(Closed) Creative buffet stations?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 17
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

I just met with a venue host the other day and he said that it is a new thing to do different style food stations like someone mentioned above: mexican, italian, chinese, american etc. 

Someone mentioned risotto which would be delicious, but could pose some problems.  If it is in a restaurant they can make more risotto as dinner goes on, but if it is catered, the risotto may get too thick and come out like sticky rice.  I think risotto is something that is to be made on spot.  However, maybe there are some chefs that have figured a way around this!

Post # 18
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What about a Mac & Cheese station? Yum! You could offer different cheeses and mix ins like lobster, bacon or broccoli etc.

I didn’t notice what area your from but what about a type of local food?

We did a New England themed station with Lobster Rolls, crab cakes, mini corn on the cob, fresh tomato salad.

We also had a Ceviche station at our cocktail hour that was a huge hit! They used different kinds of fish, and one was spicy, one was sweet, one with mint etc.

Our caterer had a “tail gate station” that was mini hot dogs and sliders and wings and french fries.

There are so many possibilites! Have fun!


Post # 19
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We went to a wedding with a sundae station last year and it was AWESOME! Granted, it was in a hotel (the Ritz Carlton, no less) so it was neat, clean and easy, but it was a huge hit with the guests and definitely out of the ordinary. There were waffle cone bowls, sprinkles, nuts, fresh whipped cream, several different flavors (“normal” ones like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla), chocolate shavings, etc. The attendants scooped the ice cream so it wasn’t as messy.

I’ve been to a corporate event with a risotto bar and I would skip that unless you had a very small event. We had several different stations and even then, the risotto bar always had a crazy long line. It makes sense considering there were like 10 – 15 toppings and people like are “Hmm, and I guess I’ll add that… oh and maybe that… oh will that be good too?” and then they have to stir and “cook” after that.

Other usual ones I’ve had are grilled vegetables, sushi, and pasta. My recommendation would be to space it out on a wider table otherwise it’ll accomodate like 2-3 people at a time and that can cause a traffic jam too.

Post # 20
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@ladyartichoke:  Oh, I was the same way at our tasting.  I had to try allllll the varieties of potatoes plus all the toppings in different combinations.  Sooooooo good!

Post # 21
247 posts
Helper bee


Cocktail Hour: 

Asian Sensation Station

Shrimp Pad Thai in chinese to go boxes

Spring Rolls

Fried Rice

Assorted Sushi

Grilled Teriyaki Kabobs 


Viva la Mexico 

Mini Make it yourself fajitas 

Guacamole and Chips


Mediterranean Affair


Assorted Cheeses, Bread and Grilled Veggies, Tapenades 

Mini Gyros 

Crab Cakes


The best of the Northwest:

Clam Chowder

Lobster Tails

Prime Rib 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Assorted Grilled Veggies


A night on Bourbon Street:


Cajun Herb roasted chicken

Macaroni and Cheese

Hush Puppies 

Fried Green Tomatoes

Cornbread Dressing ?


Late night:

Mini Burgers 


Fish n Chips

Milkshakes Shots


I also forgot the specialty drinks!:


Mint Julep Ice Tea


Childrens Menu (seperate room)

Mini Cheese or Pepperonni Pizzas and Carrots and Celery

Chicken Tender and Fries

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Broccoli



For the sweet toothed 







Post # 22
1144 posts
Bumble bee

Our meal is a 4 course sit down but we’re having midnight stations – sliders (mini burgers) and poutine stations

Post # 23
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@DeeVine1217:  a poutine station sounds amazing! what type of set up do you have? (1 kind of fries, 1 type of curds different meats? or more like different kinds of fries, curds, 2 kinds of meats/gravy? Just curious!)


Post # 24
1144 posts
Bumble bee

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@jjblog2011:  Hi! It includes one kind of fries and 3 different types of gravy (Pan Gravy, Butter Paneer Gravy and Short Rib Gravy). The sliders also come with kettle chips, carmelized onions, pulled chicken or beef patty. 🙂

Post # 25
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@DeeVine1217:  I just told Fiance, and he just about died. Seriously, this is the best idea ever!

Post # 26
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

There was a thread a while back making fun of mashed potato bars, but honestly, they are amazing. Everyone loves them that gets to eat from them. I worked at a country club and we did lots of stations. Ppl requested our pasta station the most- 3 noodle choices, veggies to mix in, meats to mix in, and 3-4 sauces to choose from. I agree Sundae bars are amazing. We are just having varied finger foods for ours.

Post # 27
1144 posts
Bumble bee

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@jjblog2011:  haha I was actually wondering if anyone on here would know what poutine even was

Post # 28
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re having a few different stations. Taco Bar, Southern/Comfort food, and a dessert bar. 

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