Post # 1
I am currently working with the caterer to find a good balance for the meal, we are only having 30 guests and as far as I know most are relatively open and flexible to meal options. The following meal is off of the buffet menu and is really the cheapest option available, I also like the options so I didn’t just cheap out. I am just wondering if you feel it should be able to offer everyone something to eat. It comes in at a nice $20/person so I am only going to have to spend $800 in total on food.
Dinner Rolls with Butter
BBQ Chicken Leg and Thigh
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Vegetables and Dip
Assorted Cut Desserts
I think it is faily balanced as most people like chicken, there is salad, potatoes, rice and veggies for those who may not want the chicken. The only thing I am a bit iffy on is the fried rice because it seems almost out of place on the menu and I am wondering if I should look into substituting it for something else.
Post # 3
@JessicaJupiter: The fried rice does seem out of place, but fried rice is one of my favorite foods so I probably wouldnt mind haha! Make sure there isn’t ham or anything in it though, so its veg friendly. I’d probably also have a different salad than chef, because dont chef salads usually contain meat as well? Otherwise I think it sounds delish!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
The fried rice is out of place, but I like it so I wouldn’t be complaining! Everything looks A-ok!
Post # 5
@JessicaJupiter: I would ask if the fried rice can be exchanged for a vegetable side dish. You have salad and raw veggies, but a cooked veg would be nice.
Post # 6
I think it’s perfectly fine. The fried rice is good; it’s a nice option for anyone not wanting potatoes, and is still at least a bit interesting.
Post # 7
I agree with pp’s that the fried rice is out of place.
Post # 8
Sounds like the menu in general works well for you event. A few people have given you some good feedback about the salad and maybe swapping out the fried rice for a veggie.
@julies1949: Great idea!
P.S. I need to learn to stop looking at food posts before lunch. They always make me hungry! 🙂
Post # 9
Instead of fried rice why don’t you have an option for grilled or steamed seasonal vegetables?
Post # 10
@jessicadarling: I love the fried rice too and so do many of my guests so I really don’t think anyone would mind, it just bothers me to look at the list because it sticks out! I did check and the salad does contain chicken and ham so I am thinking that maybe we could have the option to add the meat if they want to or just take the salad without the meat.
@julies1949: That is a good ideas, in other options they do have the option for hot vegetables so maybe I’ll look into switching it out for that instead!
@Duncan: I agree that it certainly is an interesting option to have.
@icanhearyousmile: They do have an option for assorted hot veggies so I may just take them up on that.
Post # 11
@JessicaJupiter: I’d say no on the fried rice. I’d replace it with a steamed veggie since you already have a potato. Also, is the chicken boneless or bone-in? My vote would be for boneless there.
I’d consider offering 2 different flavors of chicken depending on your guests. Personally, I know a ton of people who hate BBQ lol.
Post # 12
I think BBQ chicken leg and thigh is going to be too messy for a wedding meal. Even if you’re having a super casual wedding, people will be dressed a bit nicer than their everyday clothes, and they’re going to have to deal with eating something with bones in it, with their hands, covered in sauce. Not gonna lie, I’d eat the potatoes and that’s about it because I wouldn’t want to get my hands all sticky. You may want to look at their knife-and-fork chicken offerings. Also you may want to get a count of vegetarians when you send out your RSVP’s and see if the caterer can make a special plate for those folks, because it really sucks when you feel like all you can eat is the sides. You feel second-class.
+1 to those who say to trade the fried rice for a cooked veggie. You should have a veggie and a starch as your hot sides, not two starches.
Post # 13
@Horseradish: I don’t see why they have to eat it with their hands. I eat chicken legs with a fork and knife, unless it’s KFC or similar.
Also, nit that you would know this, and your point is quite valid and gelpful, but vegetarian isn’t really in the northern Ontario lexicon. Fresh moose is more common than a vegetarian.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d change the fried rice for something that is more main-dish like and vegetarian, like a really good pasta (or something like eggplant parmesan–which gives you veggies and serves as a main dish)… or even rice and beans since the beans will bulk up the staying power of the food and help your guests make it through the night.
Post # 15
I don’t think you need the rice and potatoes. I wouldn’t be thrilled with your dinner choice, but I wouldn’t lament openly at your wedding about it. Chicken legs and thighs are not my fav piece of chicken to eat. I have find them quite difficult to eat cleanly with a fork and knife.
Post # 16
@JessicaJupiter: I also suggest you ask them to exchange the chef salad for a green salad. No one needs the meat and cheese in chef salad if they are having chicken as the entree. It will also save money as they may want to charge extra to swap the rice for a vegetable.