Post # 1
My fiance and I were going to have our reception of about 50- 60 ppl catered but the other day he suggested to me that we have a guy he knows make roast chickens ( each guest would get half a chicken) and make salt potatos, green beans and a few other things as sides.
At first i was totally against it because our reception is going to be under a white tent outdoors and i had all these really great ideas for formal place settings and i thought that having formal place settings and having ppl go up and get their roasted chickens would look a bit out of place…But now im starting to warm up to the idea. It would be cheaper and its alot more simple like we are (:
My question is what do you think about doing roasted chickens? Are there any other sides you would suggest? and would this look weird on nice plates? Im even thinking about just going the durable paperplate route but im def having linen table clothes so i just want it to look all nice together and not out of place.
Thank you for any tips or suggestions!!
Post # 3
1/2 a chicken is a lot of meat. That is one thigh, one breast, one drumstick plus for each person. You will get a lot of waste.
However if someone id good at butchering you can cut the roast chickens up into pieces and do a buffet essentially the same way.
But remember you will need to rent serving and warming trays and have someone there to serve and clean up- stuff a catering company would normally do.
I think using “normal” settings will be just fine and make it nice. Going to plastic and disposable is what will make it look less formal, not the chicken.
As for sides green beans is easy for large groups. As is rolls or corn bread. Roasted red potatoes in a rosemary oil. etc.
Post # 4
I think that sounds yummy!! Roast chicken can be really delicious if it’s done right. You could add some lemon, fresh rosemarry and other fresh herbs to the chicken and the potatoes to make it more delicious and you could add a variety of sides, grilled summer vegetables, grilled corn, a beautiful fresh summer salad etc. I would definitely splurge on the plates though. So many companies rent them and half a chicken will be quite heavy if they are carrying them from a buffet, you don’t want people dropping their chickens on their dresses!!
Post # 5
@nicoleloren1228: I agree with lefeymw, send the chicken to a butcher first. It will look better and not waste as much food. Roasted chicken is a wonderful idea. I love it with green beans and maybe potatoe au gratin. If you want it a little more fancy you can choose to serve asparagus instead of green beans.
Post # 7
that would be good, keep in mind if you have any guests that may want another choice. we are doing meats and then a pasta for guests that may want something without meat.
Post # 8
My Fiance is allergic to chicken