Post # 1
This is my “Help! I have to choose my menu!” post. My reception will be stations-style in a “Contemporary Creole” restaurant. Please choose one carving station option, two mains, and two sides.
P.S. I know the vegetarian options are lacking but I will make sure my couple of vegetarian guests are well provided for!
Post # 3
Talk about difficult choices, I can see why you need our help
Post # 4
I wanted to vote for all of them! I wish I had one of those choices in front of me right now!
Post # 5
Voted! Yummy yummy! And how unique!
Post # 6
It all sounds delicious – good luck with your decisions!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Difference between etoufee and creole: http://www.differencebetween.net/object/comparisons-of-food-items/difference-between-shrimp-etouffee-and-shrimp-creole/
For the main definitely the chicken breast so people not familiar with the food will see something they recognize. For the traditional dish I would say to serve etoufee instead of creole because creole typically has okra and a lot of people have strong feelings about not liking okra. (I personally adore it!)
For the carving station go for the beef tenderloin. I love turkey and pork but this is the spot to offer the beef selection.
For the sides I chose the dirty rice because that is a very traditional dish. I picked the seasonal vegetables also for the people not familiar or comfortable with Cajun/Creole food (plus it’s healthy.) The scalloped potatoes would be my other choice if the rice is nixed.
Post # 8
I voted the free range chicken, since chicken is always one of the safest choices, the grilled veggies, the scalloped potatoes, the pasta primavera and the cajun turkey carvery. All safe choices, but also all delish!
Post # 9
@beachbride1216: Wow! I really appreciate this advice. I just keep thinking, but I want that, and that, and that, and that. And also that! And that over there! So this is very helpful.
Thanks everyone for voting!
Post # 10
I love etouffee! So I would serve that and then either the chicken or beef tenderloin (since these seem more traditional)…and definitely the scalloped potatoes! I also like dirty rice but if you’re having rice with another dish I think I’d pick either the potatoes or veggies over it. For the carving I thought either the turkey (fried turkey is awesome) or the pork loin sounded good.
Post # 12
I went for the shrimp creole and the chicken as your main dishes. Based on the poll and the comments, it seems like people are pushing you toward the chicken and pasta because more people might like that. I certainly understand that, but I’m guessing you picked a Creole restaurant for a reason! Run with it. I would go for at least one traditional Creole entree and side, in addition to more “commonplace” foods.
Post # 13
Great advice ladies. This helps because what I would choose are not necessarily the most crowd pleasing options. Clearly I gotta choose the chicken, and I like the idea of choosing one traditional Cajun/Creole main alongside that. I’m so glad you all are voting for the scalloped potatoes! LOVE THEM. I think I may just have to tell the restaurant to put out three sides because my FI wants dirty rice but I know I need the veggies so everything isn’t heavy, heavy, heavy. (Me, I don’t go to a wedding to eat grilled veggies, but I commend all of you who do. )
Post # 14
Everything sounds amazing. I voted for turkey, shrimp étouffée, chicken, scalloped potatoes and dirty rice! Can I please come to your wedding? 🙂
Post # 15
Hmmmmm… fooooooood! I wanna go to your wedding !
Post # 16
I agree..you picked a creole restaurant for a reason…make sure you get some of that!! You have to pick at least one creole option for your main! This makes me want to make some shrimp etouffee next week for dinner!