Post # 1
We are having a dinner reception in the party room of a local nice restaurant and the owners have asked me to narrow down my selection to three to five menu choices. Well, there will be no vegetarians present, but there will be kids (teens mostly) and one person with severe food allergies (nuts and shellfish being the biggest issues).
Here are my choices (I’ve already 86ed several other options, just have to pick 3 to 5 from these):
- Beef Tenderloin Medallions: Sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, smashed potatoes; Marsala wine peppercorn gravy
- Walnut Encrusted Salmon : Walnut encrusted, finished with a maple glaze; rice medley
- Grilled Pork Cutlets: Marinated in a curried brandy barbeque sauce; smashed potatoes
- Capon Poblano Pasta: Wapsie capon, poblano peppers, red onions, mushrooms, homemade marinara sauce
- Crabby Chicken Sautéed chicken breast, smoked crabmeat cream sauce, spinach; rice medley
- Pizza of the Day
- Grilled Flat Iron Steak : Served with smashed potatoes
- Rock Cedar Ranch Burger: Local beef, Swiss & American cheese, bacon, onion rings, bleu cheese dressing; kettle chips
I know FI will want steak so that’s a done deal. She ALWAYS wants steak. I like the sound of that Crabby Chicken but also am intrigued by the salmon. I personally loathe mushrooms (which are in 2 of these dishes), just mentioning that, though I know it’s not all about me. 😉
All of the above come with soup or salad. Should I make it soup and salad for an extra charge?
I am thinking of the kids and wondering if I should have both pizza and the burger (I am asuming they can leave off the bleu cheese dressing)?
I am trying to keep it simple without it being too limited. I know I only need to eliminate 3 or 4 here but if you have input on what, exactly, I’d love to hear it!
For those not aware, we are marrying in another state so we can’t go tasting things first and 2) we expect a max of 30 people most likely.
Post # 3
I vote the steak, the pasta, and the chicken. That covers all the bases, red meat, fowl, and meatless. Some people really don’t like fish, and I personally am not a fan of pork, so I cut that pretty quick. Pizza and burgers don’t scream wedding to me, and I’d probably pick the steak over the medallions–even though those sound delicious.
Gosh now I’m starving. Great.
Post # 4
Hmm… The steak is probably the only thing from the list that I would eat, but I am also a very picky eater.
But yeah, definitely the steak.
Post # 5
and then add the pizza and the burger for the kiddos. And to be honest, I’d probably find it refreshing to be able to have pizza at a wedding if I wanted to!
I don’t understand what you mean by “should I make it soup and salad for an extra charge”, I thought you already said it’s included?
Or do you mean that the guests are paying for their own meals? If so, I think you should keep the soup and salad optional so those who want it can chose to pay extra for it. Some people may not be that hungry and be happy with just the main course.
Post # 6
@The Unsuspecting Bride: Sorry, I wrote that post when it was way past my bedtime! 🙂 We are paying for the food and each of the above comes with either soup or salad. What I meant was; I was wondering if I should pay for them to have the option of soup AND salad both together. Or willl that be too much food? There will be a light appetizer and of course, wedding cake as well.
@MissHoneyBun: The pasta capon ; I didn’t know until I looked it up but apparently capon is a type of chicken. So there was really nothing meatless at all on the menu. There was another pasta dish on the menu that had seafood and I scrapped that one too. Sorry to make you hungry! The pizza and/or burger option was mainly for the kids.
@zippylef: Yeah, honestly it isn’t what I’d ideally have to choose from but we are marrying in a small town, this place was pretty much it in terms of a “nice” restaurant so I will have to deal. Then again I’m a taco kind of person, growing up in South Texas, tacos 3x a day is fine with me. 😉
Post # 7
I would say its safe to have one steak, chicken, and seafood. I would say these five should please everybody.
Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Rock Cedar Ranch Burger
Walnut Encrusted Salmon
Capon Poblano Pasta
Post # 8
steak, pasta, chicken, and pizza (for the kids). if you want a 5th add the salmon.
you don’t need to pay extra for soup and salad. your guests will have plenty to eat as is!
Post # 9
Thanks y’all! I went over it with my 13 year old as well (who favors the salmon). I think I’m going to do the burger (for those that don’t like “fancy” food), pizza since FI’s friends have young kids, salmon, steak, and the crabby chicken. The capon pasta with the castrated chicken isn’t meatless and sounds kind of funky to me. 😉
Thanks for helping me decide! One more thing down…
Post # 10
I’m glad you came to a decision!! Yum, yum, YUM! Your menu sounds delicious 🙂