Post # 1
Hey bees, I love food posts and I know you do too! So who wants to help me figure out the extras for our RD?
We’re planning to cater with a local smokehouse/BBQ joint. Our meal will include:
1) 2 meats – probably smoked chicken and either pulled pork or beef brisket
3) potato salad
6) BBQ sauce (not sure if there are choices here)
7) Paper products/cleanup bags/etc
I will also be making in advance some kind of cookie tray and a groom’s cake for dessert. We’ll have beer, wine, and lemonade.
I do know we will have one vegetarian in the crowd, but I think that’s it. I have some money set aside for additional food for appetizers that might fit the casual BBQ theme… how should I spend it?
Post # 3
I think you need more vegetables, a lot of people don’t like coleslaw. I would suggest the salad, or another green vegetable (there are broccoli salads and such that might work if you’re set on making it ahead).
Post # 4
@atalante: I am in the same position! Our caterer is offering the same 7 things you mentioned along with cookies and brownies. We have one vegetarian so I’m planning on finding a large pasta type thing, probably some form of baked pasta like lasagna or something. Pasta is really the only thing I can think of that gives a nice option for vegetarians (other than salad but I don’t want that to be her only option!).
Post # 5
Good points! I’m definitely planning on doing multiple things. The baked pasta I think is really good – I like pasta salad, but people have opinions about vinaigrette vs creamy dressing, AND it’s not one of those things I like to make ahead of time. And salad should be pretty easy to chop everything before and just throw together when we get to the house.
I looooove the broccoli salad at the deli with cheese, raisins, and sunflower seeds (I’ve also seen it with cheese, bacon, and raisins).
Post # 6
Corn bread bites sounds really good since it would be a good alternative to the rolls and very similar to hushpuppies. But definitely a big green salad would be nice.
Post # 7
I vote a salad and baked pasta.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Greenville Country Club
Your food so far sounds delish! Has me all excited for summer bbqs!
I voted for more sides: corn bread bites, salad and baked pasta. When we host events (including our wedding and RD), we try to have at least 50% non-meat “sides” food. People like to graze. Sometimes I like the sides so much that I don’t eat as much meat.
Post # 9
We are doing something really really similar but we are having it outdoors at my sisters! Heres our menu for an idea of slight variation!
Entrees – BBQ Chicken, Butterfly Pork Chop Sandwiches, Hot Dogs for the little ones
Side Dishes – Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Macaroni Salad, Fruit Salad
Snacks – Cheese Tray, Relish Tray
Desert – Smores with all the Fixings (we are having a big bonfire too)
For drinks we are serving soda, lemonade, ice tea, water, and maybe some different fruity summer drinks!
Post # 10
I am with the “needs more vegetables” crowd 🙂 And I’m a huge pasta fan so those 2 get my votes ! Oh and by the way… may I come ?? Everything sounds so good 🙂
Post # 11
as a vegetarian, will the potato salad and beans be meat free? A lot of time they have bacon in them. If they are vegetarian than I would not worry about adding another starchy vegetarian dish (the pasta or corn). I suggest a big salad and deviled eggs. I bring this up only because you mentioned a vegetarian.
Post # 12
@nishaes: I remember your post with the smores and the bonfire! A cheese & relish tray is a great idea!
@maudemaisha: lol, funny thing is there will probably be way more than enough food. There is this italian gene that promotes a constant fear that SOMEONE OUT THERE will not get enough to eat. thus… there is always way too much food!
@bestbuddies: Goods point I will have to check on the potato salad – I would say beans probably are not veg knowing this place, but I bet I can pick up a few big cans to have the veg option on the side.
Post # 13
Also, I am super glad there were at least a few “needs more meat” votes. 😀 FI will be thrilled.
Post # 14
Pasta is usually a good vegetarian option, but in this case it doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the theme. Have you considered something like a grilled veggie skewer or veggie burger as an entree for you non-meat-eating friends?
Post # 15
@CrazyCoffeeGeek: Morning Star Farms even offers a BBQ Riblette! My sister has been vegan for 25+ years and this is what we are having for her plus some Smart Dogs that can be thrown on the grill or roasted campfire style!
Post # 16
What you have already sounds great and you don’t need to add anything.