Post # 1
FI and I need help with mains – we cannot agree on which would be the best combo. Which two options do you think will keep guests happy? They don’t get a choice, it’s alternated, so both need to be good. Also, vego options will be available to vegetarians separately, so the risotto is not necessary.
A bit of a better explanation of the meals:
beef – wagyu cheek braised in red wine with horseradish potato puree and bordelaise sauce
chicken – morrocan style with warm couscous salad
Lamb – 12hr cooked shoulder and rack with mint jus
Fish – crisp skinned salmon with sweet corn puree and hollandaise
Veg risotto – pumpkin risotto with peas, asparagus, toasted almonds and pesto
My problem is that I eat anything, so I’m worried about the more picky eaters of our guests hating both options!
Post # 4
I would say all are great options, but the beef seems a bit more traditional, and if you have been to many weddings that do a traditional beef or chicken dish, or to upscale restaurants, the beef with a red wine sauce is often the main choice. In this case, you probably already know what your beef option will taste like. Not to say this is a bad thing. It is still a delicious option, but not quite so unique and possibly a little forgettable, unless you know the catering is OUTSTANDING for their beef.
Your chicken option sounds different and delicious, and any of your other options are not so common and sound delicious as well. You really can’t go wrong with anything.
I voted for the lamb and chicken. They sound really good, and I would be happy with either option if I were attending the wedding.
Post # 5
I tried voting for just the fish and lamb. The reason why is because it different. Every wedding seems to do chicken and beef. If me and my SO decides to do big event I plan on severing just two dishes: fish and pasta. That’s it. If some the guest don’t like it then to bad there will be cheesecake for dessert. I want something that different but nice.
Post # 6
I would eat any of that apart from the fish! I think fish is a bit risky when it’s alternate drop rather than guests choosing from a menu so I would recommend not having fish as an option…I think the lamb sounds amazing and in Australia you would expect that mosts guests would eat lamb so that would be a safe choice too.
So I think either Beef and Chicken or Lamb and Chicken. If the horseradish flavour in the potatoe puree is quite strong I would go Lamb then as I’d be unsure how many people would enjoy horseradish these days.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - Garden
I said other, I would eat the chicken and fish. Usually I say go for a chicken/beef combo but beef cheek weirds me out.
Post # 8
Definitely lamb needs to b somewhere! It’s very formal and delish when made correctly
Post # 9
I voted for beef and fish..There are a lot of people who love seafood..and chicken seems plain to me….The only thing is..I would’ve switched salmon for seabass or halibut if possible..
Post # 10
That fish option made my mouth water ! 🙂
Post # 11
@aussiebride26: I tend to be picky, and I like the beef and chicken options. (sorry, I can not vote for some reason)
Post # 12
So a vegetarian gets to pick their meal but for everyone else it’s just luck of the draw depenind on where they sit? That’s weird to me, is this a common thing? I would eat any of them, but I guess chicken and beef are the “safest” if people are randomly assigned what they will eat. People will probably still be swapping with their table mates so I don’t get what the point of not letting them choose is. (I’m assuming this is a requirement of the caterer to have alternating plates?)
Post # 13
Chicken, and veg risotto. I know many people who don’t eat fish, many other people who don’t eat lamb, chicken is always a safe bet, and the veg risotto sounds SO GOOD! As a meat-eater, I would definitely want the risotto.
Post # 14
@aussiebride26: i originally thought beef and chicken, but then once i read the descriptions I chose beef and fish. While I think moroccan chicken sounds amazing, it’s not as “traditional” so it could throw some people. I’m the same as you.. I eat anything, and just don’t understand picky eaters
Post # 15
@pixiecat: Alternate drop is quite common in many parts of Australia. It works well when both plates are equally appetizing, and people at the same table often switch. Until fairly recently, guests in North America (and I’m guessing Europe as well) ate what they were served, with no choice ahead of time. Alternate drop is a way of having a little flexibility, but it’s easier on the caterers and on the host’s wallet!
OP, since you’ve already provided for vegetarians (and hopefully anyone with allergies), I would go with the lamb and chicken, although I don’t have a good reason for picking lamb over the beef.
Post # 16
@pixiecat: I’ve never been anywhere where I could choose, maybe venues are a bit different in the US – it’s fine though, I just switch if it’s something I don’t want, and vegetarians don’t get a choice, they get the one vego meal. I just meant that I wasn’t sure that I should then make half the guests eat a vego meal while their neighbours have beef lol. I’d be devastated!
Thanks for the opinions bees – I think it will be chicken and beef just to be safe, i can think of a number of friends who won’t eat fish (even though it will be super fresh because we’re getting married in a fishing town) so chicken might be safer after all.