(Closed) Chipotle catering?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

We have thought about doing this too. I think it’s a great idea, but since not everyone likes chipotle we were also thinking about adding another option like Italian or pizza or something fun. I would personally love a chipotle catered reception vs the typical mediocre wedding fare. The friends I have talked to about potentially having chipotle had their eyes light up and got so excited. It’s certainly not an option that everyone will like on here, but I think it’s fun and casual. Another thing to consider is that they don’t serve or clean it up so you’d have to set it all up yourself. Just food for thought (pun intended). 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Not a bad idea. it might get cold or take a while to push people through the line since you won’t have servers etc.

Another thought would be to look into food trucks in your area. We’re having a food truck do ours – they are completely self contained, clean everything up, and are WAY cheaper than most catering options.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t mind  eating Chipotle.  I love the chicken and rice and not to mention the chips with guacamole.  As mentioned though i would offer another option for those who may not like it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would totally love to attend a wedding that served chipotle. I love their food! Sorry this isn’t helpful. Haha. 😀

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I think it’s a great idea and you’d probably save a ton of money doing that versus a regular caterer. That said, as PP mentioned you should hire someone for a few hours to set it up and tear it down for you so your friends and family don’t have to do it – it will make it go a lot smoother.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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craigslistgirl: we do chipotle for work catering sometime. I personally wouldn’t choose it for my wedding because it says work-lunch-meeting to me, not wedding-celebration. 

Also, it’s pretty available all over, since it’s a chain. Is there relatively inexpensive regional food? That would special things up without a hefty price tag. 

For example, there’s one option in the Bay Area that is $15 pp, and it’s an award winning food truck that’s local, farm-to-table fare. Includes set up, break down and dishes + utensils. Pretty good deal, in my book and only a dollar or two more than Chipotle. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I had been thinking of this too….I love chipotle!! Nomnom

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I like Chipotle, but you couldn’t get my parents to touch it with a 10 foot pole. Perhaps it’s only in my area, but every Chipotle I’ve even been in has been populated by the 40 and under crowd. It doesn’t seem to agree with the older generations. I also would not want to eat Chipotle in a nice dress, nor would mr. LK want to eat it in a suit and tie. Hello, big dry cleaning bill!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love Chipoltle! It sounds really tasty and could be a lot of fun. We considered a few options like that before settling with our supermarket caterer, but the biggest downside was the lack of service. Restaurants like this usually can’t spare employees for the whole event so while they may be able to do the initial set-up, there would be no one there to refill pans as they run out or clean up when done. Perhaps a non-guest you know would be willing to fill that role for like $20/hr?

If you can get the logistics worked out, I think it would make a great main course. You could also pick up shrimp platters/veggie trays/bulk salad, etc… from a local grocery to have as side dishes and for people who aren’t Mexican fans to snack on.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

We considered doing this as well.  Qdoba also caters and they seem to be about the same price.  I would be happy eating it at a wedding.  In fact, we are having a caterer make almost the same thing, but we chose to go with the caterer because the price is almost the same, and he includes service, more food, and is slightly more upscale.  I think my biggest concern with chipotle, though, was the quantity of food.  I had an event catered by them a few years back, and we were only feeding elementary students, and we still ran out of food even though we supposedly earned enough.  I know we would have to order extra meals to have enough to feed the men attending our wedding, which would actually make it quite a bit more expensive.

Post # 14
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Wannabee

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bitsybee:  What is the name of the food truck that you mentioned that is farm to table?

Post # 15
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Honey bee

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craigslistgirl:  I had them cater for a going away party. Everything was really good, and people loved it. It is definitely a casual way to go though. They supply you with serving utensils, metal stands, dishes, and burners as well, but I would probably try and rent something nicer if you can since they are the flimsy metal kind you can buy in the grocery store.

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