Post # 1
I’m having an October wedding at a Country Club. Planning for a few vegetarian guests and a handful of over age 70 guests (though all mobile).
I had originally planned on doing a sit down meal as I didn’t feel a traditional buffet really gave me what I was looking for. However, in a recent sit down with my venue, they informed me that I have the option of doing stations. This would only cost $2/pp (due to staff needing to man these “live” stations).
I’ve always really liked this idea of stations, so I got really excited.
The issue is that they don’t have packages set up like this…so I think they are looking for us to give them a list of ideas and then we’ll negotiate from there.
They also told me that 3 stations is pretty typical for them. Does that sound like too few?
Off the top of my head, I was thinking:
– Carving station (with something other than prime rib) with garden salad, starchy side
– Pasta station with caesar salad, rolls, different pasta topping options
– 3rd station….??? Mexican themed? Sliders, grilled cheese paninis and fries?
Help please! 🙂
Post # 3
I was at a BEAUTIFULLY done wedding this weekend with stations. The food was catered by the most expensive option in the city and it was insanely delicious.
The stations were grouped together like this:
Mexican: barbacoa tostadas, hot roasted corn soup shooters, smoked chicken quesadillas, beef kebobs with chimichurri
Comfort Foods: mac n’cheese, gorgonzola fondue with pretzel bread and chicken sausage, steak slices with fried BBQ onions, and something else I’m forgetting… ugh
Awesome local restaurant that the catering company owns: veal meatball sliders, chicken parmesean on a stick, chopped salad, hot pasta dish with cream sauce and vegetables
Anyway, I’d do three stations with 4 things on them. I really liked the completely different options. I’d suggest having a soup or a salad on each one of the stations, and make the stations VASTLY different. It kept the lines down all night because there was something interesting at each station.
Post # 4
Sounds good to me so far. How about an omlet station for the third. I have become obsessed with breakfast for dinner lately. lol. Fiance and I are trying to do a breakfast buffet for our evening reception. The friends I have asked about it all think it’s a good idea.
Post # 5
We had a pasta station, carving station, crepes station and a Asian station heavily modified by me. Ice cream station thrown in for free.
Some other stations that I’ve seen a Tapas station, Grill Station, Steakhouse station, Seared tuna station, BBQ Station, Cajun station, Bombay (Indian) station, Panini station.
A good thing to do is to google other caterers that do have station style menus for inspiration then you can send those sample menus to your caterer.
P.S. Here’s a breakdown of what was included in each of our stations, FYI.
Carved PRIME RIB
Steamship Pork Roast
Maxwell’s 1890 Steak Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Wedge Lettuce Salad Smoked Bacon
Trattoria Pasta Station
Penne a la Vodka
Orricette W/Broccoli Rabe&Spicy Sausage
Tri-color Tortellini W/ Arugula &
Oven Dried Tomatoes
Noccellini & Grape Tomatoes
Thai Style Beef
Lemon Grass Shrimp
Crisp Spring Rolls
Stir Fried Rice
Ginger, Corriander, and Orange braised Chicken
Long Life Noodles
Shrimp and Cognac
Chicken and Asparagus
Grilled Vegetable & Smoked Gouda
Baby Greens Salad and White Balsamic
Vinaigrette served with fresh Baugette
Note that with all these we still had passed cold/hot hor devours during cocktail hour. Fruit and vegetable displays during dinner etc and a seated appetizer prior to stations opening.
Post # 6
we are doing a carving station, pasta station, and raw bar (with coordinating sides also at each station). some of the other options we considered were stir-fry station, mac and cheese or mashed potato bar, and slider stations.