(Closed) Catering Ideas?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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481 posts
Helper bee

One way you could totally work with that idea would be to make the base starches yourself, and then order the sauce/topping/etc. from the caterer. 

I.E. make your own pasta, and order different sorts of sauces. Or, make your own rice and order a variety of curries. 

Another idea is to order main dishes from the caterer and make sides yourself.

I.E. make your own dinner rolls and salads, and order lasagna from the caterer. 

The cost of catering is truly mindblowing. I am trying to navigate the DIY route as well!!

Post # 5
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11273 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Caila:  some caterers will be fine with this, however, some will not.  you also have to consider the service.  will you be paying for staffing separately? 

personally i think $20-$30/person is a great price for a meal.  i have never seen anything remotely cheaper than that.  for that price, let them do all the work. 

Post # 6
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265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow $20-$30 is an amazing price. But I don’t really know how prices are in pittsburg but I know that price does not exist in NYC. I would just pay the $20-$30 and have the caterers make all the food.

Post # 7
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8315 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@mypinkshoes:  I agree for my area $20-$30 would be pretty much unheard of for wedding catering.

You may also need to check with your venue. They may agree to a licenced caterer but not to you DIYing the food.

Also I think you need to have enough of everything for guests. Say you were one of the last tables to go up to the buffet and all the tasty/good dishes were gone and you are left with the scraps.

I would cut the guestlist if the budget is getting so tight that you need to cut catering.

Post # 9
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have you picked your venue out? Just be make sure your venue allows it, many of the venues I visited didn’t allow you to bring in outside food, other’s you had to have a food service license [so no DIY’s].

 

You could do a very nice pasta bar type thing for CHEAP! Offering different types of pastas [spaghetti, mostacolli], or you could even do baked such as ziti or lasagna. Rolls & garlic breads are super cheap too.

Post # 11
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Caila:  I think a pasta bar would be great then, and there’s SO much you can do with it.

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