What do you think of our menu?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

10 pieces per person sounds like a lot. That’s 90 pieces per person plus dessert. Did your caterer recommend that amount? 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@CurlyCue:  I think she means 10 pieces overall, not 10 of each type

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 10
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Newbee
  • 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
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Bumble bee

@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
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Busy bee

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 # 15
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Bumble bee

chicken or beef skewers (can be flavors other than asian)

meatballs

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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.

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