Post # 1
We’re doing a stand-up cocktail reception, but we really wanted people to enjoy a decent amount of food. So! What do you think of this menu? (This is the cold and hor hor d’oeurves only; we’re getting deserts through a different vendor.) Also, we’re going for 10 pieces per guest–does that sound reasonable?
Mini beef wellington topped with lingonberries
Profiteroles filled with salmon mousse
Grilled pork tenderloin canape topped with apple cranberry relish
Grilled portabela canape with sundried tomatoes and goat cheese
Spring rolls filled with chicken, mozzarella & rosemary with garlic aoili
Mini potatoes twiced baked with pancetta and gruyere
Mushroom caps with lobster risotto topped with fontina cheese
Filo triangles with brie and lingonberry
Almond crusted fontina cheese balls filled with caramedlized apples
Post # 3
The choices each sound nice but when taken as a group the flavors are very similar and not a lot of variety. Lots of cheese, lots of protein-with-fruit-accent. Can you introduce more variety? Perhaps skip the pork tenderloin for a white-bean or tomato-basil bruschetta, served cold, no cheese? A more traditional spring roll with Asian flavors? A mushroom cap stuffed with mushroom duxelles (basically ground mushrooms) and roasted pepper, no cheese? The Brie/lingonberry is so similar in texture, ingredient and style to the fontina/almond balls so ditch one of those and replace with maybe a lentil empanada or sambusa?
The upside of an all-apps meal is getting to try lots of different flavors so try to mix it up more.
Post # 4
10 pieces per person sounds like a lot. That’s 90 pieces per person plus dessert. Did your caterer recommend that amount?
Post # 5
@CurlyCue: I think she means 10 pieces overall, not 10 of each type
Post # 6
@Horseradish: Thank you for the suggestions! I hadn’t thought about the heaviness of the fruit and cheese, but you do have a really good point. I am trying to stay away from Asian flavours in general, though, as I don’t think they “mesh” with the entire theme and feeling we’re going for (I know, I’m weird).
@CurlyCue: Sorry! 10 pieces total per person, so they’d get the 10 pieces plus dessert, and there will also be fruit and vegetable platters.
Post # 7
I think it all sounds yummy but I do agree that maybe there is a lot of cheese. I would be in heaven lol but some people might not feel the same way.
Post # 8
Is ten pieces per guest what your caterer recommends? If you’re doing a cocktail reception, that seems low to me. So basically everyone would get one of each kind of appetizer? You’re going to have people who will hate mushrooms and take three beef wellingtons, for example.
Post # 9
@cmbr: Yeah, the caterer said that a “dinner substitute” would be about ten pieces per person. I do know what you mean about some people hating mushrooms, but I’m thinking that there will also be people who aren’t into beef. Considering that we’ll also have vegetable and fruit platters and I think fancy sandwich platters, as well as dessert, how many pieces do you think would be appropriate? 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2015 - Millcroft Inn & Spa
I was considering a cocktail reception myself and the general consensus was to accomodate for 5-6 pieces per guest per hour. 10 pieces in total for a 4-5 hour reception may leave some guests hungry, especially if you are having the reception during dinnertime when people will be wanting more food. That being said, if you let people know on your invitations that it will be a cocktail reception, they will also know to not come expecting a full meal.
As for the cheese and fruit dilemma…I don’t think you have to do Asian to get some variety… think of caprese salad sticks (boconccini with tomato and basil drizzled with balasmic vinaigrette and stuck on toothpicks or served on asian soup spoons) or miniature foods. We had also contemplated doing 2 interactive food stations to make it more interesting for our guests. These are just ideas, they may or may not work for what you have envisioned
Post # 11
@MrsSnowLeopard: I agree, that depending upon how long the reception is the 10pcs/person may be on the lower end. Lots depends on your crowd, heavy drinkers may munch more. Young guys may eat more. I’ve also heard that for a heavy app dinner it should be 5-6 pcs / person / hour or about one every 10-12 minutes. I suspect there’s a point where that number tails off especially with dessert being served. Maybe the number needed for 4 hrs isn’t significantly larger than that for 3 hrs. But if you have a caterer who’s done lots of functions and gotten good reviews (maybe ask their previous clients if they were happy with the amount of food recommended) then they may be right on with their suggestion.
Post # 12
Profiteroles filled with salmon mousse seems… a bit unusual.
There’s a lot of meat and cheese going on.
They say that cheese seals the stomach (which is why people often end with a cheese board, rather than have it early on in the meal)
What will your veg platters involve? Crudites? Or something more substantial?
Post # 13
@MrsSnowLeopard: Thank you for your responses! I hadn’t considered the amount of hours–I just realized when I read your comments that I was assuming it would be like a sit-down dinner, where everyone eats at a certain time and then moves onto dancing and drinking, but you’re definitely right.
The caterer we’re using is one of the highest-ranked restaurants in our city and they come very highly recommended. I think part of it too is that we’re having a quite late reception–Saturday at 7:00pm–so the caterer is assuming some people will have already eaten prior to coming, especially since, yes, we have noted on the invitation that it’s a cocktail reception.
Post # 14
@babycuddlebee: I actually don’t eat seafood, but my mom, who’s big into fine dining, wanted them on the menu. Also, we haven’t actually ordered the vegetable platters yet, but we’ll probably be going with something substantial. We’re going over the catering list now to see what options we can switch out for some of the cheese items 🙂
Post # 15
chicken or beef skewers (can be flavors other than asian)
bacon wrapped dates (stuffed or not)
lime cilantro shrimp
tartlet shells stuffed with whatever you’d like … salmon or chicken salad or the list is endless
small crepes stuffed with whatever you like.
Post # 16
I would replace one of the hot apps with cheese with something that doesn’t have cheese (some sort of meat skewer with vegetables? asparagus wrapped in prosciutto?)
Otherwise, everything sounds delicious.