Select­ing a Menu for ANY Appetite

A com­mon con­cern for most of our wed­ding and social event clients is how to offer the best menu that will appeal to all of their guest’s appetites WITH­OUT break­ing the bank! Luck­ily, the ladies at Lesner Inn are experts in this depart­ment and our cater­ing menu has a vari­ety of menu options so there is some­thing for every­one!

The Lesner Inn has three menu options for clients to choose from, this includes: plated, buf­fet, and sta­tions. Pric­ing varies between wed­dings and social events, but our tips and tricks below ring true for any type of event!

Plated Menu
echard_wheeler_lesner-dual-entree-plated-mealBefore we go into what we think works best for a plated meal, let’s first iden­tify the three options that you have when select­ing this menu option.
Right: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy
  • Sin­gle entrée plated meal: This is one of the sim­plest options where each of your guests will get the same plate with the same entrée.
  • Dual entrée plated meal: This is also a sim­ple option that also gives your guests a bit of vari­ety. Each guest will receive the same plate, but on that plate will be two entrées. Who doesn’t love a lit­tle surf and turf? No drama. No hassle.
  • Mul­ti­ple entrée plated meal: A plated meal with mul­ti­ple entrees requires that you receive each of your guests menu pref­er­ences in advance, cre­ate a seat­ing chart, have place cards for each of your guests, and select meal sig­ni­fiers to iden­tify which guests will be receiv­ing chicken, fish, beef, etc. Many peo­ple are deterred from this option when they real­ize how much more work it can be.
Only you know which of these options will work best for your guests. The type of menu that you select is a per­sonal pref­er­ence, there is no right answer! Plated menus are great for groups large and small but, in our expe­ri­ence, appeal to the major­ity in the form of a dual entrée meal.

Buffet-menu-baby-shower-virginia-beach Buf­fet Menu
When select­ing a menu that will appeal to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, our top choice will always be buf­fet style. With this menu option, you are able to choose a two or three entrée buf­fet and allow your guests to choose what they’d like on their plate, and how much of it. If you know you have picky eaters in the mix, we highly rec­om­mend this option!
Left: Tara Liebeck Pho­tog­ra­phy

Sta­tions Menu
Sim­i­lar to buf­fet style, our sta­tions menu allows your guests to walk through and select which menu items they would like on their plate. The dif­fer­ence is that many of the menu options are at a chef attended sta­tion where a Lesner Inn staff mem­ber will be sautéing, flip­ping, or carv­ing food right in front of your guests. Many peo­ple opt for this menu style if they pre­fer to dress up their buf­fet and of course it adds a bit of extra enter­tain­ment to the event.

No mat­ter which menu style you choose, the cater­ing at Lesner Inn is some of the best in the busi­ness if we do say so our­selves. If you don’t believe us, just check out our stel­lar reviews on The Knot, Wed­ding­Wire, Face­book, and on our web­site.

For more infor­ma­tion about events and cater­ing at Lesner Inn, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122.

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