(Closed) How long will a plated meal take?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: How long will it take for a 4 course plated meal to be served? Details in post :)
    30 minutes : (0 votes)
    45 minutes : (0 votes)
    60 minutes : (7 votes)
    25 %
    75 minutes : (8 votes)
    29 %
    90 minutes : (11 votes)
    39 %
    120 minutes : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Can you just ask the hotel? They do it all the time, so they should know. (I’m sure it’s different for different venues and caterers.)

    Post # 5
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    946 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I voted 90 minutes. 

    We specifically told the caterer and planner that we did not want people eating at 9-10p. I personally do not like weddings where we are served late.

    our reception starts at 7:30 and we are expecting the dinner to end by 9p

    Post # 6
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    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I worked at a restaurant for over 5 years.  I would say at least 1 1/2 hours.  If you break it down- 15 minutes to eat a salad, appetizer or dessert, thats 45 minutes.  Add at least another 30 for the main course, and then 5-10 minutes each time the staff has to clear and serve a course. Meals (especially at weddings) tend to take a little longer then you think.  Guests start socializing and talking, and that salad you could eat in under 5 minutes in front of the tv takes a good 15-20 minutes to eat.  

    Post # 7
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    511 posts
    Busy bee

    I would say 90 minutes to 2 hours.   because although they’ve said they’ll allocate serving staff accordingly, that isn’t going to change the fact that there are only so many people in the kitchen actually plating food.

    Post # 9
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    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ours is for approximately 50-60 and our venue has advised this will take approximately 60 minutes. But I would go with 75, to be safe.

    Post # 11
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We had a 4 course meal and it took about 115 minutes. We specifically requested a leisurely pace for dinner service to allow everyone plenty of time to savor the meal and wine/beer pairings for each course, and plenty of time for multiple toasts throughout dinner.

    Post # 12
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    748 posts
    Busy bee

    I’d go with an hour and a half…but wouldn’t it depend on how much and how fast people eat, no one likes to feel rushed.

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