Post # 1
I was going to do a poll but then I realized I am seeking opinions on multiple things.
1. For our entree choices we can offer 2 different entrees. We’ve already decided our chicken choice – chicken piccata. We’re having a difficult time deciding on the second option… either salmon with a light butter/lemon sauce or pork tenderloin with an apple stuffing and whiskey glaze. We personally prefer salmon and the venues salmon was honestly the best cooked piece of salmon I’ve had in my life, it was seasoned well too. But I know cooking salmon in large quantities could lead to dry salmon the day of. Also, I know salmon is one of those love/hate fish dishes. There will be a vegetarian and kids option as well.
2. Would it be weird to serve a Caesar salad (undressed – just romaine, butter lettuce, croutons and cheese) with the option of Caesar or balsamic dressing?
3. The vegetable is whatever is in season, which I’m fine with. But we are debating the starch side. The tricolor roasted potatoes were super yummy (and pretty!). But I feel like aside from the pork, pasta would be a better side dish with the entree options. I have a lot of friends who are on the gluten-free bandwagon (not for medical reasons, just for weight loss or preference) and potatoes may just be easier across the board.
Thoughts? Suggestions? I know I’m overthinking this but I’m a huge foodie and I want everyone to enjoy the food!
Post # 2
Since chicken piccata is in a butter lemon sauce, having the only other entree choice in a butter lemon sauce seems really redundant to me.
Post # 3
1. I would go with the salmon. That way, you’re offering a poultry option, a seafood option, a vegetarian option, as well as a kids meal option
2. Not weird at all, actually I prefer Cesar salad
3. I think pasta fits best with the entree choices. Those who are Girlfriend still have the entree, salad (with no croutons), and vegetable side
Post # 4
I didn’t even think of that! We do have 2 other chicken options (Marsala or Parmesan) if we really wanted the salmon, I guess. I just LOVE chicken piccata.
True on the Girlfriend thoughts! I don’t feel too bad if they can’t eat everything since they’re not actually Celiac or intolerant at all – plus there is other food.
We will also have passed appetizers (both Girlfriend, one is vegetarian) and a fruit/cheese display.
Post # 5
1. I love both pork tenderloin and salmon. Both are sensitive to overcooking, but a good chef can cook either to perfection, even for a large group. I worked in hotels for years, and we did dinners up to 500.
2. The salad option sounds perfect!
3. Potatoes will hold better than pasta.
Post # 6
I agree that the salmon is a weird second option if it has a very similar sauce to the chicken.
Maybe this is cultural but I have always viewed pasta as a main in itself, rather than as a side dish.
Post # 7
I agree that the salmon dish is too similar to the chicken. I also don’t like citrussy sauces except for orange sauce on duck, and so I’d be glad to have the pork instead. A caveat would be if you have many guests who won’t eat pork for religious reasons, but I’m sure you alrady thought of that.
Post # 8
I would go with the salmon. I hate seafood but I’d be perfectly happy with the chicken or veggie option. I know a lot of people enjoy seafood.
Not weird on the salad- if they like/want Caesar, awesome. If not, it’s a simple salad with vinaigrette.
I think potatoes or pasta would work out fine. Can you only select the same side for both entree choices? What if you chose pasta for the chicken and potatoes for the salmon?
Post # 9
1. I think this depends a lot on your crowd. Seafood is not popular at all in my area so I would choose the pork. But if a have a large number of guests who are Muslim or Jewish, then salmon would be a better option. Also, I agree about not having both of the dishes in a lemon butter sauce. If you really like the chicken piccata, is there another sauce option for the salmon?
2. I would think that’s totally fine. A ceasar salad without the dressing is basically just a regular salad imo.
3. I would prefer potatoes with either dish honestly. Pasta isn’t really a side dish to me, but that might be a regional thing. Potatoes also seem to be a popular side item though.
Post # 10
About the caesar salad, I would love if you had the dressing option! I don’t eat caesar because it has anchovies, so a balsalmic option would be great 🙂
Post # 11
I agree that the salmon sounds too close to the piccata. I personally would go pork (so long as there is also a veggie option), because I’m a sucker for whisky sauce and pork/apple combos and a lot of people in my crowd, including myself, do not like salmon (though like other fish – trout, walleye, cod, halibut, tilapia, etc.). But I also admit not being too fond of piccata (meh to capers), though I like the other two chicken options and marsala with potatoes is a common preparation. But if you think a lot of your crowd likes salmon and the salmon was the best tasting entree, I would probably go with salmon and pork or salmon and one of the other chicken dishes then.
Your salad option is fine.
I would probably go with potatoes as a side, unless you end up picking chicken parmesan. Potatoes go well enough with marsala, whisky sauce, and lemon butter sauce. Do you know what your veggie option will be or is that just chef’s choice once it get’s closer to the date? Because the veggie option frequently ends up being pasta, in case that factors into your side dish options.
Post # 12
1. Although I am in the hate salmon camp, I am not recommending against it because of that. I would suggest the pork because of the lemon sauce similarities. If someone isn’t a fan of lemon-butter sauces they are totally out of luck. If you really like the salmon and want to offer it, I would then reconsider your chicken options.
*Full disclosure, I am offering chicken picatta as my chicken offering because I LOVE it, so I think you have a very tough choice there lol*
2. I think it’s totally fine to let people choose there dressing.
3. This depends to me very much on the pasta side…is it just pasta and marinara? If so, I would do potatoes because potatoes go well with all the options you have mentioned. But, it’s also not something to overthink…If you and your crowd love pasta, no one is going to leave your wedding and say “I can’t believe she served pasta as a side”.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t do pork because so many people won’t eat it, but I agree the salmon is very similar to the chicken.
Personally I hate dressing my own salad (the dressing seems to get all over the plate and the lettuce is never fully dressed!) but I think it’s nice to give folks the option.
I hink potatoes over pasta. Or even rice.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! I definitely see the point about the chicken and salmon being very similar – I will have to discuss with Fiance. We may just change our chicken dish to the marsala (which I also thoroughly enjoy, I just personally prefer piccata) if we decide on the salmon. I think the pork sounds wonderful, but I question how many people will choose it. I’m getting mixed responses from family and friends. But since we will have chicken and vegetarian option, I think we’ll be okay either way!
the veggie is likely going to be carrots and asparagus or some kind of broccoli. It’s based on what’s available/in season at the time, but our venue coordinator said those are usually safe bets. I do know it will not be pasta.
I think I’m sold on the potatoes though. We unfortunately didn’t get to taste the pasta, but we did try the potatoes which were awesome!
Post # 15
Oh, I was actually asking what the veggie option (as in the main course for vegetarians will be). Because if that will be pasta-based, I wouldn’t double up on pasta as your side if everyone gets the same sides regardless of their main course option.