(Closed) What do you guys think about this self-catering menu? (long post, sorry)

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

it all sounds delicious, but i’m not sure the spanikopita, antipasto tray and potatoes au gratin match your theme- that’s the part that’s throwing me off.

also, are you prepared for the fact that the sashimi and tartare in mass quantities will not be cheap?

Post # 4
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@eakhmet:  we were going to do our own catering but then decided that it was wayyy too much work. Do you have a DOC? I decided that I would have to have a DOC if I was going to do my own catering. Also, who is going to refill stuff when it is empty, put the food out, etc? You cannot have your parents or other key family members doing that. What is your plan for staffing? Those are the things we came across that made it seem unreasonable. 

I really like your menu but it is a lot of food. I am honestly stressed just thining about doing all this food…..

How do you feel about it?

Post # 5
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It all sounds great, but you could cut back on some things. That is a lot of food and also it would be easier for you to not have so much going on. Maybe cut out an app and a side or two. 3 apps, 3 entrees and 3-4 sides should be more than enough. It all looks so good, I am hungry now!

Post # 7
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Overall I think everything sounds tasty, but I think you have a lot of room to cut back because that seems like a TON of food.  I think self catering will be way less stressful if you limit the amount of options available.  I think you could cut down to 3 appetizers (including displays), 2 entrees, and maybe 3 sides.  I think with what you have people will be really overwhelmed by the choices available, and you’re not only going to be stressed out trying to pull everything together, but you’ll also end up with a lot of food leftover.  If it were me I would do:


1) cucumber with salmon mousse

2) spanakopita

3) antipasto display


1) ribs

2) pulled pork sliders


1) coleslaw

2) rice pilaf

3) pancit

and maybe one other side you’re excited about making.  Overall though, I think you’ll be overwhelmed with other things going on the week before, and you’ll be surprised at how fast the time goes by.  The last thing you want is to be so stressed out you’re not enjoying yourself!

Post # 9
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Sounds delicious but I think you have waaaaaaay too much selection.  You’re going to have a ton of wasted food and/or leftovers.  I’d nix some of the foods that are not asian inspired and cut back on the expense and headache (spanikopita, cole slaw, ribs, potatoes augratin).  Besides, ribs can be messy.  Nobody wants BBQ sauce on their fancy clothes.  

I had an open house reception where family prepared the food.  We had a about 75 people attend.  My goal was to keep it simple.  My stepmom and sis took care of the food.  We had 2 large aluminum foil pans of honey chicken and one large aluminum foil pan of white rice.  I bought a medium sized rice cooker so we could keep refilling the rice pan. That was only done twice.  We had one of those large pans of tossed salad and another of pasta salad.  We had just enough of everything, except pasta salad. That we had too much of.  I suggest you have a maximum of two choices each for appetizer, displays and entrees.  That will be more than enough.  

Oh, and I had 120 wedding cupcakes for dessert.  I was giving them away at the end of the evening.  I probably gave away about 20 and still had 20 left over.  

Post # 11
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@eakhmet:  oh sorry, DOC is day of cordinator. She would do setting up or the venue and anything else that you need the day of your wedding. Myself and Bridesmaid or Best Man did all the setting up of the venue. I was just mentioning that. It is a lot of work so  wanted to make sure that you are prepared to have time for that or hire someone. I think your idea to hire people/waiters to take care of those items are a great idea! With that said, I think this is totally doable 😀 One more thought: how will the food get to the venue? Will the hired people be able to do that? 

Post # 12
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@eakhmet:  If you are thinking of cutting some stuff out. This is what I woudl cut:

ribs- too messy

no fillo cups

pork egg roll (you are already having vegetarian egg rolls for apps)

potatoes (you already have a lot of sides and this one is not anyones special recipe)

Antipasto platter (this is just too much. I would just have your hummus for the vegie platter)

YUMMO!!! 😀

That leaves you with:


1) Cucumber cups with salmon tartare (or mousse, I haven’t decided yet)

2) Little cubes of tuna sashimi (seared tuna) with pineapple/mango dipping sauce on the side

3) Spinakopita triangles with tzaziki sauce on the side

4) Vietnamese vegetarian egg rolls (clear noodles, straw mushrooms, veggies) with dipping sauce


2) Fresh fruit platter – whatever fruit will be in season with the sweet dip on the side

3) Veggie tray – baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery, broccoli, bell peppers with a dip on the side and hummus


1) Orange chicken

2) Pulled pork on small hawaiian rolls (I have awesome slow cooker recipe for is, sooo easy to make and exceptionally good)


1) North Carolina style coleslaw by my future mother-in-law (that’s her famous recipe, its awesome)

2) Mixed greens salad w/ginger dressing

4) Vegetarian rice pilaf by my dad (again, this is his thing, he’s kinda excited about making it)

5) Pancit by FI’s favorite philippino aunt (its a really tasty clear noodle-based phillippino dish)

7) green beans chinese style



Post # 13
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think daniellealys‘s revised menu sounds perfect. This site has a lot of useful hints about self catering. I’m sure you can find some good hints there. 

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