(Closed) Run out of food at the buffet?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Have you been to a buffet where the food ran out?
    No, every buffet I've been to has been enough. : (43 votes)
    52 %
    Yes, a few things ran out but not until after everyone had been through once. : (20 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, everything ran out but not until after everyone had been through once. : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Yes, a few things ran out before everyone could get through once. : (13 votes)
    16 %
    Yes, everything ran out before everyone could get through once. : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    110 posts
    Blushing bee

    I wouldn’t worry too much, your caterers know what they are doing.  You might run out of a few things once people head up for seconds but everyone will get a little of everything the first time around.  Since you’re having two types of food I bet everyone will eat small portions from one line and go for seconds in the other line.

    Post # 4
    169 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think running out of food happens when guests are allowed to serve themselves.

    If your venue has servers at the buffet they will know the correct portion size to dish out so everyone has a chance to at least get one serving of everything they want.

    Post # 5
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen a buffet run out of food. i DID see a plated dinner run out of side dishes once though. the dinner at that wedding was weeeeird….

    Post # 7
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I used to work as an event manager for a conference center/hotel, and in the three years I was there, 90% of meals served were buffet style.  We NEVER ran out of food.  Mostly because staff is there to portion a little, and the kitchen staff typically prepares 5%-8% overage just in case.

    Post # 8
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    buffets always over-prepare the number they get…that’s why they’re not always cheaper than seated dinners! yes, there’s a tendency for your eyes to be bigger than your stomach at buffets, but your caterers know that and plan accordingly. don’t worry about this. sure, it’s possible, but it’s highly unlikely!

    Post # 9
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee

    We ran out… but only because the people serving were taking huge plates to the “main house” to eat later. I was PISSED.

    Post # 11
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    Will any of the catering staff be present? Even if people have to build their own, someone else’s eyes near their plate might keep people in check. I’d read reviews on your caterer and see if anyone’s ever complained of there being too little food before, just in case.

    I’ve never been to a wedding where this happened, but it has happened at other somewhat formal events and it’s pretty disappointing.

    Post # 13
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @CorgiTales: Our guests served themselves and we had a buffet. We had enough food left over that we used some for the gift opening the next day and frooze all the hot entree (chicken and salmon) and Darling Husband and I had dinner for a week or so….

    I wouldnt worry about it…

    Post # 14
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’ve only been to one that ran out… and that’s a whole debacle…. because they ran out with 8 tables left. So, as long as the caterer is competent and the price isn’t “too good to be true” you’ll be fine. Almost every wedding I see these days is a buffet and we were eating frozen leftovers for a few weeks after our wedding 🙂

    Post # 15
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    As for my wedding, I have no idea.  But I know my venue coordinator was on top of things.  A bartender even came up to me and told me that my drink (not really signature drink, it was a drink that I wanted and after other people found out what I was drinking, they ended up getting it too. It was a pineapple mojito.  )  Anyway, the bartender came up to me and told me that they saved me a glass because they didn’t want the bride not to have her drink before it ran out.  How very nice of them!!! 🙂

    But I did go to a wedding we were were the second to last table to be called and it was scarce.  There was hardly food left.  I think there was turkey or chicken and when we got there there was nothing at the carving station.  But then we told someone and they brought out more.  It did take a while for our table to be called so maybe people who were up earlier went up for seconds before we got there.


    Post # 16
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Yes! I ended up getting a single roll*. I believe that the problem in that case was that it was self-serve. The other buffet weddings I went to had servers and plenty of food.

    *It all worked out for me because they had plenty of pie, ice cream, and cake :). 

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