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INDIAN/ITALIAN WEDDING MENU DISASTER + VENUE HELP

Hi folks,

So I'm looking for some helpful suggestions with planning my wedding. My fiance is Italian and I am East-Indian. The one preference we both have is for EXTREMELY good food.

My parents have decided that our Indian guests will ONLY appreciate Indian food and this is making things incredibly difficult as the Italians do not actually eat Indian food and also want their guests to appreciate good cuisine.

The other problem is that Indian food is usually priced at a more reasonable level whereas high end North American food will likely run us around 150-250 per person.

Does anyone know or has anyone been to any Indian fusion weddings whereby they might be able to offer suggestions to solve this dilemma? I've considered Indian-fusion or Indian-inspired but my parents have firmly told me that will not fly.

I've also considered hiring 2 caterers (unless one magically appeared that could make both Indian and North American food) but that limits us to picking a venue which allows outside catering (also difficult). With over 300 guests that limits us immensely unless we want to break the bank.

At the end of the day I'm at my wits end with figuring this out. I was thinking maybe I could find a creative chef who could somehow develop a plated Indian meal...cause we can't have some people do buffet or family style and some not... I dunno, any help would be appreciated...very lost.

Thanks!

Thanks!

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  1. Elope!

    A word of advice from a happily married person of 18 years: try to balance the needs of you and your fiance with those of your parents and in-laws - remember this is primarily your day, not the parents who reasonably want to show off to all and sundry. When the party is over, you will be responsible for the debt. Why not try a cuisine other than Indian / Italien and no one's offended more than the other.

    1. You seem to have considered most possible options already. Whatever you do you will have to sacrifice something. My parents were recently at a Chinese-Indian wedding held at a banquet hall in the burbs, and the couple had Chinese and Indian caterers and buffet style, or if you like "food stations."

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      1. re: missmu

        Hello missmu! Just read your post and am wondering if you know or can find out where your parent's friends held their Chinese-Indian wedding? My fiance and I are currently planning our Chinese-Indian wedding and have decided to serve "food stations/buffet style" of both Indian and Chinese cuisine. Would be a great help!

        Thanks!

        1. re: pbandjelly

          Oops just saw this now. Will check with them on the weekend. Though some of the listings on this thread that do a mix of cuisines might meet your needs.

      2. Le Jardin banquet hall in Woodbridge provides Indian (I believe it's prepared by The Host restaurant) and North American cuisine:
        http://www.lejardin.com/weddings_cate...

        Gourmet Cuisine Catering makes both types of cuisine as well:
        http://www.gourmetcuisine.com/Toronto...

        Good luck!

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          1. Paradise Banquet Hall in Vaughn offers Italian and East Indian cuisine. My wedding was there and we had East Indian and Afghan food at ours. They can do 2 types of cuisine at one event.

            The menus for all the cuisine that they offer are online - http://www.paradisebanquethalls.com/

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            1. re: sasgirl

              I would love to go to a wedding with both an italian and indian buffet! sounds great.

              1. re: sasgirl

                If the original poster is willing to consider banquet halls, I agree that Paradise Halls is a good bet. They have an amazing antipasto bar option, including dozens of salads, prosciutto, fried calamari, etc.

                Paramount is also great, and offers both Indian and Italian menus. I'm sure you could choose dishes from both menus. http://www.bypeterandpauls.com/paramo...

                Buffet or food stations would be the best way to serve guests of different backgrounds who aren't exactly flexible, so the guests just choose exactly what they want to eat.

                I've been to events at Paramount where they have the appetizers served by servers walking around with platters, which also would work. Paramount also has woodburning ovens located in the foyer of their halls, so they can also serve flatcrust pizza right out of the oven. Maybe they can also serve fresh naan out of the oven (made in an oven rather than a tandoor). I've also enjoyed a risotto bar and a yogurt bar at Paramount. At one Greek wedding I attended at Paramount, the guests could enjoy midnight gyros, and loukamades in individual cups.

                The base price at Paramount and Paradise for a simple buffet dinner is probably closer to $80 per person, although it could easily reach $125-$150 or more if you include alchohol, appetizers, 7 -10 courses, midnight dessert buffet, chair covers, etc.

                I've been to many weddings featuring food from 2 or more cultures. Last weekeend, at my friend's French-Cdn, Irish & Argentinean wedding, grilled beef skewers with chimichurri were included as part of the set menu. The best buffet I've encountered at a wedding was at a Mexican-Greek wedding!