Post # 1
My fiance and I are on a tight budget, so for the sake of reducing the cost of the wedding, we’ve been thinking of just DIYing the food and serving it buffet style. Of course, we are going to have family and friends help with all the cooking, we’re just going pay for the ingredients. I wanted to get everyone’s opinion on the menu we chose: Is it enough food? Too much? Enough variety? etc. It’s going to be a 6 hour reception with dinner, wedding games and dancing. No cocktail hour though.
• Red Beans (and Rice) with andouille sausage
• Chicken kabobs (half a pound per person, catered by a local restaurant)
• Basmati Rice (for the red beans)
• Baked baby potatoes
• Green beans with a creamy mushroom sauce
• Parmesan Eggplant
• Olivier Salad (Russian potato salad)
• Leafy green salad with spicy peanut dressing
Assorted Bread basket
• Cheese platter
• Mini open faced smoked fish (salmon and herring) sandwiches
• Mini puff pastry meat pies from a local bakery (not sure about this one though)
Soda, water, lemonade, tea and coffee
Wedding cake and maybe some additional dessert
All this for 100 people.
EDIT: Forgot to add that we’re serving soup (plated) first. People will have a choice of tomato or cheese and broccoli soup (might have to double check with guests for any allergies, such as dairy, before settling for any of the food options of course).
Post # 3
I think that sounds really good. I am also diy’ing a buffet (with the help of a numer of aunts and lady friends), it is the thing I am the most nervous about and has the most details to figure out. Mine is outdoors and heating is an issue.
Post # 4
Definitely sounds like enough food.
I would serve the dressing separately and perhaps have another choice of dressing for those with nut allergies. Wine carafes make great containers for salad dressing for buffets.People can pour the dressing with one hand.
Consider serving the sausage on the side to give more choice to any vegetarians.
Post # 5
Individually, the food sounds good, but I think it sounds weird all mixed together…
- Why would you have basmati (Indian) rice with New Orleans’s style red beans and sausage?
- Why would you choose baked (I’m guessing you mean roasted) potatoes with a version of potato salad?
- I might go with a regular garden green salad and maybe a Caesar, and I agree that putting dressing on the side is best (plus the lettuce gets wilted VERY quickly—especially in a buffet situation
- Both of your veggies have sauces. That might be off-putting to some—maybe do one plain mixed veg?
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
Thank you for the replies. 🙂
Yeah, I think we’ll serve the dressing on the side, I totally didn’t think about people with nut allergies. Although I don’t believe we have any vegetarian guests, as hard it is to believe that,lol, serving sausage on the side sounds like a good idea for those people who only eat white meat (I know of at least one friend who doesn’t eat red meat). Thank you both again for the input.
@phillybride I wasn’t sure about serving baked (I call them baked because…well they’re baked in the oven) potatoes with potato salad either. However, that potato salad has a lot of other ingredients mixed in, like boiled eggs, pickles, green beans…everything is diced into small pieces so you barely notice the potatoes in there. But I’ll think about either getting rid of the potatoes or the salad.
As far as the red beans and rice is concerned, almost all the recipes I’ve found online call for long grain basmati rice.
I personally hate just plain veggies, while my fiancé hates all veggies period, lol. I never even thought about veggies in sauce being off putting to people. But something to think about I guess.
Post # 7
I second the plain veggies. Just do grilled veggies or something without dairy in case someone is intolerant.
Post # 8
I suppose making some grilled veggies (but well seasoned..nothing worse than bland veggies) makes sense, since the rest of the food being served is rather rich and filling. As for the breaded eggplant cutlets, since they already contains dairy, I might as serve them with pesto or some sort of creamy sauce. Then it would double as a vegetarian entree.
Thanks fostall the advice.
Post # 9
My only two cents are to be cautious about how dried out the chicken may get. If it is being cooked in advance and reheated it might get dried out– maybe you should do a test run.
Also, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a ‘theme’. Perhaps these are all family recipes/foods, but the foods are a bit mismatched. I’m going with a BBQ theme which makes sides like: cornbread, green beans, and mac n cheese, go well together (and they’re cheap!)
Post # 10
The menu seems really, really random. You also have a LOT of starches here. Red beans and rice with rice and potato salad? Nothing really fits here. I think you’d be better off having one restaurant do all of the catering.
Post # 11
I see your point about there not being a theme, but the thing is my fiancé is from the South and is a big fan of red beans and rice. I come from a culturally mixed background, hence the mixed food. I hope that as long as everything is delicious and suits most people’s dietery needs, our guests will forgive the lack of theme as far as the food is concerned. They’re all family and close friends anyway. 😉
But the chicken being dry is a valid concern: I believe the restaurant does delivery, and since we will be 10 to 15 minutes away from it max, hopefully the food will arrive still hot enough to simply be transfered into chafing dishes. That would depend on whether they deliver food in those insulated food carrying bag or not though.
And yes, if we had the money we would just order from one restaurant…but unfortunately we don’t have the money for that.
Just to clarify, the rice for the red beans and rice is served on the side, thus I counted it as a separate dish.
But really, the only random things on the updated menu would be the red beans, eggplant and soups. As a guest, if the food was all uber delicious, would it really matter if the food had a theme? Most of the parties our friends host (like large parties) are potlucks, and they are the epitome of randomness..but it never bothered me, because I love variety and I’m a big foodie.
Post # 12
I think it sounds delicious. You don’t need a theme.
Post # 13
You’re making your own buffet for 100 people! That is WAY too much work! I think that the menu is great, but maybe you could think about hiring a couple of college kids to cook/serve/clean up? You and your bridal party are going to be WAY too busy to cook, and I would feel so guilty making my friends/family cook/serve/clean up all that food!
I would put up an add on Craigslist and offer like $50 per kid for the day of work. That way everyone can have a great time at your wedding!
Post # 15
are we allowed to suggest recipes?
Post # 16
@ImLadyM: When you say red beans do you mean kidney beans?