(Closed) Family style food experiences!

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
4036 posts
Honey bee

I don’t remember how many were at the table, but if there were 8, we got 8 servings, of each item. I.e. they would have given us 8 crabcakes, if they had them. They did not refill the serving plates. The serving plates they handed us didn’t all fit on the table. People were going around from table to table and seeing if they had extra, of the food they wanted – i.e. trading. If you were the last one to get the serving plate/bowl, of a particular item, there might not have been anything left. It ended up taking so long to do, with everyone talking as they passed, nothing was hot.

P.S. Hubby’s cousins decided he really liked something and grabbed 2nds, before everyone got their 1st helping.

Post # 3
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My experiences have been great! More than enough food for everyone, appropriate room at the table, etc. It was nice to try a little of everything and not have to wait in a long line. I’m sure a lot depends on the caterer. You are thinking about all the right things, so I’m sure you’ll figure it out and it will be great. 

Post # 4
299 posts
Helper bee

We went to one and loved it! Our venue doesn’t offer this option, but if it had we definitely would have done it. If I can remember correctly, the one we went to had salad (I think everyone got a salad plate on their own during speeches) then potatoes, a pasta, and beef passed in bowls. It was delicious and I really feel like I was fed well at that one, where some of the other ones that are sit down or buffet you get like 1 side and a meat.

We also went to one with stations and the lines got really long depending on the station. They had a pasta station and the line was pretty much the entire length of the tent. I still liked it, but the line situation was less than ideal.

Post # 5
7847 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

A well-attended family style meal is great! (Attended by wait staff to clear or supplement dishes as needed.) I much prefer it to a buffet. It’s a great way to get people talking–just make sure the venue doesn’t, as 2XMOB stated, provide 8 items for 8 people and disappear. 

Post # 6
9252 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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sweetness09:  I’ve had it twice and it was great both times. There was plenty of food and it tasted good.

Post # 8
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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sweetness09:  we served family style and it was fantastic!! We had a pre-plated salad (it was a vertical stuffed poached pears), and the rest in different wooden serving bowls. Our truffle jalapeño mac and cheese had its own bowl, and the biscuits and honey butter had their own too. Here’s our two meats and veg plated together (brie and spinach stuffed chicken with apricot glaze, roasted green beans, flank steak with chimmichurri, horseradish crema, pickled red onion). There was more than enough, plenty of leftovers, and the wait staff was replacing bowls when they emptied. The vegetarian option was plated on its own.

Post # 9
210 posts
Helper bee

Our wedding was family style, mostly because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of asking guests up front what they wanted. I don’t normally like buffets at a wedding so this was a good in between. It cost a little more than plated meals but so worth the cost to save time. 

All of our guests loved it as well, there were plenty of options and there was leftover food at every table. It also added to that cozy feel and encouraged conversation. I think only 2 out of 50 guests had been to a wedding like this before, and so it was a new idea to mostly everyone and they loved it.

The venue did plate mine and my husbands meals since our sweetheart table was too small for all the serving dishes.

I am so glad we went with family style and would definitely recommend it.


Post # 11
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We did family style for our wedding and it was great! Not sure how it would work with round tables? We had one long table that sat all 46 of us. We used 2.5×8 tables doubled up, so they were 5×8 and it gave plenty of room for centerpieces as well as plates of food. And then we had half a round table at the ends and we used one end for our head table.

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