Sit Down Plated
What’s best for your event?
When thinking about your event, there are many types of service available. Each format and style has its own benefits and reasons why it fits a particular style & budget.
Tray Passed Appetizers
This works great for spaces that don't lend themselves to sit down service or creating a more cocktail party atmosphere. Trays of appetizers are continually passed throughout the duration of the party. Each appetizer is a mini version of an entrée.
Additional costs to consider are staffing costs
required to tray pass.
Platters or chafing dishes of items artfully arranged on central tables. Guests usually move along the buffet line and serve themselves. The pros/cons to this style of service is you have a little bit lower staff costs, but higher food costs, since you don't know what the guests will select, and they control their portions and can come back for seconds.
Sit Down-Plated Service
With a formal sit-down dinner, your guests are seated at tables and the meal is served to them by servers. This is considered more formal than any other type of service. Your guests will eat the dish the way it was designed to be eaten, with appropriate portions. One big advantage of a sit-down dinner is that it gives you more control over the timing of your event since your guests don't have to wait in line to get their food. Additional costs include servers and chefs to execute the menu.
Action Stations/Food Stations
Chefs prepare and serve foods at the buffet. It adds a fun interactive element to the event and guests love the chance to interact with the chefs. Foods that lend themselves well to action station service include Pho, crepes, pasta stations, street tacos omelets, gourmet burgers, and flaming desserts.
Extra costs associated with these types of stations are one or more chefs for the station (depending on guest count), extra pans/tools for cooking, and plates for each serving.