(Closed) Grilled cheese bar? How to make it work…?

posted 6 years ago in Food
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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adelheidsmith:  Can you hire a local food truck that does Griiled Cheese Sandwiches?

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Bumble bee

Yeah, you can’t do this for 120 people without a catering company. Hire someone or ditch the idea. Food truck is your best option.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

So you want people to just grab bread and cheese and throw it on a George Foreman for your wedding reception? That sounds…terrible. Please don’t make your guests make their own food at your wedding. I know people do this for mashed potato bars, etc, but that food is all cooked and there is usually someone manning the station to keep it clean, refill items, etc.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Budgeting about 3 minutes to cook 1 sandwich (very optimistic) and half the people to get a sandwich = 180 minutes with one griddle, 90 with 2, 60 with 3 etc etc etc. This assumes the grill is always hot and always in use when realistically there will be spills that need to be tidied and even just the serving one sandwich and loading up the next to slow things down. To serve every person 1 sandwich within 30 minutes and assuming a 3-minute cooking time, you will need 12 griddles. This may make it logistically very difficult, not to mention the challenges of having the guests manage getting their food into and out of a hot chunk of metal (or 12 of them). 

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Buzzing bee

You could see if there are any culinary schools in the area and try to post an add somewhere looking to hire a few cooks for the night. I would have a few grills & stations set up so there is less waiting. You could have the cooks make up a few sandwiches, your and Fiance favorites perhaps, and have those hot off the grill for people who might get overwhelmed at the options. Then let people make their own sandwich and hand it off to get grilled. I would think you would want at least 3-4 grills with cooks working at the same time. 

Do you have table numbers for your guests tables? Could your DJ/MC call up a couple tables at a time? For example if you have two grills set up on each side of the room, a couple tables at a time could be called up to make their sandwiches and when they are all done putting their selections together, sandwiches are all cooking, a couple other tables could be called up. 

The bigger the griddles you are able to rent, the more sandwiches you can make at a time which will help. I don’t think you want your guests to cook their own sandwiches, too much room for error here. 

Could you talk to a favorite restaurant about catering this event? There might be a way to bring in professionals to help you work through the details and keep it in your price range. Especially if you provide all the food, maybe they can provide portable griddles and the cooks. Another thought for you. 

Have you looked at a website called Thumbtack, I think? You can put in your budget, and what you are wanting to have catered and see if anyone in your area can work with you. It might be another avenue to try to make this work. 

Will you be offering other sides as well? Could people put together their sanwich, hand it off to be cooked, go get their sides (set up at a different table, not far away just spaced out enough) and come back for their sandwich? 

Another thought is to come up with a couple of grilled cheese combos that you and Fiance love and offer these instead of a grilled cheese bar. This way the cooks could have all the sandwiches prepped and in a cooler so they could start cooking them at the appropriate time to be hot and fresh for your guests. This would save loads of time in putting the sandwiches together and cooking. It would still be unique, as the combination you guys come up with your guests may never have thought before. 

I think I have exhausted all my thoughts on this topic for you!!! If I think of anything else, I’ll come back! lol! 

Great idea, now I want grilled cheese!!!

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Bumble bee

Question…if you don’t hire a caterer, who is preparing and cooking your food, keeping it at a safe temperature, etc?

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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adelheidsmith:  if you can’t afford to (or simply don’t want to) feed your guests, don’t have a wedding reception at dinner time. You can have an earlier wedding or a later wedding and just serve appetizers but it you’re having a reception during dinner time, you need to feed your guests. And no, a grilled cheese bar manned by some random person doesn’t count.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Its a cute idea, but unless you are willing to pay to have it done correctly ( which you say you aren’t), it’s not going to work. If you want something fun like this you need to pay a caterer to do it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

People shouldn’t build them. That’s a fun Sunday afternoon activity at home, but no fun at all when you’re hungry and dressed up for a wedding. You will need professional caterers or service providers to make sure things are safe, timely, and hygenic.

Also, remember when you’re considering these menus and options that you are a host. It matters less that you love the menu and more that it is considerate to your guests.

Some low-cost options include: hiring several food trucks (with 120 people you’ll need to be sure you have enough trucks, 1-2 won’t cut it), or having your wedding not during a meal time. I’ve heard of many 2-5pm weddings where people serve drinks, cake, and appetizers.

I think hiring a few food trucks would be a great and low-cost option. Some grilled cheese, maybe some tacos, and something else. You will need a bunch of service providers to make sure things come out quickly enough.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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adelheidsmith:  If youre not doing catering, who is cooking/serving the food for 120 people?…..

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You don’t, that’s how.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is not a good idea. 

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Bumble bee

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adelheidsmith:  You don’t want to hire a caterer, but you want someone to prepare and cook the food. I just woke up, and clearly need coffee because this isn’t making sense to me.

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