Wedding Dinner Menu

Wedding Dinner Menu - Dowds Inn Event Center

Representative Wedding Dinner Menus

We can create custom menus to fit your wishes and budget.

The Dowds’ Inn Event Center can host your wedding from the rehearsal dinner to a day after brunch.

 We also have multiple wedding dinner formats such as Sit-Down-Service,
Buffet Service and/or Serving Stations.

Below are some ideas for appetizers, soups,
salads, entrees and desert. We also offer bar service and have a fine
collection of wines.

We can create custom menus for your wedding so
please ask us about anything and feel free to share your ideas for your wedding with us.

Reception / Cocktail Party

Hors D’ Oeuvres

(pricing will be based on 50 pieces per hors d’ oeuvre)

Hors D’ Oeuvres – Set One

Sundried tomato and prosciutto bruschetta

Fresh tomato and mozzarella bruschetta

Assorted family-style house canapés

Turkey dill mousse

Smoked salmon and boursin

Curried chicken

Mushroom Duxelle

Sliced melon and prosciutto

Hors D’ Oeuvres – Set Two

Fresh fruit skewers with raspberry yogurt dipping sauce

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with herbed chevre

Mushroom caps stuffed with parmesan vegetable stuffing

Vegetable spring rolls with a honey mustard sauce

Hors D’ Oeuvres – Set Three

Assorted miniature quiche

Spinach and feta wrapped in phyllo

Mushroom caps stuffed with a seafood stuffing

Sherry glazed mushroom, thyme, and goat cheese tartlettes

Asparagus and asiago wrapped in puff pastry

Vegetable or chicken quesadilla with salsa

Hors D’ Oeuvres – Set Four

Maple baked scallops wrapped in bacon

Mini seafood cakes or crab cakes with red pepper remoulade

Chicken skewers or beef skewers with a spicy peanut sauce

Hors D’ Oeuvres – Set Five

Jumbo shrimp with cocktail sauce

Tenderloin of beef with horseradish and arugula cream cheese in pastry

Country Kitchen Boards

Clams on the half shell, cherrystone clams, oysters on

the half shell, served with cocktail sauce, Tabasco and lemon wedges

Assorted seasonal vegetables served with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce

Italian meatballs in a homemade marinara sauce

Swedish meatballs in a seasoned creamy gravy

Traditional hummus served with toasted pita and garden vegetables

Spinach and artichoke dip served with assorted house baked breads and spring vegetables

Baked brie wrapped in puff pastry with raspberry preserves and fruit

Smoked salmon board with traditional
condiments and pumpernickel toast points

Vermont country cheese board served with assorted
crackers and nuts, garnished with grapes and strawberries

Antipasto display: Assorted Italian meats
and cheeses, grilled vegetables, and kalamata olives, topped with
balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan

Serving Stations

The below options are available when hosting a station reception of two or more stations.
The stations may not be supplemented for buffet dinner service.

Salad Station

You may select as many as you like:

Make your own tossed garden salad

Pasta salad

Seasonal fruit salad

Potato salad

Tomato and cucumber salad

Caesar salad

Wild rice with dried cranberries and almonds

White bean salad

Carving Station

You may select as many as you like:

Vermont Roasted Turkey

Herb crusted sirloin of beef

Maple-Dijon Ham

Roasted pork loin

Typically these are served with a choice of
seasonal vegetable, and choice of potato or rice

Also included is a basket of homemade
miniature rolls & breads and condiments

Pasta Station

You may select as many as you like:



Tri-colored Tortellini



House cheese ravioli

Your choice of two sauces:


Sun-dried tomato cream

Basil marinara



You may select as many toppings as you like:


Bell peppers


Artichoke hearts




Plum tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes


Grilled chicken

Served with parmesan cheese

Grill Stations

Option A

Grilled filet mignon and chicken breast with
choice of honey mustard, BBQ, or herb oil, served with seasonal vegetable and potato or rice.

Option B

Grilled skewers of chicken and beef or your
choice of shrimp or sea scallop, served with skewered vegetables and your choice of potato or rice.

