Wedding Menu

Nelson Wedding Menu

Manuela Furhimann, your chef and co-owner of The Playhouse is a European trained chef with 20 years of experience in kitchens throughout the world.

Her passion for local flavours and produce mixed with a twist of European flair, adds an extra dimension to your wedding. Your guests will rave about the food.

The menus we listed below are really just guidelines and ideas, we aim to create the perfect menu for your big day. We can substitute, change or revise all of our menu options to your tastes, dietary requirements and style.

Each wedding we host is unique and individual…especially when it comes to the menu! We have designed a simple way for people to select the perfect menu , catering to all tastes and budgets.

Each course is divided in 3 price sets. Cheap and Cheerful, Best Value and Luxury. We encourage clients to mix and match from the above price ranges.
For example, some people may be very happy with Cheap and Cheerful nibbles but want to splash out on the
Luxury main course. Others may have a sweet tooth wanting desserts, others may not want dessert at all.
Perhaps you are having an off site ceremony and are only coming for dinner, if this is the case you may not select
nibbles at all.

Any combination is possible and if you see an element you desire from a lesser value option you will be welcome to swap them with a high value item. Swapping or adding a higher value item to a lower cost menu is possible and reviewed on a case by case basis.


Quick Price Guide

Cheap and Cheerful                    Great Value                              Luxury
Nibbles: $7 pp                                  Nibbles: $10 pp                        Nibbles: $13 pp
Starter: $5 pp                                   Starters: $7 pp                          Starters: $10 pp
Main: $33 pp                                    Main: $38 pp                               Mains: $42 pp
Dessert: $5 pp                                 Dessert: $7 pp                           Dessert: $10 pp


Nibbles:

Cheap and Cheerful $7pp
Spring Rolls and Samoas
Club sandwiches
Chicken pin wheels

Great Value $10pp
Asian Style Fried Wontons – vegetarian, meat and seafood options available.
House Made Sushi
Petite Corn Fritters – topped with sour cream & drizzled with sundried tomato pesto.

Luxury $13pp
Lamb Koftas
Mini Arranccini rice balls with dipping sauce
Salmon and Caper Pinwheels
Crostinis selection of any 2 flavours:
• –  Roast capsicum & feta cheese & herb pesto
• –  Roast beef & beetroot chutney
• –  House Smoked chicken & mango chutney
• –  Caramelised onion & blue cheese


Starters:

Cheap and Cheerful $5 pp
Shared Bread and Dips on tables

Great Value $7 pp
All shared on table

Chicken Skewers with a satay sauce.

Selection of Vegetarian Filo Parcels served on seasonal greens drizzled with a yogurt & lemon dressing.

Luxury $10 pp
Alternative drop,
Home Smoked Salmon served on a bed of greens drizzled with an olive & caper vinaigrette.

Home smoked chicken tossed with sautéed mushrooms in brown butter served on seasonal greens.

Greek Salad Vegetarian option available on request, pre ordered.


Main Course:

We aim for the food at your wedding to be a memorable experience It is often a large chunk of your wedding costs and you deserve the best.

We have 3 different ways to dine when it comes to the main course.

Buffet

A smorgasbord style of goodies layed out for your guests to pick and choose what they desire. People are welcome to come up for seconds. Don’t worry about your wedding dress. Food is served straight the bridal table, so you dont have to line up at all.

Family Style

An excellent way for your guests to interact and share the joy of your special day. Basically we bring mini buffets to peoples tables and from there people pass around and share the food items. Guests are welcome to request more of their favorite elements, if a hungry Uncle takes a large share, we will replenish that item so that Aunty won’t miss out.
It’s the best of both worlds, providing an extensive variety of food straight to the table. No lines and very quick service to a large room of guests.

Set Menu

Classical dining at its best. Our amazing staff will take orders from your guests and food is delivered to your table.
We are able to provide simple menus, but many couples may create customised menus as part of the decorations.

You are able to mix and match styles throughout your meal. You may want family style starters for quick service before speeches, followed by a set menu for your mains. Any combination is possible, the choice is yours!


Cheap and Cheerful Mains: $33 pp

Buffet:
Stuffed Chicken,
Roast Pork,
Braised Chickpeas on polenta in a smoky tomato sauce,
Roast vegetables including Potatoes,
Green Salad with toppings,
Steamed greens,
Homemade bread,
Condiments.

Family:
Stuffed Chicken,
Roast Pork,
Braised Chickpeas on polenta in a smoky tomato sauce,
Roast vegetables including Potatoes,
Green Salad.

