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How much food to serve 350.
Faye

04/07/05
How much shrimp to buy to feed 350 people?
Vicki

04/07/05
How much punch will it take for 300 people
patsy

04/07/05
How much rice to cook to serve 250.
I need to know how much rice to buy to cook for 250 servings. Can you help?
ellen

04/08/05
Rice
I make 6 pounds for 100 persons for a side dish or to go with/under chili, stew, etc.
ellen

04/08/05
Shrimp, beverages:
Check these pages in the big pots planning section; appetizers OR quantities for 100 for the shrimp, beverages and miscellaneous for the punch and many othere beverages. Everything you need to know!
L Mangan

04/28/05
How much lemonade for 300? (reception)
I am in charge of making lemonade (purchasing) for a reception tomorrow evening. It will be served punch-style. I will do it Friday and Sat. evening after a children's play at church.
ellen

04/28/05
I suggest you purchase frozen concentrate. Amounts are listed on the beverages page of the big pots planning section. The maximum is 6 ga;llons per hundred plus ice for a meal, but you may need as little as half as much.
Linda
echilrpr@midwest.net
05/09/05
How much food to serve 200
I am serving Mostachil (Penne Rigat Pasta), salad, green beans, corn and yeast rolls. How much of sauce for the noodles, green beans, corn is needed. The serving is for 200 people. Thank you
ellen

05/11/05
Please go to the Big Pots page and scroll down to the planning section, check out the amounts for 100 page and double. Check the spaghetti page for sauce amounts.
Sue
vossue@hotmail.com
05/31/05
How much pasta salad for graduation reception
Ellen:
We are having a graduation reception for appx 800 people. The menu- hot turkey sandwiches, potatoe salad, pasta salad, carrots and dip, pickles, potatoe chips, watermelon, canteloupe and grapes.Cake and ice cream for dessert.
Can you tell me how much pasta I would need to serve this many people and how many watermelons, cantaloupes and grapes to purchase.
Thanks
ellen

06/01/05
See the serves 100 page and the salad page in big pots for pasta salad amounts, and there are some recipes for 100 person salads, too. You want a TOTAL of 1 gallon side dishes for each 10 persons.

Fruit- You want about 5-6 ounces of ready to eat for each person for your fruit total, so you might start with the idea of 350-400 pounds whole fruits, or 260 pounds ready to eat. Remember that unlike grapes and canteloupes, UNCUT watermelons with unpunctured skins will keep many weeks in a cool place, so cut only about half to start and sell off what is left over.

Susan
fonziedog204@yahoo.com
06/29/05
How much food to serve 100.
How many cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelon would it take to feed 100 people? Thanks
ellen

06/29/05
Is this a Mexican style fruit cup, or are the cukes a standalone salad? Check the quantities to serve 100 page and the fruit trays page in Big Pots. For a stand alone informal/bbq dessert, most caterers allow 1 pound of whole watermelon per person.
kellyrobert
naturegirl562@yahoo.com
07/07/05
How to prepare spaghetti for 400 people 4 benefit
I need to prepare spaghetti for approx. 400 for a benefit with meat and side salad could you tell me how much ingredients i will need
ellen

07/07/05
Check the spaghetti thread. Then go to the big pots page, check out the spaghetti page and also look under basic budget entrees and check out the baked budget spaghetti. These recipes are for 100, you would make them 4 times.
deb

07/07/05
hot roast beef sand. cheesey potatoes, corn. ffruit salad , mac. salad & punch
ellen

07/08/05
And the question is? All these foods with quantities can be found at the planning pages of the Big Pots section.
Claire
cmc6105@hotmail.com
07/14/05
How much food to serve 40?
This is for a garden wedding.

I was thinking of ordering full pans of the following. (each full pan is for 30 people)
chicken marsala
sausage/peppers and onions
bake ziti
meatballs

then a half pan (15 people)
stuffed cabbage
eggplant parm

ellen

07/14/05
If it is 40 people, this is way too much food. I would skip the meatballs entirely and get half pans of everything else. You will still have too much, but not extremely so.
patsy
patsyrab@comcast.net
07/18/05
How much food to serve 100.
How many hot dogs and hamburgers for a cookout for 100 people? 80 adults and 20 children.
Chad Richards
mcrichar@ius.edu
07/18/05
How much potato saled, coleslaw, ham, and fruit and vegetable trays should be served for a wedding reception of around 350 people? I need help! Thanks!
Miles
IHart@nc.rr.com
07/27/05
How many green beans are needed to serve 100 people?
ellen

08/03/05
Please check the quantities for 100 page- all these iitems are covered.
sharon chatman
honeybiscuitsec@yahoo.com
08/16/05
How much food to serve 700
I am cooking for 700-750 person. I am in desperate need and guidance on how much food I will need.My menu consist of:hamburgers, hotdogs, frenchfries, whole chicken wings, assorted bagged chips, canned soda, Ice, bottled water, cut up pieces of cake, cookies, ketchup, mustard, relish, cheese for fries and hotdogs, hotsauce, napkins, plates, cups, and french fry papers.
ellen

08/16/05
Hi, Sharon,

How much food to buy is almost the least of your worries. I nee more info.

