(Closed) Stations for dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We did this! Cocktail hour with passed apps, then we opened stations in 4 staggered groups:

First, salads, breads, cheese, etc. Then, the “main course” — mediterranean, shrimp & grits bar, carving station. Little bit later, dessert table and gelato. Finally, for the last hour of the reception, we had “late night snacks,” including mini pancakes and quiches, grilled cheese w/soup shooters, and seared tuna sliders with sweet potato fries.

Everyone LOVED it. It is a great conversation starter and did encourage mingling.

We had open seating with no problems. I’m not sure how well it would have worked to assign seating, because if you’re allowing people to eat whenever they want, there’s no guarantee the people at a table will want to eat at the same time. And then you could end up with one person stuck eating by themselves! And then you can’t continue the mingling from the station lines because you have to split up to return to your assigned seats.

We left menu cards at all the place settings so that people would know what all was being served so they wouldn’t miss something. My family had attended one station reception where they missed part of the food because it was tucked a couple of rooms away and they had no indications to know to go look for it.

One other thing, we made sure to have one station where you could assemble a “meat and potatoes” type meal all at one spot for those who were not as into the tapas/station/unusual food type things. We went with carved beef and turkey, served with green beans and gnocchi on the side.

Hope you go for it!

Post # 5
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Honey bee

This is what we are doing and our Work In Progress Menu is this.  I made changes, but I cant find the updated menu. We did a tasting and it is really, really great!  A lot of it tastes much better than it sounds.

Passed for hour 1

and then stations for hours 2 and 3

PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES

SEA SCALLOPS GENOVESEfilled with a lemon-pestoBRUSCHETTA WITH OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOEStopped with fresh basil, goat cheese and mozzarellaFRESH BABY CRABCAKESserved with remoulade sauceVEGETABLE SAMOSASserved with a red chili yogurt dipBRAISED SHOR RIBserved in polenta squares with horseradish sauceCHICKEN TERIYAKI STICKSmarinated in fresh ginger, soy and pineapplePAPPAS RELANOS WITH PICADILLApotato croquettes with a spiced Cuban beef

BOUNTY/SEAFOOD STATION

SEASONAL CRUDITE AND SPECIALTY CHEESESgarnished with fresh fruit, assorted crackers and dip

QUESADILLA TRIANGLESPesto with Spinach, Goat Cheese and Roasted Red PeppersGrilled Chicken with Avocado and BrieHUMMUS AND BABA GHANNOUSHgarnished with pita triangles, chopped cucumber, tomato and red onionMID-EASTERN TABOULIserved in plum tomato cupsPOACHED SIDES OF SALMONgarnished with dark breads, lemon, cucumbers, red onion, capers,horseradish and a lemon dillTUNA TARTAREserved on a wonton crisp with a wasabi aioli

STATION 1 – PASTA

ARTESAN BREADSserved with butter and infused oilARTICHOKES PRIMAVERAhalf and artichoke filled with fresh vegetables and mozzarellaSTUFFED ROMA TOMATOESfilled with pesto and romano cheeseMARINATED GREEN BEANSgarnished with roasted red peppersPENNE A LA VODKA

penne pasta tossed with tomatoes, fresh herbs,garlic, pecorino romanoRIGATONI WITH FONTINELLA

rigatoni pasta tossed with tomatoes, fresh basil,garlic and fontinella cheese

STATION 2 – CARVING TABLE

GRILLED ZUCCHINI AND SUMMER SQUASHdrizzled with roasted tomatoes and rosemary oilGRILLED PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS

with wilted spinach and roasted red/yellow peppersdrizzled with a balsamic reductionRED POTATO ROSETTESmini-red potatoes piped with mashed potatoesCHICKEN WITH GRAND MARNIER SAUCEpinwheels of chicken filled spinach, proscuitto and mozzarellasauced with mushrooms, fresh sage and a hint of Grand MarnierWHOLE ROASTED FILET MIGNON

served with horseradish sauce and small rustic rolls

EDIT: We are not doing assigned seating since we dont expect everyone to be sitting a the same time since dinner technically spans 3 hours.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

sounds good to me

@lefeymw: that just made SO hungry!

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