(Closed) Reception menu?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Are you only able to choose 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert?  Usually, restaurants would give you a couple of choices for you to narrow down to 3-4 choices the guests can choose from upon their arrival.  This might be safer because a lot of guests don’t have the same dietary preferences….

I would definitely check to see what they are known for and see if you can squeeze that in your menu. 🙂  good luck!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We are doing a tortellini to accomodate vegetarians and kids

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

MrsGoodie, what are your options?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Mrs Goodie – is there any kind of meat in your area that is a specialty? (Ie. I live in Alberta, Canada, so it’s a given that beef should be involved.)

If your budget allows for it, personally I would go for lamb, for it’s not typical wedding fare and most people will eat it. But then again, it depends on the cut and needs to be cooked properly!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Ewww I wouldn’t eat lamb, haha. But that’s just me.

I’d say beef or pork. 

I wanted chicken but my mom is graciously paying for our reception and she thinks it’s cheap. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it’s hard to go wrong with beef.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

What’s the restaurant known for?

I’d choose fish or beef …..  🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Can you ask for two options? Maybe for a slightly higher price they will give your guests a choice of two options. Our venue is allowing 5 options as long as we give them the numbers of each 3 days in advance.

Chicken is the safest bet. But I agree that often it is seen as the cheap option – I’m sure all of us have attended a "rubber chicken wedding dinner"! That being said, you should taste it first and see how good it is. If it really is a good chicken dish than I think this may be your best option if you cannot offer a choice. Some people are anti-fish, or anti-red meat but not many people are anti-chicken.

I know this is probably not the answer you were looking for…. but it may be your best option.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

I agree with everything MsB says above. Chicken is definitely the safest bet. Chicken can be more upscale in the form of something like Chicken Oscar- chicken with crabmeat & asparagus with bernaise sauce too. But most people I know who attend weddings normally pick the beef entree when given a choice it seems. I know I do. I’m surprised that a restaurant venue wouldn’t be more flexible in allowing your carnivorous guests more than one choice.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m assuming that the venue wants you to choose only one dish to make the catering preparation easier.  One of my friends had them create an extree like surf & turf.  That way, everyone gets the same dish, but they can choose to eat one or the other.  Maybe the venue can accomodate by making the portions slightly smaller to accomodate two types of protein on one plate. 

Post # 15
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Newbee

My gut tells me that chicken is best because, like you say, most people will eat it.  I am specifically thinking of many of my firends who are vegetarians as often as they can be, but if they must eat meat, it’s gotta be chicken.  I never really thought of chicken as a "cheap" option.  There are some really delicious and gourmet things they could do.  If I were you, I would go with chicken.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with most people.  Chicken would be the safest, especially since some people may have religious reasons for not eating pork, oppose eating red meat for health reasons, or don’t like the taste of fish.  However, at my sister’s wedding, most people chose steak.  But the chicken at my sister’s wedding turned out tasting better than the ny steak.

As daydreamer33 suggested, make it more upscale.  Talk to your chef, and s/he can come up with suggestions.  Perhaps, you can stuff it with some really good, expensive cheese, use free-range chicken and drizzle it with truffle oil, or have an extravagant side dish.  I would probably stay away from adding seafood since some people may be allergic to it.  

I think I’m going to have to go with the chicken option for my wedding because the price of steak went up a lot  But I think the caterer will create a good, not-so-cheap chicken entree…we’ll see when I have the food tasting.

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