Trying to pick options for BBQ Buffet

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  • Post # 3
    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    3-4 meat options should be just fine; red meat is not necessary. As for the sides, I think you can do just one with beans, preferably the vegetarian baked beans. Order more of the mashed potatoes and mac & cheese, less of the baked beans and salad. We had a very similar menu at our wedding and we had  lots of leftover baked beans and salad but the starches were just about all gone. Good luck! 

    Post # 5
    1109 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    As a vegetarian, I’d appreciate a lard-free corn bread!

    Post # 6
    4766 posts
    Honey bee

    Your caterer should have recommended amounts.  If not, there are catering calculators out there.  Generally, you don’t need even amounts of sides.  Side salad and beans can usually be in lower quantities.  Make the beans vegetarian so everyone can partake.  Things like dinner rolls are generally 1.5 per person (some will have one, some will have two).  Mac and cheese is usually more than you anticipate because even most picky eaters or vegetarians who don’t like your standard veggie burgers will chow down on a plate of mac and cheese and not treat it like a dainty little side portion.  Chili really seems out of place – you already have three meats.  But again, every half-way decent caterer or restauranteur knows how to calculate so you don’t have to.  Just tell them your numbers, time of day, kind of occasion (a casual buffet where people serve themselves at the height of dinner time without the benefit of a cocktail hour will likely go through more food than a plated or even more formal buffet where serving staff are dishing out portions in a more formal venue).  They’ll take it from there.

    I don’t think you need beef, though I think it would be nice.  In my crowd I think brisket would be more popular than sausage.  I would skip chicken wings though.  No one, even at the most casual of weddings wants to be pulling meat of the bones with their teeth in front of a crowd of people they may or may not know.  And if the wings are sauced then it’s just messy.  Add on top of that, no one likes looking at plates of bones until the table gets cleared.

    Post # 9
    4766 posts
    Honey bee

    Where I’m from chili has beans and meat, but it’s also not a side dish, it’s a meal unto itself.  It also means that whereas everything else you have could be eaten on a plate with a fork, you also have to have bowls and spoons.  It’s just not cohesive with the rest of the menu and it means you have to plan for more dishes and utensils (which equals mote money).

    And yes, check with the restaurant.  It doesn’t matter how casual they are – their job is figuring out how much food is needed to serve groups of people.  If they offer bulk purchase/catering, they have someone on staff who knows exactly how to plan amounts for any size group.

    Post # 10
    345 posts
    Helper bee

    Do you know how many vegetarians you have confirmed as attending? 

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