(Closed) Cheap meal options – – buffet style

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Have you ever thought of doing like a family style meal? Italian food is alway great for a catered dinner – its usually inexpensive compared to steaks and fish and you can make it in bulk like lasagna, chicken parmasean, shrimp alfreado…i would call around to local restaurants and see what they charge to cater something like that. it would most likely be cheaper than going through an actual event caterer.

ps. i was surprised to find out (in my town – or really at our venue) Buffett was more expensive than plated.

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could do heavy appetizers all night: cheese/crackers, veggies/dip, a bunch of premade appetizers that just get heated in the oven i.e. mini quiches, mini hot dogs in a blanket, etc, and then like a sliced deli meat platter and 2 pastas for the filler food.

Post # 5
1545 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I also agree with the pasta dish. Spaghetti and noodles and very inexpensive. One time I fed 12 people with spaghetti and still had lunch for the next day.

You can do salad, bread, pasta dish and dessert (your cake?)

Post # 6
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Another option is to do BBQ or pulled pork, and sides. If you don’t have BBQs to use, you can usually rent them pretty reasonably from Party type shops or catering supply places. 

You could also do a taco bar: couple of options of meat filling, beans, and toppings like lettuce, cheese, sour cream, olives, several salsas, tomatoes, onions, etc.

I think pasta is a great idea, there are lots of pastas which freeze well too, so you could make them ahead and just reheat the day of: stuffed shells, lasagna, baked ziti, etc.

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Will your venue allow you to bring in food from outside? If so maybe lots of apps, and desserts?


I also agree with the ladies that said Italian food. You can make lots of great pasta dishes for an inexpensive amount of money.

Post # 8
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 Yup, ditto the Italian food! Thats what we did. Salad, rolls, white suace pasta and a red sauce pasta. And for those who didn’t eat pasta we did a chicken rice stir fry type thing. With cake and cup cakes on top of that people really complimented us on the food. Cheap, easy and filling. Always a good combo!

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