When to serve dinner? A DIY reception dilemma.

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This kind of sounds like food poisoning waiting to happen.  Who is bringing the meat to the venue?  And when?  How will it be stored?  What about the other hot dishes like the macaroni and beans?  When are they being made and how are they being stored?

Even if the meal is at 3:30, you’re still looking at 4+ hours between the food being finished and actually being consumed.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can probably hire someone to pick the food up and bring it to you just in time for dinner, without spending a lot of money. A neighborhood teenager with a driving license would probably do it for $50 or less. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MissPhish:  I think dinner at 3:30 is just too early. People will probably be barely finished lunch before they head to the ceremony.

If you have grills available you could place the meat in large containers, cover with foil  and then put those over other metal pans with water- like a double boiler or a steam table  like they use in cafeterias.

I suggest finding someone who can pick uo the meat and deliver it to the reception site about an hour and a half before you need it. If the grills are hot and the pans with water are hot, it shouldn’t take that long to reheat the meat.

If you have to pick up the meat the day before, then your other challenge is keeping it refrigerated until it is time to reheat it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Yeh I’d be looking at a different provider – or getting someone to drive it over like Horseradish said.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

MissPhish:  No one on either your side or your future husband’s side would be willing to pick it up for you? Someone from the bridal party?

Edit. I wouldn’t reheat it. It  Wouldn’t be as fresh and tasty! 🙂

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  GreenBayBee.
Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MissPhish:  Nothing in my post was criticism, they were legitimate questions about food safety which given the information you provided should be a concern.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

MissPhish:  Lol. Eh…if they do you this favor, no harm in letting them join in the fun or throwing them a rib or two!

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