Post # 17
I also don’t get how people can not eat beef? I know that lots of people don’t eat pork for religious reasons, so that’s probably not a safe option, but unless you have Hindu guests then what’s wrong with beef? Besides, I’m imagining that you also have a vegetarian/vegan/allergen free option.
I just picked what we liked for our meat/fish option, and those who didn’t like it could either lump it, or go vegetarian/vegan for the night.
Anyway, I chose JD chicken in the poll.
Post # 18
Beef has been by far the most popular choice for us so I picked that but if you are only having one I would probably go witch chicken. What else do you have to go with it?
Post # 19
These options sound awesome. But some form of chicken breast is probably going to be the safest bet. If I were a guest I’d probably order the cajun chicken tortellini or the herb crusted pork loin! Yum! But chicken breast is safe.
Post # 20
A problem with beef is that everybody has different temperature preferences that are impossible to accommodate when the food is being cooked and served en masse. I adore a good steak but never choose the beef option at events because it’s always overcooked for my taste.
Post # 21
I agree that chicken is your safest bet, and the stuffed chicken is the thing people would know and therefore be comfortable with. I would personally pick the Jack Daniels chicken since it sounds delicious and a little different, butI think the biggest crowd pleaser is probably the stuffed.
Post # 22
Some people just don’t eat red meat, usually for health reasons — cholesterol, etc. Also, overdone roast beef by a caterer is such a dreadful experience, shoe leather central.
OP, I echo all the other posters and say stick with chicken. The Jack Daniels chicken would be the biggest crowd pleaser in my family, and I think it sounds interesting.
Post # 23
I guess I’m just a foodzilla then… I would have just picked the beef and said “everyone’s having it rare. If they don’t like it that way, they can go vegetarian for the night”
I chose duck as my main. If my guests don’t like duck, they can go vegan instead. I was originally going to choose venison in blackberry sauce, but I was talked down. *Sigh*
I compromised on pretty much everything for my wedding… but I was determined to have nice food!
PS Plus, if people don’t eat red meat because they have health problems, then going vegan for the evening will probably do them the power of good. Gosh, I do sound evil… but in this case, I’m kind of liking it for a change!
Post # 24
@Beasha: i also only served one option. We served chicken and it was perfect. I did accomodate to guests with dietary restrictions. DH and I are vegan and have a neice who has a allergy to dairy. We had 3 vegan dishes made for us. 🙂
Post # 25
Man, if the vegan option is good, I would pick it! I have a ton of food allergies, it’s frequently easier to just go with the veggies. I think so long as you’ve got two options, it’s not just beef or starve, it’s usually good. And anybody with a lot of issues, like me, will contact the bride directly, just to clarify if they can be accomodated for the meal or if they need to bring their own snacks, which is what I end up doing a lot. But I think if it’s one dish only, no other options at all, either vegetarian or chicken is safe if you’re worried about being a crowd pleaser.
Post # 26
Yeah, you just gotta go vegan or at least veggie for one of the menu options. Saves so much hassle and it also means that you cover most allergies and religious requirements in one swoop. If you’ve got friends from all sorts of religious and cultural groups, like I have, it saves so much stress when you get used to preparing and serving vegetarian and vegan food on a regular basis!