Is this teens, families, men, adults? Is this for one meal, a weekend, a party, what? What are your cooking and refrigeration facilities? How many people will be helping with the cooking and serving? You need about 70 people to serve this many, and finding the volunteers or staff and supervising them is a job all by itself.

sharon chatman
honeybiscuitsec@yahoo.com
08/17/05
How much food to serve 700
This meal is for a Christian Nightclub. I will be serving from 8pm to 1am. It is for 9/2/05, one night.I have a extremely large grill and a two basket deep fryer. I will be in an outside tent. my refrigeration will be inside and outside. I will be serving, hamburgers, hotdogs, frenchfries, whole chicken wings, assorted bagged chips, canned soda, Ice, bottled water, cut up pieces of cake, cookies, ketchup, mustard, relish, cheese for fries and hotdogs, hotsauce, napkins, plates, cups, and french fry papers. I will have four counter persons, one grill and one deep fry person.
ellen

08/18/05
Sharon, please go to the new pages page and click on the link to feeding 500 to read that article. Also the one on big pots about self catering, if you haven't read it already.

Is the food included in the event price, or are the items bought separately by the diners? This strongly effects how much and what is ordered!

If it is included in the event price, I suggest you add baked beans or cowboy beans of some kind to help fill plates at a lower cost.

Here is a start on your shopping list, assuming price included in the event:
200 pounds sausages (1 sausage or large hotdog per person)
1 4 ounce frozen hamburger patty per person
6 pieces chicken wings per person (1 wing makes 2 pieces)
6 pounds chips per 100 people
3-4 ounces fries per person, depends on portion size
Condiments and beverages covered under the quantites for 100 section. You will need coffee setup too.

This is a 5 hour event. To serve 500 to 600 people cafeteria line style (which is faster than per order)during a three-hour event requires 40 to 60 on-site volunteer servers. This does not count the cooks or kitchen crew, or the clean up after. If you try to serve 125 people per hour, quite difficult with the size staff you are considering, no one will get seconds and the last people will get nothing for the first 3-4 hours. Not the best plan. Think about the amount of food serving booths you see at a county fair- way more than one!
So first things first, the staff will become frustrated and exhausted, increase the size of the staff. For example, the fryer needs a bagger and possibly also a server for the fries. Also, all staff including the cooks needs to be switched out at least every hour for a 15-20 minute break!
If the booth is too small for more staff, set up auxiliary serving stations for the items suggested below.
You need 1-2 people who are just runners going back and forth to the kitchen and supplies and keeping the condiment tables filled.
Here are the changes I would make:
1) Change hot wings to several flavors of sticky wings, prepare in several Nesco roasters and hold hot from the start, so they are ready to serve at the beginning of the event and can be served quickly without tying up the fryer. Add a staffer for these.
2) Make steamed hotdogs or even better Polish sausage or kielbasa by layering sauages in two other Nesco roasters with a good quality sauerkraut. Have a third roaster for warming the buns. Put the relish table near but away from the booth so they pick up their buns and fries and move away from the serving line. Add another staffer just for these. If someone doesn't want steamed they can ask for grilled.
3) Use the grill for hamburgers and grilled onions only. People love grilled onions, they make the place smell great and you can use a 4 ounce patty instead of a 5 ounce patty without it looking skimpy.

ellen

08/18/05
PS if you don't wanty to use saurkraut, layer with frozen bell pepper strips and chopped onion that have been thawed overnight in the refrigerator. Voila! Sausage and peppers!
Robyn
dnrned@chibardun.net
08/19/05
I was wondering how many pounds of hamburger it takes to make meatballs for approximately 300 people?
ellen

08/20/05
Robyn, meatballs and many other lmeats are on both the appetizer planning page and the quantities for 100 page. Basically, it depends on whether it is for appetizers or sandwiches or a main course.
Leah
lmullen@am1st.com
08/22/05
How much punch do I need to serve 250 people?
How many gallon's of punch will I need to serve 250 people?
ellen

