Post # 1
My Fiance and I are getting a really great deal at a local restaurant for our catering, but we’re having a problem deciding on servers. We have some family members who love to eat and will probably eat more than their fair share of the food…however, we are ordering more food than entirely necessary for that very reason. We like the idea of servers overseeing how much food everyone gets and monitoring how many times people come back. Hopefully having someone standing right there will keep our overzealous family members from stuffing their faces too much!
I know we’ll need servers to set up the food stations for our buffet-style reception, and I know I’ll want them to break everything down and help clean…but I don’t know exactly what they’ll be doing in between. They don’t need to refill drinks- we’re having our own open bar and drink stations
Has anyone hired servers for their buffet-style reception? If so, what were their responsibilities? If you didn’t hire them, why not?
Post # 3
We had staff replenishing the food, moving food to the front of the pans, clearing plates, and just there to answer questions about what’s in the food. No one was monitoring who picked up what, but like you said — just having someone watch might make a difference to some people.
Post # 4
Servers are a good idea, are you thinking of hiring them or asking friends/family to serve? Also to be sure people don’t take too much be sure to provide standard size dinner plates (they can only stuff so much), and be sure to call out people by table, most people will wait until all tables have been called before going up for seconds. That should solve most of the issues.
Post # 5
I think we are going to skip servers and just order extra food. Comparing the cost of servers versus just ordering more (and these meals are already big) it will be definitely cheaper to go this route. I realize that some people may eat more than their share, but I think my family members would just ask for more anyway! We too are going to control how much gets plated by getting “smaller” plates.