Buffet Menu looking sparse?

posted 8 months ago in Food
  • poll: What should I do?
    Menu looks good as it is : (3 votes)
    6 %
    Add sweet potato napoleon : (8 votes)
    16 %
    Add some other item : (35 votes)
    70 %
    Look for a different caterer : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    3730 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    This doesn’t really sound like a buffet menu to me since buffets usually have more options. The options sound very good, but it seems like something that would come on a plated dinner, not a buffet. If I were to add anything else it would probably be a vegetable, not another carby item.

    Post # 3
    2814 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State


    I would add another meat and a salad. Don’t think sweet potato really adds much.

    Post # 4
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I think I would add a salad and maybe sub something for the mac and cheese.  I love macaroni, but if you’re already having lasagne then you have a pasta there.  Maybe a rice dish instead, which covers the gluten avoidant…

    Post # 5
    729 posts
    Busy bee

    So many carbs and not enough meat – there is only chicken. If you have enough budget, I would probably take out the rolls and add another meat dish.

    Post # 6
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

    Do you have any vegans/people who are lactose intolerant? Could you add a non-meat, non dairy option? I agree that salad would be a good idea/maybe a couscous salad. 

    Post # 7
    4499 posts
    Honey bee

    Agree with PP.  I’d swap out the mac and cheese.  I assume the vegetable lasagna is your vegetarian entree and has pasta and cheese in it.  So for vegetarians, their entree and starchy side both consists of pasta and cheese.  Also, is there anything stopping people from having both chicken and lasagna?  The mac and cheese just seems superfluous.

    I’d add a salad and a different starch side for starters.

    If the mac and cheese was a non-negotiable, then depending on how many vegetarians you have, I’d consider offering a second protein instead of the lasagna and talk to your caterer about  providing an individual vegetarian entree plated for the vegetarians and they can get sides from the buffet.  The last party I hosted a buffet at, they were able to provide me three vegetarian plates for my veg friends.

    Post # 8
    768 posts
    Busy bee

    The options themselves sound lovely, but I would add another red meat or pork option for sure,

    also maybe swap the Mac and cheese for a potato dish, a sweet potato salad but with leaves etc maybe? 

    And add something else…salmon fillets maybe?

    it’s all quite carby/ cheesy heavy

    The caterer sounds like they’re cheaping out a wee bit on the base ingredients. 

    Post # 9
    2418 posts
    Buzzing bee

    It sounds pretty carb & dairy heavy. I love carbs, but I think you need some lighter options. 

    I would add a salad and maybe another light side dish.  Maybe a couscous or quinoa based dish too?

    Is the Mac n cheese a favorite, or intended for kids/picky eaters? It doesn’t really seem to go with the chicken roulade or the veggie lasagne as a side.

    Post # 10
    4910 posts
    Honey bee

    What is sweet potato napolean? 

    Post # 11
    699 posts
    Busy bee

    You need more sides. Salad is a must, I’ve never seen a buffet without at least a few salad options. Another meat would be ideal as well, a red meat or fish

    Post # 12
    3393 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

    serendipitouslyus :  I’d probably drop one of the pastas since you have two and add a meat or other hearty main. It’s enough food but not a lot of variety. 

    Post # 13
    6445 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    It really does sound more like a plated meal done buffet style. IMO, a buffet is there to provide options,and there really are very few in what you have listed. Two sides with no potato option? No meat besides chicken? One dessert? There are almost no options at all there. 

    Post # 14
    2509 posts
    Sugar bee

    I agree that you should add some more sides, and nix the macaroni. IMO rolls don’t really count as a “side” either, I thought they were usually a free extra. I’d add a simple rice dish or roasted potatoes (for a gluten-free carb option to go with the chicken), a green salad, maybe add a fruit salad with the dessert, and consider adding some small bites to the buffet – e.g. sliders, cruditee & dips, caprese skewers, etc. 

    The pricing seems like a steal, I paid more than double for my 50 person wedding and that didn’t include silverware/glassware/linen rentals, etc. That said my caterer did to appetizers as well – are you planning to do apps and have a cocktail hour, or is this the only food you’ll be serving? 

    Post # 15
    1537 posts
    Bumble bee

    Definitely add another meat or a fish option to round things out.

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