One of the first questions I typically ask a couple is which service style they would prefer—plated, buffet, or family style? There are pros and cons to both and this guide will help you determine which option is right for you.
Let’s start with the most common reception choice: plated. This option is usually considered the most formal.
Buffet is usually considered the most casual, but definitely does not have to mean any sacrifice in quality or elegance—food can be displayed just as beautifully and taste just as fresh plated or family style.
At Miere Catering we often opt out of chafing dishes and use platters instead for two reasons.
1. We find the aesthetic to be much nicer.
2. It requires staff to watch and maintain the buffet, often refilling regularly on new clean platters and not allowing food to dry out as it sits on sterno.
Family Style is probably the most intimate of all the options. Filling your table with a variety of courses, passing, sharing, and conversing with your guests. This style works with any size group whether it be 5 guests having a picnic, or loading up each table at a wedding of 100+ guests. It really is the happy medium between plated and buffet.
You are by no means required to choose just one experience. At Miere Catering we specialize in customizing your service style to your event. Many clients choose a hybrid of the options above.
Make appetizer service a buffet so guests can arrive and snack before settling into a seated 3 course dinner.
Have a plated dessert course and also have cake cutting afterwards, servers placing out plates of sliced cake with forks for guests to help themselves to as the night continues.
Beverage service may be a combination of self-serve beer from ice tubs, but also bartender mixed signature cocktails.
It is completely up to your imagination and we are here to help make it come to life!
Dietary restrictions and severe allergies are more common than ever, but we are here to make sure each and everyone of your guests is taken care of and fed. When starting the planning process with your wedding coordinator and caterer, make sure to ask your guests to let you know if they have any severe allergies or intolerances. Our chef is always happy to make a special meal for any guest that needs one at no extra cost.
Depending on your service style and guest count there are a few different ways to serve these guests. For large weddings serving buffet or family style, it is best to request a separate plate for any guests with restrictions in order to avoid cross contamination. Meals will be prepared ahead of service and your guest can ask any server for their meal. Our staff are always briefed on the number and types of allergies before each event so they are able to serve the correct meal for your guest.
If you are having a plated dinner service with several courses, your chef will have prepared a special meal for any guest with an allergy or intolerance and serve it with each course. This is where it is crucial to have a seating chart so our staff can seamlessly bring each dish to the correct guest.
An additional note is that physical limitations can be overlooked when it comes to dietary restrictions. We are happy to serve any of your guests an amazing custom meal even if they have a difficult time swallowing, require a liquid diet, or need items cooked to certain temperatures.
Don’t forget to ask your vendors if they have any dietary restrictions as well!
Chef Kara believes that any plant-based menu should be made with the same quality of ingredients that any of our other menus are made with. She strives to create menu items that highlight ingredients in their most natural form and to avoid using highly processed items such as plant-based meats, cheeses, egg products, etc.
Everything is made from scratch to ensure that your dietary choices are being met.