Post # 1
Please help! I am obsessed with having French Macarons as part of our dessert table. We are already having a candy buffet and cake. I REALLY wanted the macarons but they’re pretty expensive. Long story short, I can get them through a friend who works in the restaurant industry. She can get me 288 of them for $185. Great deal! Here’s the catch, they come frozen so they are not ‘bakery fresh.’ We’re having about 75-85 guests so that would allow them about 3 each. I am just a little concerned about the freshness and taste. However, most of my guests haven’t had these before anyway so who knows if you can really tell the difference between fresh and frozen.
Option 2: I can get 120 fresh, made to order macarons from a very well known pastry chef for $210. These would no doubt taste better. My macaron budget is about 200. so this is right around what I want to spend, max.
So what do I do? Quality vs. quantity!
Post # 4
i’d go with quality. it’s kind of useless to have a lot if they aren’t that good, people won’t want more.
Post # 5
I agree with artbee. Plus, since you are already having cake and a candy buffet, two per person is more than enough!
Post # 6
it is only a $35 difference so if you are obsessed I would go with the bakery one’s
Post # 7
I don’t think I would eat 3 of them (especially if you’re having a dessert buffet and serving dinner as well)! Go for the fresh ones. 🙂
Post # 8
I would go with fresh, just because it is only 10.00 over your budget, and they would no doubt taste better. Quality is such an important factor when feeding your guests!
Post # 9
Ugh now you got me wanting to go on over to Bittersweet Bakery to get some! Anyway you can try them both before you decide? Fresh is probably better, but I had the refrigerated boxed ones at Starbuck’s around the holdidays and YUM-O!
Post # 10
For a number of reasons I am considering making this same order. I am 99 percent sure based on the prices that you’re talking about ordering from Galaxy Desserts. They are the suppliers for mail-order macarons from Williams-Sonoma. So you can test the quality by making a small order there, or by reading reviews. Macarons do freeze pretty well. Keep us posted!
Post # 11
I would go for the fresh-made ones. Even though you’ll end up with fewer macarons, you’ll still have at least 1 per person (with some left over) and you’re serving other desserts too.
Post # 12
If you do 3 /person you will have tons of leftovers. Absolutely do the fresh.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Can you try out the frozen ones before you make a decision? I am leaning towards voting for the fresh ones tho. I can you tell you, having just gone to a wedding last night, between all the food and then the cake, dessert tray, etc, I was STUFFED and def would not have eaten 3 macarons! Although they sound delish…
Post # 14
I would suggest seeing if you can try the frozen ones before making a large order. I know people in the restaurant industry who just bake frozen desserts for some of their events, and no one ever knows the difference! Also, if you do end up going with the frozen option, you could cut down your order (maybe to 2 per person) to save even more money and prevent lots of leftovers.
Post # 15
Thanks for all the input ladies! I’m still torn…learning toward the fresh ones. I agree, I should be more concerned about quality when feeding my guests.
@PLGC- yep, they’re from Galaxy desserts! I didn’t know they were the supplier for Williams-Sonoma, so I’ll do a small order from them first and see how they are.
Thanks again! It sounds silly but this has been a tough choice! Food/dessert has been a huge focus of our wedding and we want to make sure we get it right.
Post # 16
I go with frozen because some people may not notice the quality of them…