(Closed) FOOD

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Check out some of the posts on apracticalwedding.com  I think on the right hand side of the page there is a tag that says “self-catered” and it brings up a bunch of posts from couples who did their own food for their wedding, and I think a couple of those posts have good tips.

Also, there is a series of 9 posts on this blog: http://forkable.blogspot.com/2009/06/cater-your-own-wedding-post-index.html about catering your own wedding.

Reading how other people did it should help you plan a menu, and give you an idea if this is something you really want to do.  An outdoor wedding I went to last summer grilled all the entrees (salmon, steak, and chicken) and had a caterer do the sides.  Or you could find a restaurant willing to do all or part for cheap.  There are lots of options!  I think the most important part is that you have people willing to help, and you do lots of list-making and planning ahead!

Post # 4
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1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My FMIL has decided that she is cooking because she didn’t like the catering options. We are doing a bunch of things in advance and we are very lucky that my aunt and uncle have two stoves in their house.

Post # 5
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2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What sort of foods do you/your family like? What sort of wedding are you having (day time, evening). What sort of facilities will you have at the reception area – stove top? oven? BBQ? How many people will you be feeding?
Some ideas:
1. Taco Bar

Have several meats available (chicken, ground beef, maybe some carne asada steak), beans (you could do pinto and black bean), warm flour and corn tortillas and then a bar of toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives, sour cream, onions, jalapeno slices, avocado slices. Maybe have several types of salsa available too – a fruit salsa (pineapple, peach, etc), a roasted salsa, and a fresh salsa. Plenty of guacamole too.

2. Pulled Pork / BBQ bar

Pulled pork, maybe some chicken or steaks. Serve with a couple type of BBQ sauce (a spicy one, a sweet one, etc). Cole slaw (great made a couple days ahead), green salad, rolls/biscuits. Maybe some mac and cheese, green beans smothered in bacon, etc.

3. Pasta

Baked ziti, lasagna and stuffed shells freeze and reheat well. Serve with green salad, rolls, etc.

4. Sandwich bar

Have a selection of sliced meats available, then maybe some salads like chicken salad, seafood salad, etc. Selection of different types of rolls: finger mini-rolls, croissants, bread, pitas, etc. Serve with a topping bar: lettuce, red onion, pickles, tomatoes, green pepper slices, etc. Condiment options: mayo, mustard, maybe some neat mayos like cranberry mayo, different mustards (spicy, honey mustard, etc.), relish, etc.

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