08/23/05
Check the beverages page, it gives the range for different types of events and sizes of cup-
lisa
lmcoakley@juno.com
08/29/05
How much food to serve 125
Planning Wedding at home for 125-130 people. How much Potato salad, condiments etc for this qty?
sarah
bright4862@aol.com
08/30/05
cakes for 100 people
i need to know how many cakes to feed 100 people pound cakes
ellen

08/30/05
Lisa, go to the Big Pots section and check the plan to serve 100 page, increase the quantities by 1/3.
Sharon, I just posted a bunch of info about cakes. Start on the quantities for 100 page or desserts and teas page and go to the new pages page to find simple yellow cake for 100 from scratch. Any recipe with that amount of flour will be about right for your amount.
Genia
Panion3@aol.com
09/13/05
How much food to serve 30.
I am cooking thanksgiving dinner for the mission this year. how much do I need for 300 people
ellen

09/13/05
Hi, Genia, this question comes up every year, always under different threads, so I guess it is time to make a page for it. I will work on it this week and post it under Big Pots planning next weekend. In the meantime, see the cooking for 500 page- link is on the new pages page-
You start with 1 pound whole raw turkey per person.
Also, you will need about 60 volunteers, at least, for the day before and day of-
Becky
blandrum@garlandisd.net
09/15/05
How much food to serve 70.
How much Ice Cream will I need to purchase to serve 70 people ice cream sundaes?? Half of which are children 5-12.
ellen

09/15/05
Invest in scoops that make 1/3 cup scoops.

3n 1/2 gallons for 2 scoop sundaes if you scoop the ice cream. Double that if teenagers scoop their own. Add about 20% extra if grownups scoop, 10% each for more than one flavor.

mia
boobydite@aol.com
09/18/05
Have a wedding for 125 people. need to know how much i will need of the following.

meatballs, chicken salad w/crackers, bbq and plain chicken drumettes, assorted cheese cubes with crackers, fruit and vegetable tray, and ginger ale.

I would truly appreciate your help.

ellen

09/19/05
Wedding for 125
Mia, it depends on whether this is a meal replacement. Assuming it is NOT, for example 1 PM wedding with a 2 hour reception to follow, you want to allow about 12 pieces per person, with 1-2 ounces of cheese counting as 1 piece.

If it is am 11:AM wedding, you basically have to double everything, as people will be eating lunch.

All the items including beverages you mention are discussed on the planning for 100 pages in the big pots section. If you prepare an estimate and email it to me, I will go over it for you. Are you bride ofr family, or is this a job?

Terri

09/20/05
We are having a dinner and serving Baked Potatoes. How much butter and sour cream should we purchase for approx. 300 people.
ellen

09/20/05
Allow 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of sour cream per person, 10 pounds of butter and 20 pints of sour cream. If it is buffet service, you can provide part of the butter as a soft tup margarine such as Smart Beat, and part nonfat sour cream, but they need to be labelled.
Joan
jhoy@psych.org
09/21/05
How many people does 1 gallon of coffee serve?
Do you have a table for the number of people 1 gallon of coffee serves?
ellen

09/21/05
1 gallon of coffee is 128 ounces. If you are counting in puny cups, it is 20, but if you are serving 12 ounce cups as most people do these days, it is just 11 servings. At breakfast this is good for about 8 peuple and about 1 in 6 will look for decaf, at dinnertime it is fine for 12 to 15 and most will be decaf.
Sally
sawolf@bellsouth.net
10/02/05
thanksgiving for 125
Thanksgiving meal for 125 people in need. Menu is Turkey, Ham, Mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, collard greens, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato pie and pound cake. How do I figure out how much of everything I will need and how many to help cook and serve? This is a new project for our church and we want it to go well. Any input will be appreciated.

Thanks, sally

Lisa

10/03/05
How much food to serve 200 people.
I need to know how many gallon cans of fruit to buy to make a fruit compote for 200 people. It will be one of the side dishes. I am planning to serve peaches, pears, pineapple, grapes and cherries mixed.
ellen

10/03/05
Fresh fruit, you want 6 ounces ready to eat. Frozen peach slices, partially defrosted, are very tasty and will keep the whole salad cold.

If you are using all canned fruit, 1 #10 can is 24 1/2 cup servings. This is the usual size for a dished up little dish of fruit, such a s a hot spiced fruit dish.

