Food Update

Last time we talked about catering, I mentioned my dilemma regarding my idea of a true “brunch” reception—including both breakfast and lunch items. You guys were super encouraging!

Reactions from those I told outside of the hive were a little mixed. Some of my closer family members said they thought it was a great idea while others said it was weird and I should stick to one or the other. Ultimately, though, they encouraged me that it’s my wedding and I should do whatever I want—quirky or not!

I don’t always subscribe to the “do whatever you want, it’s your wedding” doctrine. I think input is important and you shouldn’t always do something just because it’s what you selfishly want! That being said, I don’t think the items you put on the menu fall under this category. In designing the menu I was focusing on a variety of items where everyone would have something to eat (including the health conscious and vegetarians). All that to say—I decided to move ahead with my brunch plan!

I did take a few things into consideration. First of all, I want the menu to stay portable and casual. This means no pancakes or steaks!

Pancake01

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Don’t they look delicious? I’m a French toast person myself, but I knew that I wasn’t going to be including pancakes, French toast, or waffles on the menu. Delicious as they are, they don’t really fit a buffet reception, especially when we want to encourage people to mingle and walk around. I’m one of those “don’t let my food touch” people—so if I eat a pancake, I’m sitting down with nothing else on my plate. This applies to all kinds of “syrupy” or more involved foods that I was trying to avoid. Did I spend enough time over-analyzing pancakes yet? Thought so.

Steak

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All right, so, steaks. First of all, I hate my steaks rare. I like them well done, and my favorite part is the charred edges. Total side note! But here’s my real point with steaks—and actually all foods in the typical “formal” reception menu—they don’t fit with the rest of the ceremony and reception. We’re in a casual room with a simple reception. Not really steak material—or crab cakes, or salmon, or…you get the picture. Although now I could really go for some grilled steak. Mmm.

So now for the inspiration pictures. Still a work in progress!

Donuts

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Scones

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Confession, guys. I only used that picture of the donuts because they had sprinkles. Sprinkles on donuts just make them 10 times better. But anyway, that’s the first item—a mix of pastries, probably including donuts or scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, etc.

Quiche

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This picture is of a full-sized quiche, but I actually want to serve mini quiches. At our catering tasting we sampled bacon quiche, which I loved, but I want to have a vegetarian option as well.

Fruit

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I love fruit! When I see a fruit tray at a party or reception I get so excited for fresh blueberries and pineapple especially. The other option here would be a vegetable tray—but I think I’d go for a fruit tray over a vegetable tray for a brunch reception.

Sandwic

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These sandwiches are a little daintier than I was thinking—this is more of a bridal-shower sandwich than a wedding reception. But I love the presentation!

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I love my pasta salad with tomatoes and broccoli—the only problem with this is that so many people have different tastes when it comes to pasta salad! I want to serve something that doesn’t have polarizing ingredients (so I cut out mushrooms) but isn’t bland. Any suggestions?

Appetiz

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I wanted to include one more item. I’m thinking something along the lines of cheese/crackers/meat/other snackable, more appetizer-type items. They could be included along with the main meal as something to add that a lot of people enjoy.

So we have a mix of three “breakfast” foods and three “lunch” foods. All of them, though, are fairly casual and all except the pasta salad could be semi finger foods. For some reason I’m just stuck on the pasta salad!

Am I headed in the right direction? If you attended a reception like this, what would you think? Is there enough food? A good variety of food?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    @Meredith: Oh don’t worry about it! There’s tons of comments on here now and I totally understand taking time to type out replies. I really appreciate everyone’s feedback!

    That’s definitely what I was thinking for sandwiches. I think the picture I used was wrong because all I wanted to show was how I thought it was cool that the sandwiches were layered on plates—but I really wasn’t thinking delicate tea sandwiches! The platter you should was a lot more like I was thinking :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:53 am

    Adding sausage and/or ham to the cheese tray is a great idea! I think that’s definitely a significant portion of ‘meat’ for those who want it. Also, I definitely think you should stick with pasta salad – it just screams ‘brunch’ to me. I’m a huge brunch person, mostly because I don’t really like a lot of straight-up breakfast foods so it’s nice to mix and match. . .anyway, as I mentioned on your other post, a pasta dish is essentially a staple at any brunch here. I know another PP mentioned french toast sticks and there’s a way to do them in a crock pot – would that work for you/be a contender?

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    Meredith, Guest @ 11:06 am

    Of course! I’m glad you got some good feedback, and it sounds like you’re going to have some great food! I would eat all.the.things. Nom nom nom. Ok, really time for me to go heat up my lunch, haha ;)

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 11:08 am

    @Miss Lemur: Well, with sandwiches you can’t choose toppings or cheeses or even if you want to have bread. So my suggestion would be to have a carved ham, with some rolls available, mustards, and cheese. Then people can make their own sandwiches, or, they can just have ham alone along with delicious quiches. Another option is to combine your love of pastries with the ham station– use croissants people can have alone or with ham on top! Pasta salad with veggies will just leave people hungry. Remember you have men too! When there’s free food, people like to EAT. You’re having booze too right? (I hope I didn’t miss it if you said you weren’t but if I did, sorry). Definitely think more food is better. You don’t have to have a million options, but meat is a must.

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    @StephK527: I’m definitely loving a lot of the suggestions, like adding meat to a cheese tray. I think despite some negative feedback, I’m sticking with the pasta salad cause umm I just love it!

