Post # 1
My fiance and I found our dream venue, that was actually in our price – cue the yayyyy! However, one seemingly awesome detail is they completely customize the menu for us. We were absolutely stumped! Every place we’d been too it was just a buffet and it listed what was included, no choices for the most part. Here they’re like appetizers, horderves, two meals, desert ect and we have NO clue where to even begin! They said they’ve done everything from pig roasts, barbecues, french cuisine, steak and lobster ect. We’re looking to keep the cost low since we know whatever we wind up with will be good quality and it’s in a completely remodled barn so I feel like a super fancy dinner would kind of ruin the rustic theme. Any ideas?
Please please help!
Post # 3
Thats sounds really cool, but soo hard to pick! Whats your and FIs favourite food? Could you base it around that?
Post # 4
@aliciaspinnet: It’s so hard! Honestly? The two of us are crazy about Chipotle haha! Otherwise I really don’t know. I was thinking maybe southwest style? But then again I don’t even know what’s “wedding appropriate”. I know everything is kind of whatever you want now a days, but we are trying to have it be a somewhat nice sit down meat. Not like pull porked sandwhiches or tacos (although those both are soooo good lol).
Post # 5
If you love Chipotle, then you’ll probably like a simple menu with tons of flavor, right?
Would you want to do the traditional beef/chicken entree, but put a twist on it?
If so, you should do like a Southwest flavored marinated flank steak, a stuffed and smothered chicken breast? You could do like a small, hearty pasta side and some bold-flavored veggie side.
I don’t really know food very well, I just know I like to eat 🙂 So if this isn’t helping, sorry 🙁
I’m as overwhelmed as you with the wide-open menu. I’d kill to have your venue!
Post # 6
Maybe a mini tacos station or build your own taco? Then have high quality ingredients to fill them with? Like the marinated cilantro flank steak, chicken, corn salsa, cotija cheese etc. Maybe beans and cilantro lime rice, empanadas, southwest salad with a chipotle dressing, nachos bar?! There’s so much you can do! Just start witthy our food theme and work from there! We have the same issue, our caterer is letting us pick whatever! We went Southern Comfort with chicken and waffles, sweet potato purses, and fried green tomatoes for appetizers. Then an array of dinner items that we haven’t quite finalized yet!
Post # 7
@Birdiebaby4: Here’s my idea if you wanted a slightly Southwestern theme:
– choice of marinated flank steak or seasoned/grilled chicken, served with sauteed bell peppers and onions and avocado, either served whole and eaten with a fork and knife, or sliced for tacos. I slightly prefer the idea of a Southwestern meal sans tacos … just seasonings, nothing too typical (like no refried beans, for example)
– some sort of veggie salad … what comes to mind for me is like tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus spears, cucumbers, bell peppers and corn with light olive oil and cilantro
– seasoned rice (like the tomato-y stuff at restaurants) with whole black beans
– tortillas and a salsa variety if you want to take the southwestern thing that far
Post # 8
This isn’t really “southwestern” but we just did our tasting and the chicken dish we chose was serisouly one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever tasted!! (and I eat chicken pretty much everyday)
Chicken A La Roma – marinated boneless chicken breast sauteed and topped spinach, mushroom, and a Gruyere/Parmesan cheese mixture
You could do a Southwestern take on the steak using particular seasonings.
A mini taco or nacho bar sounds really cute for cocktail hour.
Maybe do a cilantro lime rice for one of your sides.
You could also have some southwestern egg rolls/wontons.
Post # 9
How about you consider your guests and yourselves. Would they like to eat a certain thing would you, what would be good to not make a mess on your nice clothes and what would fill you up, do you have a lot of vegetarians etc.
We had a blank slate menu and we started by picking out we found a balance between what our guests would like and what we would like. We also made sure the veggie meals had protein and that there would be an abundance of the food so that non veggies didn’t eat up all of the veggies food (it was buffet style.)
Post # 10
I somehow knew what I wanted before I even started looking (steak and crab cake).