Set Menu:
Alt drop
Stuffed Chicken, fragrant rice, and vegetable bouquet,and home made jus
and
Roast Pork on mash potato, with vegetable bouquet and apple sauce
plus
Vege option upon request,…Mediterranean vegetable stack on polenta


Great Value Mains $38

Buffet:
Stuffed Chicken,
Glazed Ham,
Braised Chickpeas on polenta in a smoky tomato sauce (gf),
Roast vegetables,
Steamed greens,
Potatoes,
Green salad with toppings,
Rice salad,
Pasta salad,
Home made bread,
Condiments.

Family style:
Served to tables
Stuffed Chicken,
Roasted Lamb,
Seasonal Risotto,
Roast vegetables (salad or warm),
Potatoes,
Green Salad with toppings,
Pasta salad.

Set menu:
Ordered from Menu

Apricot Rolled Chicken roast, served with seasonal kumara, bacon & sage mash, vegetables and dressed with a gewurtz jus.

Moroccan Spiced Lamb, served on a bed of aromatic couscous, dressed with a delicately spiced jus.

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Stack, served on baked polenta, feta cheese and herb pesto, drizzled with a balsamic reduction


Luxury Mains $42

Buffet:
Stuffed Chicken,
Glazed Ham,
Roast Lamb,
Salmon encrusted in spinach and wrapped in puff pastry,
Braised Chickpeas on polenta in a smoky tomato sauce (gf),
Roast Vegetables,
Steam Greens,
Potatoes,
Green Salad with toppings,
Rice salad,
Pasta salad,
Asian Coleslaw,
Homemade Bread,
Condiments.

Family style:
Served to tables

Stuffed Chicken,
Roast Lamb,
Glazed Ham,
Seasonal Risotto,
Roast Vegetables (salad or warm),
Potatoes,
Greek Salad ,
Pasta salad,
Asian Coleslaw.

Set menu:
Ordered from Menu

Beef Fillet, served on a roasted beetroot , potato , feta and Mesclun salad , drizzled with an elderflower jus.

Apricot Rolled Chicken Roast, served with seasonal kumara, bacon & sage mash, vegetable bouquet and dressed with a gewurtz jus.

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Stack, served on baked polenta, feta cheese and herb pesto, drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

Salmon encrusted in spinach and wrapped in puff pastry , served on a parsnip rosti accompanied by seasonal vegetable bouquet.


Dessert :

Cheap and cheerful $5

Buffet:
Dark chocolate brownie ,
Seasonal fruit crumble,
Cream & custard.

Family style:
Dark chocolate brownie drizzled with chocolate sauce,
Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce.

Set Menu:
Alt drop
Dark chocolate brownie with berry coulis and cream,
Seasonal Fruit crumble with custard and cream.


Great Value Dessert $7

Buffet
Dark chocolate brownie ,
Seasonal fruit crumble,
seasonal cheescake
cream & custard.

Family style
Dark chocolate brownie drizzled with chocolate sauce,
Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce,
Seasonal cheescake.

Set Menu
order of the menu
Dark chocolate brownie with berry coulis and cream,
Seasonal cheescake.


Luxury Dessert $10

Buffet
White & Dark chocolate mousse,
Seasonal cheescake,
Sticky date Pudding served with toffee sauce,
or fresh fruit salad ( season depending ),
cream & custard,

Family style
Decadent Chocolate tart,
Mini Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce,
or Fruit skewers ( season depended),
Seasonal Cheescake,
Mini lemon pies.

Set Menu
order of the menu
Decadent chocolate tart served with cream & ice cream,
Seasonal cheescake,
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter served with zesty yoghurt


Drink

Champagne Cocktail to Traffic lights, Craft beer to local wine, we have the right drink options for your wedding. Open tab, beer and wine options or cash bar or all available options. We will guide you through what we think will be best for your bash. We have years of experience hosting events we have the knowledge required to please a crowd.

White Wine:

Waimea Spiney Back Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris Bottle: $29 Case: $319
Kopiko Bay Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris: Bottle: $33 Case: $363
Anchorage Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling Bottle: $33 Case: $363
Two Tracks Chardonnay, Sauv Blanc, Pinot Gris: Bottle: $35 Case: $385
Tasman Bay Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Bottle: $35 Case: $385

Red Wine:

Kopiko Bay Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cab Sauv : Bottle: $33 Case: $363

Bubbles:

Linduer Classic, Fraise, etc: Bottle: $30 Case: $330
Te Hana: Bottle: $35 Case: $385

Note: Many other wines varieties and brands available