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What Would You Do With This Steak?

I recently went to a fully catered wedding where the main course was a piece of steak and several shrimp. What should have been a lovely meal was in fact a disaster. The steak was beautifully seared and wonderfully plated — this pic does it no justice — however the steak itself was nearly inedible. I like my steak on the medium-to-rare side, but when I cut it open it was cold and raw on the inside! In fact, it looked more like ahi tuna than it did beef. I politely pointed this out to my server and several minutes later the same plate returned; it had obviously only been reheated in a microwave!

At this point, I decided that it wasn't worth causing a scene, and just went without. But what about you? What would you have done?

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Imagine if you got sick...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Imagine if you got sick...
Ginger Ginger 8 years
A lot of places won't serve such red beef because of the e coli risk. I would have asked for the catering supervisor, showed them the photo, then asked for it to be cooked or else you will be sending the photo to the health dept with your complaint.
ricarocks ricarocks 8 years
barf
ricarocks ricarocks 8 years
barf
onesong onesong 8 years
that's not right--you asked for it to be fixed and they said they would accomodate you, and so i would have (quietly and nicely) insisted upon and brand new steak. if they couldn't accomodate you and had said so, i would have sucked it up and not made a scene...except to call the caterers after the wedding. at the very least, they should have offered you the vegatarian plate or another plate as a substitute.
onesong onesong 8 years
that's not right--you asked for it to be fixed and they said they would accomodate you, and so i would have (quietly and nicely) insisted upon and brand new steak. if they couldn't accomodate you and had said so, i would have sucked it up and not made a scene...except to call the caterers after the wedding.at the very least, they should have offered you the vegatarian plate or another plate as a substitute.
apma apma 8 years
This happened to me at a wedding. However, I was a bridesmaid and very pregnant. The groom had unfortunately overheard the bride's sister/maid of honor and I say that we couldn't eat our steaks and he asked the servers to give us different plates.
starkiss23 starkiss23 8 years
That's really unfortunate, but I wouldn't have wanted to do anything to upset the bride or groom on their special day.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
Nasty! I would demand a new one for myself. Talk to the bride/groom so they can get a refund. That is SO unacceptable!
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Maybe the waiter thought microwaving it would kill any bacteria! That's hilarious! I love that you took a picture.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Maybe the waiter thought microwaving it would kill any bacteria! That's hilarious! I love that you took a picture.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
that is disgusting!!
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
that is disgusting!!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
PrincessTracy,From what I understand, as long as the outside of the cut of beef is seared (like show above) then you shouldn't get food poisoning. The outside of the meat is what carries the bacteria, not the inside - that is why rare is an option at restaurants. The reason has to do with how the cows are butchered. I could go into greater detail, but won't b/c I am not sure most people would want to hear about it! :)That is what was taught in my Nutrition class in college.Me?... I would have sent it back, asked for medium-well, and if it still came back like that I would have spoken to the waiter's manager or whoever was in charge of the cooks.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
PrincessTracy, From what I understand, as long as the outside of the cut of beef is seared (like show above) then you shouldn't get food poisoning. The outside of the meat is what carries the bacteria, not the inside - that is why rare is an option at restaurants. The reason has to do with how the cows are butchered. I could go into greater detail, but won't b/c I am not sure most people would want to hear about it! :) That is what was taught in my Nutrition class in college. Me?... I would have sent it back, asked for medium-well, and if it still came back like that I would have spoken to the waiter's manager or whoever was in charge of the cooks.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 8 years
ilk...certainly would have asked for a new one!! if the server gave me a hard time i'd threaten to sue the caterer when i got sick from e. coli or whatever else raw beef has...
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
I like my meat beyond well done. If they couldn't cook it the way I prefered then I would just pass. I would not want to make a big deal at someones wedding. lol I would just eat a lot of cake to make up for not having dinner.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
Yum--Thanks for showing it to us. It's hilarious that you took a picture of it! I had a similar experience with a Kobe hamburger at some hotsy totsy restaurant. I bit into it, and there were chunks of raw, cold chopped meat. The experience virtually turned me off meat, and I, like you, enjoy a good rare steak sometimes. Terrible.I think the most unacceptable thing is that they microwaved it after you complained.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
Yum-- Thanks for showing it to us. It's hilarious that you took a picture of it! I had a similar experience with a Kobe hamburger at some hotsy totsy restaurant. I bit into it, and there were chunks of raw, cold chopped meat. The experience virtually turned me off meat, and I, like you, enjoy a good rare steak sometimes. Terrible. I think the most unacceptable thing is that they microwaved it after you complained.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 8 years
If you are offering something like steak at a wedding then you should give your guests the option of having it personalized. Ive been to weddings where you send out menu cards in advance and ask them if they want: "chicken, fish or steak" and if steak then the option of: "rare, medium, or well"Then everyone sends them in and the caterer knows you need 20 well done, 30 medium and 10 rare. Its so simple and then your guests wont have to experience that!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 8 years
If you are offering something like steak at a wedding then you should give your guests the option of having it personalized. Ive been to weddings where you send out menu cards in advance and ask them if they want: "chicken, fish or steak" and if steak then the option of: "rare, medium, or well" Then everyone sends them in and the caterer knows you need 20 well done, 30 medium and 10 rare. Its so simple and then your guests wont have to experience that!
lovebug3 lovebug3 8 years
Disgusting! I like my steaks well done.
sarahlotfi sarahlotfi 8 years
as a side note, this totally reminds me of the bisteca Florentine I ordered in florence... completely raw except for a slightly seared outside. My husband and I knew this was the region's specialty, so we didnt dare send it back or complain, but we didnt expect it to be quite that raw. I couldnt eat it, but thanks to large quantities of house wine, my husband managed. yuk!
sarahlotfi sarahlotfi 8 years
I would have either demanded an entirely new steak or spoke to the person in charge of the kitchen. From my experience at weddings, places these days pride themselves on NOT being wedding factories and offering a more personalized, high class service - especially in terms of the quality of the food. It's possible that the entire issue was the waiters fault, and that the catering hall would have been mortified at the dissatisfaction of the guests being served.
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