Post # 1
Fiance and I are trying to decide what to put on the menu for our 140 guest black tie plated dinner reception.
We agree that the beef filet is definitely #1 – which is probably what we’ll both order, but we don’t know what #2 should be? Fiance thinks with his tummy and wants the second choice to be his next favorite thing on the menu (Ossobucco). I’m thinking our guests should have a clear difference between their options, so I’d lead towards the fish or pork..
There will also be a vegetarian option that I’m not including here. Overall our whole group is probably 30% healthy eaters, 70% substantial eaters.
So options for dish #2 (and “cons” for each) are:
1) Herb Crusted Sea Bass (we aren’t into sea bass..but maybe others would prefer it?)
2) Rosemary Rack of Pork (this sounds amazing to us, but I know pork can by polarizing)
3) Ossobucco (braised veal) (veal is technically also beef…beef or baby beef?)
Thanks for your help!!!
Post # 3
From what I have heard, but don’t quote me… is that fish is something that can be a little iffy. Pork generally is made to peoples’ liking and isn’t too controversial. If you have any people attending like my family members though, veal might be offensive… haha. Honestly, I would want the fish option, but I’ve just heard things.
Soo… I’m really having trouble deciding what to vote for… I’m going to say the pork. It sounds the safest 😉
Post # 4
Is there not a chicken option? I would suggest chicken over your poll options since it’s the biggest crowd pleaser
Post # 5
@AlwaysSunny: Actually we both veto-ed the chicken option all together because neither of us has ever had a chicken dish we liked at a wedding…usually dry, but undercooked would be frightening. With beef there’s more leeway in temperature… Plus for $60-80 a plate, we just think chicken doesn’t cut it. Just our opinion.
Post # 6
Fish is either a love it or hate it kind of thing in my experience. I know many people who will not eat prk so I would hestitate on that one. Veal doesn’t set well as an alternative as it is beef. I vote chicken! Surely they must offer some sort of chicken? It is usually a crowd pleaser.
Post # 7
yeap.. as PP said 2nd option chicken would be nice.. easier to please
Post # 8
Are you going to have a veggie option? I will vote for pork, because I do think fish can be iffy, but that leaves people who don’t eat red meat or meat at all with no option.
Post # 9
I’d recommend chicken. Chicken is a crowd pleaser whereas both fish and pork are love-it-or-hate-it items. Personally, I don’t eat beef, fish, or pork… so I guess I’d go with the veg option and hope for the best.
Post # 10
Just to clarify, as mentioned above…
NO CHICKEN – that is not an option
There WILL be a separate vegetarian option
The non red meat options are Sea Bass or Pork
Thanks for your input!
Post # 11
@waitingwonderland: id go with the pork, but thne im allergic to fish!
veal…well some people are against it. id eat that too, but pork is i suppose more crowd friendly!
Post # 12
Pork also has a tendency to be dry or undercooked, much like chicken. However, I think between the beef and vegetarian options, few people will choose the pork/fish. Sorry I’m not much help; I just don’t think there’s a clear winner here.
Post # 13
Sea bass is a very light white fish that is fantastic, surf and turf is a great combo
Post # 14
Sea bass, definitely.
Also, I HATE chicken but I end up stuck with it at weddings and I always try it and it is almost always terrible. I applaud you to standing your ground on the issue.
Post # 15
i think pork will be more crowd pleaser than fish as i know lots of people who do not like/do not eat fish (the fishy smell i think), not the veal , as they are red meat same as the beef, as you will be having a vegetarian dish as other option i think pork, beef and vege should be alright.
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I vote fish. We had a choice of filet, mahi mahi, or vegan veggie stack with calypso rice, and everyone was happy.
I really would encourage you not to have two mammal meat options. A lot of people won’t eat pork and in my opinion, veal and pork are too similar to beef to be a true alternative. Fish or chicken is the way to go, and I agree that chicken is more likely to be tasteless when mass produced than fish is. Sea bass is a great fish and is not too delicate (which means it will hold up well to the realities of a catering sitaution).
Also, the point of ossobucco is to eat the bone marrow, not the veal… not too many Americans dine on bone marrow these days. I bet a lot of your guests wouldn’t recognize it.