Sure, you could hire a caterer for your wedding (and there are many great ones in the Hudson Valley). But there’s something extra-special about having a top chef design your menu and prepare your wedding feast. And with foodie culture showing no signs of slowing down, more couples are going the top-chef route. Is there a chef whose cuisine you really love? A restaurant you both consider “your place”? Why not share your your favorite cuisine with your wedding guests?
Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room, Ameniaâ€‹
Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish, North Salem; Hudson Farmer & the Fish, Sleepy Hollow
Peter X. Kelly
X2O Xaviars on Hudson, Yonkers;
Cuisine: Kelly is the Hudson Valley’s OG celebrity chef, and his cuisine is a confluence of traditional American cookery, Asian flavors, and elegant presentation and service.
Signature Dishes: shellfish crêpe with star-anise glaze, braised short ribs, and black cod with honey and sake
Favorite Local Venues: Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison and Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville
What’s Trending: dinner by the bite and farm-to-table family-style meals
If I were catering my wedding, I’d serve… a luxurious array of butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner.
The best way to save a few bucks is to… trust your caterer and not get talked into things you don’t need or want.
I’d like to see couples ask for… my recommendations when planning their events. It’s nice to become part of the family and create a relationship that can last for years to come.
Pricing: from $120/person
â€‹Fish & Game and Backbar, Hudson
Cuisine: An eclectic mix of Hudson Valley cuisine (for which he won the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast) and the Malaysian flavors he first garnered praise for at NYC’s Fatty Crab.
Signature Dishes: whole-smoked pig and whole lamb
If I were catering my wedding, I’d serve…whole
The best way to save a few bucks is to…go buffet.
Pricing: Catering fees start at $2,500, and vary by menu and distance from Hudson.
The Cookery and The Parlor,
Cuisine: fresh pastas, Nonna-style comfort foods (house-made mozzarella and tender meatballs) and pork prepared every which way. His DoughNation pizza truck does Neapolitan pies with funky toppings (e.g., bone marrow or scamorza and lemon).
Signature Dishes: whole-roasted suckling pig and Everything
Favorite Local Venue: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
What’s Trending: People are moving away from traditional sit-down dinners and toward longer cocktail- and family-style menus.
If I were catering my wedding, I’d serve… a lot of whole-animal dishes, fish, and vegetables, roasted over a wood fire in the style of Francis Mallmann.
The best way to save a few bucks is to… do something different, like having food trucks in your backyard.
Please never ask me… for a choice: fish, chicken, or beef.
Pricing: from $120/person