I don't think cupcakes were on the menu.
Many food critics have been speculating the lunch reception and dinner dance menu for the marriage of William and Kate for months. With last Friday’s excitement coming to an end, we learn exactly what the happy couple ate on their big day.
Following their first kiss atop a balcony outside Buckingham Palace, which was watched on the internet and television by over 2 billion people around the world, William and Kate made their way to a luncheon reception held by the Queen at the palace. Attended by around 650 guests according to The Australian, Buckingham Palace served a selection of canapés as many had predicted. The full menu included:
- Cornish crab salad on lemon blini
- Pressed duck terrine with fruit chutney
- Roulade of goats’ cheese with caramelized walnuts
- Assortment of palmiers and cheese straws
- Scottish smoked salmon rose on beetroot blini
- Miniature watercress and asparagus tart
- Poached asparagus spears with Hollandaise sauce
- Quails eggs with celery salt
- Scottish langoustines with lemon mayonnaise pressed confit of pork belly with crayfish and crackling
- Wild mushroom and celeriac chausson
- Bubble and squeak with confit shoulder of lamb
- Grain mustard and honey-glazed chipolatas
- Smoked haddock fishcake with pea guacamole
- Miniature Yorkshire pudding with roast fillet of beef and horseradish mousse
- Gateau opera
- Blood orange pate de fruit
- Raspberry financier
- Rhubarb crème brulèe tartlet
- Passionfruit praline
- White chocolate ganache truffle
- Milk chocolate praline with nuts
- Dark chocolate ganache truffle
The OfficialRoyalWedding2011 explained that preparation for the Queen’s Luncheon was no easy task. “Approximately 10,000 canapés have been prepared by a team of 21 chefs, led by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan.”
Guests washed these delicious canapés down with Pol Roger NV brut reserve champagne as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while they watched the bride and groom cut their cake and toasts were made to the happy couple.
Hours later and adored in a new white dress, Kate Middleton returned with Prince William to Buckingham Palace for a dinner dance hosted by Price Charles. The dinner dance, which was a more intimate affair, had only 300 attendees on the guest list.
At the time of press, the menu for the dinner dance has not yet been revealed, but many can image the extravagant menu held at the party, knowing the estimated $88,000 that Prince Charles spent on the evening bash for his son.
Which of the canapés held at the Queen’s Luncheon sounds most appetizing to you?
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