Post # 1
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- Antipasti (prosciutto, salami, olives, provolone, etc.)
- Chicken marsala
- Tilapia oreganata
- Eggplant marinara
- Rigatoni alla vodka
- Mozzarella and tomato salad
- Gorgonzola salad
- Tortellini pesto
- My aunt offered to bake us 5 cakes for a dessert buffet, as well as Italian cookies.
Without tax this would come to $650 for about 60 people. I’m afraid of ordering too much because last time I used this caterer (spent $300 for 30 people) we had so many leftovers and I was eating them for a week. Does this sound like enough food?
Post # 3
@littlegreenleaf: I wish I had access to this caterer… That sounds delicious and like an extremely reasonable price. If portions are offered pp, then it definitely sounds like enough food!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m sold on eggplant marinara and gorgonzola salad (which you should make sure is available bacon free since gorgonzola and bacon are often paired). Also, order too much, even if that means leftovers for a week, because how horrified would you be if the food ran out. I’d just get more of these items though instead of adding on. I also think a cooked, crisp veggie side would be nice, like green beans or brocollini or asparagus…. something not too heavy.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
Sounds super yummy! I would think about adding at least one side dish of just veggies. It seems a little starchy so a side of veggies or a salad might help. Making me hungry!
Post # 6
Sounds delicious but maybe a bit on the heavy side? I second the PP who suggested some light, crisp vegetables or something to that effect.
When I plan party menus I try to make sure there’s a balance between sweet & savory, hot & cold, soft & crunchy, meat & non-meat. It’s not always appropriate for every event to cover all those bases, but it’s a good place to start looking for holes to fill.
And as for leftovers: who wants to cook when they get back from their honeymoon? Welcome the leftovers!
Post # 7
That sounds awesome! And seems like an incredible price.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Yum! Great deal too! We’re having 50-60 and our food budget is $500-750 so it’s sounds like we’re both in right ballpark for a catered menu. Definitely better to have some leftovers (get to-go boxes and send them home with people!) than run out of food.
Post # 11
Mmm, my mouth is watering! When can I expect my invite?
Post # 12
As far as the menu says, the gorgonzola salad is vegetarian friendly, which I’m aiming for because we have a few of those and I don’t want them to feel like they need to eat dinner before they come. There’s also a grilled vegetable salad which I might consider.
I definitely don’t want to run out of food, but I’m a little tentative to put too much out there because of all the desserts my aunt is making. It’s hard to figure out who will have more of a sweet tooth and who will stick mostly to the savory foods. Depending on what access I have to an oven (I don’t live in the area right now so it’ll depend on who I’m staying with), I might try to make a few dessert things like truffles and cookies or something and they can serve as favors. And I have another aunt who runs a small baking business that I was considering asking if she’d like to pitch in with the cookies.
Bringing take-home boxes is a good idea though. I know I love it when an event has those. Thanks for all the input.
Post # 13
Sounds great and very similar to our menu. I agree with adding a veggie. We’re doing roatsed green beans.
May I ask – does your catering costs include anything or just the food? Like does that include silverware, servers, etc or is it just food? It sounds like a really great deal!
Post # 14
This sounds amazing! Can I come too? Haha, j/k
I would add the grilled veggie salad or a veggie of some sort but this all sounds soo great. And a pretty good price too!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2012 - The Chapel of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, 2007 Legacy Hall
Sounds so tasty! I’m also with the PP who suggested adding a veggie side or two. Otherwise? Sounds perfect.