I hope you’re shopping around : )
Caterers are out to get your money, probably more so than any other vendor.
Just because you have chicken, starch, and beef, etc doesn’t mean it will be “boring”.
What KIND of chicken? There is a big difference between the usual herb roasted chicken breast, and a dill weed roasted chicken breast that is stuffed with let’s say mago chutney. I’m just trying to say, if your caterer allows you to “spice up” your food and get creative then the menu doesn’t have to be super boring.
I’ve seen crappy serve stations. At first glance I thought cool, different stations!…and then got closer, sat down and thought meh this food is not that great.Typical overcooked wedding food that’s been sitting out and tastes like stale twizlers. Ick.
Having stations does not always = awesome food.
Food is PRESENTED nicely with stations, but unless you give specifics, it appears you might be making a decision based on presentation alone. Don’t be fooled by the concept. Make sure the food at the stations has a good composition and looks appealing once it’s ON the plate. Otherwise you’re just paying for extra equipment and people to man each menu option.
Something else to compare is WHO is making all the food? What are his/her credentials and culinary accomplishments? How much experience does he/she have cooking for large groups of people? Is it a skilled chef working with chicken, beef, etc. as opposed to a typical caterer offering european food?
I think you should ask to see pictures of their food on a plate, or actually taste the food.
Also, how many guests do you have? What is the actual price per person?
I tried to, and I could not allow myself to spend that much money on a caterer. I looked into it and the food, no matter how nice it sounded, was just not worth it. For my wedding I cut the guest list and hired a private chef who is classically trained in french, caribbean, and latin cusine. His food looks like a work of art. He will do hot hordeourvs for cocktail hour, my mom and I are making fun cold ones the night before that he will serve with the hot ones. I can do a buffet style or plated dinner. I can dream up any menu I want because I am paying him per hour, and I am paying for all the ingredients. We’re buying and setting up our own drinks. I will probably total $1200-1500. Plus, I’m making my own linens, and will be purchasing plates and silverware (probably from ikea, not sure yet) and then selling them on cl or something after. He is also doing plated desserts and my mom and I are making other wonderful recipies to fill up a desserts table.
P.s: there will be no mason jars present. lol.