The fruit tray page in the Big Pots Planning section has the cup and pound measurements for lots of different fruits. If it is a cold fruit compote and you are using some fresh fruits, melons, especially large watermelons, are a good economy. Just get rid of the seeds as you slice and dice.

ana

10/04/05
How much food to serve 70.
what to serve for 70 people
ellen

10/05/05
Ana, I am not sure what kind of food you are asking about. Go to the quantities to serve 100 page on the Big Pots section, and use 3/4 of the amount to serve 70 people. You will find most foods covered on this page and the related pages.
nicole

10/05/05
How much food to serve 150-200 people?
We are having a symposium with workshops, posters and speakers. We want to provide coffee/tea with creamer and sugar, juice/soda, bagels, creamcheese, muffins, cookies, and cheese and crackers. The event will last for one day and people will be in and out of the building.
ellen

10/06/05
This depends somewhat on whether you serve in two meals, a morning break and an afternoon break, OR whether you serve all day. See the beverages list and do breakfast coffe for 100, plus soda for 50. Then in the afternoon do coffee for 50, iced tea and soda for 100.

I would split the snacks into two parts so they were not the same selection with cookies in the afternoon and muffins in the morning. Cheese both times- your audience will do better with the proteins- and a big basket of hardboiled eggs is cheap and popular. General idea of amounts on the breakfast and dessert planning pages. When you have an estimate email me and I will give yopu some feedback.

Carol
Carolo118@aol.com
10/10/05
How many chicken wings to serve 15-20 people
Approx how many chicken wings to serve. This will be for adults and there will be another appetiser and snacks around. Thanks
ellen

10/10/05
Whole wings: 3 per person
Buffalo wings or nuggets: 7 to 8 pieces per person will be plenty.
Lisa
franknlisa@att.net
10/12/05
How much food to serve 250.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and chips. This is for a business function so I need estimates on all of the fix'ins also
Zelda Randle
zelda71104@hotmail.com
10/12/05
How much food to serve 50 to 100.
Please give me an idea for a thanksgiving wedding day menu and how much food to prepare. What would be appropriate colors and table setting?
ellen

10/12/05
Lisa, go to the sandwich page and the quantities for 100 page and multiply the amounts for 100 timwes 2.5 for 250.

Zelda, are you trying to not use the taditional turkey menu? Check the quantities for 100 page and you can make up almost any menu. Usual colors are gold, orange, browns and yellows.

Wanda Krumpelbeck
wjkrump@aol.com
10/15/05
How much bake beans & potato salad for 200 people
I am cooking for a wedding reception and need to know how much bake beans and potato salad I need for 200 people.
ellen

10/15/05
Total side dishes usually allowed is 1 gallon for each 10 people. I allow about 4 1/2 gallons potato salad and 3-4 gallons baked beans per 100 people, because I am also adding slaw or salad. If you do not have slad/slaw or any other side dishes split about 6/4.
Beth
bethub_thing1@yahoo.com
10/17/05
How much cole slaw and baked beans to serve 80 people. We are serving chopped barbeque with a roll also.
ellen

10/17/05
Beth, use the quantities for 100 lists and multiply times .8 or 8/10.
Judy
jcainjujubee@aol.com
10/17/05
How much food to serve 250
I am helping with a wedding reception and need to know how many large cans of green beans will serve this many people. Also doing slaw mix that comes in 5# bags and I need to know how many bags are needed to serve 250.

Thank you.

ellen

10/17/05
I use 2 #10 cans green beans plus 1 #10 can chow meain vegetables to make green bean casserole for 60 people.

Salad info including is at the top of the Quantities for 100 page on Big Pots, or check the recipes for slaw for 100.

Karen
jdkd17@YAHOO.COM
10/18/05
How much food to serve 300
i AM FIXING THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR 300 US MILITARY PEOPLE. uSING LARGE CANS OF GREEN BEANS , HOW MANY DO i NEED...hOW MANY CANS OF YAMS, HOW MANY TURKEYS & HAMS, HOW MANY POTATOES FOR MASH....HOW MANY BOXES OF NOODLES FOR MAC N CHEESE....HOW MANY CANS OF PUMPKIN FOR PIES? please help!!!!
ellen

10/18/05
Karen, the mass (kitchen) at the military base can tell you EXACTLY how much they would use for this number of soldiers.

For 300 people, you need at LEAST three cooks and 16 servers.

15-16 #10 cans will provide 1/2 cup servings for each of your 300 people. Mashed potatoes, start with 115 pounds potatoes. Pies, 1 pie for each 4 people for these big eaters. I would make some sheet cakes insread of all pies.

