(Closed) Family Style

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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1749 posts
Bumble bee

@oh_silly_me: I LOVE family style meals. Its like being served and having a buffet at the same time! Thats a wonderful idea! Are you considering it for your wedding?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I haven’t personally had this expierence at a wedding but I was just discussing this with my friend the other day, she went to a wedding that had family style and she said the food looked so good and she was really excited about it but she was sitting in the end and by the time the food was passed to her she barely got anything. I am pretty sure she had a small amount of potatoes and that was it. 

I think this is a really good idea but make sure there is PLENTY of food to pass around ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We’re getting married at a Sugar Shack in Quebec and the meal is traditionally served family style. I LOVE family style and I think it suits my very European family well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve gone to the sugar shack tons of times throughout my life and I’ve never had an issue with family style served food.

@Missloveknot: Yeah that is not a problem for my wedding because our dinner is all you can eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@oh_silly_me: I’ve sat at a table at with just 2 people I knew and 9 other people didn’t and we all shared just fine! Maybe it’s just that atmosphere at the sugar shack that makes everyone more relaxed and friendly, but that has never been an issue.

Besides, you would hopefully put people who know each other together at tables, so they shouldn’t be shy to share with each other.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

The meal at our wedding was served family style.  We chose our caterer specifically because we’ve attended weddings where she served her meals this way and we loved it (not to mention her food is fabulous).  We heard nothing but good things about it, how everyone loved having the meal served this way so that you could pick and choose what you wanted, how much you wanted and the servers would also fill up bowls as they started getting empty.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

This is great, but annoys me too.  Depending on the layout of your tables (centrepieces etc) I’ve found that everything gets cold by the time it gets to you, or you have to stand up to pass it.  That said, I lik ebeing able to choose what I want.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We want to do this! One caterer we met with loves doing family style. Another recommended against it. He said that a plated meal needs the least amount of food because the portion sizes are set. Buffet needs more because people take their own serving (I think he said 1.5 times the amount for plated), and family style needs the most food because it’s like a mini buffet for each table (he said twice as much food as plated). 

So, I’m not sure how it’s going to fit into our budget yet. As long as there is enough food and logistics are taken care of, I think you will be fine. 

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re doing this. It’s another great excuse to forego the expense of centerpieces ๐Ÿ™‚ Our venue is a restaurant that we’ve eaten at ever since moving to San Diego, so we know they make family style work. And I like the idea of it compelling people to interact a bit over the food.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have had both good and bad experiences with family style.  I think the key is to have tables that are large enough to hold multiple serving dishes at once, so the main and side dishes can be passed at the same time.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

I’ve been to 3 or 4 Chinese 10-course type meals served family style for weddings.  It works if your table mates have manners.  It doesn’t work when they serve themselves first and take all the food so you are left with very little or nothing each course (true story!!)

 ETA:  now that I think of it – I’ve also been to an Armenian wedding where the food was served family style.

I think the KEY to doing this is to make sure the caterer serves large enough portions so there’s enough food to go around.  Having a large lazy susan on the table also helps with the passing/serving. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Most weddings I’ve been to have been family style and we are having it as well. Love it!  Love the feeling of everyone sitting down to a big holiday-like dinner and passing plates and such.

I’ve never been comfortable with buffets.   

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