Does this luncheon party menu sound ok?
I am planning a luncheon party for about 35 people. It will be a buffet. Does this menu sound ok, or is it too skimpy? If it needs another finger food, what would you suggest? I thought about doing mini quiche or cold tortellini with pesto dip if I MUST have something else to avoid the table looking sparse... but I was kind of hoping to keep this as scaled down as possible.
Mini Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
Gourmet Cheeses & Crackers & Grapes
Strawberries & Pineapple with Fruit Dip
Strawberry Jack Salad
Twice Baked Small New Potatoes
BBQ Chicken Breast Tenders
since i just did an appetizer/buffet type party yesterday, i'll say the Meatballs (both vegan and meat) were well-loved.
You could add another warm dish, such as Bonnie's Buffalo Dip with celery dippers and chips and/or bread.
another warm dish that was popular was the spinach balls -- very easy to make and requests for the recipe
not hot, the male favorite dish was the salami crisps dolloped with sour cream and basil or chives
You could also add a simple Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto Terrine.
if you add another cold dish, my tomato watermelon salad was very popular, as was my black bean and corn salad
i'd also consider adding a grainier type salad, like bean or lentil based
you could also add a breadier option like a slice focaccia w/ checca
I make a salad similar, black bean, fresh corn, red onion, cilantro, onion and lime juice. Like yours its always the first dish to disappear,and that would be great with pork sandwiches. And the spinach balls, never had them, but they sound really nice. And I am going to try your salami crisps with sour cream, they will be making the next party.
I think you should start over since you mentioned chocolate is the theme, there are many things that just seem too off base for chocolate. Like caprese, not at all, chicken tenders or potatoes.
Keep the pork, pineapple, strawberry, and grapes and cheeses. I'd add some things to that base. sorry...
The amount and variety of food is fine, my only thought is that If you have hot chicken and potatoes, that will seem like the main course and people will avoid the pork sandwiches. If you can make the pork some kind of dish that can be kept warm, like the suggested pulled pork or smother it in onions, you can keep it warm stove top and just have buns on the side.
re: babette feasts
ha ha Actually... this is a chocolate theme party. The fruit dip is chocolate. The pork is cocoa rubbed. And the BBQ sauce for the chicken is a dark chocolate bbq sauce. That's why the weird mix! I'm not sure what a strawberry jack salad is... one of my guests is insisting on bringing it.
I am trying to keep this as simple and elegant as possible, without spending the entire pre-party in the kitchen (make ahead stuff is good!). Also, oven space is limited. I don't see how I can cook the pork, keep it hot, then make sandwiches and still have them be warm when it's time to serve... especially if I'm also wrestling with the potatoes and the chicken in the oven... I don't own chafing dishes and would really prefer to avoid crockpots. Do you think I really need something hot? If so, any suggestions how to do it logistically?
I'd dump one of the strawberry ones - you already have one and then there are the grapes. You might be able to nix both strawberries if you make an expanded cheese platter to include sliced fruit like apples, pears and strawberries next to the cheese they compliment.
Pork sands and BBQ chick? How about a substantial cold salad and another hot item like something green or maybe corn mini cobs. If you are going with BBQ - you could make all the buffet items more BBQish - slaws, beans, corn, fruit salad with yogurt style dressing... Gourmet cheeses and BBQ chicken seem odd together.
What will the male/female mix be? I think it sounds great, but I agree with tiffee that one more hot and one less cold might be a good idea, especially if there are many men attending. Overall for a luncheon though this is a great balance. Just one question though... What is strawberry jack salad?
What about taking away one of the "colds" and adding another "hot"
I'm not sure what, or maybe make the mini pork sandwich a hot sandwich and then it could be either a mini sandwich, chicken tenders and then a bunch of cold dishes that go w/ those 2 hot options?
Though, it does sound like enough food, and if you dont' want to change it up at all, I think it's good!