(Closed) Help! Need to Revise Expensive Catering Proposal- Need Opinions

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@atlbride2013:  1) The salad

2) what sort of antipasta are we talking about?

3) Do a vegeterian. I am not a vegetarian, but I would eat that over the fish.

4) Keep the original chicken. If it’s an opulent ballroom, the fried chicken (in the south or otherwise) doesn’t make sense. I’d only do that if it’s a buffet, which honestly, as a guest, I prefer, I get to try lots of things ๐Ÿ™‚

4) Part 2 Totally dont understand why if it’s chicken they need more servers.

Post # 4
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11347 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I, personally, LOVE your first course options with the bleu cheese. However, many, many people(including my own DH and most of his family) hate bleu cheese. I would definitely not have that be your only option for that course, since there will definitely be people who won’t like that option.

I am very concerned at your comment of having just three hors d’ouevres per person.  From all that I know, you will need 7-12 total pieces per person.

I think you should do the Springer Mountain chicken over the fried chicken. I agree with @love108: that you would probably do better offering the chicken and the vegetarian option over the fish.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Re. your first course: two of those options have bleu chese and one of them has cilantro … both of those are ingredients that I would be wary of. You can’t please everybody, but I know that those in particular inspire rabid hatred among people who dislike them. Could the caterer swap a milder cheese (feta? chevre?) or a different herb? FWIW cilantro isn’t traditionally served with gazpacho.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Brielle:  Oh, I read that as 3 appetizers (like, three different types/dishes), not pieces per person. Hopefully the OP will clarify.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Also – I don’t know if this is why the big surcharge for the fish, but it’s my best guess: they might need to take extra measures to keep the fish separated from the other dishes, because its aroma can drift and make other foods taste “fishy” if they are cooked or served too close together …? I just know that Fiance and I went out recently and I had fried fish, he had fried chicken – and he told me his chicken tasted fishy, I’m sure from being in the same fryer.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@atlbride2013:  If fish has a surcharge, I dislike it even more! I would stick with chicken and veggie. A buffet might be slightly “awkward” but if it’s saving you major bank, I would consider it. I don’t think honestly guests would be like, oh you know, this looks awkward she should ahve done a seated dinner! They just want at the food ๐Ÿ˜‰  And I vote antipasta over the salad now, but I think I’d like either !

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

1. A- Pears are great seasonal fruits. 

2. I personally do not like a salad as much. It doesn’t feed me, cleanse my palate, and I tend to pick at it. I would personally want the apps instead. I wouldn’t miss the salad if it was gone. 

3. I’ve actually only seen fish being served at one or two weddings (and I’ve been to over 100 as a wedding singer). Again, wouldn’t miss the fish dish. 

4. No. I hate fried foods at weddings. They can be so messy and often not as filling as a chicken breast with no fried skins. 

I feel like you have PLENTY of food. I’d be completely full. 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

1. I like the salad, though I really dislike bleu cheese. I would probably pick it off, I’m not fussy, but some guests may not like it.

2. I would be happy with either- I’d just go with the cheaper option. I also feel like a sit down dinner is conducive to a salad before meal, so I think the apps would be less missed.

3. I think your chicken & a veggie option is enough.

4. I think the fancier chicken entree suits your venue better, but do what you like!

Post # 14
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3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@atlbride2013:  Now that I read the salad is cheaper (that’s $115 less than the antipasta!), I vote salad.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@ohmybears48:  Agree 100% with everything you said. ๐Ÿ™‚  As for #3. I would make sure some sort of vegetarian option is available but it doesn’t have to be fish.  We’re doing manicotti per our venue’s recommendation.  My (Italian) mom thought wouldn’t be a very popular choice.  However, I’ve had a number of non-vegan/vegetarian people tell me that’s what they’re excited to order. ๐Ÿ™‚  I don’t think people will leave hungry.

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