Post # 1
So I’m back for some more advice. We were originally planning an hors d’oeuvre only reception. I had a feeling people were going to be put off by that but my fiance was pretty dead set on the idea because a) it’s uniquely us b) it was cost effective (we. Is. Broke!) But my suspicions we’re pretty correct..about 50% of the answering bees despised it. So it was back to the drawing board! I certainly want everyone to be comfortable…
Just to be specific… I’m not asking about seating or reception time etcetera… Just trying to take a poll to see if this would be enough food/selection if you were attending my wedding.
Luckily one of the executive chefs I work with has a daughter who just started her own catering company and he had graciously offered to co-pilot the job with her for an extraordinary price as a favor to me AND to get her business name out there. So now I have a catering option that is right on budget (but still considerably more expensive than the hors d’oeuvre only party)
This was the sample menu that best fit my budget for 80-100 guests
Apps: A huge grazing table with fruit, artisan cheese, nuts, and antipasto items.
Buffet: Caesar salad,maiale cotto lentamente (which is basically just pork medallions smothered in some kind of herbed brown sauce), Italian herbed chicken thighs, Penne alla Vodka, shrimp and pea pesto over farfalle, and an assortment of artisan breads
Only alcohol is beer n wine, and softdrinks
Post # 2
capnhowdy609 : yum.
I liked the sound of your hors d’oeuvre menu too fwiw. But this sounds good too. 🙂
Post # 3
capnhowdy609 : I liked your original idea too. But this sounds goid minus the nuts but I am allergic.
Post # 4
This sounds great, I would definitely be satisfied.
Post # 5
This menu sounds good!
Can I be nosy and ask what the costs were of each option (ie this one and the first idea?)?
I also dont think people were saying your other idea was necessarily bad – people were mainly worried about logistics.
Post # 6
Sounds good to me, although I would have been equally happy with the hors d’oeuvre reception.
Post # 7
Agree with PPs, this menu sounds yum! I was happy with your previous idea too.
Post # 9
This sounds great! I think your guests will love it
I didn’t think the food you’d picked for your other idea sounded bad. I was just concerned about the logistics of dealing with so many different restaurants.
Post # 10
ozbee : sure! Cost of appetizers was just under $2000, this is $4000…and they have 5 people instead of 3. 2 people cooking. 2 people attending buffet and 1 person bussing. So that’s pretty much what I planned before… because I didn’t need the 2 people cooking lol. It’s very interesting… Considering where I work I know a ton about banquet and restaurant service and hospitality and I even asked for specific advice from the kitchen people here and that’s kind of how I formulated my original plan. But all these girls were really adamant that the information given to me by these professionals was incredibly wrong.
Anyway… logistics. If we were to do the appetizers everything would be delivered by the restraunts through the loading dock and received by the people working. Dry foods 3 hours before, cold foods 2 hours before, and hot foods 1 hour before food bar opens. And like I said before there is a large ‘proof’ box available to keep everything warm til the chafing pans are out etc.
I’m not completely sure what to do now
Post # 12
capnhowdy609 : Everything that you have described sounds delicious and would surely please your guests.
Post # 13
capnhowdy609 : I thought your first idea was so fun, and there was plenty of food! What is the logistical issue? That timeline seems smooth?
P.S. Nothing wrong with this menu either!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
Personally I liked your first idea but that’s because of my dietary restrictions I can’t eat as much of the items you’ve listed now! Others seem excited though so that’s good!
Post # 15
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an appetizer meal (it’s what we did, we had various stations), BUT we did it all through one caterer so logistically it wasn’t anymore for me to worry about than a buffet.
I think both menus sound great, but I think saving yourself the hassle of timing all those deliveries makes this a better option. That being said, I don’t think guests will be disappointed in either.