You need 7 gallons of gravy...

Turkey, whole, I allow 1 pound raw per person. Boneless ham as a second choice, 4 people per pound.

Check my large recipes for mac and cheese, etc.

Ivy
ibailey214@aol.com
10/20/05
How much food to serve 200.
How many lbs of fresh cut up red potatoes would I need for mashed potatoes and how much fresh brocolli for steamed brocolli?
ellen

10/20/05
Hi, I NEVER use red potatoes for mashed, only baking potatoes. That said, at least 35 pounds fresh potatoes per 100 people. Broccoli, depends on whole or cut up, about 3 people per pound.
Eleanor
ejm1356@sympatico.ca
10/21/05
Frozen turnip for 500
I need to know how much frozen cubes turnip I need to feed 500 people.

Eleanor

Linda
classylaa@aol.com
10/22/05
I need to feed 60 people
How many lbs of green beans and how many pieces of fried chicken do I need to feed 60 people? All are adults.
ellen

10/22/05
Eleanor, I would allow about 4-5 servings to the pound, unless this is a turnip-eating crowd you won't get a lot of requests for seconds. 1/2 cup is a standard serving size for cooked vegetables.

Linda, 4 people per chicken, 2 pieces each, is enough, but I usually add 10% more. A #10 can of green beans makes 20 people's-worth of servings, 12 cups cooked. If you offer broiled chicken as well, some folks will prefer that...

SFC Michael Isaza
michael.isaza@us.army.mil
10/23/05
Turkeys for the Army
Ellen,

I need to feed about 600 soldiers and family memebers in December, we will carve the meat on site. Turkey and Ham, I will probably go 400 turkey, 200 ham, I am not sure how many of each to get. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. V/R, Michael Isaza

ellen

10/23/05
Hi, Sargeant,

There is a LOT of good serving info on the military cooking manuals, I use them myself for basic amounts.

Anyway, you want to allow 6 oz cooked turkey and 3 oz cooked ham for everyone except little kids. You will have some control since you are carving and I presume serving. 1 pound whole raw turkey makes 2 people's worth at this rate. You do know that turkeys 16 piunds and over have more meat in a pound of raw than the samller turkeys?

So 2oo pounds raw whole large turkeys and 50 pounds boneless ham, more or less...

My favorite memory of an overseas military thanksgiving as a kid, they gave every kid a whole box of Whitman's chocolates to take home. How thrilling!!!

SFC Michael Isaza
michael.isaza@us.army.mil
10/23/05
Ellen,

I certainly appreciate the prompt response, I will definitely let you know how things turn out. Thanks again, this is a great site. V/R Michael Isaza

ellen

10/24/05
By the way, about the turkeys; quartered turkeys roast easier and faster and you can get more in t he same amount of oven space at one time. Also, if you have a lot of kids, you can get turkey legs only, they weigh about 1 pound each and come in cases of 40 pounds. Always a good backup if you are worried about quantity.
ellen

10/26/05
Sargeant, Re: the turkeys: my friends at butterball.com suggest you allow 1 full pound of turkey per adult person unless you are preparing a LOT of side dishes. I have found that when I am using very large turkeys the lower amount is fine, but just want you to have a heads up on this.
Janet Otte
jotte@pmt.org
10/30/05
How much food to serve 200
I am over a dinner for 200 to 220 people. I need some ideas for a meat recipe and the side dishes. They need to be easy to fix because Iam the only one preparing the meat. Any ideas.
ellen

10/30/05
Hi, if this is a menu where a stew type entree is acceptable, this is by far the simplest for a single person to handle unless you want to go with either a meatloaf/ground beef dish or an entree casserole or baked pasta dish. It can be fancy, such as a cassoulet or stroganoff, pork chops or cutlets in gravy, etc.

I have quite a lot of entree recipes for 100 in the big pots section, you need to double the recipe for 200 and add 10% if it will be 220 or if it is 200 people serving themselves buffet style.

barb
hillers719@msn.com
11/06/05
how many wings for a party of 50
how many wings are in a pound
ellen

11/06/05
Usually, I figure 1 pound raw for every 2 people.
Christina
christinam@lifegains.org
11/07/05
How much food to serve 100 people
We are having a Christmas dinner for 100 people (about 50 adults and 50 children). The catering company offers the menu items by the pound. How much turkey would you suggest per person, and how much of the sides would you suggest per person. We are considering stuffing, au gratin potatoes, cranberry relish, roasted vegetables, gravy, and green bean casserole.
ellen