    Part of being a bee is getting constructive criticism, and I’m totally ok with that :)

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    @Meredith: Oh, I am SO glad I ate lunch before I started to respond to comments on this post haha :)

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:29 am

    @Lone Star: True story! Too funny, just the other day one of Mr. Lemur’s friends was like telling me he wanted bacon and I was like well there will be bacon in the quiche… and he’s like umm no. Straight bacon. That was after I wrote this post—and I definitely didn’t write it as set in stone! You guys have awesome suggestions :)

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 11:52 am

    I think it sounds great but I do agree on the meat. MOST people are meat eaters on a regular basis (for me lunch and dinner must have some type of meat or I don’t feel like i’ve eaten). When you say 6 or 7 offerings- do you mean like cinnamon rolls and donuts count as 2 different things or 1 under the category of pastries? If you only count like things as one, this is what I would do:

    Pastries (Scones, Donuts, Cinnamon Rolls, bagels and cream cheese varietys, mini muffins are SUPER cute)

    Fruit Assortment (and maybe some dips for the fruit)

    Sandwich Station.. This is going to provide more protein.. Have a table set up with choices of sandwich meat (ham, turkey, roast beef,maybe even some kind of chicken/turkey salad, whatever) or pick 1 or 2 options and do a carving station. Have a variety of breads to choose from (sliced, sub rolls, croissants). Have a tray of veggies for the sandwiches (lettuce, tomato, etc) and then of course NICE condiments (honey mustard, mustard, mayo, oil and vinegar). — Think nice version of Subway!

    Mini Quiches (both a vegetarian and meat option)

    Pasta Salad– I would just do a very basic one.. like you said people are picky. I always end up picking stuff of it.

    Some other ideas:

    Something I think might be cute is a yogurt station.. Have a few types of yogurt (strawberry, vanilla) and add ins like granola, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, honey)

    Cheese/cracker tray (but you don’t really need this if you do a full sandwich selection with cheeses/meats/breads there)

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:57 am

    @Miss Lemur: I know my husband would prefer to make his own because he’s picky. For example, Panera drops off sandwiches at his job…….but he picks everything off the sandwich. So, if you have a bunch of picky eaters I think just having a simple sandwich making station would be good LOL. Otherwise you may end up with people not happy with what’s on the sandwich. You could always have two different lines. We had coffee/tea across the room and the buffet on the other side. So things didn’t get too jammed up and it went well!

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 12:02 pm

    @Brooklyn55: This is a really awesome post because it sums up everything so well! Cinnamon rolls and donuts would count as one offering… same as if we had several types of sandwiches. It would just count as one item.

    Your comments for pastries, fruit, mini quiches, and pasta salad are EXACTLY what I was thinking. For sandwiches: I’m definitely going to see if a station is possible with our budget and caterer. I’d like to do some kind of sandwich station, and if not possible I’ll do an wide array of sandwiches and make sure to label them.

    I want to add one more item. I love your idea of yogurt but I’m not sure it would work given our type of reception—buffet, not a formal sit-down meal. The cheese/cracker tray is one idea or I might replace that with breakfast biscuit sandwiches and include bacon and sausage. The good news is I don’t have to nail down the menu quite yet ;)

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    Mrs. Lemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    @SuperDuperBrit: Oh trust me this would be my sister! She HATES cheese so she would refuse to eat it if it had cheese on it… even if she took it off! Gotta love picky eaters :)

    I’m thinking that if we do a sandwich station I might even separate it from the other foods a little… hmm trying to figure out the layout in my mind! I’ll have to talk to my caterer.

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:37 pm

    I would just stay at the doughnut station for the entire reception…so your menu looks great to me :D

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    Mrs. Eagle 2166 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:20 pm

    Check out Mrs Boa Constrictor. She had an awesome looking brunch buffet.

    Also maybe you and Mr Lemur could go to a Sunday brunch and see what it’s like? Most hotels have them or else country clubs.

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    Mrs. Panda 1325 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    whelp, I joined the convo a little late…. I love your menu! It looks sooo tasty to me. yum!

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    Ms Kit, Guest @ 3:19 am

    Yeah, I’m thinking that you need a protein. Something with eggs or nuts can go for the vegetarians too and be easier to handle.

    Also,

    CINNAMON ROLLS YESYESYES

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:10 am

    @Miss Lemur: Good luck! I’m sure you could set it up easily enough. My cousin had something similar at his wedding which wasn’t a brunch but had sandwiches.

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    Sami1001, Guest @ 6:24 am

    What about bagels? I’d class that as a breakfast item. could even just have them with the ham and cheese for people to put what they want on them..

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    Mrs. Jackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:20 am

    Ooooooh fruit tray!! I would pick fruit over veggies… and my first picking is ALWAYS the melon. Yum!

    Are there any gluten-free people attending your wedding? If not you’ll be perfectly fine. As a GF lady myself, it’s hard eating brunch items because pretty much everything is bread-based :(

    That said! All these foods look really filling, and yummy, and if I could get away with it, I totally would!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 12:24 am

    I think a DIY pasta salad bar is a great idea!! If you’re still going with the pasta salad that is … For my two cents about what goes in it – I would say NO mayo. That is for sure a polarizing ingredient (for me, anyway!). And, don’t worry yourself so much on having finger foods with one non-finger food. No one will analyze that as much as you will, so no one will care as much as you! All your guests will care about is if the food tastes good!

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