Buffet Dessert Station

Option A: Choice of one

Option B: Choice of two


Apple pie

Chocolate mousse

Triple chocolate cake

Carrot cake

Strawberry shortcake

Seasonal cheesecake

Black forest cake

Seasonal shortcake

New York cheese cake

Seasonal crisp

Assorted miniature dessert

Mini cream puffs

Mini chocolate éclairs

Miniature carrot cake

Miniature cheesecake

Miniature Neopolitan

Wedding Dinner Selections

Representative Appetizers Menu

Fresh Fruit Cup

Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto

Seasonal Ravioli

feta cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, béchamel sauce

pumpkin, butternut squash with vermouth cream sauce

roasted red pepper and smoked mozzarella ravioli with marinara sauce

Shrimp Cocktail

served with homemade cocktail sauce and lemon

Crab Cakes

served with remoulade sauce

Each Dinner Selection may Include Choice of Soup and/or Salad



Farmers Vegetable Soup

New England seafood chowder


French Onion Soup

Seasonal Bisque

Mesculin mix, seasonal with balsamic vinaigrette or Classic Caesar salad with croutons and parmesan

Representative Wedding Dinner Menus



Pan Seared Chicken Breast

glazed with honey mustard sauce

Sautéed Chicken Breast

with white wine, lemon and caper sauce

Chicken Parmesan

topped with cheese and marinara sauce

Baked Chicken Breast

stuffed with forest mushroom duxelle

served with Madeirasauce or fresh vegetables or sausage stuffing

served with herb veloute sauce

Cornish Game Hen

rubbed with fresh herbs, served with orange

and roasted garlic sauce


Baked Haddock

with herbed bread crumbs and lemon sauce

Seared or Poached Salmon

served on a bed of creamy leeks

Pan Seared Trout

with lemon thyme buerre blanc

Baked Stuffed Sole

stuffed with vegetables or seafood stuffing topped with seafood sauce


Grilled London Broil

with a mushroom sauce

New York Strip Steak

with Maître d’Hôtel Butter

Slow Cooked Prime Rib of Beef

with au jus

Filet Mignon or Tenderloin of Beef

served with a burgundy sauce

Pork and Lamb

Seared Pork Chop

with apple cider and thyme glaze

Roasted Pork Loin

stuffed with sausage served with sauce Robert

Roasted Chops of Lamb

with rosemary and Dijon mustard sauce

Paste and Vegetarian

Portabello Mushrooms

filled with vegetables and pine nuts

Grilled Vegetables

with fresh herbs served over pasta

Eggplant Parmesan

served with marinara over pasta

Vegetable Lasagna

with marinara sauce

Cheese Ravioli

with marinara sauce

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Ravioli

with julienne vegetables and vermouth cream sauce

Feta, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and
Kalamata Olive Ravioli

with a sage cream sauce

Roasted Red Pepper and Smoke Mozzarella Ravioli

with caponata salad and shaved asiago

Combination Plates

Filet Mignon and Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Filet Mignon and Maine Crab Cake

Filet Mignon and Sea Scallop

Buffet Dinner Service

You may choose any two items from the served
menu selections to be hosted on the buffet with the exception of combination
plates. The buffet dinner includes two entrees, the Chef’s house vegetarian
entrée, homemade rolls and breads, a fresh seasonal vegetable du jour and a
choice of potato or rice.

You may also add a third entrée option for a
nominal additional charge.

We also offer the following specialty wedding buffets

Backyard Barbecue

with chicken, pork ribs, New York strip steak, corn on the
cob, cole slaw, potato salad or baked potato, tossed salad, watermelon and apple pie.

Pig Roast

with slow cooked native pig, baked beans, corn on the cob, cole slaw, potato salad or

baked potato, tossed salad, watermelon and seasonal shortcake.

New England Clam Bake

with boiled 1.5 lb lobster,

clam chowder, corn on the cob, cole slaw, baked potato, tossed salad, and assorted rolls.

Watermelon and seasonal pie.

About Our Beverage Service

The Dowds’ Inn Event Center is a licensed catering facility;
we are able to provide alcohol services to guests. Therefore, we offer you optional ways to
serve alcoholic beverages to your wedding guests.

Open Bar Service

A full bar of liquor, wine and beer

where the host of the wedding pays per drink

Cash Bar Service

A full bar of liquor, wine and beer

where the guests of the wedding pays per drink

Combo Bar Service

A full bar of liquor, wine and beer

Where the host of the wedding pays per drink for a
contracted time at which point the bar becomes a cash bar and the guests of the
wedding begin paying individually on a cash bar basis.

Bartending Services The number of bartenders to
provide service is determined by the type of bar service and total guest count.

Bartending Services Fees will Apply and a gratuity
will be added to all open bar services. A tip jar located at the bar will be
presented for the cash bar service.

Security – if a cash bar is hosted security may be
required at the expense of the customer.

The State of New
Hampshire applies a 9% liquor tax which is included
in the price of our beverages.

Event Center Representative Wedding Dinner Menu (PDF)

Some wedding reception arrangements may be subject to a room charge.

Note: All wedding menus are representative.

We will create custom wedding menus to fit your wishes and budget.