Five years ago I considered myself an amateur in the game of buffets. Dating Mitch and dining with his dad quickly changed that. My understanding of buffets went from disregarding the entire idea altogether to appreciating the various types of this popular restaurant concept.
Nowadays, I am quite experienced with “all-you-can-eat” buffet-style restaurants and family-style buffet restaurants like Fogo de Chao and Buca di Beppo. To my surprise, some buffets actually avoid preserving food through heat lamps and metal trays in hot stinky water and become picky eater friendly by doing so.
My favorite type of buffet is a catered one that is mostly seen during special occasions such as graduations, holiday parties and weddings. I was pleasantly surprised when I received Majra and Aaron’s wedding invitation that mentioned an Italian Buffet for dinner. Score! I was relieved of the stress most picky eaters experience when thinking of eating typical stock menu wedding food and was actually looking forward to this dining experience. Instead of pondering dinner selections for weeks before sending the invitation back, I put it in the mail right away. Italian buffet, here I come!
Majra and Aaron’s wedding weekend was better than expected in many ways – getting ready with the bridesmaids before the ceremony, participating in the best Bosnian horn-honking processional of all time, finding a new appreciation for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and enjoying not one, but two, delicious buffets.
The Italian Buffet – After a day of celebration this was the exact meal I needed to re-fuel for evening festivities. The mouth-watering meat lasagna and simple buttered noodles hit the spot. The only reason I didn’t go up for thirds was because I was distracted by the couple’s adorable slideshow and was focused on finding utensils to toast the bride and groom.
The Chipotle Buffet – I’d like to personally thank the brilliant individual who decided to serve Chipotle at the farewell lunch. Nothing beats a wedding hangover like Chipotle. Not to mention, having the ability to fill my burrito with as much cheese as I wanted was extremely satisfying.
Over the past few weeks, my picky taste buds went through the ultimate eating challenge. I survived rehearsal dinners, bachelorette barbecues and wedding meals among countless other celebratory dining experiences. As I look back at the series of wedding weekends, I realize that surviving nuptial festivities as a picky eater is not an easy task. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time until Chipotle buffets become as synonymous to weddings as a white dress and cake.
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