Post # 17
@Ms_Pinoy: I’m a vegetarian (well…I was for 10 years…now I am just a very picky somewhat meat eater that only eats dry chicken breast with no bones or grissle haha) and that would satisfy me…and I’m greek so I eat A LOT plus the remainders on my DH’s plate most of the time 😉 potatoes, salad and grilled veggies sounds good but if you wanted like a “feature” main for the vegetarians instead of it seeming all like sides, you could go for a stuffed portobello mushroom. I had that at a wedding once and it was SOOOO GOOOD! I have also worked at a lot of weddings doing waitressing and a lot of times for the vegetarians they do something like mushroom risotto or veggie lasagne…but if it is a buffett, it sounds good as it is cause the vegetarians can help themselves to as much as they want.
Post # 18
I second adding one or two more vegetarian/vegan options. And adding in a romaine/iceburg salad. The portobello mushroom idea a PP suggested would be great if there wasn’t already mushrooms in the grilled veggies. Not entirely sure what dishes to suggest though- I’ll think on it and come back. (Btw, can you do a vegan pasta salad? All the ones I know of use mayo- maybe do one with a beet juice or vinegrette dressing instead to satisfy any vegans if you have them)
Post # 19
Wow, you guys rock! Thanks so much for all of the comments!
@TinaJade: Hahaha, when we were picking things for our menu, my Fiance goes “Flank steak? Okay, well I’m set…” =P
Just browsing over my guest list, we’re likely to only have 1-2 vegetarians attending, and 1 allergy (gluten) that I know of for sure. But it’s really important to me that they feel just as comfortable as any other guest.
I think I’ll ask about some stuffed portobellos and the Italian pasta salad.
Should have mentioned this, but even though our theme is fun-casual, the food will still be served on full service China with silverware. And the pavilion does have private bathrooms like you’d find in any other establishment.
That said, @fishbone brings an important question to mind: We have the option of swapping the bone-in chicken quarters for a boneless grilled chicken breast. My concern is that boneless might dry out at a buffet, even if they’re grilling onsite. The company is known for chicken quarters, and all of the times I’ve had their food at events, I don’t think I’ve ever had a boneless chicken breast from them. At the same time, I feel like in general, people prefer boneless…especially at a semi-formal event, because it’s easier to cut/eat.
Any opinions on this? So many questions…ahhh!
Post # 20
The Italian pasta salad should be vegan-friendly (vinegrette based), but I’ll have to double check that there’s no cheese!
You just gave me a great idea! My crowd tends to LOVE beets (I blame it on the 90s cartoon, Doug…). Would grilled beets with a honey-balsamic glaze be a suitable vegetarian/vegan option? I’m thinking served over some wilted kale, it could be really nice.
Post # 21
Trust me. I was in hospitality and catering in my former career. Boneless chicken is the way to go. A good caterer will know how to prepare it so it doesn’t die out in the buffet. We consistently threw away a lot of bone-in chicken from buffets. People take one look and think “I really don’t want to get my fingers and my face all dirty.”
Post # 22
@Ms_Pinoy: I’m a picky eater, with food allergies, and I would totally eat this menu….like all of it. I agree about vegetarian options, but only if you have vegetarian guests (we won’t have any at our wedding).
Post # 23
Sounds delicious!! I would maybe add some sort of pasta dish, like a cold pasta salad entree. That way people who don’t want meat can have another option in addition to the veggies and garden salad.
Post # 24
Yeah, I’m definitely starting to lean toward the boneless chicken. Seems more suitable for a wedding.
Thanks for the input! Definitely helps to get an opinion from someone who was in the business.
Post # 25
It all sounds good to me and I see no need to really add anything else or make changes.
Portobello’s are not a cheap addition and many people don’t eat mushrooms of any type, so unless you were getting a great deal on them as an option, I’d skip it. Same for the chicken. If they are well known for their bone in, I’m guessing there’s a reason for it. Bone in chicken is always more flavorful and juicy, and shouldn’t be a problem.
I think your guests will be very happy with your meal choices!
Post # 26
That’s great!! I want everyone to eat plenty at our reception. 🙂
I really don’t know what to expect as far as vegetarians/vegans go for the wedding. My Future Brother-In-Law, the Best Man, is a vegetarian and I have one Out of Town friend who is, but I don’t know if she’ll come in for the wedding.
Post # 27
The bone-in is really tender and delicious. Whatever they put in their marinade, it works really well!
As for the portobellos, I was thinking that it would probably be a bit pricy. I’m going to chat with them about what they offer for vegetarians and what the added cost is. The total charge for our menu as is is $15.75pp (just under 2k for our 100 estimated guests, tax + gratuity included), and we’re hoping not to go over $17.50pp (about 2.2k).
In addition to this cost we have to DIY the bar (beer, wine and 3 signature cocktails) and hoping not to spend more than 3.5k total on food and beverage.
Post # 28
Just in case you have vegetarians have a pasta dish of some sort and maybe some more veggies. I’d be set though — I think your food sounds great.
Post # 29
I agree about a pasta salad, but otherwise your menu looks great!
When I saw that you’re in NY and you said that the company is known for their chicken quarters, it made me wonder if you are having Brooks cater your wedding. I have family in that area and I looooove stopping there. MMMM!
Post # 30
*mouth watering* The options look great!! I would eat pretty much everything you have on there, especially the maranatied grilled chicken and garlic potatoes…yummm! But I would suggest a few more Veggie options maybe….some tasty veggie burgers maybe? Oh and ice-cream in the dessert bar for the kids 😉
Post # 31
vegetarian baked beans. i wouldnt choose another mushroom dish because you already have a veggie miix with them. i dont eat pork and i serve vegetarian beans all the time and no one knows the difference unless i say something. unless youre bacon obsessed and youre looking for chunks of ham hocks…