Is chipotle catering tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 46
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377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

What about adding food stations? You can have your mexican chipotle station and maybe an italian station (I love the ones where they make the paste in site using the different pasta options/sauces), or a chinesse food station or even a pizza station from a “fancier” pizza place like proscciuto and whatever pizza? 

 

Post # 47
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13943 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I don’t like Chipotle and would not want to eat messy Mexican food at a fancy/formal wedding. 

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think there are other ways you can incorporate your love of Chipotle rather than making it your main meal. Can you serve Chipotle at your rehearsal dinner? Or serve it as a late night food station at your wedding? 

Post # 49
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980 posts
Busy bee

I really don’t see how catering your wedding with fast food could be anything but tacky. Sorry.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Chipotle has a bad reputation for norovirus outbreaks, listeria, salmonella… I haven’t eaten there since the first wave of restaurants closures a few years ago. Sure, it could happen with any restaurant or caterer, but it keeps happening with Chipotle.

Post # 51
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I would find truly authentic Mexican food to be amazing and original. Chipotle, however, I would consider tacky and especially off putting given their reputation. Would actually avoid eating it. Chipotle is fast food…it is at best…at best..an elevated subway. do not want that at an event I have to get dressed up for and bring a gift to. Sorry. Fine if you like it but since you’re asking, I would reconsider serving that at a wedding.

Post # 52
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Newbee

Who cares what it looks like! It’s your special day. You order what you wanna eat. No ifs, ands, or buts! 🙂 

Post # 53
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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shockinglynotacrazycatlady :  I’m an Australian bee and I looked up the menu and realised its like our version of zambrero and mad mex and honestly I wouldn’t be overly happy to line up and diy my own fast food  burrito in heels and a dress at a wedding. It doesn’t even look like they have very interesting sides to bulk out a burrito meal. 

If you really want to do that type of meal, I’d look at more authentic local Mexican restaurants/ caterers who could probably add authentic dishes that would be typical of a big celebration like a wedding. 

Honestly you have the option to bring in your own caterers so I’d do some research and find excellent ones to use. I agree with a PP wedding food is bad because chicken breast/steak is hard enough to cook perfectly for small numbers. To do it for large numbers is near on impossible. We used a family friend who spent his life cooking on ships and now has a restaurant/catering business. He was very honest as to what dishes and cuts of protein could work for 150 people with the limitations of the kitchen at our venue and the number of staff he could accommodate in the kitchen without having everyone tripping all over each other. Buffet and plated wedding food doesn’t have to be bad. Its only bad at a lot of caterers do not know what they are doing and tradition seems to dictate that chicken and a beef steak are a prerequisite for a wedding dinner. (Two of the easiest cuts of proteins to overcook)

 

Post # 54
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Helper bee

No food poisoning for me.  Nope nope nope.  Freebirds, Mexican restaurant, or bust.

Post # 55
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Worker bee

I probably wouldn’t be too thrilled. Not a huge fan of Chipotle. The menu is so limited, it’s basically only 1 dish, made the way you want. It would only work if there were other entree options too. I would consider a different caterer that could do tacos for you but also have other options to feel like a complete meal. 

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I think it may work better as a late night snack. I like chipotle im not one to judge what people decided to do for there wedding but people either love it or hate it and you may be better off doing a Mexican buffet for overall crowd pleaser. We use to get Mexican food catered from a restaurant for lunch and it was pretty reasonable with pricing and worked out way better then when we had chipotle catered.

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

So tacky.  Our wedding food was incredible.  7 months later, people are still talking about it 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I don’t know that I would love that as a guest.  Chipotle is ok, but I’m not sure it’s the crowd-pleaser everyone makes it out to be.  I’m not sure it’s a great idea.

Post # 59
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Busy bee

I had to look up chipotle. I would be unimpressed if I were a guest at a chipotle wedding based on what I saw. Especially if the rest of the wedding was at a different level of formality. 

And especially with the number of food poisoning issues that came up in a Google search

Post # 60
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my husband wanted sheetz to cater our wedding, lol.

2 things come to mind.  not everyone likes chipotle.  and given chipotle in the news a lot for contamination, and their stocks reflecting it, i think people would be more skeptical of eating it in a wedding setting where food is known to be sitting out longer.  i would make sure you have staff properly handling the food and maintaining the correct temperature.

 

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