Post # 1
At weddings with less than 100 guest (likely less than 80) where it is likely that there will be at least some kids what style for serving food is best? I like the idea of guest being able to order from a menu at the table from a limited selection but wonder if that is feasible. Other options would be buffet or plated and I am unsure how ether would turn out. Note: Several important guest have food allergies and sensitivities.
There would most likely be a beef option (steak or prime rib with herbs and garlic), a chicken (chicken breast or half a rotisserie chicken), a fish (Parmesan, Lemon and Herb Crusted Opah Fish w/Sauce (Use Cod or Halibut if Opah is not available) and a vegetarian option.
Post # 2
Have you looked into prices for so many options? Usually caterers charge more if you have several options. Most people who have food allergies or only eat certain things will probably eat before your wedding anyway… I know I would. Unless you have a large budget for food you may want to consider at least one less (maybe the fish?).
Post # 3
Normally u get 2 options out of 3,mostly beef, chicken n fish. If u want all 3 u will have to pay extra. Majority of places will have vegetarian and kids option by default in addition to the 2 options above. Mostly kids menu will have pizza, fries etc.
wouldnt it be okay to pick 2 of 3 meals and then offer chosen 2 and veggie and a kids meal option in ur rsvp?
its sorta kinda ordering from menu but ahead of time. Also u can get all ingredients from the caterer ( let them know what food allergy ur guest has) and let ur guest know so that they can choose the right option.
Else I would think only restaurant will let u order from the menu.
Post # 4
It would most likely be foods that I have recipes of, not what is provided by a restaurant. I saw on a forum (forgot if it was here or weddingwire) where someone posted that they were able to have a menu of I think 3 things that guest ordered from when they got to the table.
So more like hiring chefs that can make food for large groups.
I’d honestly be kinda upset if anyone with food allergies etc ate before since that would be half the guest (and honeslty the people I care about most and are closest to me, including the bridal party).
I personally would want both the fish and the beef as a duet for me (I LOVE chicken but I eat that all the time so I have it as a safe choice). I could always poll my friends and see chicken vs beef (Though I will admit a surf n turf would be easiest, could always just tell the caterers if someone only wanted one of the meats). I think that’s why a good friend suggested buffet because many people are picky and just list ingrediants on the label cards.
I don’t really mind spending more on food since I only know maybe 25-40 on my side that might come, I have no family left and only a few friends and their children. Final count depends on him.
Post # 5
You are a very kind and considerate person and you obviously cherish your friends and family. And you hear me always say the bride and groom are rigth. You can have your cake probably and eat it. Why not work with the venue and get your three or whatever choices. Once confirmed you can add it to the invite/RSVP and that way the guest can preorder their selection – this likely will save money, time and you get what you wanted.
you can even discuss with the restaurant / venue about having a way to mark all the meals ie a flower, ribbon on the napkin or whatever so the serving staff will know so and so has whatever meal.
Post # 6
I would suggest NOT having people order from a menu. That gives them opportunities to change things, and that would cause dinner to take a LONG time to come out. If you are really concerned for people with allergies, you have a few options, 1) a buffet dinner with plated options for the guests who have allergies, 2) plated dinner for everybody, with separate dinner for them (this is done all the time), 3) buffet dinner for everyone, with one or 2 options being catered to those individuals with allergies.
When working in a kitchen, and an allergy order comes in, pretty much everything stops and everything needs to be cleaned and sterilized before cooking can start, so making sure your chef knows ahead of time what the allergies are will be extremely helpful in regards to getting food out in an orderly fashion.
Post # 7
It may not be the most popular, but as someone with food allergies, I love buffets. That way I can pick the things I can eat and get a lot of sides if I’m allergic to the main items.
Post # 8
We had a smaller sized wedding with only 36 guests, and offered four main options that people ordered table side (steak, chicken, salmon, and a vegetarian mushroom Wellington). Lots of people commented that they really enjoyed having the selection. The meal selection ran really smoothly, and with multiple servers taking orders the process only took 5-10 minutes for the entire room.
We still requested that peeople notify us of food allergies/sensitivies in advance (on the response cards) to ensure that the caterer had advanced warning of any dietary restrictions for individuals.
There was no difference in cost for offering multiple options through our particular caterer, although the cost of each plate varied (ie: steak was the most expensive, vegetarian was the cheapest of the four options). They just billed us based on what the final orders were.
Post # 9
We had a nut-free buffet dinner with lots of vegetarian items. We had several guests with nut allergies and about fifteen (out of approx 100 guests) who are vegetarian. We also included lactose-free options for a handful of guests who couldn’t have diary, we didn’t have any gluten free guests. The caterers were really awesome and tweaked the menu to suit our needs. Can you reach out to those in your area and see if they know a caterer knowledgable and accommodating with food allergies? We had a very kid friendly wedding and buffets give lots of options for even the littlest eaters.
Post # 10
That I know of I have 2 with strawberry allergies (1 of these is a child), 1 with nut allergies (who also cant eat bananas because of a latex allergy), 1 with gluten allergies (1 of my 2 best friends), 1 person on a ketogenic diet for seizures (this means no grains at all, no potatoes and no sugar for him, only honey for sweetener).
If it makes a difference (plated vs buffet) the theme right now is between fall/carnival and vintage (might be both).
For sides looking at peach caprese salad, tomato soup, beet and argula salad, honey glazed baby carrots and mashed cauliflower, maybe also corn custard (corn, cream, eggs, sugar but could sub honey instead and cinnamon).