(Closed) Fazoli's Party Pan for Wedding

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

easlicdl :  Does your venue have the ability to keep hot food hot, and cold food cold, so you don’t risk a food borne illness?

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would ask Fazoli’s about what is included in their catering. You need to have a way to keep the food warm for quality and safety of the food. 100 people is a significant number of people. You’ll need to make sure the food is set up in an organized fashion. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Fazoli’s is the fast food drive thru Italian place right? I’ve never eaten at one but I see them down south when we go visit FI’s family.

I agree with the keeping things hot and cold. Also who will be serving this food and cleaning up everything afterwards? You don’t want your guests to be bussing their own tables or serving themselves at your event.

Post # 5
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Newbee

I would check with some local Italian places about catering. They are usually inexpensive for pasta pans and salads, and the quality is better than Fazolis. I used to cater in lunch for an office of 40 people (2 types of pasta, 2 types of salad, garlic rolls) for about $200.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I wouldn’t do it. Food borne illness is a serious thing, you will need to hire someone to keep it warm or cold or people could get seriously sick. I personally don’t like their food…had it once when I was a kid…it’s pretty gross. If you are casual and on a budget I’d honestly just order a bunch of pizzas. Another option is a pot luck since you are on a budget. I’d 100% look at local restaurants, especially ones that don’t generally do catering. You will get a lot of deals and it will taste a lot better. I doubt anyone here has gotten catering from fazoli’s..

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Fazoli’s is delicious. Screw the haters. ๐Ÿ˜›

I can’t speak to hiring them for catering in particular, BUT I can speak to DIY catering. A friend of our family used to cater for summer camps and has GRACIOUSLY offered to be our cook for our wedding. Definitely hire somebody to be in charge of the buffet.

Ask Fazoli’s to keep the noodles and sauces separate. Have them undercook the noodles slightly so they don’t turn to mush when you’re reheating. Get a bit of olive oil added to the noodles to prevent them from sticking to eachother. Get chafing dishes or a crapload of crockpots to keep the sauces, noodles, and breadsticks warm.

You won’t want all of the food out at the buffet at once. Instead, make sure you’re somewhere that has a few ovens to keep the spare food in there while the buffet line is going. Your helper can restock with the food from the oven. Oh, and make sure the helper has slip-resistant shoes so they don’t fall on their ass while serving food and sue you. ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 And FWIW, I remember another bee saying she was doing Stouffer’s lasagnas for her dinner. When you gussy up the food in nice looking dishes, guests won’t know where you got it from.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I haven’t used the Fazoli’s trays, but I have used party pasta trays from a local restaurant for a birthday party before. We borrowed chafing pan holders (or whatever those metal things are called) from work and bought sternos at Dollar Tree. They also sell them in sets at Party City or on Amazon. Some catering places include this in the cost if you are paying for them to deliver and set up the food, which I recommend if it fits your budget. (It’s still considerably cheaper than food service or when they both deliver and clean up.)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

easlicdl :  I just went to a wedding on Monday where they served Chipotle as buffet. It was amazing. There were warming pans for all the hot stuff and bowls for all the cold toppings. Both were refilled by the venue staff, and people came by and cleared our paper and plasticware sometime while we were socializing. It worked out wonderfully, and honestly it was way better than a fancy sit down meal IMO. I ate a ton, it was delicious, and I’m sure pretty cheap for the couple. I think if you can have the warming pans and someone to manage the food and bussing, you’d be set.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

If you need to provide your own chafers, look into http://www.webstaurantstore.com ! We are catering our own buffet and found that their chafers are less expensive to buy and ship than local rental businesses. I haven’t ate at Fazoli’s before but I have family members who love it so it can’t be that bad! I’ve had better lasagna out of the frozen food section than at fancy Italian restaurants before so I don’t doubt their quality or your decision ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

easlicdl :  I actually wound up emailing some wedding planners in the area to see if they knew of anybody who could help with food and cleanup. I was scared to go the Craigslist or hiring a college kid route because I felt that whoever I found would be unreliable. Turns out that some wedding planning services actually employ people with banquet hall experiencefor this exact purpose. We’re getting two of their employees for a full 8 hours at $425. The best part is that a contract was signed which stated that they would find replacements if there was an issue where they couldn’t make it to our wedding.

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