By Andrea Bosco
Photographs by Cayla Zahoran
Art Direction by Allie Wist

A wedding spread with opulent offerings is hospitable — as creative and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe might say, it’s “mah-jor.” If you’re looking to appease taste buds of intrinsic to exotic, you’re tying the knot in the proper city. Choices are abundant in Pittsburgh, as are five-star chefs du cuisine. We’re featuring top-notch apéritifs, pastries, cakes, and courses from some of the most respected businesses in the area. From simple classics like grilled cheese and tomato soup to mini prime beef pastrami sandwiches, we’re seeing a common thread — crafted comfort. Don’t even get us started on the sweets! We’ll let those do the talking.

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Raspberry Ganache | Chocolate cake layered with chocolate fudge and raspberry filling, coated in chocolate ganache, Priory Fine Pastries.

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1. Grilled Vegetable Tower with Beet Carpaccio and Balsamic Glaze, Common Plea Catering.
2. Paillettes, a.k.a. puff-pastry cheese straws, Prantl’s Bakery.
3. Honeydew and Lemon Basil Shooter garnished with grilled pineapple and lemon; Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque with Asiago Grilled Cheese; Sunny Mary made with heirloom yellow tomato, gold pineapple, and Clique Vodka — garnished with Baja-grilled shrimp and lime, The Venue at Bella Sera.
4. Savory Tourtière — French Canadian meat pies, ruffled croissant dough filled with your choice of meat, cheese, and/or sauce, Prantl’s Bakery.
5. Tomato Basil Bisque with Mini Grilled Cheese, Yes, We Cater.
6. Grilled Seckel Pears wrapped in house-made Speck ham and molasses, Restaurant ECHO.
7. Snee’s Seafood Still Life, The Fluted Mushroom.
8. Duck Confit with Fresh Mango and Mint, drizzled with a Cassis reduction, Yes, We Cater.
9. Poached Moules de Bouchet with Prosciutto and a crispy potato wafer, The Fluted Mushroom.
10. Three Pepper Crusted Beef Canape, LeMont Restaurant.
11. Lamb Lollichops with Hatch chili jam, Savoy Restaurant.
12. Mini Prime Beef Pastrami Sandwich with kraut, whole grain mustard, and Emmenthaler, big Catering.
13. Tuna Tartare Mini Tacos with white truffle oil and avocado, Eleven, big Catering.

 

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1. Raspberry Rolled Fondant in Pearl with Champagne batter and fresh raspberry filling, Fenoglietto’s Bakery for LeMont Restaurant.
2. Sage Green Rolled Fondant with vanilla bean cake and caramel cream filling, Fenoglietto’s Bakery for LeMont Restaurant.
3. Assorted Dessert Terrines: Layers of Meyer lemon cream, Champagne gelée, toasted graham cracker, blood orange jam, and mascarpone mousse; layers of raspberry jam, strawberry gelée, angel food cake, and white chocolate cream; and layers of exotic compote, white chocolate mousse, tropical crunch, and toasted coconut meringue sticks, Fairmont Pittsburgh.
4. Red Velvet cake layered with cream cheese icing, covered with chocolate curls, Priory Fine Pastries.
5. Lemon Roulade, Common Plea Catering.
6. A Trio of Sweet Tarts: Fresh Fruit, Lemon Meringue, and Toasted Pecan, Prantl’s Bakery.
7. Assorted pastries, Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop.
8. Mini ombré cupcakes with a rosette-style tip, Dozen Bake Shop.
9. Banana caramel cupcakes with candied almonds and a cherry; Strawberry buttercream RumChata cupcakes, Meghann Walsh for Cioppino Restaurant and Cigar Bar.
10. Spumoni Cannoli with Candied Fruits, Tiramisu Cannoli, and Limoncello Cannoli, The Venue at Bella Sera.
11. Four-layer purple ombré-style cake topper (sliced), Dozen Bake Shop.

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1. Beef Tartar Canapés with caponata and red pepper aiolo, Restaurant ECHO.
2. Gougères filled with truffled potato purèe, country-style ham, and smoked local trout, Restaurant ECHO.
3. Pan-Seared Bay Scallops with Chapolitti salsa, LeMont Restaurant.
4. Tomato Basil Bisque with Mini Grilled Cheese, Yes, We Cater.

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