(Closed) Southern Style Buffet?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Would a southern style dinner of Chicken tenders and mac and cheese, etc, be suitable?
    Heck yea - yeehaw! : (52 votes)
    66 %
    Oh hellll no : (18 votes)
    23 %
    I don't really care, I'm only here for the booze : (9 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’m assuming most of your family and friends are the same type of people as you so I say why the heck not?  It’s your wedding, do what makes you happy; I don’t think there is any sense in stressing over expensive food if it’s not what you want 🙂

    Post # 4
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t think chicken tenders would be suitable unless it’s seriously backyard style.

    But that’s just my opinion.

    Post # 5
    3726 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @The_Future_KB:  Could you have them cater the meat and hot sides and have family pot-luck the rest? If you are going for a simple affair, a bit of potluck sounds like it would fit in and compliment both your menu and budget quite nicely.

    Post # 6
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Have you checked with local Italian restaurants to see if you can order individual trays of pasta and salad?  I have found that is usually a really cheap option compared to traditional catering.  I once ordered chicken marsala for 40 for around $50 (two trays at $25 per tray with each tray feeding 20 persons.)  They also offered lasagna, baked ziti, and spagetti with meatball marinara sauce as well as caeser and house salad trays.

    For our wedding, we are ordering BBQ by the pound and sides by the gallon from a local BBQ restaurant instead of traditional catering.  Our average cost per person is around $10-12 per person but I think we will have a lot leftover since I tend to over order a bit.  Traditional catering was going to cost us an extra $10 per head so we decided to go with the trays instead.

    Post # 7
    777 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @The_Future_KB:  It sounds great! We did something similar (fried chicken, bbq, mac n cheese, green beans, etc.) and everyone raved about the food. I think it was way better than the usual “wedding food”.

    Post # 9
    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I checked your last option cause that’s basically my wedding food & drink philosophy 😉  But I would definitely eat that, it sounds yummy!  

    Just make sure there are *some* healthy options too?  At least a green salad, and maybe some sort of cooked but not super unhealthy veggie side dish?

    Post # 11
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would LOVE it!

    Post # 12
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Could you do something else instead of chicken tenders? That’s the only thing that sounds a bit…like a kid’s meal.

    Post # 13
    2212 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @beachbride1216:  I should look into this!  Thanks for the tip.  We are thinking about BBQ, too, but it seems if you have it catered traditionally it’s $15-$23 a head around here.

    Post # 14
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @The_Future_KB:  I personally would love to eat chicken tenders at a wedding, in fact your whole menu sounds awesome to me; but, I agree with other PPs, chicken tenders don’t seem like “wedding” food.  Could you do some other southern dish (i.e. shrimp n’ grits, deep fried turkey, etc)?  I’m in NC, so our go to was Bbq for our welcome dinner.

    Post # 15
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @DomesticDiva:  Our cost went from $1300 for catered (no employees, just included delivery and setup) to $600 for trays.  We have to spend and additional $100 on heated serving trays but I found them at Party City super cheap with the butane heaters included.  Well worth the savings!

    Post # 16
    9673 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Hmmm…not a fan of the chicken tenders either.  Reminds me of a kids meal.  I’d MUCH prefer BBQ.  You can get BBQ dropped off here (so buffet style, throw away containers) for $10-$12 a person.  It’s more expensive to have them stay and man it themselves.

    Oh, and I’d say you really should have a veggie or salad.

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