(Closed) Catering VS hiring someone to cook?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I really like the idea of hiring a chef. It sounds nicer than the average buffet bbq. I never thought of doing semi-diy food, but that idea sounds really feasible. You should pick whoever you think will serve you the best food, can you make an appt to talk to them and try some samples?

Post # 4
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  I’ve never been to a BBQ-catered wedding, but after my sister’s wedding (which was at 11 am, reception was over by 4), we had an “after party” at my brother’s house with catered BBQ buffet-style for dinner. It was DELICIOUS, worked out well, and there was a TON of food. Definitely a good idea.

 

I wanted catered BBQ for our rehearsal dinner but my dad vetoed that idea.

Post # 6
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  Famous Dave’s always has fantastic reviews across the board so if there’s one close, that would be a safe bet. 

ETA: Start going to bridal shows. I went to one and there was a privately owned catering company and the chef specializes in BBQ. It was the BEST damn BBQ I’ve ever had.

Post # 8
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  My mom wants to do grilled chicken for my shower and have my dad serve as grillmaster. The shower is July 13 and is apparently going to be a superclassy event. I think I might fight for hotdogs. I love hotdogs. I could eat hotdogs every day. This is why my wedding dress has an inner corset.

Post # 10
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  I knew I’d be useful at some point!

Post # 12
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3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  And I always appreciate you!

Post # 15
Bee
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@badabing88:  We had a BBQ buffet from a catering company and it was a HUGE hit.

I think hiring a good chef sounds like an awesome idea – the only thing I would be hesitant about is whether he/she had enough experience doing the buffet set-up. Not sure how many guests you’re expecting, but feeding >100 people gets complicated pretty quickly. The ideal person would be a chef with catering experience, or a chef who uses some catering assistants to do the set-up after he cooks. I’m sure you could find out more deets about that if you call/email the chef, and if you check out some reviews online (if they’ve done weddings before).

P.S. I LOOOOVE hot dogs. My hubs grills me h-dogs all the time, they’re seriously one of my favorite foods. If you do the BBQ option, you should have a mashed potato bar – we had one and it was a huuuge hit!

Post # 16
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11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

LOL hot dogs are gross. You’re all gross! 😛

But I looove the idea of bbq, and Famous Dave’s is fantastic.

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