Post # 1
I’ve received such helpful feedback in the past that I am back for more! Basically, we are having a plated dinner. For the main entree, my venue would prefer to serve all of our guests a duo – a piece of seared cod over a bed of corn and succotash salad on one side of the plate (with sauce) and a piece of beef tenderloin with braised short ribs over mashed potatoes on the other side of the plate. If everyone has really strong objections to beef or cod, then they get two servings of one of them (and vegetarians get their own pasta dish).
However, my fiance thinks guests would prefer just getting one or the other. Our venue can do this for the same price, in which case the piece of fish or beef would be larger. I lean towards the duo, because the presentation looks awesome and both the cod and beef taste great. Plus it is logistically easier for the venue. However, Fiance leans towards the separate entrees and ultimately I care most about my guests being happiest.
Which would you go with?
For frame of reference, I am having a fall New England wedding on the ocean.
Post # 2
I would chose a vegetarian entree.
Post # 3
happycamper8: I typically prefer a single entre. Some people don’t eat either fish or beef, and even having it on the plate would ruin the meal. (Personally, I like both, but I have friends that won’t touch one or the other!)
I suppose doubling whichever a guest prefers might work, but I prefer the single entre. Doubling entres might be tough and a few guests may not get the message, depending on how you inform everyone.
Post # 4
I was recently at a wedding with a ‘duo’ dinner. I found it strange and unappetizing. Both pieces of meat were cooked poorly.
I think venues should stop offering this because ‘its easier for them’.. They should instead, learn how to cook properly so people can enjoy an actual meal instead of 2 unrelated, unmatching foods hanging out on a plate together for convenience.
Cod and beef are not generally served together for a reason.
Post # 5
I would prefer the single entree for a couple reasons:
- I love shortribs. I want as much of them in my belly as possible.
- My feelings about mashed potatoes are the same.
- Despite my genuine efforts over many years, I just don’t like seafood. So the duo would leave me with just half a dinner. And I couldn’t convince my fiancee to switch me because she loves shortribs, too.
You know your guests best, though! If you think most people would like both, go for it! Anyone who complains gets a swift kick in the pants!
Post # 6
I would rather have the option and full portion of one of the other. I think that duo sounds very odd.
Post # 7
The food really had to work together to make a good duo. Both sound good, and I would eat both, but they don’t sound good together.
Post # 8
I’d like the duo option actually. I personally would like it since I like a variety and I always wonder if the other choice was good when I go to weddings. I also like that if someone doesn’t like one choice, they can double up on the other. Unless it didn’t taste good, I’ve never heard of anyone turning their nose up at extra food. 😉
Post # 9
I would want seperate choices. My Darling Husband is deathly allergic to fish and would be sad not to eat anything at dinner. Me personally, not a huge fish person, so I would be sad to eat half of my plate.
Post # 10
As a person who would happily eat both I would prefer them separate, not together on one plate. Presentation would be nice but I wouldn’t want anything mixing accidentally.
Post # 11
Food that is paired like that on a plate needs to go perfectly together and cod and steak sounds… less than perfect. I don’t like fish, so I would have half a meal and also feel bad because you paid for a whole meal that half is wasted. A venue should be able to get plated meals to the right place. That is why you pay them.
Post # 12
Wow- sounds like the majority are really against the duo! Glad I asked! I think normally they do a surf’n’turf duo – lobster tail and steak, but my Fiance is Jewish, so shellfish were out. Thanks for the input everyone, it looks like I will go with the separate entrees!
Post # 13
No one wants to be so filled up at a wedding that they can’t dance afterwards. Keep it light, keep it single!
Post # 14
happycamper8: Duo all the way. Variety is the spice of life after all 🙂
Post # 15
I’m glad you chose separate. I don’t eat red meats, but love seafood. I would gladly eat the fish but wouldn’t eat the beef or anything it came to close too. That being said, even if the duo was shrimp and salmon or chicken and sole….I’d probably still like a bigger one portion……
Hope it all goes smoothly!