(Closed) Have you ever been shocked by something on a caterer’s menu?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Long Island weddings are like no other.  Im more so surprised by the AMOUNT of food on the menu.  Really do we need all this.  I didnt grow up here and I definitely didnt attend weddings here until we moved.  The weddings from where I am from are nice, but not like this… I understand thats what people expect but its hard for me to comprehend the need for 7 full pages of food for the cocktail hour?!?  what really?? We booked here because its where we live now, and so it is what it is but Im afraid my family is going to be super uncomfortable when they arrive. sigh.  Ive seen donut bars, mashed potatoe bars, and a seafood boat larger than my office… but not trailmix or potato chips… pretty sure it would never happen in LI… they would be out of business before they could blink

Post # 4
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722 posts
Busy bee

We had a destination wedding in Thailand so for our at home reception we are doing all Thai food. I approached 2 caterers about doing an all Thai food menu. One came back with a menu with sushi and samosas. I called them them and said “you do realize that asia is not just one big country, right?” They said because Japan was “near Thailand” they thought it would be okay.

 

The weirdest thing I’ve seen is the mashed potato martini bar. After we saw it on the menu, my Fiance and I would constantly make fun of it. Mashed potatoes in a martini glass are still mashed potatoes-plus half of the toppings looked awful.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The first venue we chose had a mandatory catering contract.  We weren’t thrilled about that, but loved the venue enough that we decided to try to make it work.

However, just before we signed the venue contract, Fiance (a chef) looked at the caterer’s facebook page, and one of the dishes they seem to be most proud of is a bundh of carrot sticks sitting in a wine glass filled with ranch dressing.

Sadly, we had to chose another venue, as this was not the theme Fiance wants for our reception.

Post # 6
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1390 posts
Bumble bee

@nmsoonerbride: OMG, that’s sooooo tacky! Seriously? Carrot sticks in a glass? All chefs are not created equal. Your poor Fiance must have been in shock when he saw that.

Post # 7
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181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@cakegal Did you see the mashed potato bar on the menu or at a wedding? I’ve been to 2 weddings so far with mashed potatos in martini glass bars and I love them! They really turned out well and looked really nice! If I were doing stations or a buffet I would definitely have gotten one!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I am a chef so I am probably more critical and I know mashed potato bars seem to be popular for weddings right now.. But to me, mashed potatoes in a martini glass are just like carrot sticks in a wine glass. It makes no sense and is an attempt to make a dull food “fancy” in a really lazy way. Plus I picture big vats of premade mashed potatoes being scooped with an ice cream scoop.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I haven’t been all that impressed with a lot catering companies.  There are really good catering companies out there, but those ones are just not in our budget.  We chose restaurants we love to make our entrees and we’ll have a friend (who is a chef) make our apps, sides and a couple of desserts.  We are doing buffet-style so this will be much easier to accomplish than with a plated dinner.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Scottielass, I’ve noticed as well that catering companies really look at food differently than restaurants. Some of the higher end ones do more interesting food, but many seem to just try to be inoffensive rather than good-much like airplane food. That’s why there are so many rubber chicken dinners-while no one may love it very few people will really hate it either.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Just a thought… but do you think that the reference could be about table snacks or homemade chips…  I have been to beautiful weddings that provided a little basket of chips and pretzels at the tables and had bowls of nuts provided as well.  Most of the time, the wedding guests may be hungry upon arrival at the reception hall.  (They may have delayed eating lunch or dinner because they are planning to eat at the reception.)  The tradition is to wait for the bride and groom to begin serving the meals, so providing a little snack at the table is often greatly appreciated.  I know that appetizer trays and other treats are also appreciated, but the having chips and trail mix is just a basic thing.  And I bet that for some guests (thinking about families with kids) is probably really appreciated beyond the other things.

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