(Closed) Combination Entrees?

posted 12 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do you think combination entrees are a good or bad idea?

    Great idea! I would love to get both fish and meat!

    Bad idea...

  • Post # 3
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2022

    This is what we are doing. I think it gives guests a chance to sample two different things. Also, there is a lot less coordination as compared to each guest specifying an entree. Guests that have issues can trade 1/2 with their date. Anyone that is going to be grouchy about it probably would have complained regardless. For us this was definitely the best solution.

    Post # 4
    461 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

    My friend did this at her recent wedding and everyone loved it! I got to try both things without having to sneak bites off of someone else’s plate.

    But if someone is really allergic to fish and the fish touches the steak, then that might be a problem?

    Post # 5
    3686 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    My caterer actually suggested this, too, but we didn’t think lamb and pheasant went together very well.  I think it’s a great idea!  It sounds like you’ll have a kinda surf n’ turf entree, which I think is a very popular option.  As long as the portions are sufficient, I think this is a great way to go.

    Post # 6
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    What if your guests want fish but cannot eat meat? or vice versa? Combination entree is big hassle for guests with diet restrictions. Also, if guests have a strong preference for either fish or meat and not both, half of your entree would go wasted. …

    Post # 7
    2220 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    What kind of fish will you be serving? I found out this last weekend that 3 of my guests have fish allergies! I never thought someone would be allergic to salmon! I’ve heard of shellfish allergies, but I thought fish allergies were pretty rare! Apparently not 🙂 Depending on the severity, if the fish touches their meat or side dish there could be some problems!

    Post # 8
    793 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    OK, although I would personally LOVE to get a plate with meat and fish on it (especially right now – I’m freakin starving!!) but I voted bad idea. Why? Because soooo many people I know don’t like fish, and I can just hear them complaining if they got a plate with it on there. “oooh gross” or “it stinks”. But you know whether you have people like that or not, and if you don’t, then I wouldn’t worry about it!

    Post # 9
    805 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We are doing a combination platter for our wedding. We will still have RSVP cards to indicate which entree choice because we are going to provide a vegetarian option for guests.

    Post # 10
    317 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I went to a wedding that had a combo crab cake and filet mignon plate.  It was delicious, but I’m not a big meat eater, and would have much preferred two crab cakes.  My friend mentioned on her info cards that if anyone had any dietary requests (vegetarian / pesc-tarian) to mention when they RSVPed to get a special meal, and afterwards she told me I should have told her or the waiter to get two crab cakes.

    On the other hand, if it was a surf and turf combo that wasn’t shellfish, and the fish touched his teak, my fiance wouldn’t eat it.  So I think it’s a great and tasty solution, but you should mention the meal choice with the RSVPs and let people have an option to tell you if they’re vegetarians / don’t like fish on their plates.

    Post # 11
    565 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think it’s a great idea for those who like both but could waste a bit of food on the picky eaters who only like fish or only like meat or the vegetarians who might faint if there’s meat touching their food.

    Post # 12
    3674 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i’d love it, and i could see people who are picky switching with their friends/so’s so they could have two fishes or two meats. i know my sil doesn’t like fish and my brother is a big meat eater so they’d easily solve that problem.

    Post # 13
    640 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    It sounds good, but I would be careful about allergies.

    Post # 14
    2 posts
    • Wedding: May 2010

    You could do a family-style meal, where the fish and meat were passed around the table separately.

    Post # 16
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Many people don’t like fish and won’t eat anything else that is on the same plate with it. In which case, having separate options is a much better idea if you want guests to have a choice. Otherwise serve the beef only. 

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