Post # 1
I’ve been talking to one of the few caterers in my area with good reviews and this is the menu I have so far for $1500 for 50 people. I’m worried it looks a little unbalanced/sparse? Any ideas or suggestions?
Chicken Roulade with Basil Cream Sauce
Vegetable lasagna with seasonal grilled vegetables
Mac and Cheese
Seasonal Vegetable Medley with Honey Basil Butter
Artisan Rolls with whipped honey butter
Cheesecake with Strawberry puree and chantilly cream
I’m thinking of adding sweet potato napoleon or something else for $2 – $3 per person? Does that pricing seem reasonable to you guys? That includes 2 servers, real plates and silverware, and buffet table decorations and cleanup afterwards. I’ve never really catered anything before so I’m unsure what the usual pricing is. Catering is our biggest cost so far on our small wedding. I really appreciate any advice!
Post # 2
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
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
I would add another meat and a salad. Don’t think sweet potato really adds much.
Post # 4
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
What is sweet potato napolean?
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
Definitely add another meat or a fish option to round things out.