Panera for a fall wedding??

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@keevolpi: Are you serving lunch at your wedding? Panera would be fine for lunch but maybe too light for dinner. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t really know how much I assosciate Panera with a wedding. Maybe weddings are just done differently here (big catered affairs), but I would be kind of put-off if I went to a wedding and they were serving Panera. It’s something that I have no trouble getting any day for lunch.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@keevolpi:  Ohhh, can I come? (I think it’s a great idea)

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@keevolpi:  I’m probably going to use them for our rehearsal, but unless you’re having a really casual lunch wedding I wouldn’t.

We use them for business meetings pretty frequently, it’s not really ‘wedding food’ to me.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think this would depend a lot on the set up for your wedding – afternoon casual seems like it could work for something like this but I’m not sure it works for a evening wedding as well unless it’s a very casual setting.

Also the number of people. Typically when I’ve gotten Panera for an event they just bring everything in large takeout containers. So keeping soups warm etc..could be an issue. Unless they have some other way of setting up for very large events.

Just some things to consider. I like the food, but I would worry about it being set up and served for a large number of people.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Panera sounds like a quick workday lunch – slurp down some soup while checking email kind of food. 

How many are you having? Maybe you can do a crockpot bar of different hearty stews with cornbread, rustic bread, seeded rolls as sides?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@keevolpi:  I ♥ Panera, so I’d be stoked!

That being said, it does seem like it would be a logistical hassle to reproportion/redisplay everything.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

 

I like your BBQ idea better. I’ve been to a few weddings with BBQ buffets and logistically it works out nicley. Big dishes of meat and sides on warmers, buns to the side, etc.  The food stays warm and it’s a hearty filling meal.  So it’s good for dinner and is for sure yummy comfort food.

With Panera I’ve been to work events where they cater, and they come with boxes of sandwiches and then trays of salad, pasta, or large containers of soup. The problem is the sandwiches get soggy if they sit too long (delivery time, set up, etc,) so by the time you eat they might not be to good.  Soggy sandwich and room tempeture soup is not so fun.

 

 

I like your BBQ idea better. I’ve been to a few weddings with BBQ buffets and logistically it works out nicley. Big dishes of meat and sides on warmers, buns to the side, etc. With Panera I’ve been to work events where they cater, and they come with boxes of sandwiches and then trays of salad, pasta, or large containers of soup. The problem is the sandwiches get soggy if they sit too long (delivery time, set up, etc,) so by the time you eat they might not be to good.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I love panera! you should get their bread bowl soups! 

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