(Closed) Catering decisions

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

How many people are you expecting, and what level of formality are you wanting?  I did a full service wedding, but my coworker and I fairly consistently self cater our Christmas party for 50 employees, and it usually works out nicely. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Usually, the cheapest ways to get a meal catered without doing it yourself are to get Italian or BBQ.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@MissHornet:  So a very real concern with having family and friends help cater is food safety. How will you keep the food at proper temperature during the ceremony? Are the ceremony and reception at the same venue? Would guests need to bring something to one place and then go somewhere else or take the food with them to the ceremony and then to the reception? Food should only be exposed to room temperatures for, I think, 2 hours (it may be 3).

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My caterer was budget friendly from the get go but still gave me 10% discoutn per person just to get my business.  I paid less than $10 pp.  It was a full menu too: chicken or fish (for the 4 non-chicken eaters), rice with parsely, salad, dinner roll and 3 apps er person plus dessert.  And unlimited drinks.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Are there any community colleges near you? See if they have a Culinary Arts department, and look at hiring some students to work your event (maybe ask the department secretary to recommend some of the best, most advanced students – department secretaries know *everything*). They will have the expertise in food safety, will be more affordable for you, and they’ll probably be glad to get some experience working a real event.

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