(Closed) Anyone doing/done a Pasta Bar?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re going to do a Pasta Station and I think it’s gonna go something like this (this is tentative):

Pasta: Penne, Linguine, Tortellini (cheese)

Sauce: Arrabiatta (spicy marinara), Alfredo, Pesto (possibly either adding Vodka sauce or swapping out the Alfredo)

Meats: Chicken (chunks), Sausage, Pancetta

Veggies: Primavera veggies, peas, some other stuff I can’t remember

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I havent done it but Ive had it at events Ive gone to.  I think its a great idea, and if possible maybe you can get everything made to order as well.  You can do small butane burners and have a chef add everything your guest wants and cook it right there. Everything is already cooked so they really just put the pasta, sauce and toppings together and heat it through.

I would go with grilled strips of chicken so people dont have to worry about cutting it (if its intended to be mixed in with the pasta).  What about some other toppings like parmesan cheese, mushrooms, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, etc.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oops, yeah – PARMESAN! That’s kind of a given though. Pasta without parmesan is just wrong 🙂

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love the pasta idea, think you should go with it! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve never done this… but I was a guest at a wedding that did something similar… I loved it and it seemed like everyone else did too! They had grilled chicken strips instead of the full chicken breast. 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My aunt used to own an italian restaurant and is catering ours.  We aren’t doing a buffet, we’re serving family style.  But she suggested we stay away from long, stringy noodles because they can get stuck together and torn when you are preparing in mass quantities.  So we are doing penne or bowtie.

Just a tip I thought I would pass along.  Personally, I wish everyone served pasta at their wedding.  But hey, that’s just me.

Oh…and she also suggested walnuts in the pesto, instead of pine nuts.  She said no one will know the difference and it will save a lot of $$$.  If you can, try growing your own basil (is that the herb in pesto)…anyhoo…whatever that herb is,  because I guess it can get really spendy too when you are buying in the mass quantities.

I hope these are all helpful 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love pasta bars! MMmmmmmm!

A few things that I have to have in my pasta: sausage, broccoli, zucchini and chili pepper flakes on top. Mmmmmmm!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

mmm. sounds yummy! i would just watch out for gluten free guests, if you have any. i know i cheat on special occasions (and when i can’t find any other food), but some people don’t have that luxery.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are doing pasta stations during cocktail hour, kinda a similar idea.  Your post made my hungry and excited to go to a wedding like urs so I am thinking it would be a hit!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

for gluten problems, you could try gnocchi (make sure to use a recipe that does not also call for flour, baked polenta (done in squares or triangles that you can top with the same sauces) or risotto.  The polenta would probably be the easiest to do in large quantities.

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