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Please Share your Menu

I would like to get an idea of what we should offer. I HATE that the 2 places we have narrowed it down to offer a ton of choices, at different prices. How important is the food after-all? When it comes down to chicken vs. beef vs. fish etc? Do you offer an appetizer if a salad/soup is included? I have no clue!

Re: Please Share your Menu

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    If you are having a cocktail hour, appetizers would be nice. For dinner, think about your guests. A lot of people don't eat any of the three entrees you listed above and they would prefer a vegetarian choice. Some don't eat fish and others are picky about how their beef is prepared. It might be a good idea to have chicken and either beef or fish as your two entrees.
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    menu is in my planning bio (pic of the menu card that I made) but you can read everything that was served to our guests :)
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    We are serving family style (big platter at table), for 70-80 guests, semi-formal, evening, in the Fall (right after T-giving). Appetizer plate of radishes, cucumbers, bell peppers, olives, hard salami, feta, rolls, and hummusSome sort of salad (not determined yet) or vegetable soup. Main course of beef pot roast with root vegetables, with sides of polenta, roasted eggplant, and braised winter greens. We LOVE vegetables, but our families are meat eaters. That's why we offer so many vegetable dishes. Only 2 people on our guest list are herbivores, so we wanted to make sure the vegetables and grains were hearty enough for them. Both have seen the menu and are more than pleased with their options.We havent decided on the dessert and/or cake situation yet.
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    The food is super important. I would go so far as to say that if your guests remember anything about your wedding, it WILL be the food, especially if it was exceptionally good or really horrible. They won't remember centerpieces, flowers, linens or your cute shoes, but they will remember what they ate, if it was enough, and if it was tasty. I think you can probably get away with either chicken/beef or chicken/fish, but if you can add a third option, you should. There definitely should be a vegetarian option, at least. An appetizer would be nice with salad/soup, but I don't think it's necessary. Are you doing a sitdown or buffet? There are pros and cons to each one, so it comes down to what you're comfortable with and your budget. Buffets are not always cheaper.
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    Food is very important since it is one of the things that people do remember weeks and months later. They may not remember exactly what was served but they can tell you if it was good or bad. A plated appetizer is not necessary if you are serving soup/salad but people do have them passed during the cocktail hour prior, which is considered mandatory with alot of catering packages. As far as options, chicken vs beef is probably going to be more universally appealing than fish. Even though countless people claim, regardless, that chicken at a wedding is one of the things they can't stand to see because it's overdone, despite saying that chicken is the best meal to serve everyone. Either it's good or it's bad but it doesn't really make alot of sense to be both appealing to everyone and the epitome of "bad and boring". You know your guests best and some of yours may prefer fish over chicken. Everyone has their own tastes so it's difficult to predict anything. There are other options as well that people like such as pork, etc. Figure out what your guests like to eat, based on what you know of them, and go from there, but also keep in mind that you won't be able to please everyone. On your reply cards where people choose their dinners, be as specific as possible with the description in case someone has food allergies or just doesn't like a certain sauce/topping or presentation of the food in question.
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    We are doing passed hors d'douver during the cocktail hour: mini beef wellingtonscallops wrapped in baconspanikoptiachicken teryaki skewersassorted petite quiches plus a fruit and cheese displaywith a vegi crudite Our meal:Appetizer: lump crab cake with dill aioliSalad: Mixed field greensMeal Choices:    Filet with a port wine mushroom reduction   Mediterranean chicken stuffest with artichokes, feta,   tomatoes, with a roasted red peper cream sauce   Salmon Ballontine:stuffed with artichokes shrimp and   spinachWere doing the served wedding cake and then a viennese sweet table.  kids get chicken nuggets and fries... most expensive happy meal ever.We are big eatters so we went all out.  Were also having open bar which is why I felt the need to have so much food... to balance the booze.Hope this helps.   
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    We are doing a buffet type dinner....we are having everything on tables....we are doing a salad with different kinds of salad dressings that will be available (was going to do a Cesar salad but the fiance, is not a fan of it), we are doing sauerkraut and sausage (unfortuately! It's at all my dad's family get togethers), honey glazed ham and beef. Then we are having green bean casserole, yams/sweet potatoes, corn...then we are having a variety of veggies, cheese and rolls...I think that is it...lol.
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    We are going pretty simple and doing a cocktail buffet with "heavy" Hors D' oeuvres that will be available throughout the evening. No assigned seating. This is so simple and affordable. Our menu includes the following: Domestic Fruit & Cheese with assorted crackers, Smoked Salmon with red-chille dill crema, capers, and onions, Chilled Beef Tenderloin with bleu cheese crema, capers, onions and rolls, Idaho Mashed Potato Bar with bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions, RP’s Tomatoes, Roasted Artichoke Dip served with toast points, Juan’s Queso Chihuahua served with tortilla chips.
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    We're having a cocktail-style "stations party," no assigned seating, people are just meant to wander, eat & drink, mingle and chat. Our stations include a selection of european cheese with crackers, crudite platter, cranberry-BBQ meatballs, tomato florentine soup in little mugs, bourbon-garlic chicken, a roast beef carver, sesame noodles, green salad, and honey ham biscuits. We'll have cupcakes for dessert, and then chips, salsa, and hot artichoke dip for the "late-night" menu. Price? $37/per person (not including the cupcakes).
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    apps: pigs in a blanket, cheese & crackers, mozz stix, meatballs etcmeal: carving station, pasta station, etcI have never seen anyone clean their plate with the standard half cold bland chicken or beef :) we did not want one of those weddings either!!!
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