(Closed) Formal BBQ Sit Down Dinner?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 4
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just googling around I found a couple ideas

 – sweet potato fries with a light dill cream sauce

 – grilled vegetables (could be on kebobs?)

 – green salads

Post # 5
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What about awsome little slidders with little potatoes which just scream fresh from the garden. I think its all about that special flavor and good presentation. Its also an option to have your burgers served with a steak knife through them to give your guests a less messy way to eat. Now I want to go have big lebowski burger (as seen on You Gotta Eat Here). I so wish I could have had poutine at my wedding without making myself sick as a dog.

Post # 6
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

First, I would LOVE to be a guest at your wedding, bc BBQ (upscale or not) is delicious, different and fun! 

The options you listed toward the end of your post sound really really good.  To keep with the theme, I would say to think about doing your ‘typical’ BBQ sounds, but doing them in a fancier version!! 

I just did a generic search for upscale BBQ, and this site came up:


All that is listed sounds delicious to me 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 8
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Aww we’re doing kind of the same idea! It is a formal sit-down dinner for an outdoor garden wedding, and we just went to our tasting yesterday.

Here’s what we decided on:

-Start with a salad.

-Main course: BBQ! BBQ chicken, brisket, and sausage in an amaaaazing BBQ sauce. The caterer did BBQ on Saturday night and apparently the BBQ chicken was so moist it was falling off the bone! Yumm.

-Sides: Southern-style beans, veggie risotto (lol! I know this isn’t BBQ-themed but my FI’s whole family loved the risotto), and cornbread with honey-pecan butter.

-There will also be a mashed potato bar where guests can pick all the toppings for their mashed potatoes! – chives, cheese, chopped onions, bacon, grilled vegetables, etc.

-I am renting glass beverage dispensers so in addition to drinking pop/coffee/tea, guests can pour themselves a glass of lemonade or sangria.

-Wedding cake and ice cream truck for dessert!

I will probably provide single packs of WetOnes as well as customized bibs (apparently they’re really cheap!) to deal with any messiness from the BBQ. Can’t wait though!

Post # 11
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TattooedChick23:  As soon as I saw what you wrote out I was thinking it sounded familiar!  Great choices if you go that route…. you could remind your Fiance that he’ll be busy socializing with all of the people who came to see him get married!

Post # 12
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am personally a fan of BBQ, no matter how formal the setting. I would much rather have tasty BBQ than fruffy food in tiny portions where no one REALLY eats it. And I think from some of the options other people have posted it is possible to have foods people will recognize without it being kitschy.

Post # 13
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I thought about this stuff too and came to the conclusion that for the sit down dinner I want food that is eaten with a fork, not with your hands. So that ruled out burgers and ribs. But we have thought about brisket or BBQ chicken. And mac and cheese. I LOVE mac and cheese. And beans and cornbread would be yummy too.

Post # 15
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@TattooedChick23:  Sure, I know it  sounds confusing, we are planning on a lot of food! The dinner will be seated but the mashed potato bar will be open throughout dinner, so people can help themselves to mashed potatoes as they like throughout dinner (and get seconds! Laughing)

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