I’m intrigued to learn that a big trend now is to serve late-night snacks towards the end of a wedding reception. Greasy, bready foods that help soak up the night’s imbibing are popular as well as foods that bring back memories of childhood.

This was brought to my attention when I read about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. I know a lot of people are talking about how much the wedding cost (when nobody really knows except the families), and who was there and who wasn’t there. Nothing about the wedding captured my attention, though, until I read in The Globe and Mail that Chelsea and her new husband, Marc Mezvinsky, sent their guests home with grilled cheese sandwiches, brownies and popcorn.

Yum. And who knows, maybe the snacks were made with local, organic ingredients, but I don’t have those details. Still, I was thinking: almost any food can be made eco-friendlier, so I went on a hunt for what brides and grooms are serving at the end of the evening. I found a few popular items, and I’ve got ideas about how to make them eco-friendler.

Sliders – In my research, I read that sliders are last year's it food, but for those who want what they want in spite of it being “so last year,” sliders are fairly easy to make eco-friendly. Simply use local, grass-fed beef and locally made cheeses and other toppings.

S’mores – Organic graham crackers (try New Morning Honey Grahams), fair trade or organic milk chocolate squares (Green & Blacks or Newman’s Own are good choices) and all-natural marshmallows (if anyone knows of a good, organic basic marshmallow, let us know in the comments).


Milk shakes – Mini-milkshakes are a popular late-night snack choice at weddings. They help cool dancers down and give them a little sugar shot to keep them going a while longer. Have them made with organic ice cream and milk.

Milk and cookies – Organic milk and homemade cookies (if your exceedingly ambitious in the days before your wedding) will be a hit. Try these marscarpone cheese filled Stareos – and just use organic ingredients.

Have you been to a wedding lately where late-night snacks have been served? What did the bride and groom serve and how do you think the snacks could have been made eco-friendlier? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Eco-friendly late-night wedding snacks
Chelsea Clinton’s wedding brought the late night wedding guest snack to our attention. How can eco-conscious brides and grooms embrace this trend?