Post # 1
Ok, looking for advice! Both my fiancee and I are adventurous eaters that enjoy many varied cuisines, and we’d like to incorporate this into our reception dinner. Among our friends and family we have a reputation for being a bit foodie and many people close to us are excited to see what we come up with. However, our reception is going to be a big 200-person affair and will include a lot of distant relatives and picky eaters who are going to be less appreciative of ethnic/fusion cuisine. We’re doing a buffet with 3 different entrees, so at least there will be some options and no one will be getting served a plate full of food they can’t stand. We just got back our dream catering proposal and we love the menu–a mix of Indian/Southeastern Asian cuisines with some American/Cajun thrown in for variety, with the saving grace being a baked mac and cheese dish to provide a kid-friendly (and picky adult-friendly) option. Unfortunately this still leaves lactose/gluten intolerant eaters out in the cold if they refuse to touch the other entrees/appetizers, and some guests may not feel pasta, salad, and rolls are sufficient dinner. Should we be comfortable sticking to our guns or will we be committing a grievous sin by not providing a plain ol’ chicken or beef entree for the picky folks?
This topic was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by fourbanger.
Post # 2
Pasta and salad in large quantities is sufficient. Don’t sweat yourmenu.
Post # 3
I think you can find a happy medium if you try. One “safe” entree, one that’s really adventurous, and one that’s in between. While your tastes should influence the menu heavily, there’s no point in spending this kind of money just to have folks leave hungry. Could you post your choices?
Post # 4
I think as long as you have a lot of salad and safe sides that the pickiest eaters will be just fine. I do think you need to be aware of spice and sauces though, as it doesn’t sit well with some people, regardless of taste or adventurous eating habits. So do make sure to have something a little more mild and light, I’d say, but it can still be an exotic option!
Post # 5
You portably should play it safe but me and my fiancé eat anything (unless it’s alive (bar oysters as they’re tasty) lol) so I totally want to say stick to your guns! 😀
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2015 - Hidden Acres
I’d say go for it, just post the menu for the super-picky ones so they can make alternate arrangements if they want.
Post # 7
I think honestly as long as you have one not-too-strange chicken entree, you should be ok. Almost everyone eats chicken, and if people sort of recognize it, they’ll probably at least try it. Maybe do more of a plain grilled chicken dish with a selection of sauces? That way people can doctor it up or not as they see fit.
Post # 8
It sounds pretty reasonable. You have the exotic stuff, but you also have mac and cheese for people who are pickier. There are so many dietary restrictions nowadays; it’s nearly impossible to meet them all.
Post # 9
- Wedding: Cottage on the Creek
you can’t please everyone – i’d rather go to a wedding with funky food that i was slightly nervous to try but turned out delicious than boring dry chicken, potatoes, and asparagus
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think that most people who are so picky they wouldn’t even TRY something would be really happy with mac and cheese. Most people I know who are picky eat pasta for meals all the time.