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Originally a private 1920’s estate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers a distinct personality and a charming heritage. Nestled in a beautiful private enclave of Uptown Dallas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s deeply romantic ambiance makes it a coveted wedding location in Texas. Bespoke cuisine, gorgeous décor, thoughtful details and impeccable service truly set every wedding apart. We sat down with their new executive chef, Tom Parlo, to pick his brain about wedding cuisine trends and get his take on what makes a delicious wedding menu. Read on:

What creative food trends are brides loving these days?
Many brides love local ingredients in cuisine and craft cocktails featuring regional spirits. The emphasis on local farms and food providers is still going strong. Signature craft cocktails that match the wedding’s color theme are great. Intimate family-style dinners are becoming popular. We have requests for miniature single-bite tostadas, biscuits, fish & chips, tacos and small desserts like s’mores bites, macaroons and miniature éclairs. Comfort foods for late night are a favorite, too.

What kinds of wedding catering menus do you offer?
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers wedding catering menus that include everything from charming small plates and passed hors d’oeuvres to an extravagant eight-course seated dinner with wine and champagne pairings. We tailor every menu to the individual so the experience is bespoke. If you can dream it, we will make it happen. I like to meet with couples and families to understand their vision and then develop many ideas and options. Many brides look to chefs for inspiration and help creating a personalized menu that is exciting and different from anything that they have ever seen before. I enjoy being very involved in the menu-planning process.

What tips can you offer brides on creating the perfect wedding menu?
Every couple is unique and every wedding should be as well. Select at least one dish that has special significance to you personally. If you have a memory of the truffle macaroni and cheese you and your fiancé shared on your first date or the perfect French crepe you enjoyed together at brunch, incorporate the dish into your wedding menu. Creativity is key and there really are no restrictions. The sky is the limit. Also, it is helpful to be familiar with your guests’ dietary restrictions and preferences. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek can develop extraordinary dishes that honor your personal preferences while ensuring that all guests have an exceptional meal. We can craft creative vegetarian and vegan entrees that are delicious and our culinary team are experts in developing gluten-free options.

What’s your personal favorite wedding catering trend?
As executive chef, it is exciting to cook for couples who are passionate about food and wine. We often work with couples who are exceptionally well-traveled and appreciate world-class cuisine. When a couple has dined all over the world, we are able to play with adventurous ingredients, flavors and combinations. We can create, for example, desserts that are not sweet but savory such as gorgonzola short bread or red pepper eclairs.

Any predictions for 2017 wedding food trends?
I think we will see traditional cupcakes and macarons slowly start to be replaced by popular European desserts like madeleines, éclairs, tartes and more. Couples will seek to explore authentic global cuisine from the Mediterranean to Asia and Europe. New York and other large cities will continue to generate extremely trendy foods; rice pudding shops are all over NYC and soon will start to be trendy for weddings. Exceptional cuisine, thoughtful wine pairings and impeccable service will never go out of style. Bespoke experiences will always be timeless.

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