Post # 1
We are having a morning ceremony followed by brunch, does this sound like a good buffet?
home made doughnuts
– fresh fruit display
– mondo salad, walnuts, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette dressing over mixed field greens
-pasta salad, bowtie pasta in a creamy dillsauce with sundried tomatoes, scallions, and toasted pine nuts
– breakfast sausage
– french toast bake, tart green apples, dried cranberries and sliced white bread
– hash browns with goat cheese
– feta and veggie frittata
– ham and cheese frittata
– assorted quiches, Lorraine with spinach and swiss cheese, smoked ham and cheddar, and garden vegetable
– beef tips with mushroom burgundy sauce
– fresh peel and eat shrimp display
– assorted breakfast breads, muffins
Is there anything missing that you would add?
ETA: There’s going to be cake too for dessert.
Post # 3
I’d eliminate the 2 salads as they don’t seem to fit, and add potatoes of some sort and some veggies to accompany the meats, and add more sweets for afterwards. The cold salads just don’t seem right to me.
Post # 4
@Eckle: I actually like the salads, as some people like to have lunch options for brunch. They also go well with the beef tips and carved turkey.
I think your menu looks great! Are the salads all tossed together or are they build-your-own? My only concern is that some people may have nut allergies. Other than that, sounds delicious!
Post # 5
I would eat all of that! Haha, gosh I’m a fatty 😉
Post # 7
@somethingaquamarine: I believe the salads comes tossed together :/. The venue has not been the most accomodating when it comes to food allergies. I personally am allergic to fish. I know I’ve got an uncle allergic to nuts. FI’s cousin has celiacs. One of my friends is allergic to milk, pork, eggs, and beef. Those are just the people I can think of off the top of my head. I asked if they could put little ingredient cards on the buffet for people with allergies and they refused. I haven’t met with them in person yet because of the long distance planning, but I think I’m going to try to explain the food allergies again when I see them.
Post # 8
@Eckle: both salads have tree nuts a common allergen…i’d cut them from one of them
Post # 9
@Eckle: Can you put together a list of all known allergens and send it to the caterer? Maybe they don’t want to list all the ingredients because of proprietary reasons or because it would be time-consuming. Instead of asking them to list everything in each dish, maybe you can ask them to indicate which dishes have the problem ingredients.
As for the salads specifically, I don’t think it would be a huge inconvenience for them to separate out the ingredients, especially because it’s a buffet! I’d really push for some changes. Sometimes food allergies can be life-threatening.
Post # 10
@subtlebee: It’s a custom menu, so I can basically request anything I want. I’m probably going to ask that he cut the pine nuts as I know most of my relatives don’t like them to begin with.
Post # 11
@somethingaquamarine: This is a good idea, thank you. I know my friend has to carry at least 4 epipens when he goes anywhere to eat because his allergies are that deadly. I have an epipen perscription too, so at least there would definitely be one on hand if something somehow goes terribly wrong.
Post # 12
@somethingaquamarine: seriousl. I had apple pie in a place that didnt even KNOW it had nuts in it. Luckily I was waching football and eating slowly so I ffelt my throat closing before I’d eaten much.
Her venue would be crazy not to care!
@Eckle: Good, I hope theyll be flexible!
Post # 14
My only suggestion would be on the goat cheese and hash browns – either have it separate for people to add goat cheese, or have second option of only hash browns. I love hash browns and personally find goat cheese to be the most vile thing I’ve ever eaten…
Post # 15
YUM. That looks INCREDIBLE!
Post # 16
@Eckle: I’m glad you’re concerned and prepared! I realize I’m sounding like a bit of a Debbie downer, but I’d hate for your big day to be ruined because someone has an allergic reaction.
In terms of variety and tastiness, I give your menu a big thumbs up!