Post # 1
I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with my dinner reception. My venue allows DIY for everything, so I chose my own caterer. I am working with a Chinese restaurant. My goal was to have a sit-down dinner served family style. I have decided on a 9 course menu (like traditional Asian wedding).
The problem is, the restaurant is only going to provide me the food, and nothing more (other than food warmers). In order for me to serve the food, I would need over 100 large serving plates total, in addition to one dinner plate per person. Has anyone ever done family-style before? Anyone know where I’d find that many serving plates? The restaurant advised me to get 12-14″ round plates.
Otherwise, I am thinking about serving it buffet style. I am depressed because I am feeling like the entire table will be full of plates. If I have a 10 person round table, I’d have 19 plates on the table. I still haven’t decided my centerpieces and I feel limited in my centerpiece design. But my parents really want to make an Asian banquet dinner.
Post # 3
I would just do it buffet style, but I live in the midwest, so buffets are pretty common here. I prefer them just because I can actually take the quantities that I want, the foods that I want, and I don’t have to waste tons of food.
Post # 4
I would do[and did] buffet style too. Less of a hassle for something that will literally last a full five minutes. Sorry not to have any suggestions for family style logistics.
Post # 5
Unless you have the world’s largest tables, i’m not really sure how family-style would work. Tables that big would also make conversation difficult. Also, do you have the man-power to re-plate all of that for the individual tables while keeping it warm? You won’t be able to do any of that yourself, so that’s a huge concern. I personally really like buffets, I think you’d be fine with that! Save your sanity for other things!
Post # 6
I much prefer sit down to buffets but for your situation, it seems like a buffet would be the most cost effective.
Post # 7
I don’t know if you could fit all that on your 10 person round tables. I would do a buffet for your situation, most especially since you don’t have servers.
Post # 8
@soonerpsych: Thanks, I am thinking about buffet now. I actually was going to hire additional servers for my tables, but I am worried about whether the food would stay warm.
Post # 9
Normally for a 9 course Chinese meal you would have only one serving plate on each table for each course.
You would need one person to plate up each course onto the serving plates, servers to carry the plates to the tables and clear the tables.
Because there are so many courses, there is normally only one portion of each course for each person on the serving plates so they can be cleared almost immediately.
The rest of the courses would stay in the kitchen presumably in the large pans on warmers that the restaurant would provide, or you would rent.
Post # 10
I much prefer sit-down. I find buffets clumsy.
Post # 11
@julies1949: That’s a great idea. I was forgetting that you’d only need one serving bowl for one course….. that might be better then buffet