(Closed) Taco bar at a wedding??

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 16
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Newbee

I had a local TexMex restaurant cater (buffet) my wedding and we did three types of fajita with rice, beans, chips and guacamole. Everyone had enough and no one complained. 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Taco bars are tasty but would definitely work best as late night food.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I had friends who did this last year and it was awesome! It was set up buffet style with different meats and tortilla options. They also served rice, beans and chips with salsa on the side. Loved it!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Our friends did this for their large casual wedding. There was plenty of food, it was set up well, and DELICIOUS. I could see it not working for a black tie event, but for an outdoor wedding it was perfect.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

I went to a wedding where they hired 4 different food trucks and parked them around the field near the reception tent. They had poutine, gyros, Korean BBQ tacos, and a waffle cart. It. Was. Amazing.

Portland has a pretty robust food truck culture, so there was a good variety of options, and it was pretty on par cost wise, with traditional catering. Because good trucks are accustomed to serving a string of people quickly, the lines were completely manageable.

Not sure if this is something you could explore, but it does introduce a fun novelty into the food options. I’d definitely also have a small buffet with other options laid out for those who might not be pro-taco.

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

 

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junebabyy :  We did a taco salad bar for our rehearsal dinner.  Anyone who makes a taco salad and is still hungry afterwards clearly has no idea what they are doing.  I couldn’t even finish mine!  

For a full wedding I’d go more all-out than we did as we were a smaller group.  Beef, Chicken, Cod or Tuna for meat choices, fresh pico de gallo as well as other salsas, lettuce, onion, olives, corn, cheeses, guacamole, sliced avocado, rice, beans, grilled peppers and squash, and see if there are some other random toppings people like on their tacos as well.  We also had locally made tortillas for anyone who wanted to go taco-style or make a burrito instead of the salad form.

Then all you need to worry about is the logistics – maybe have two tables with both sides open so there are 4 lines, for example.  But I don’t see why that would be any different than any other buffet-style wedding.  Alternatively you could go family-style and have all the little dishes on each table, but that could get excessive with tacos.

Post # 22
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Busy bee

I love Tacos and would love to go a wedding with a Taco reception! 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

Taco bar? In my opinion,  no. I love tacos, but that’s tacky for a wedding. 

I would suggest gourmet tacos as an hors d’oeuvre that is passed around etc. That’s the only way I can justify tacos at a wedding.  

(Although, most our events are black or white tie events) 

I understand,  you are having your wedding at a more casual venue,  but that shouldn’t limit your creativity or options to “simple food” anything can be made gourmet. I have seen mini tiny sliders for hors d’oeuvres and they were lovely! 

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engie :  What makes it tacky?  Having to ‘justify’ tacos at a wedding sounds like an odd combination of snobbery and judgment, neither of which = class. 

I think a taco bar sounds awesome. Or taco themed food trucks. I’d suggest having a handful of smaller stations rather than one large station so people don’t have to line up as long. Tacos (hard & soft shelled) with a few sides like beans & rice, garden salad etc can be very filling- & if possible, tortilla bowls are terrific for build-your-own taco salads. 

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

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engie :  so what is the difference between gourmet tacos and taco tacos? 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee

I went to a wedding that had a taco bar and it was fantastic! Buffet’s are great I find beacuse then guests can pick things they like and how much of it they like.

If you want to keep it a little on the ‘classier’/fancier end just focus on having quality ingredients and lean toward more traditional tacos rather than the tex mex kind. Rather than (just) ground beef have mole chicken and carne asada. Rather than grated cheddar and shredded lettuce lean toward crema fresca, fresh salsas and guac, and pickled toppings (especially onion and jalapeno). Don’t get me wrong, tex mex tacos are great too! Just depends what tone you’re going for.

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper

I too disagree that tacos are ‘tacky’. Sheesh.

I think you just need to be careful about the logistics. A PP mentioned the 2 sided buffet with 2 tables – excellent idea. Tacos will take longer becuse people ‘assemble’ them rather than just scoop shit ontto the plate. I think this way would be the best option to get eeryone through quickly.

I’d also definitely a lot more than 2 tacos pp as suggested by a PP. I’d say 4-5 probably, because you know some will have 6 or 7 and some will have 1 or 2.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

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zzar45 :  you seem to follow me on every board … I feel flattered, thank you! 

 

Gourmet tacos have a spin off regular tacos, kimchi short rib tacos etc. Gives it a bit more flare. A lot of restaurants that serve Mexican food serve gourmet tacos- you should try it sometime! 🙂 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee

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RobbieAndJuliahaha :  Thats my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own. OP asked a question and I gave my opinon and offered a suggestion. 

The only way a person is classless in my eyes is someone who refers to class in a statement. 

We just have different opinions, nothing is wrong with that.  Personally, your idea of food for a wedding are ideas Ive used for birthday parties  (food trucks etc) – its just personal preference, has nothing to do with class. 

You can have simple everyday food and spice it up a bit, or not. Again, its personal preference. Im not so sure why you are so offended, are you a taco? Haha Id sure hope not! Have a great 4th, I know I will 🙂

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

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engie :  a lot of restaurants that serve Mexican food have tacos. Good one, well spotted.

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