Is chipotle catering tacky?

posted 10 months ago in Food
Post # 61
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Helper bee

I’ve never been to a wedding that had good food (even my own!), there seems to be a curse on crappy wedding food, even the fine dining ones!

So THIS 100%! It sounds like it’d be amazing and I’m really jealous that I hadn’t thought of it years ago! Aslong as your theme incorporates a buffet then I think it’s great. Hell, you may even get away with having servers for it if you had a little ‘design your own taco’ option on your wedding invite so people could decide what they’d like made for them!

Post # 62
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like Chipotle okay but I prefer mexican food from a local restaurant by far over Chipotle.  So if you want to go with Mexican food I would choose a local restaurant who caters. I’d probably be a bit disappointed with Chipotle at a wedding.  I eat it once every few months for lunch and that’s about it.

Also team Freebirds here.  Way better than Chipotle and Qdoba!! smile

Post # 63
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Helper bee

penny1403 :  Welp, maybe I’m just a fatty!

In all honesty though, wouldn’t you want to err on the side of your guests feeling full rather than hungry?

But I get my opinion is probably in the minority because I don’t care if a wedding has alcohol or not, I just want good food, and enough of it. Plated dinners are always disappointing for me, including selection. I want to go through and take what I like and leave what I don’t, not be served a dish of something with some weird sides that I pretty much have to eat.

Post # 64
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Helper bee

kes18 :  Had to Google what Freebirds was. Never heard of it! I’m a Moe’s fan myself. Good food cheap.

Post # 65
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

whitecollarbee :  I also like it better than Moe’s lol

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

As some others have said, I think it’d be way better to find a local Mexican restaurant (run by Mexican or Mexican-American people) would be a far better choice. You get better food, more options, and support a local business without the stigma of choosing a fast-casual chain. 

Post # 67
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We like Mexican food but would not eat at a wedding where it was being served by Chipotle.  My husband got very badly food poisoned from their food once.  He would probably actually leave the wedding.  I would probably stay but not consume anything.  Perhaps there is a local Mexican restaurant with a more glowing food safety history that you might choose?  Chipotle at a wedding sounds not only cheap but potentially dangerous to me, but like I said, we had a very bad experience.

Post # 68
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Busy bee

it would be a bit odd if i went to a black tie wedding and they had chipotle… but i think a barn wedding is fine? I personally also love chipotle so i would be pleasantly surprised if a wedding served chipotle 🙂

Post # 69
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Busy bee

First off, I love Chipotle.

That said, I’d go with an actual Mexican restaurant if you want to do that. I feel like it will definitely bring down the ‘wedding’ factor having food from Chipotle 🙂

Post # 70
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Personally, unless your wedding is very casual it would seem out of place to me.  When I think about food for an event or party I generally think of it matching the overall vibe.  Going the chipotle route would be a fit for me if the decorations, dress code, etc. were very casual.

That said, I do think there are some things you could think about.  As other people said, I think it could work well for late night food which is often more casual.  Or you could think about keeping mexican but going with something with nicer presentation and more options.

I also agree that while wedding food is often not good, I don’t think that has to be the case.  As another PP said often times it’s because people want entrees that frankly don’t hold well for a catering scenario.  For our wedding we’re going with dishes we feel comfortable will hold well (i.e. meats/seafood in sauces).  We’re doing Puerto Rican food since our wedding will be there and we love the food.  Similar to Mexican, we know it may not be something that everyone is familiar with or likes so we’re opting for a large range of options so people can find something they will like.  We’re offering a station of the regional dish we’re most crazy about (Mofongo) and then a buffet that has more options including some things that are still Puerto Rican but more approachable. 

Post # 71
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

In the interest of science & to provide an educated opinion, I had Qdoba for dinner. Tasty. I think it depends on presentation. Nice chafing dishes with stylish serving utensils with guests having nice plates & silverwear…. it could definitely work. Unless you’re putting up a “made by chipotle” sign, who’s going to know that it’s higher-end fast food? 

Post # 72
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Helper bee

I loooooove Mexican food!!! But chipotle is not real Mexican and I don’t really like it. At least the ones I have been too have been so inconsistent. I also agree with the people who said it’s like a lunch option for so many people, then to go to a wedding and have it there seems too casual to me personally. 

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