(Closed) Is this DIY menu ok?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

For how many people?  Who’s cooking?  Does this count equipment needed to keep the food warm or cold?

One thing I can think of is that plain pasta can be tricky to make ahead – what about doing a baked pasta (ziti, lasagna, etc) and then have the meatballs or chicken on the side?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sounds pretty good to me, minus the logistics part!

I’m not quite sure how to deal with the pre cooked pasta, but you can use crock pots for the sauces and meat, plus shouldn’t have too much trouble rounding up loaner ones!

I think that the menu provides a decent number of options and no one should complain that they’re going hungry.  They’re also things which are quite filling.  (Fun thing you don’t want to think about – is anyone gluten intolerant?)

Are you going to have a cocktail hour or any appetizers?  (I am by no means suggesting that you must!)

Is there someone from a highschool/community group/church/etc that you would be able to hire rather inexpensively?  Any friends or friends of friends in college/university.  They could be put in charge of cooking big batches of pasta at an appropriate time?  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Any snacky snacks first?

I am extremely hungry right now and all that sounds delicious.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sounds delicious to me!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You can par cook your pasta and flash heat it in boiling water. It will give you a much better result. Parcook your pasta the night before (you want it just about cooked) then have a roaster of boiling water ready. Five minutes before you serve dump pasta into a colander and place in boiling water, stir floating pasta for 1 minute or 2 then lift colanderand shake. Dump it into serving bowls.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Sounds good to me! My only complaint would be that I have celiac and can’t have anything with gluten, so no pasta or breadsticks for me.  I would happily eat the chicken and add some roasted veggies and salad though!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Jennawesbren:  Wow, good luck! I’m sorry, I did just realize I didn’t have any positives in my answer – I was in trouble shooting mode. I do think that sounds like a great dinner. 🙂  @secondchances‘s suggestion for how to deal with the pasta is a really good one. Crock pots should work well to heat/warm sauce too.

what I would suggest is invite some friends for dinner and cook up a pound or two of penne just to see how either cooking in the AM or parcooking goes? For the whole test run thing.

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