Catering Advice Needed!

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: What would you do?
    Pay for the catering : (7 votes)
    32 %
    DIY! Cook the meal the day before, and warm it up the day of : (1 votes)
    5 %
    DIY! Prepare the meal the day before, and pop it in the oven the morning of : (12 votes)
    55 %
    Other (please comment below) : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Honestly, we used a BBQ restaurant for our 100-person wedding, and it was the same price as their takeout, we just paid for servers and a grill master..  If you can find a restaurant that does food that travels well, you could have the ladies help you put it in chafing dishes.  Boston Market comes to mind, but you’d need to dress up the buffet table with a gourmet salad, artisan rolls, etc.  your numbers are low enough that I think it’s feasible.

    Post # 5
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    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I am having a large number of people at my wedding, so there is no way I could make all that food. However, with only 28 people you could manage it if you don’t mind spending time the day of and before on the food. Paying someone else to do something is usually a good way to relieve stress around the wedding time, but it looks like in your case the catering is stressing you out.

    Post # 6
    Member
    8593 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    For 28 people I think you could manage doing it the day before.  As long as you don’t mind spending your day doing that.  I would prepare it all the day before and have someone put it in the oven/cook it that day.  I would pick a menu that is easy to prepare beforehand and can just be baked.  Things like lasagna or mexican can usually be done that way.

    Post # 7
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    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Foods that can be cooked in crockpots (like swedish meatballs or pulled pork) are also good for DIY, since you can put them in and let the slowcooker do the work!

    Post # 9
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @cabana_bride:  I think it depends on what kind of food you serve!

    Huge trays of chicken/pasta with veggies, salad and desserts sounds pretty easy!

    But if you’re hoping for steak or seafood or something fancy, I’d go catered!

    Post # 10
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    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    You might also check your local grocery store and see what they can do.  Ours here will do whole hams, turkey, and roast beef with sides year round.  You could have a nice carving station type setup with different meats, then sides, and a dessert table.  Find someone locally on Craigslist to carve and serve.  It would still be cheaper and easier.

    Post # 11
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    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I just looked it up… You have Publix and Winn Dixie!  WD has a full selection of prepared meats, including prime rib, spiral ham, turkey, and beef tenderloin.  If I was ordering, I would get:

    1ham and 1 prime rib or beef tenderloin, 1 platter of chicken tenders, a platter of sandwiches for kids, a shrimp cocktail platter, a cheese platter, a bunch of potato salad, and desserts.  Make a big green salad and some green beans vinaigrette or caprese salad beforehand, and call it a day. 

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