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Food inspiration of the month- Corn on the Cob

Nothing screams summer to me quite as much as a freshly picked ear of corn, cooked and smothered in butter. Grill it, boil it, bake it….I just don’t care. It is a little piece of heaven. Most people think of corn on the cob as casual BBQ food, however, I am asking all of you summer brides and grooms out there to open your minds to this delicious food and see the possibilities.

Let me start off by saying that if you are having an outdoor or barn wedding this summer in our region, having some fresh local corn on the cob on your menu is a MUST. It quite simply completes any outdoor summer meal, and definitely lends itself to the rustic elegant feel that goes along with barn weddings. However, if you are throwing a more formal event, please do not shy away from incorporating corn on the cob into your menu. Instead of being served family style or presented on platters on a buffet, have it be your vegetable side for your main course. Your guests won’t mind using their fingers when it comes to sweet corn on the cob….trust me! You can also tie it all together, and use corn during your cocktail hour, dessert, as guest favors, or even as a color inspiration. Here are some of my favorite ideas…

Featuring a Sweet Corn Cocktail (YUM!) during your cocktail hour is a great way to start off the night. My favorite recipe is as follows:

  • 1/4 cup fresh corn kernels (muttled until kernels are mashed and a milky liquid forms)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (add the following ingredients and shake with ice)
  • 1/2 ounce demerara syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 3-4 drops bitters
  • Ice (make sure to strain before pouring into glass. Garnish with skewered corn kernels)

You can also incorporate the look of corn on the cob in a cupcake display. Using white and yellow candies, surprise your guests with a cupcake display they will never forget!

If you are hosting a casual outdoor wedding, pack a “take away” snack for your guests as a favor. Fill some cute boxes with sandwiches, corn on the cob, and a mason jar filled with rice or pasta salad.

My last idea of the idea of the day (although I could go on for days), is to add some floral inspiration to your corn themed menu. Sunflowers!! They capture the deep vibrant yellow of corn, and also happen to scream summer better than most flowers out there. They are perfect for a barn wedding setting, and can also be incorporated beautifully into formal bouquets and centerpieces. As always, I leave you with some photos to inspire you!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah


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