Post # 1
Okay, so. I need some help on a food decision that I am second-guessing. FH and I had decided on having a mashed potato bar at our reception, which is a small plates/cocktail style reception where we hope people will be milling around a lot. Our menu is as follows:
First, cocktail hour with 8 funky/creative passed apps (including a warm sweet potato cheesecake), huge cheese table with warm brie, and crudite.
*Petite Prime aged filet mignon served over goat cheese and caramelized onion gratin topped with rosemary infused demi glace accompanied by Grilled Asparagus Balsamico
*Butternut Squash Ravioli , accented with toasted pine nuts, baby spinach and browned sage beurre blanc served with julienned vegetables
*Mashed potato bar with “loaded baked potato” toppings – broccoli florets, bacon, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives etc. AND Pennsylvania Dutch-style chicken pot pie stew.
All of this will be served on small plates so people can go around browsing as much as they like.
But recently FH and I have been questioning the mashed potato bar. I’m afraid people won’t like it/won’t get into the DIY spirit, you know? Basically I’m afraid people will think it’s silly.
So we had just about made the decision to swap our mashed potato bar for mushroom risotto (we are stupidly addicted to risotto) and a fancy mixed autumn salad. But then I casually mentioned this at my office and the girls I work with were OVER THE MOON at the potential of a mashed potato bar.
What do you think, Bees? Are mashed potato bars as cool as they sound, or will people think it’s cheesy? (Pun intended, lol.)
Post # 3
Oh man I love mashed potatoes and mushroom risotto so much I cannot even bring myself to vote. This post has made me so hungry LOL
Post # 4
I’ve never seen a mashed potato bar but they sound fun! The mushroom risotto sounds really good too though. I feel like the rest of your food is a little more upscale so the risotto might fit in better. Really you can’t go wrong though!
Post # 5
Anyone who wouldn’t get excited about filling a cup with mashed potatoes and then choosing from an array of toppings sounds like a stick in the mud.
I WISH I knew someone having a mashed potato bar. DO IT!!
Post # 6
It sure better be a little upscale. We spent almost our whole budget on the caterer, heh. :X
Post # 7
@tonights: I don’t blame you, food is what I remember most about weddings!
Post # 8
I think the risotto is more suitable for a wedding, plus mashed potatoes don’t always behave nicely on a buffet. They dry out and get crusty if they’re not constantly tended to.
Post # 9
I would love a mashed potato bar, that sounds awesome!
Post # 10
@fishbone: It’s not a buffet, they’re tended stations where people will be constantly served. So I’m less worried about that, but I definitely agree on the “risotto is more weddingy” part.
The OTHER option , which I completely frigging forgot to add to the poll, was to make it a RISOTTO BAR. Same toppings, only risotto instead of potatoes. I don’t know how I feel about that either.
Post # 11
I’m in love with mashed potato bars. In. Lurve.
Post # 12
@tonights: OMG risotto bar?!?! Hm I still might opt for the mashed potatoes
Post # 13
Mashed potato bar all the way! Kids love it, adults love it!
Post # 14
I’ve been to a couple of events with a mashed potato bar, and it is always a highlight! Plus, I hate mushrooms (and know I’m not alone in this), so I think mashed potatoes are more of an overall crowd pleaser!
Post # 15
your whole menu sounds amazing. it’s making me hungry.
i personally haven’t been to a wedding with a mashed potato bar but i think it would be fun.
Post # 16
I like the balance it provides. The menu to me, seems very “proper” and for a refined palette. If your not used to eating a plated, gourmet meal, seeing a DIY mashed bar would be the shiz!