(Closed) Filet mignon and meat in general

posted 11 years ago in Food
  • poll: Should we keep filet mignon on our menu?


    No, choose something else to avoid the problem

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 17
    296 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We are serving filet and my caterer said that for my reception of 80 people they will just serve the steak medium rare.  He did make an exception for my groom to have his rare.   I have had filet at several weddings and it was usually medium rare to medium. A good steak is a good steak, just as long as its not too well done

    Post # 18
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Whenever beef is served at a wedding, it is typically done medium to medium rare and is indicated so on our cards so we can eat something else. When I was in the catering business, this was it. If anybody reaaaally complained, we would throw it on the grill for a few more minutes or (eek) microwave it. Honestly it was omly like, an old lady or two that did this. I’ve had choices before–between medium rare and medium well. Usually guests will eat one or the other. I’d like to say that MOST guests eat medium rare, but I also waited tables in a steakhouse for a year and it’s quite a toss up. People want rare or medium well. 

    I *love* medium rare steak and will NOT touch a steak medium well and up. It’s icky. It’s like the equivalent of burnt chicken to me.


    Post # 19
    2680 posts
    Sugar bee

    Id keep it and request that everyones steak is cooked medium.  If there are people like my husband who really only likes it well done, then they have the capability to take it back and cook it more.  Once you overcook it you cant cook it less.  Most people tend to be happy with medium rare or medium.   I think a little bit of pink is fine, but not too much!

    Post # 20
    1882 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I love filet and I love it medium rare. Every wedding that I’ve been to that serves filet-well-there are always people who complain. I’m sticking with fish and chicken for my entrees.

    Post # 21
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Nearly everyone I know eats steak medium-rare or medium. Beef should not be cooked more than that anyway. That said, I don’t see any problem with serving it.

    Post # 22
    6593 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    People are going to complain NO MATTER what but I do think that the majority of people understand that mass produced food is always just that mass produced so as long as the steak isn’t too over cooked (well done) I think the majority of your meat eating guests will be happy!

    Post # 23
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I went to a wedding this weekend & some of the guests at my table had chose Filet Mignon. The venue cooked it Medium and stated so on the menu. One person at our table said “It’s a little more rare than I generally like, but it’s delicious” and he finished the entire thing.

    I think people generally eat what is given to them… unless they’re extremely picky. We had one of my FSILs over for a BBQ this summer & my Fiance basically blackened her steak and she still complained about it being too rare. I think medium-well is a good mix for your guests 🙂 The picky ones can just eat chicken.

    Post # 24
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I would call the venue and ask how they handle this.  It’s easier to recook a steak than it is fix a well-done piece of meat.


    Post # 25
    4381 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    I’d definitely err on the side of medium rather than medium-well. As said by peeps above, you can always add, but you can’t take away.


    Post # 26
    426 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    it’s a wedding, not a restaurant!!!!  leave it.  if they are any kind of wedding guest, they would respect that you had filet at all!

    Post # 27
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    i’d leave it the way it is and if the guests WANT their filet mignon more on the done side, they can send it back. . also filet mignon is supposed to be red and pink inside. Just don’t let them glob a bunch of gravy on it, like have it on the side. I agree, you can ADD but cannot take away. I just went to a wedding on saturday and the main problem was the gravy was all over it and the way the filet mignon was cooked. I would keep it on your menu anyway.

    Post # 28
    3315 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    They really should be able to prepare it at different levels of doneness to your guests’ tastes.  We had fillet at our reception (admittedly at Legal Sea Foods), and that’s what they did.

    Post # 29
    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    When it comes to a filet, I think Medium is the most popular way it’s ordered. Just have them made medium..

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