Duo second course

posted 6 months ago in Food
Post # 2
6605 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I had several idaes, but thinking it over, what if the servers came by with bowls to empty plates and just gave guests what they wanted to eat?  Seems like a waste to give two entrees to people who won’t touch one of them.  Otherwise, go with family style, I’m not sure your reason not to like that idea.

Post # 3
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

gunnabamissus :  you could have them serve the dishes every other. I’ve been to a wedding that did this for the main course and it worked out fine. Most people where okay with what they were given and some couples swapped. 

Post # 5
4499 posts
Honey bee

I would go with family style for both rather than plating one.  Not sure your reasoning against it, but it’s the easiest option and people getting what they want and enjoying their meal is far more important that the aesthetics of having serving bowls on the table for a half hour.

Otherwise, I do agree having two starches (pasta and rice) is overkill in the same course and I would just pick one with a different second option for the duo.  However, if you go with just one, I would go with the penne.  In my experience mushrooms and truffles can be divisive.  It’s either love or hate, no neutral, and the people who hate them REALLY hate them.  The penne is the safer option, regardless of how many awards the risotto has won.

Post # 6
6602 posts
Bee Keeper

I’d do family style like the venue suggested, or I’d give people the option (which is what we did). 

We had 3 choices for appetizer, 3 choices for entree and people picked which they wanted. 

Do you have any vegetarians?

Post # 7
272 posts
Helper bee

My first though is special dietary needs – vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergy.  For that reason alone, I would not plate these together.  Is table side ordering available?  Perhaps at seating, prior to course one,  the servers could go around and note the preference of penne, risotto or both, then serve the second course plated as intended.

Post # 9
3393 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I think your objection to the family bowl of risotto is just gonna make things needlessly complicated. I promise you this is not the kind of thing that is worth stressing about or that your guests will take any meaningful notice of or think about in any way shape or form after dinner is over. 

I do think keeping both options is important because even though the risotto is award winning, not everyone likes risotto so having a choice is just nicer. I know I would probably only eat the pasta on that course. 

If you do think it feels weird to have one part plated and the other self served from a bowl, have you considered just having empty plates brought out to each guest and having the servers go table to table with large bowls of each dish and asking each guest if they would like some? Sort of the same way they do with white and red wine? 

Post # 10
835 posts
Busy bee

annabananabee :  I was going to suggest the same thing – serve BOTH family style. That way people can sample both, choose one or the other, and both options won’t touch/impart tastes/gluten etc. You and your fiancé each get their choice and servers won’t slow down service by going person to person.Not sure why the venue thinks plating penne, and risotto in a bowl, makes sense! 

Post # 11
1142 posts
Bumble bee

Ask your venue if you can serve both family style. Frankly, that’s a lot less work for them than plating is, so I don’t know why they would argue. 

Post # 12
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Just serve both family style if possible or just pick the penne. The risotto sounds like it wouldn’t be a crowd pleaser even if it has won awards because a lot of people don’t have a taste for mushrooms. Your Fiancé is right, it’s silly to serve both. 

Post # 13
99 posts
Worker bee

I’m a little confused about two items being on one plate and then people choosing what they want to eat. Unless they eat both, that seems like a big waste of food. Or am I picturing it wrong? 

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