11/07/05
Cooked, ready to eat, off the bone turkey, 3/4 pound per adult, 1/2 pound per kid, some left overs. 6 ounces per serving potatoes and stuffing, 4 ounces per person other vegetables, 1/3 cup per person gravy, 6 persons per pound cranberry. I woud consider adding one non-casseroled light vegetable.
MR

11/10/05
Turkey Gravy
How many gallons of turkey gravy do I need for 700 dinners?
ellen

11/10/05
16 gallons for 1000 people, I just figured this out last night; so you want 11 gallons for 700. Write me and tell me how you did.
Janice Prickett
jimjan50@alltel.net
11/10/05
Turkey for 125 people
The menu is for turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy plus dessert. Don't worry about serrert, that is all planned. One pound per person seem like a lot. This is a free monthly meal and the drressing will be under the turkey with gray on top. Thanks!!!!
ellen

11/10/05
If you want nu ledtovers, 3/4 pound per is fine.
Philenese
slaughterp@apsu.edu
11/11/05
Stew for 200
Our menu is for a hearty meat & vegetable stew, rolls, coleslaw and cookies for 200. This is for adults, teens and children who will be dancing at an outdoor powwow in November. We are trying to write out shopping list for the stew and coleslaw. How many pounds of the basics (meat, potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage) will we need to purchase? Thanks.
ellen

11/11/05
For the slaw, check the slaw page in big pots.

For the stew, allow 4 ounces raw boneless meat, 6-7 ounces potato and about 8-10 ounces other veggies (onions, carrots, celery, etc) to start. Invest in a GOOD beef bouillon /gravy base to enrich the gravy )I like "Better then Bouillon" brand), and consider using some canned or pureed tomatoes as part of the gravy, you will want about 3-4 gallons of gravy for each 100 people.

Mary Thompson
mtscatering@insightbb.com
11/13/05
How much breakfast food to serve 350.
Scrambled eggs w/cheese
Hash Browns
Curried fruit
Bacon1/2 bacon
Sausage Patties, 1/2 sausage
Biscuits
Muffins & Bagels
juice
coffee
ellen

11/14/05
Check the quantities page devoted to breakfast. It is in the big pots planning section.
linda
linda26104@yahoo.com
11/19/05
How much food to serve 70 people
dinner for 70 people for a thanksgiving dinner turkey ham mashed potatoes gravy
stuffing green beans and bread
ellen

11/19/05
Go to the new pages page and click on the
"shopping lit and quantities" page.
Wendy Land
landotiggers@ns.sympatico.ca
12/06/05
how much to feed 60 people for turkey dinner
How much of the following do I need to feed turkey dinner for 60 people?

turkey?
mashed potatoes?
carrots?
frozen peas?
dressing?

Lori Fuentes
DDayFamily@comcast.net
12/06/05
How much food to serve 250 benefit hog roast,
Need to know how big of a hog, salads-potatoe, cole-slaw, baked beans, relish trays, cheese and crackers, rolls, butter, bbq sauce, other condiments, drinks sodas etc. will have own alcohol. paper supplies everything needed for party to cover 250-275 people. will be serving all day. thought maybe appetizers during day then the hog and trimmings as a dinner. Please help asap! Thanks
ellen

12/07/05
Wendy, this whole question is answered on the shopping and planning turkey dinners page. Check the link at the top of the big pots page.

Lori, Since April 2004, I no longer do whole plans for people; too many requests. So I posted a bunch of planning pages in the bi pots section for BBQ, beverages, salads etc. What I WILL do is check your estimates if you email them to me at the link at the bottom of the page.
The usual estimate is 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds whole raw hog per person, (yes, 30+ pounds) which is 4 pigs or more or 10 suckling pigs or more and I have to warn you, this is an expensive and VERY difficult roast; you need expereienced pit crews, and at least 20 additional servers/cooks to pull it off. You would be well-advised to coonsider hiring grillmasters/ smoker masters for a pork loin and brisket roast instead, or do one pig and the rest pork and brisket.

