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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 9 years
Imagine if you got sick...
Ginger Ginger 9 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 9 years
onesong onesong 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
Maybe the waiter thought microwaving it would kill any bacteria! That's hilarious! I love that you took a picture.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
that is disgusting!!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
Disgusting! I like my steaks well done.
sarahlotfi sarahlotfi 9 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 9 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.
liciababe liciababe 9 years
looks tasty to me but if you had a problem you could have eaten the more cooked edges if they wouldn't cook it more
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
If something like that happened at my wedding I would hope someone would have told me. Food for weddings is outrageously expensive, and to have it served raw is unacceptable.
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
I would have brought it home to cook for leftovers the next day or if that would have been unacceptable, I would have asked them again to cook it more.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
ok, well first i would have poked it to see if it "mooed" at me. then i would have sent it back. if it was returned to me in this same condition, i would not have eaten it.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I would just forget it. It sucks and that's no way to run a business, but why would you bother the bride and groom or their parents on the big day over a steak? I mean, one of them is supposed to drop everything to demand that they put a steak back on the grill? I would have just eaten the side dishes and dessert and leave it.
Dawnie86 Dawnie86 9 years
Thats just gross! I never got eat that! But i wouldn't tell the bride. A wedding to do is not easy and she should have to deal with it when its over. I think i would it just leave it. When you give it ones to them, there don't know what you want, and never understand it. The catering should know how to do something like that, but if they don't what can you do? The Bride and groom must have seen the steak, and theres couldn't been better. Or nobody mind that is bloody. So to not causing a scene i would leave it alone and just don't eat it.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
If I were the bride & groom, I would want to know. Something like that is an issue with the caterer and definitely should be addressed. That of course implies that the B&G were the ones paying for the catering. If that wasn't the case, I'd certainly tell whomever paid for it, since I'm sure they didn't want to pay for someone to serve meat that's basically raw.
Atiyah Atiyah 9 years
This happened to me at a conference dinner. Oven roasted prime rib with a brioche crust. I was drooling until I cut into my meat and it started running red. I just ate everything else on my plate and left the meat alone. I did all I could not to gag at everyone else at my table eating the rare meat and saying ohh my goodness this is so delicious. Oh yeah I would not mention it to the bride and groom at all. Not like they can take the steak in the kitchen and cook it.
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