|Kosher symbols, heckshers, ensure the food is Kosher, and identify the certifying organization.|
When it comes to our wedding we considered having a Kosher caterer provide the food. However, there are two main reasons we decided to go with a "Kosher style" from a normal caterer.
Reason one: Price. Kosher meat costs more. Having a mashgiach to oversee the Kosher kitchen and preparations raises the cost of the product, too. Overall, our budget does not allow for a Kosher meal provided by a Kosher caterer.
Reason two: The cake. When you serve meat as an entree, or anytime you eat meat, strict observers wait 3 hours after to consume milk products. This means serving a parve, or non-dairy/non-meat wedding cake. (Parve is like Switzerland: neutral territory. Of course most cakes never have meat) A non-dairy cake does not taste as good as a buttercreme lathered milk included cake. There are companies that specialize in parve cakes who do amazing things with substitutes. You pay dearly for that talent, too.
So "Kosher style" it is. You will not find cheese burgers, milk laden slabs of meat, or pork-wrapped-shrimp. However the meals served are tasty just the same! Also if you are someone who keeps strict Kosher and attends our wedding, we allow you to choose to eat the milk based hors d'oeuvres since milk before meat is OK. Although, I'll gladly eat your extra brie. and cake. What these guests do get are their very own, outsourced, Kosher certified meals in their own saran-wrapped packages. 100% Kosher = happy guests and bride and groom.
This wasn't all without craziness though.
First we offered observant family members the vegetarian entree. No dice. Because it's not prepared in a Kosher kitchen they will not eat it. Ok, so fish? No, not that either? Thankfully every caterer we are in "talks with" gladly picks up these 12 outsourced meals for us from a local organization. You probably saw it as one of the options during the catering tastings. We don't get to taste them ahead of time, though. We trust it will be fine.
Watch them cost $300...
(some money saving efforts, huh?)
We want our family to attend and eat, so we do what we can with what we have.
And we'll have our cake and eat it too!