Sandy
jt4sandy@hotmail.com
12/16/05
How much gravy to serve 300.
How much gravy will it take for 300 people. This will go on top of mashed potatoes and turkey. Thank You.
ellen

12/17/05
I allow about 16 1/2 gallons for 1000 people, you want about 1/3 of that for 300 plus.
Becky
rbrandt@csspub.com
12/20/05
How much food to serve 20 people
how much ham do you buy for 20 people to eat a meal and have some leftovers for sandwices later?
ellen

12/22/05
A 10 pound ham has 20 servings with a smallish bone, about 15 with a large bone, 30 with no bone.
Charlene
charpeter4@yahoo.com
01/19/06
Serve 25-30 people
I need to know how many lbs of potatoes I need for potatoe salad. I also need to know how many heads of lettuce for a salad and I am fixing roast beef and turkey breast for sandwiches - haw many lbs of meat. I am serving all adults.
Thanks!
ellen

01/20/06
There is an actual page just for quantities on sandwiches, it uses 100 persons, you would use 1/3. 10-12 pounds of potatoes for plenty. Salad is covered in the quantity pages.
Lisa

01/27/06
wedding.
where can i find a recipe for wedding cakes for free to feed 200 people?
ellen

01/28/06
Lisa, at the public library there will be a collection of baking cake cookbooks.
Geri Segarra
01/31/06
How much food to serve 200
Hi Ellen ~

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on October 28, 2006.

I have my menu as follows and need to know how much to buy for 200 persons.

Appetizer Tray:
cheese cubes (how much for 200)
grapes (How many lbs. for 200)
crackers (How many for 200)
crab dip (how many tubs BJ's has a great 12 oz dip)

Buffet:
Spanish Rice & Beans - White Rice - Pigeon Peas
(How Much Rice & How many cans of beans for 200)

Will l00 lbs. of roast pork be enough for 200 persons?

Salad - Combination of iceburg, romaine and radicchio lettuce. How many heads of each to serve 200?

Bruchetta to go over the salad - Tomatoes, basil, onions, garlic and olive oil. How much of each item to serve 200 persons.

Will 200 italian rolls be enough for option of pork sandwich?

How many ranch dressing bottles needed for 200 persons?

Thank you so much Ellen for your kind assistance.

The GGS
Gil and Geri Segarra

Dwight
02/02/06
A recipe for biscuits and gravy for 300 people
i really have never cooked the gravy part of it. I am a chef and I don't want to just "wing" it.
Can you help me with how to make the gravy - that thick white stuff that tastes so good!
ellen
02/03/06
Geri, most of the items are covered in the quantity planning pages in the Big Pots section, and there are quite a few similar recipes for 100 to give you guidelines for quntities. Even how much salad and salad dressing is covered, including thick versus thin. Please write back about any individual items you have a hard time figuring, and CONGRATULATIONS!

Dwight, the sausage gravy recipe was one of the over 200 ready to post recipes that disappeared forever when my old computer died over Christmas.

You MUST use the black pepper. You MUST use whole milk. And yes, you actually add the bacon grease to the sausage grease. It's just a heart attack waiting to happen...

This is for 200 people:
* 25 pounds ground pork sausage
* 4 cups bacon grease
* 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 5 gallons whole milk
* 1/4 cup salt OR to taste- do taste while adding
* 2 tablespoons and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Brown sausage in a roasting pan over medium-high heat. Set aside, leaving the drippings in the skillet.
2. Mix bacon grease into the sausage drippings. Reduce heat to medium, combine with flour, and stir constantly until mixture just turns golden brown. This take at least a half hour. If you burn it you have to throw it away and start over, so do not turn your back.
3. Gradually whisk milk into skillet. When the mixture is smooth, thickened, and begins to bubble, return the sausage to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 25 minutes, stirring, covering.

ellen
02/03/06
The sausage gravy recipe has a LOT of sausage. You can decrease the sausage by 1/3 or increase the gravy by 1/3 to 1/2 and still have plenty of chunks.

Use good sausage, of course; sage or hot is nice. If you have no bacon grease, butter is a possibility, but for heavens sake, if it is a feast, get the bacon grease. Some people add a little garlic or sage, or Tabasco, but die-hard sausage gravy fans will notice.

Also, it tends to separate if served standing on a buffet line-

Bea
02/06/06
green beans almondine
I am looking for a recipe (150 people) for Green Beans Almondine, with a little extra seasoning to add a little more flavor. ie, vinegar, light sauce coating. Any help would be appreciated.
Annette
02/08/06
how much ice cream to I need to serve 60 sundaes
How much icream do I need to buy to make 60 sundaes?
ellen
02/08/06
Bea, the best green beans like this I had lately, were steamed, fresh, a mix of yellow, light green and the very deep French, served whole with just the stem end clipped. They had julienned carrots almost the length and about half the diameter of the green beans steamed and tossed in. The sauce was a browned real butter sauce with the blanched slivered almonds toasted in. It did not need venegar for flavoe and it was beautiful.

