Post # 16
Professional food writer here! I also worked in the food service industry for years.
1. I think 3 apps is plenty especially with what you’ve chosen. People overestimate on appetizers at weddings and with 5 I think people might not be so hungry come meal time.
2. If you wanted to you could pare down your entrees to 3 options. I don’t think you need all 5. I would choose mussels over fishcakes since fishcakes can be not so great after sitting (and you’re having a buffet). Then I’d choose between the pork and chicken, only you know what your guests like but personally I’d pick pork.
3. The only thing I’d really change is your vegetarian option. Lasagna is one of those things that’s really better to make for a small group. Large batches are rarely good and they’re never as good as small batches. I’d go with something more crowd friendly. If you’re married to pasta you could do a lovely linguine in pesto sauce with sundried tomatoes (if basil is in season, not sure of your wedding date). You could also do an elegant gnocchi or gnocchetti or gnudi tossed in vodka sauce or a light cream sauce.
Post # 17
For your region, and really for most larger areas, that’s a great price for that much food! I’d definitely keep apps as they are, I think 3 is fine, especially with the other items. If you eliminate one food item, I would do the mussels or fish cakes. I think probably the mussels, because while they are really easy to prepare, I’d worry about those being prepared en masse and the likelihood of a bad one slipping in there.
Post # 18
Looks great! Maybe if I would change anything… I would ditch an entree to add to the sides
Post # 19
I think it sounds delicious and way cheap (though I suppose that depends on where you live – it’s cheap for LA, anyway!). I had a 60 person wedding and originally wanted 5 appetizers for our cocktail hour, but the venue/caterer actually advised me to only do three. They said an hour isn’t really long enough to pass around 5 appetizers without things all coming out at once/feeling chaotic. Not sure if that’s true or not, but anyway, that’s the advice I got!
Post # 20
I think this is delicious and perhaps it’s my euro heritage speaking but I wouldn’t cut back. I would prefer to over carer than under and I love giving people the option to get a little of everything!
this is great feedback if it’s possible to incorporate at all.
Good luck. What a delicious decision to make
Post # 21
hahahahaha I can’t stop laughing!!!!
I’d like a little bit of everything that’s not seafood RIGHT now. Please :). Sounds yummy. Although I’d be careful with some items. As Pp said. If not served right away, they are not good. Also, for bigger groups of people it’s hard to keep the quality up. That’s the same reasons why I had to give up on serving paella at my wedding :-/. Which was ok because the food ended up being amazing! Going with what the caterer was sure he could deliver and serve at top quality was the best option. Sometimes the “best” food becomes the worst food when not handled properly. And you end up paying a lot of money in a failed attempt to serve great food that just didn’t work for the day and circumstances
Post # 22
Overall your menu rocks! I definitely would keep the vegetarian lasagna because a well made one is never boring! … The cocktail hour food sounds great! The scallops wrapped in bacon or aspargus wrapped one are making my mouth water!!
For the buffet entrees, I would do the pulled pork (Yum!!), veggie lasagna and I would have the chicken but with a little twist such as chicken breasts sauteed with onions, mushrooms, carrots, artuchoke hearts, fresh herbs and white wine… or grilled chicken kabobs with veggies or pineapple etc.
Three entrees…and if I wanted more food without having five entrees, what about adding three more sides that go with the entries such as coleslaw goes with pulled pork or rice pilaf goes with chicken kabobs.
Are you having cake?
Thanks a lot for making me hungry before bed!! 🙂
Post # 23
I think it sounds great. If you’re going to add one, add anything wrapped in bacon. My fiance and all my friends would loooove anything with bacon. (I think a lot of people are like that.)
Post # 24
Thanks for all the advice, bees! There are too many people to reply to directly, so I’m just going to do a general response…
For the apps, I’ve decided that three choices will definitely be enough, especially since there will also be a cheese plate, fruit and veggies. I’ll probably go with the tomato, basil and mozzarella app, the bacon wrapped scallops and the curry chicken.
My other choice is to do 5 served apps, with no cheese/crackers/veggies/fruit, but I like the idea of having those lighter snacks for people to much on so I’ll probably stick with the three apps, plus the side table. I know some people said it might be a lot to have this much during the cocktail hour but keep in mind this will be around 5:00 PM and supper won’t until around 7:00, so I want to give them something more than fruit and cheese, you know?
As for the meals, I forgot to put this in my main post, but it will be a buffet. I know 5 choices is a lot- it was originally 4 but then I forgot a veggie meal and they offered to do the lasagna for no charge. I asked what veggie options were good and they said that everyone loves their vegetarian lasagna so they recommended that over something else. While this caterer does good food, they are very much a meat/potatos/gravy kind of place (and while our families are also this way, my SO and I are very much not) so I’m trying to find a balance of food we like, food our family will like, and food the caterers are comfortable with making.
Some people questioned the fish and mussels but we live on the East Coast of Canada so the fish is fresh (ie not smelly) and they definitely know how to cook large batches of it correctly! To me, mussels aren’t so much a meal as a side dish so I think I’m going to stick with the grilled chicken (since it’s the only thing I’ll eat :P), fish cakes, mussels and lasagna. I might get rid of the pulled pork.
What do you think? This kind of thing is so hard, especially since I don’t know how many people are actually coming yet. I want to have lots of options for people but I don’t want too much food either, you know?
Post # 25
- Wedding: November 2015 - Old Mill Boathouse
I just wanted to ask one question…
Can I come? :3 Nom nom nom.
Post # 26
that sounds really good to me! I’m pescatarian and would have loads of choice! I would probably do an additional two apps, and my choices would be the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto (always goes down well IME) and the shrimp, as with the scallops there will be two bacon/similar options (I think variety is good).
Re cost, it really depends on where you live. To me that price sounds great; our food cost was £79.50 ($120) though that included more (we had 5 canapés pp, a 3 course plated dinner, and then an evening buffet with a large selection of items).
Post # 27
I think it sounds amazing and the price sounds about right (If you were in Toronto you’d be paying WAY more than that for seafood!).
Personally, I think the proscuitto wrapped asparagus sounds amazing. Bacon wrapped scallops are always good (and pretty much a staple at east coast events).
ETA: if you’ve never been around actually REALLY fresh seafood it’s impossible to appreciate the difference in the smell (and taste) I have this argument with people in Toronto all the time about how the salmon here is flash frozen and it’s just as good….nope. When it goes from river to table in less than 2 hours it’s just not the same at all 🙂
Post # 28
Haha exactly. If the fish is smelly, it’s probably not very fresh!
Post # 29
- Wedding: May 2016 - Stone Garden Events
Ha! The curry puffs would be my favorite part! Give me ALLLLL the curry puffs!
Post # 30
i LOVE the prosciutto wrapped asparagus. it’s a huge hit at parties! i would maybe add that app, and not just because its delish but if there’s a 2 hr gap for dinner, and you’re worried about it, it might alleviate that concern. menu sounds great! i think the price sounds like a steal but i’m in new england so pretty much everything here is overpriced. have you checked with other vendors to compare prices?