Help Catering!

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1589 posts
Bumble bee

how far away from ‘civilization’ is this barn?  Without a kitchen someone (you/family or a caterer) is going to have a challenge keeping hot food  both safe and fresh.  Does the venue supply tables? chairs? linens? plates?  glasses?

Are you opposed to serving food that doesn’t need to be heated and held?

Is there some kind of food truck in the area that would come to the location and serve … but 150 simulaneous plated from a truck may be a challenge as well. 

Is there some sort of staging area where someone could set up a basic area to plate pre-prepared food?

I’d guess that it would probably be possible to have someone come in with a BBQ type dinner for your budget, but if you want something more formal or have to bring all the tables/chairs/plates/ glasses that may eat up a lot of your budget. 

Post # 5
1589 posts
Bumble bee

Does the budget of 50/pp include the rentals or is that just the budget for the food?  How far will a caterer have to travel?  10 miles?  an hour?    That will make a difference in what kind of food will survive that length of holding time.  What do you want for a plated dinner?  Lasagne, garlic bread, salad is going to be more easily doable than something that turns dry easily under the best of circumstances (like chicken breast)

Post # 7
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

With the sound of your venue, I would look into a pig roast. In my area they get cheaper with more people attending. Plus, they would be cooking on site with their roasters. You won’t have to supply a kitchen.Talk about a conversation piece For your guests too! 

They probably will include plastic plates and utensils. I would just simply google “hog roasts NJ”. And being that they’re a hog roaster, they anticipate traveling to venues.

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