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Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 1

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding reception menus and event catering seem to be a major topic of conversation within my circle lately. Over the summer, my cousin’s fiancée was discussing the menu for her upcoming nuptials, and my sister suggested a taco bar. I thought this was a great idea, which got me to thinking about what other types of foods could be served up in the same way. It’s easy to please everyone with these easy recipes, as the foods are provided in a buffet style where your wedding guests may build their own main course.

Fancy wedding buffet warmersA taco bar can be a relatively quick and easy menu for the do it yourself bride. The food can easily be prepared ahead, with the taco meats being reheated just prior to serving. Provide a couple of different types of meat, including chicken, steak and pork along with the traditional ground beef. Some guests will expect hard shells for their tacos while others prefer soft shells in the form of either flour or corn tortillas. Another option is hard shelled salad bowls with plenty of lettuce for those who prefer to prepare a taco salad.

Then throw out a variety of ‘fixins’ in decorative serving dishes. Offer the basics, including chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, a selection of shredded cheeses, refried beans and seasoned black beans. For sides, offer a couple of different types of rice, Calabacitas Guisada (Stewed Mexican Zucchini), Poblanos and a myriad of other authentic Mexican or TexMex dishes.

The pasta bar is another interesting catering idea your guests will love. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Southwest Fare

Posted on September 1st, 2010 by Mandy Webster
Southwest Style Wedding

A simple southwest wedding reception menu can add the finishing touch to a southwest or western style wedding theme.

One way to plan a simple wedding reception meal is to choose a southwest style theme and get several friends and family members to help with preparation. My friend Val had chili for her wedding dinner and says she fed 80 guests for around $100. The meal was provided by one of her best friends as a wedding gift, and Val tells me this was such a great idea. The guests loved the homemade chicken salad and peanut butter sandwiches alongside their chili and soup. As Val says, you just can’t have chili without peanut butter sandwiches.

Chili would be a great wedding dish for a rustic, outdoor venue or a winter wedding. If peanut butter sandwiches aren’t your thing, you could pair it with toasted baguettes or just good, old fashioned saltines. Depending on where you live, there are a variety of other menu items you could pair with chili. For instance, in Hawaii it is common to eat chili served over rice. Some people prefer a sprinkling of shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream on top of their chili. Many of these items could be served buffet style so your guests can choose for themselves how to prepare their meal.

There are several other routes you could take when planning a southwest themed wedding reception menu. A taco bar is one really simple option which can be prepared in advance. Either the morning of the wedding, or the day before, you (or whoever has volunteered to prepare the meal) can make up a huge batch of taco meat. You could offer just one ground beef taco filling, or also offer pulled pork and other fillings. The meats can be reheated and placed in crock pots or warming trays in time for the reception. Read more »

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