(Closed) which entree and side?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: which entree and side should we choose?
    seafood Newburg : (21 votes)
    7 %
    beef Burgundy : (29 votes)
    10 %
    chicken franchise : (34 votes)
    11 %
    herb crusted pork loin : (23 votes)
    8 %
    chicken marsala : (34 votes)
    11 %
    bronzed salmon : (18 votes)
    6 %
    wild long grain rice : (28 votes)
    9 %
    green beans : (69 votes)
    23 %
    steamed broccoli : (44 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think either chicken or beef is the best choice, since you have a vegetarian option and then if you have fish as the other, it would probably be considered “weird” or something.  The other thing to consider is that the options that are already chosen are pretty heavy — mashed potatoes, stuffed shells…so you want to offset that by choosing something lighter.  

    Post # 4
    882 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    IMO, the second choice should be something lighter like the pork or chicken marsala and a green veggie since your choices are so heavy. You don’t want your guests in a food coma before the dancing begins! 

    Post # 5
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’d choose a chicken option.

    Post # 6
    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely either green beans or broccoli – it balances out the mashed potatoes nicely. The green beans sound much more interesting & flavorful than steamed broccoli (although probably a lot more calories! Not that anyone calorie-counts at wedddings).


    For the entree, I would go with Chicken Marsala or Chicken Franchaise because I think chicken is more universally liked than pork, beef, or seafood. (I voted Marsala).

    Post # 7
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think salmon is a good choice, personally. Though, I have several people that are very close to me that are pescetarian (and a few lactose intolerant people that couldn’t eat your vegetarian pasta dish). Salmon is a nicer fish, and it is often done up very well. I think it is one of the fish choices that people wouldn’t feel they were missing out on steak or chicken.

    Post # 8
    9134 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @vorpalette:  Chicken marsala and green beans almondine.  My second choice for main would be the pork dish your FH likes but if you are only offering one meat dish I think it’s hard to go wrong with chicken and I love marsala!

    Post # 9
    2684 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think chicken and beef are the most universal entree options.  I think the chicken marsala would be a good fit with the stuffed shells you’ve already selected.  I agree with the PP’s that you should pick a lighter side like the green beans to balance out the mashed potatoes.

    Post # 10
    615 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @peachacid:  +1

    Stuffed pasta shells and mashed potatoes is already a lot of starch in your menu, so no matter what, I wouldn’t add the long grain rice into the mix. Green beans or broccoli for the side dish, most definitely.

    Personally, I think going with a chicken or beef entree would be the most popular/safest option.

    Post # 11
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would want seafood, but chicken marsala will most likely be a big hit. Broccoli will also probably be popular. Stick with something green, b/c pasta, potatos, AND rice are way too much starch. Even with a buffet, I would skip right over the potatos, b/c I know I would want the pasta shells. I’m no health-nut, but I’m weird about mixing starches.

    Post # 12
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I loveeee chicken franchese so I’d vote that.  I also haven’t had breakfast today and am really hungry so I think they all sound good!  I voted green beans as a side.

    Post # 13
    269 posts
    Helper bee

    I would choose a chicken dish and broccoli. Both chicken choices are good! I wouldn’t want green beans, from what it sounds like, are sautéed in olive oil and almonds. Personally, too heavy for me with mashed potatoes!

    Post # 14
    6255 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I chose the pork, but I was with him between the pork and the salmon. 

    I would not go with the chicken francaise or the seafood newburg because they are both heavy on butter or cream, and that would not sit well with me- if you have any guests that are sensitive to dairy/fat, then they already won’t be able to eat the shells or the potatoes. 

    The beef burgundy and the chicken marsala would be okay- the beef burgundy would probably be better because I know a lot of people who don’t eat mushrooms, but neither of them seems very special and the sauce might get kinda weird by the end of the buffet.

    So that leaves the pork and the salmon, and I chose the pork because it is neutral but not just typical buffet food (to me at least), as long as they keep it moist. If it will dry out in the buffet, then I say salmon.


    I also chose broccoli, that was an easy decision for me because I hate green beans, and you already have mashed potatoes, so it would be good to get another veggie in there instead of more starch.

    Post # 15
    7977 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I just went for what I thought sounded nicest… the seafood, beef, or pork options. They really do sound delicious.

    The beans also sound fantastic… I love beans with almonds!

    Post # 16
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    IMO, whenever you order a seafood “mix” from a restaurant (like the seafood Newburg on your menu) it is never good. It comes from a frozen mixture and is cooked together and tastes fishy.


    I LOVE seafood, but I’ve learned too many times not to order those dishes. I’d stick with the salmon personally.

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