Is chipotle catering tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

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whitecollarbee :  

interesting opinion but I think that is really based on individual preference.

i happen to love a fancy restaurant near us. Every course is paired with a wine. My coworker says he hates paying a fortune and leaving hungry.  I feel like I leave just as stuffed as if we had porked out at an all you can eat buffet. 

 

Post # 32
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Worker bee

Dear Bee, I like that you’re trying to make sure your wedding is about what you (and your future hubby) like/love, but I’d agree that Chipotle is something many people eat for lunch on a semi-regular basis and may be put off by it. Yes, most wedding food isn’t great, but that’s also because most couples are on a budget and may not have too many catering options and have to settle. I also think that eating bad wedding food (at a wedding) is part of the experience, right?

Anyway, I’d recommend you doing as much research as possible so that you can find the most ideal caterer, particularly because you may have guests with certain dietary needs. For my wedding, I was surprised by how many of my guests were vegetarian! It’s super convenient when you have a caterer that can make sure every single one of your guests can have something to eat/enjoy, regardless of any diet need.

Best of luck, Bee!

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

I would love to go to a wedding where they served tacos! My favourite wedding food so far was one where they served individual really delicious pies (meat and a veggie option). Sadly I have no choice for my caterers due to our venue but otherwise I’d definitely do something fun!

Post # 34
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Not gonna lie. I’d judge the heck out of this. I would feel like you had gone out of your way to feed your guests the cheapest thing possible. And while price doesn’t dictate how much you truly care, it is very possible to give your guests the impression that you’re more interested in saving a few dollars rather than feeding them a nice meal. 

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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shockinglynotacrazycatlady :  I like Chipotle. I’d be stoked on a Chipotle-buffet for wedding food.

But

As this thread demonstrates, not everyone feels that way. 

If you want mexican food – which, same – I would do some research into some local businesses who might be able to do something similar. It might come off a bit more sophisticated and authentic. Another thing to consider is to maybe hire a taco truck. They’re fun and can do a nice range of options and guests can have something made to order. 

Post # 36
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t necessarily think it was tacky, as long as everything else about the wedding was equally casual, however I would probably be disappointed. I like Chipotle, but I wouldn’t be crazy about spending the time and money getting dressed up for a wedding only to be served the same thing I usually get as takeout and eat while sitting on my couch in pajamas. I feel the same way about pizza being served at weddings. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I personally LOVE Chipotle, and we have had it catered at work many times. I would love this and be a very happy guest! I know for my wedding, we had to use the catering company at the venue. When we did tastings, the food was incredible, but of course when they made large batches for the actual wedding it was not nearly as good. $220 a plate for very average steak. Chipotle catering to me has always tasted the same as Chipotle in the restaurant, so you know what you are getting for your money!

And to a PP who said they likely don’t give you the whole bar, oh they do. They give you EVERYTHING.

Interesting to read the responses though on how many people hate Chipotle, because me, my husband, mom and dad could literally eat it all day every day! 

So I guess the answer would be to know your crowd, maybe ask a few friends and family members and see their feelings? Clearly this is a divisive topic..

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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shockinglynotacrazycatlady :  how is your barn set up? It can get messy.

Normally I wouldn’t mind that much. However, if I see that you have an expensive dress on, fancy decorations, cash bar… I would not be happy.

Post # 39
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t really care, tbh.

 

I do not particularly like chipotle, but I honestly don’t particularly dislike it either.  I wouldn’t think much of it if it was what was served at a wedding–it wouldn’t offend me, and it wouldn’t delight me.

What DOES offend me at weddings is when there isn’t enough food for everyone, lol.  Don’t do that! 😛

Post # 40
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Sugar bee

ugh, no. I’d consider it tacky, sorry.  Especially if there are no other options.

Post # 41
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Honey bee

Part of the reason wedding food tends to suck is that couples pick food that is very hard to cook for a large group. Chicken breasts, steak and fish are generally going to be dried out when served en masse. Choose options that utilize a cooking method that keeps the meat juicy – e.g. short ribs, chicken breast stuffed with risotto, lasagna, paella – and you and your guests will be much happier.

Post # 42
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Helper bee

Nom Nom Nom. I love Chipotle and I would be totally happy to make the burrito bowl of my dreams for dinner at your wedding. I would just check with your crowd and see how they feel about it. I dicn’t realize so many people hated Chipotle.

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No matter what food you serve, people will have an opinion and someone is bound to dislike it.

So serve what you like. Hell, you’re the one paying for the meal.  Your responsibility is to feed your guests, not to make sure it’s every person’s favorite meal ever.

For the record i would be thrilled,  but concerned they’d have enough guac, bc if it’s free you can bet I’d load up!

Post # 44
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Bumble bee

Considering Chipotle’s dubious food safety/food poisoning record I wouldn’t chance eating their food, especially in a catering situation.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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teamroro :  This.

 

I’d love a Mexican food buffet and you’d recieve no judgement from me, however, I’d be even more stoked if it was more authentic. Plus you’d get props for supporting a smaller business/resturant as opposed to a chain. 

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