I just received a pricing guide from a caterer we are considering. They are offering a boxed meals options for COVID. I’ve seen options like this for lunch before, but not dinner. Has anyone tried these? Is so, how did you keep food fresh? How did it go over with guests?
I think it depends on the formality level of your wedding. It would seem a little odd to me if the wedding was pretty formal and I got a cardboard box with a sandwich. But if it was casual that's fine. Or if the caterer has nicer clear plastic takeout-like containers that would feel a little "nicer" to me. Does that make sense?
I completely agree with both PP'ers. You can easily have a safe meal without having to eat out of a box. If I went to a wedding, and they served my dinner in a box, I would be a little put off. Even if it was a casual event.
I think this made sense at the height of the pandemic when receptions weren’t permitted to happen in a lot of states so guests would take the meal with them after the ceremony. Now that people can host receptions, I don’t think a boxed meal is the way to go.
A boxed meal seems odd to me for a wedding reception now that most restrictions are being loosened. I'm not sure why a plated dinner is not an option or if its supposed to be buffet style they have catering staff serve the food on plates. We're likely not able to have passed foods for our cocktail hour but they can still serve it stationary.
I was at a baby shower that did boxed meals for lunch, and everyone was really happy with the food, but I can't imagine having a dinner that way. Also, we were all eating at the same table so the boxing of food didn't really seem like a necessary or useful safety precaution. I feel like boxed lunches work for sandwiches, but can't imagine an elevated dinner menu being served "boxed meal" style.
If you are seriously considering this vendor, I would absolutely do a tasting/sampling where the meal is actually served to you with the same presentation as would be at your wedding so you can get a sense of how the food holds up and what the aesthetic is like.