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Auspicious Dinner Plans

Lucky eats for your reception

Health, wealth, and happiness are the hopes for your perfect celebration. Tip the scales of luck with these auspicious eats.

SEA OF CELEBRATION
Seattle-based chef Jason Wilson (Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest) created the menu for this luck-themed celebration. He chose scallops for any couple hoping to have a baby soon after marriage. “This plate is about celebrating a family. The brassicas on the plate are a family of vegetables, so it’s celebrating that as little pieces of Romanesco, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, and radish. It’s the notion that here is an existing family and we’re adding fresh weathervane scallops to it.” We’re pairing this with a Four Roses Single Barrel whiskey. “Whiskey is about putting your faith in that it’s going to be better after time than it is today. It’s putting your faith in a relationship that’s going to grow into something more,” says Joe Dietrich of Civility & Unrest.

“Balance this with a paloma, finished with a grapefruit and tarragon shrub.” – Joe Dietrich

FLANTASTIC
Creamy parsnip flan, bacon cream, and smoked salmon caviar are topped with just a drizzle of maple syrup in this adorable breakfast-themed hors d’oeuvre. “The notion is eggs on eggs; the whole thought is a bountiful and healthy family. The parsnip flan, smoked salmon roe, bacon, and syrup come together with familiar flavors of comfort and elements of surprise. Those are two things I find grab people’s attention. When you have all these sensory things happening at once, you enliven your senses and you’re very present and awakened. When you’re married—if you’re going to have a successful run at it—you need to be present.”

Egg cup, call for pricing, West Elm; vintage egg cup, stylist’s own; blush stoneware, call for pricing, Cost Plus World Market.

LOVE & LAUGHTER
The Chinese word for prawns is “ha,” or the sound of laughter. Serving prawns at your wedding can represent the laughter and joy that is felt around friends and family.

BEAUTIFULLY BALANCED
This cool and spicy cucumber salad with tangerine, lime, chile, and prawns is a dish that represents balance and longevity. Ribbons that bind things together are considered lucky, while noodles represent longevity. Cucumber sliced into ribbon-styled noodles hits on both, while the prawns showcase the lucky color red. “The prawns and chile are hot, while the mint and lime are cooling. The two balance each other out, and we often hear that relationships are great when they’re balanced—yin and yang,” says Wilson. Consider pairing this dish with a Makrut limeade with gin, fresh lime, Makrut lime leaves, and toasted cardamom.

Textured stoneware, $7.99 each, Cost Plus World Market; brushed gold cutlery, call for pricing, West Elm; glassware and napkin are stylist’s own.