Buffet dinner or Sit Down dinner? A question as old as time and one that many who are planning an upcoming wedding, birthday, sweet 16 or any other event will have to ask themselves! It is arguably one of the most important decisions to make when planning an event, because let’s face it the food is always the best part of any event! As wedding caterers in Philadelphia we take great pride in our food preparations and ensuring that every one of our guests has a memorable and satisfying meal.
So let’s get into the basics of this ever growing debate of buffet vs. sit down dinner. Both of these dinner presentation options have positive qualities and each has their own advantages. Either one can set a different tone for your event and the option you choose can help add to the overall feeling that you’re trying to set for the evening. Let’s debate about which satisfying dinner option might make for a savory and memorable meal for you and all of your guests!
Let’s start this debate by talking about why a buffet dinner is a great option for a larger, less formal event. Typically, with a buffet dinner you and your guests will be called up table by table to the buffet where the wait staff will serve you all of the different options that you’ve chosen for the buffet.
The great thing about a buffet dinner is the variety of menu options that you can choose from to have served to your guests. This works well if you are looking to have a variety of food in order to accommodate those with allergies or those who are perhaps a vegetarian, or even those who just stray from eating certain foods. We are all about satisfying our guests to ensure that they have a memorable experience here at Romanos. By allowing those planning the event to have the option to choose from a large variety of menu options in order to accommodate everyone, is something we feel is very important.
Another good benefit of a buffet dinner is that there is not a limit on the amount of times you can go back to the buffet for another plate of food. We know you work up more of an appetite after tearing up the dance floor after you’ve already eaten dinner, that is why we allow for the buffet to remain open for up to 2 hours. This way, after you’ve worked up a sweat from dancing away to the Cha Cha Slide and The Cupid Shuffle, you can go back up to the buffet and grab another plate of food before getting back out on the dance floor.
If you are planning on having a big celebration with a lot of guests, then a buffet is definitely the better option in that case. When having a large amount of guests at your event it is typically easier to have a buffet dinner, as it allows for your guests to get their food at a quicker pace. If you choose a sit down dinner for a larger party then it may take a bit longer to serve every guest, that is why we would recommend going with the buffet option for a larger event.
Sit Down Dinner
Now let’s round out this hearty debate by talking about the benefits of a sit down dinner for a more formal event. If you’re vision for your wedding day, gala, or black-tie event is one that centers around formal elegance then perhaps a sit down dinner option would help to bring that vision to life.
With our sit down dinner option you have the choice to present your guests with two different entrée options, or you can choose to go with one entrée for everyone. The sit down entree will also be accompanied by two vegetable side options, it will also be preceded by a salad and a pasta course of your choosing. Each of your guests will be served their salad, pasta and entree table by table presented by our wait staff.
While you might be thinking that a sit down dinner may not be as filling as perhaps a buffet, where you can get more than one plate, not to worry! With our sit down dinners all of the entrees will come in larger and more satisfying portions to ensure that all of your guests enjoy a savory and delectable meal. We want to ensure that all of your guests will have an enjoyable and satisfying meal so that they can spend the rest of the night dancing and celebrating!
We hope this sizzling little debate has given you some good tips and ideas for which dinner option to choose for your event! Not sure which option is right for you? Consult with a wedding caterer in Philadelphia to learn more about our dining packages. Whether you choose a buffet dinner or a sit down dinner for your event, you and your guests will be sure to have an enjoyable and memorable experience here at Romanos!