Post # 1
While we’re leaning toward a buffet (I love plated dinners in restaurants but they won’t work for the number of guests we have along with varied tastes), what food choices would you pick? Chinese/Thai (delivered from favorite restaurants) and a build your own burger bar (from a local catering company) are the two that sound most appealing to us, and go with what our guests would eat. At the same time, we’re also toying with the idea of screwing the food stations and having a local steakhouse that offers catering come in, in which case, everyone would get the exact same meal.
As a guest, would you prefer the choices that you can decide for yourself as you plate your own food or having something preselected for you?
Post # 3
I bring is catering for work all the time… and as fancy as I get at times by attempting to spice life up with something new the old favorite in my office is a build your own sandwhich style buffet created in the grocery store deli. It gets the most positive feed back over and over again.
It lets people eat as much as they want and suits all diets (the vegetarians, the no carbs, allergy, religious preferences, the generally health concious).
Personally I can’t handle the grease and msg in asian food – it upsets my stomach and makes me bloated. Considering I’d like to be dancing – I might not eat much.
Post # 4
@Pele: What she said- i would be worried that if I had a single dinner choice for everyone then I would be excluding guests like vegetarians, non red meat eaters etc.
The build your own burger bar sounds great as long as you throw in some non red meat varieties like vegie burgers and chicken burgers.
Edited to say- I love Thai so would be happy with that as well aslong as it was vegetarian.
Post # 5
All of our guests are definitely red-meat eaters so that isn’t an issue but I understand the concern in that area.
Post # 6
as long as you have both a healthy and hearty choice, I think you’ll be fine. I made sure to serve turkey and a salad, along with my brisket and mac n cheese (all buffet) and everybody seemed to love it. Okay we had a few more options too, but don’t get over concerned. As long as the food is GOOD, then people will be happy. I went to a wedding last year where there wasn’t much choice, and the chicken was SO tough I literally couldn’t cut it. THAT was the only time i’ve been disappointed.