(Closed) Small wedding/reception – not sure what to do for food

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CARA1978:  Try to get married or have the reception at a restaurant.

Post # 5
47407 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CARA1978:  Given that you said you have chosen your venue, I think it is more helpful to focus on what you could do about the food, rather than suggest you change your venue.

Try smaller catering companies or restaurants who do catering. Restaurants are usually happy to do smaller events as it can supplement their bsuiness without making it impossible for them to serve their diners.

Do you live near a college that has a food program or culinary school? They also do catering.

Post # 7
269 posts
Helper bee

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@CARA1978:  if you look in the services offered or situations offered part on Craigslist (I can’t remember what it’s called) a lot of up and coming and mom and pop caterers post there. The ones in my area are really cheap. Also, my local university caters, try searching through your local community college’s cafe on their website. But honestly, being where you are from, you should have a lot more catering options for your group size!

Post # 8
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We are ordering BBQ by the pound and setting up a buffet. Italian restaurants usually also sell trays of pasta and salads. 

Post # 9
38 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

If I were to have a smaller wedding, I actually considered doing a potluck or a barbecue. Of course, it’s much more casual so you’ll have to take into account how formal your wedding is. If you and/or any of your guests are huge foodies, you could probably even cook from home and deliver it to your venue.

Post # 10
1744 posts
Bumble bee

check out ads or Craigslist for personal chefs, home chef, caterers, etc.  Some of them will cater parties of any size – large or small.  It would seek like a good fit since you venue has kitchen facilities.  (I’d check with them to make sure you can use the kitchen though, I don’t know, but could imagine there might be insurance / liability issues – though I hope not.)  

Post # 11
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d be really leery of using craigslist. Established businesses generally don’t advertise there, so at best you’d end up with a very inexperienced caterer. I’d contact the local culinary school. Many do catering as internships for their students, in which case they’re usually supervised by a chef instructor. You could also look into “drop catering” which is basically where a restaurant or caterer prepares the food so that it needs minimal finishing (like just pop the food in the oven to heat up and then just plate it), in which case you can get waitstaff from your local temp agency. The staff would just have to assemble the plates and serve.


Post # 12
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Lots of great restaurants do private event catering – look at websites of places you like for a heading like ‘private dining’/’private events.’ All the restaurants I’d considered for our very small reception offered this as an option. With nicer restaurants, this usually means they’ll have a chef on-site plus wait staff.

BBQ, Italian, and Mexican restaurants are other good options as most will do large orders and can also sometimes include delivery and set-up, if you want to do a buffet and don’t need someone cooking on-site.

Post # 13
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Many restaurants cater…. what type of food are you looking into?
We are having fazoli’s cater our reception of 45.

Post # 14
1744 posts
Bumble bee

Regarding Craigslist – yes, you should screen references on any company that you plan to use.  Craigslist or not. 

I recently found a caterer (chef) off of Craigslist to come in and help me finish and present food for a party.  The owner of the company is an instructor at the local culinary school (I checked), had good references, and the price was very fair.

Post # 15
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CARA1978:  People do catering for smaller groups all the time — think birthday parties, showers, etc.  I’m not saying to lie but you might be throwing vendors off by calling it a wedding — just say you are looking to get a meal catered for 20 people and see where that gets you.  Our wedding is 10 ppl and I had no issues finding food, although that could be a location thing.

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