Is chipotle catering tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I am having an evening reception in a barn with chandeliers. I am staying away from the rustic theme and going for more of a moody, woodsy vibe. Anyways, we are having our favorite Mexican restaurant cater a fajita bar for our wedding. It is our favorite restaurant in town and I can’t stand the dried out steak or chicken that is served at most evening receptions, so we are filling our guests with amazing food regardless if it appears to fit with the formaility of the event. The wedding is about celebrating your love and providing those you love with a meal and celebration… why not choose a meal you love so you know they will be satisfied? I guess I have spilled more mashed potatoes and gravy on myself than burrito filling in my life.. actually I have never left Chipotle having spilled on myself, but I use a fork for a reason.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I think it’s fine as long as their guacamole is included. 😉

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’ve actually been to a wedding where Chipotle catered! The bride and groom had their first date there which made it even more adorable. Everthing was in alumunum dishes so if the napkins hadn’t said “Chipotle” and they hadn’t told everyone we wouldn’t have known who catered. It was delicious and everyone had a fantastic time. The wedding was in the evening and took place in the bride’s backyard with around 100 guests.

The only people that were a little confused and put-off were the grandparents, but I think that had more to do with the fact that none of them had ever eaten Mexican food before.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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shockinglynotacrazycatlady :  Personally I would be put off..

A. Chipotle I personally think is … simply not good and I know of many people who feel the same

B. Their menu is very small.. essentially all you are serving evryone is what burritos/tacos and salad which is same thing minus the wrap so there is zero variety

C. MANY people do not like Mexican and/or cant eat it.. there is alot of spice etc that dont fit many peopl’s pallets

I get wanting to save costs/being more casual so why not just do a catered buffet instead? Cheaper than plated and gives people more options

 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I wouldn’t consider it tacky since you’re not having an super formal Wedding (black tie affair). And since you’re having it in a barn, there’s not going to be an expectation of a five course meal like you would if you were getting married at an estate for example.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Honestly….yes, it’s a little tacky. That said, I would 100000% take Chipotle over a plated small-plate fancy chef tiny meal type of dinner that so many places do. It’s like, you KNOW it cost the bride and groom a ton of money per plate and the food is (mostly) good, but there is just not enough and you end up looking over at your neighbor’s plate like, are you going to eat that??

So my vote is: go with Chipotle!! Especially if you have younger people, they’ll love it.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

As a guest, I wouldn’t be thrilled.  I don’t care much for fast food and try to avoid it for dietary/health/food sensitivity reasons.

We’ve had Chipotle cater work events before, and the food has always been kinda soggy, too.

I would caution you to think about whether it would give guests the impression that you went for what they may perceive as a low-budget catering option, especially if you have something like a very expensive dress.  People can get pretty catty about that kind of thing. 

I don’t know about the formality level of your wedding otherwise, but barn-with-chandeliers is a tough one.  And lot of barn venues are surprisingly expensive…  

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

Personally I’d be very happy, but I’m also biased because I’m vegan and I’ve never had a good meal at a wedding with regular catering. Chipotle would be a step from a sad portabello mushroom and undressed salad or whatever lame vegan dish I’m usually served. (I also happen to really like Chipotle and Mexican in general though.) 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

Chipotle is always a good idea. 

 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

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sarathemermaid :  truer words were never spoken.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s not tacky. Just exceptionally casual. 

If you go this route, just make sure you up your game on presentation. Make sure you have proper serving platers, proper utensils, nice napkins etc. I’d also consider shelling out for a cute “Taco bout a party” sign to play up the theme. Quirky choices work best if you go all in.  

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

Something changed about Chipotle so I no longer like it but I’d be happy because I know it has none of my allergens! 

Qdoba is better in my opinion. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

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shockinglynotacrazycatlady :  Yes…

Not against chipotle in general, but it is a meal that should be reserved for a fast situation like lunch during the work day.

Post # 30
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Honey bee

I love Mexican food, but I wouldn’t eat at your wedding as I have gotten food poisoning from Chipotle and even the smell makes me nauseated now. I would also think you cheaped out on the food in order to afford other items not associated with your guests’ enjoyment

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