Post # 1
Hi bees! To keep our costs down, rather than hiring a caterer, we are purchasing catering trays of food from our local grocery then hiring a few people to heat up the food in the venues kitchen. We don’t want to do buffet because that will require significantly more food to be purchased. We don’t want to do plated either, because we can’t afford to hire 10 servers, so food service would be so slow. My idea was ask for dinner selections on the RSVP. Use that as a rough measure of what entrees to purchase. Set up a food service line, where guest goes up and server asks “did you request chicken or fish?” and serve that on the plate, pass the plate to the next server who will then add potatoes and veggies. Maybe have self serve salad and rolls and the end of the line, or family style on each table. Not sure yet. I know people may change their mind on their entree selection when they get there, so we wouldn’t run out of food, it would just give us a good idea of amounts. What are your thoughts on this? Is it too strange? Any improvements or suggestions?
Post # 3
It reminds me of a cafeteria.
Post # 4
I would just do a normal buffet. This reminds me too much of the high school cafe.
Post # 5
@krex: It isn’t ideal, but if that’s what your budget allows for, then I think it’s a good solution.
Edited: I think it would be best for servers to serve (read: restrict portion sizes of) the meat selections without asking guests what they preselected. Asking guests to select an entree ahead of time may give the false impression that there will be a plated dinner.
Post # 6
Agreed. It sounds like a caeteria to me as well. Why not just do a cake and punch reception or just appetizers to keep costs down?
Post # 7
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I wouldn’t do that because of the cafeteria feeling, but how about doing family style food? You can tailor the amount of each food on each table by the selections they made on the RSVP, and people can serve themselves at the table. Then the servers only have to bring over bigger bowls of food instead of individual plates, and it wouldn’t take as long.
Post # 8
@Natalieh86: I agree. As I was reading it, I was actually picturing my high school cafeteria. OP, I know that’s not what you want to hear. If you’re hiring a few people to heat up food and do the prep work, can you hire just a few more to serve?
ETA: Are you saying your food options are chicken or fish? Keep in mind, reheating fish has a very distinct smell that a lot of people find unappetizing…
Post # 9
Another bee posted this on a separate thread
“Although it is buffet, it will be wait staffed…so people won’t be servig themselves. Also since there are limited choices, the lines will move quicker.”
Which is essentially what we are doing.
I’m unsure of a typical buffet setup because we won’t have alot of choice for food. Just entree, then potato and veggie.
Post # 10
I think that this will be fine!!!
Post # 11
I think family style is a great solution! 🙂