Post # 1
I know that usually it is always chicken or beef… but I went food-tasting at my vendor’s location and I am telling you that the beef is really not that great! I thought the chicken parmesan and roasted turkey were the best two entrees they had… seriously some of the best I have ever had period. On top of that, I am looking at the deal I have at my reception and the chicken parmesan and roasted turkey would be at no extra cost, but if I want to do a beef instead of the turkey it will cost me another $300 that I don’t think I can afford. If I want to have all 3 options it would be $500 extra. My parents are telling me that I should really pay $300 for the beef and have chicken and beef be the options even if it wasn’t that good because it’s tradition and a lot of people prefer to eat beef. I would totally go for if the beef actually tasted good but I don’t know… I do understand how weird it is to have two bird items as the menu choices, but they are the best thing on the menu plus at no extra cost and I don’t know that I can afford another $300! Thoughts???
ETA: A vegetarian meal option is included!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@kkish3: I think that’s fine… but what about seafood or vegetarian options?
Post # 4
I wouldn’t find it strange at all, personally.
Post # 5
@mchitt329: The vegetarian option is included already, but no seafood!
Post # 6
Have what you can afford. Normally I would say that offering chicken and turley is like offering a choice of milk or milk as a beverage, but these are done so differently.
The chicken is served with a tomato suace which will give it an entirely different taste and appearance than the roasted turkey.
Post # 7
@julies1949: that’s true I didn’t think of it like that… they definitely are very different!
Post # 8
Ordinarily, I would have said that I think it would be redundant to serve two forms of fowl until I saw how the chicken and turkey will be prepared. They are very different menu selections
Although I normally would recommend providing a beef option, I would not want to pay for something as a host and, of even greater importance, eat something as a guest, that does not taste good.
Post # 9
I won’t lie, I think offering chicken and turkey is a little weird. They’re two different preparations, but they’re both poultry. However, it’s your wedding and you can offer whatever you want.
We’re in a similar situation in that the beef option will cost us $600-800 more, but it was the worst thing we tried. We feel like we should offer a beef option, but everything else we tried was so much better. Right now we’re thinking we’ll offer a stuffed chicken breast and a salmon filet and maybe we’ll also offer the beef.
Post # 10
I think it’s weird. But if you can’t afford the beef don’t do it. Personally I would keep the turkey over chicken. Can I ask what was so bad about the beef? Can’t you tell them you don’t like it?
Post # 11
If the beef wasn’t good then I don’t see why you should pay extra to have it! I think the turkey/chicken/veg options are fine. If your parents are insistent on beef, then they should pay the extra $300.
Post # 12
@VossinatorsButterfly: Perhaps… it was a little tough, dry, and just very plain. We tried both sirloin as well as prime rib/beef and I could not even taste or feel a difference it all seemed the same.
Post # 13
Chicken and beef is a pretty traditional combination, but if you don’t like the beef I think you’re right to be hesitant. Since the combo would be chicken parm and roasted turkey, instead of chicken and turkey prepared the exact same way, I think the two dishes are different enough to be options.
Post # 14
I think taste wise the dishes are prepared so differently that you’re fine. As people are selecting make sure they know they aren’t just picking between two birds they are choosing between two very different cuisines.
Post # 15
@kkish3: 2 birds and no beef? Well “CLUCK” YOU!
sorry I couldn’t help it. really though if the beef is no good then there’s no sense in paying for it. As long as you have a meat (in your case 2 meats) and a veg I think it’s perfectly acceptable to leave out the beef. If your guests want beef that badly they can stop at a steakhouse on their wAy home.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
they are so different, plus I’m pretty sure the “beef eaters” will probably be happy with fried chicken covered in sauce and cheese. I would go ahead with these two options and not worry about it. Your job as the host is to provide good food, not to provide anything the guests might like at other weddings. If those are the best options, those are the best options