Thanks for
    communication to keep us informed. We do need this!!
    Sincerely, Ingrid Derks

    • Louise September 27, 2013, 3:21 am

      Thanks Ingrid!

  • Colette September 28, 2013, 5:31 am

    What a wonderful menu. Best wishes to you.


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