Post # 1
Ugh. My parents, my fiancee and I had our food tasting yesterday. Overall, it went really well. We easily decided what to serve for our passed hor d’oeurvres, our soup & our salad. When it came to the main course, we tried four (I would have liked to try a few others, but 4 was the max) – chicken, cornish game hen & two steak dishes.We all agreed the chicken wasn’t amazing, but by the time we got to the entrees we were stuffed. My fiancee is a little bit of a foodie & feels strongly that we should serve hen, especially after tasting the chicken. He doesn’t want “boring” wedding food (which I kinda agree with).
Here’s my concern – I really don’t think many, if any, of guests would order cornish game hen.
Anyone been in any situations like this? Would you order cornish game hen at a wedding? Should we just offer the other chicken? Why am I even concerned about this??
Post # 3
Cornish hens are awesome. AWESOME. Give them the option, and if no one orders it, that’s fine — it won’t change the cost. What were the steak dishes?
Post # 4
I do like cornish game hens, however, if steak was an option…I would choose steak. I think having the option would be fine though.
Post # 5
@peachacid: one was a beef tenderloin and the other was a marinated skirt steak. They were both really good, but I think we’re going to go with the skirt steak. I’m glad you like hen 🙂
Post # 6
I wouldn’t order cornish game hen – is there a fish option? I’d choose steak first, but I’d do fish before hen – bones gross me out!
Post # 7
I like cornish game hen a lot but it depends on the way it is served. If I’m at a fancy wedding, I want it super easy to slice and eat. I do not want to deal with a slippery, bony hen in my nice outfit.
Between the hen and the steak, we would probably order one of each. But if it’s chicken and steak, we would probably order two steaks. I generally don’t order chicken at weddings.
Post # 8
@TacoToosday: I love cornish game hens. If the options were that or skirt steak, I would order the hen. If it was cornish game hen or tenderloin, I would have a tougher decision since I really like both. The game hen is more special occasiony though.
Post # 9
I like cornish hen but I usually go with a steak option.
Post # 10
Um… cornish game hen IS chicken, just very young (< 5 weeks). It’s not actually game.
I would definitely order the hen.
Post # 11
Your concerned about this because 1) you’re spending a lot of money and want to spend it wisely, 2) you care about your guests having a good experience.
Don’t beat yourself up for caring!
For the decision: consider how sophisticated the palates of your guests are. If they aren’t at all adventurous or aren’t big meat eaters serve the chicken. If they tend to do a little more fine dining, serve the hen. Anyway, your giving them a choice and they can always choose the steak (which will be a popular option regardless, I’m sure).