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    Large Gathering Menu/Wedding Reception

    Host mom
    Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:03 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I'm looking for menu ideas and options for a casual outdoor reception in June.This is a Wedding reception and there will be approximately 100 people. We just wanted to serve finger foods,maybe one to two warm foods,but stuff that we can make ahead and bring out as needed,it is more of an open house type setting,but outdoors.I was thinking foods from other cultures countries.I work for an organization that places foreign exchange high school students with families in the USA.So I wanted to share the foods that are traditional to their countries for such a celebration.
    Any help,ideas and suggestions are Welcome,and greatly appreciated. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sephardi Kitchen
    Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:52 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Any help,ideas and suggestions are Welcome,and greatly appreciated
    Our wedding is probably going to have 30ish people and I've been considering the possibility of cooking the food myself, but am paranoid that something might go wrong haha. Maybe your success will embolden me!

    Some suggestions I can think of off the top of my head:
    * Hummus or baba ganoush- VERY easy to prepare, serve cold or room temperature with vegetable slices, chips or pita wedges. A plus: it tastes even better a day or so after you make it!
    * Empanadas: not traditional wedding food, but my dad's family is from Argentina and we LOVE them. If you can manage to find the premade discs of dough (eggroll wrappers may work too), they are pretty easy to make and can be either reheated or served room temperature.
    * Bruschetta: ripe firm tomatoes, lemon, good quality olive oil, basil and salt. mmmm!
    * Israeli Salad (the name I know it as). VERY finely cubed cucumber, tomato and red onions, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.
    * Chelow kebab: the national dish of Iran, and my fiance's favorite meal of all time. It is simply steamed basmati rice, served with ground beef kebabs. The kebabs are made of lean ground beef, finely grated onion (with the juice), salt and pepper. Throw them on the grill, and serve with sumac. VERY easy to prepare!
    * Falafel- another thing that can be served room temperature or reheated.
    * Brie en croute- Either splurge on a large wheel of it, or find several smaller ones for less (the Aldi here has an 8oz wheel for only $4!).
    * Fresh fruit, try adding some exotic ones like starfruit, mangos, pomegranate (if in season), and whatever else you can find.
    * Moroccan pastries: plenty of recipes to find online, which are very popular for weddings
    * A variety of international breads, perhaps? Pita, naan, barbari, good old Italian/French, foccacia, chappati, etc.

    Best of luck, let us know how it goes! icon_smile.gif
    Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:47 pm
    Forum Host
    These little buns are a mainstay at many things I go to - we go through platters of them, but I have to admit we buy them at the Lithuanian bakery, Lithuanian Bacon Buns
    We make them a lot smaller, no more than 2 in across when finished, so they make a nice appetizer munchie, good warm or at room temp. If bacon is not acceptible, you can use a turkey thigh or duck to make a filling. Mother made them with ham and bacon - I don't really like the ones that are all bacon. I guess I should post a recipe.
    boy named Sous
    Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:47 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    My daughter is getting married in July and we are planning a taco bar. 3 hot dishes, beans, chicken, beef. Shredded cheese, lettuce, jalapeƱos, tomatoes, sour cream etc. And then we are going to be asking immediate extended friends and family (about 10 families) to bring salads, fruit & veg trays, deserts etc.

    How do you plan how much of each ingredient for the tacos though? Bride & Groom have invited 270 people, but right off the bat 25 or so live out of state and won't be coming, but that still leaves so much food needed!
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