A sauce of fresh dill and olive oil is another option. Greek style cooked in a freshly simmered sauce of cherry tomatoes and slivered celery is also great.

ellen
02/08/06
Annette, ice cream is actually included in the quantities for 100 pages, even with some sauce discussion. For 60 people, one single flavor (vanilla), use 2/3 of the 100 amount. If it is teens or self service, you will use more- about 1 1/4 cups per person. If you have the time and the freezer space, premaking and freezing ice cream balls/ scoops will limit the amount used. ir have someone scoop the ice cream- two 1/2 cup scoops is usual, making 1 cup per person=60 cups=15 quarts=3 3/4 gallons. If you have two flavors, you need to allow more, at least 4 1/2, as it is very hard to guess how much of each flavor. This varies hugely by age, region of the country and local preference.
Veronica
02/11/06
How many taco's will feed 40 people
How much hamburger will it take to make taco's for 40 people
Cheryl
02/11/06
How much food to serve 50
I've been asked to cater about 50 people for a meet and greet. Finger foods of wings, meatballs, dips, etc will be served. How much do I food do I need, how to determine the cost for labor and etc.
ellen
02/11/06
Veronica, do a search for tacos and you will find several differnt recipes to help you plan.

Cheryl, the food costs are 1/4 to 1/3 of the total charge for commercial catering. Go to the appetizer quantity planning page for help on your appetizer amounts.

Yvette McCamey
02/15/06
How much food to serve 110
How much green Beans, Blackeyed peas banana pudding to serve a hundred people.
ellen
02/15/06
Yvette, these items are covered in the quantities for 100 pages and there are recipes for 100 too give further help.
Angela
03/05/06
How many lbs of beef tenderloin for 14 people
Also - how many lbs of potatoes(mashed)& green beans? (I am also serving a green salad.)

THanks so much!!

ellen
03/05/06
This is a very delicious meat and people tend to eat plenty. I would buy 3 pounds raw trimmed for each 4 people to allow for generous portions and cooking shrinkage. Potaoes, start with 1 to 1 1/4 pound raw for each 3 people. Green beans 4-5 ounces fresh for each person (1 pound for 3 to 4 people).
Tina
03/06/06
How much food to serve 250
Im feeding 250 people how much? The menu is Semi boneless ham, 6 turkey breast 3 whole turkey (ran out of breast) green beans buttered red skin potatos regitoni with meat sauce salad.
ellen
03/06/06
Tina, you do not specify the weight of any of these meats. Go to the plan for 100 page and use the quantities to figure out how many servings you have, you need about 6 ounces cooked boneless skinless per person.
Gwen
03/11/06
How much to serve 350?
For my wedding reception (about 350 people) we wanted to serve family style : Platters of fruit (grapes, apples, maybe peaches or nectarines) Cheese and Bread. We will also have a cake/dessert table. The reception will be around 7:30 or 8:00 pm. I found some of your articles on cheese and fruit but not bread. How much food do you think we'll need? There will be a lot of children most likely. Thanks!
ellen
03/16/06
I allow 120 slices/ rolls or bread servings per 100 people. There is specific info for quantities on the planning pages for desserts, appetizers and beverages.With the wedding cake you will want 1 dessert serving per person, but cut or portioned into smaller portions so people can try several different ones.

Lots of children at 8PM? Sounds like a plan for trouble. Consider setting up a rocking room or quiet room for the tired out.

gary tibbetts
03/26/06
How much food to serve 300
I've been choosen to make ham and bean for 300 what kind of beans navey or pinto and how much and ham how many can you please help thank you
ellen
03/26/06
Hi, Gary,

For 300 people, I might make 3 different bean and ham dishes- there are lots of good ones. Like ham, lima and brown sugar, navy and onion, blackeyed peas and snaps.

I like to use picnic hams, simmered to shredds, for the meat. I would use white beans (navy, pea) if I did only one.

One secret to really good bean dishes is to use half a head of celery and an onion to each pound of dry beans.

ellen
03/26/06
Here is my beans for 100 page:
www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/beans100.html
ellen
03/26/06
Side Dish Beans for 100 People

3 gallons (4 #10 cans)ready to eat Beans
2 heads celery, slices and browned
1-2 pounds onions, diced and sauteed golden
1 gallon crushed tomatoes
3 pounds brown sugar
6 pounds shredded ham or smoked brisket, chopped
OR diced, thick bacon cooked crisp

Drain the juice from half the beans, save in case you need it to moisten as it heats. Spray the roasting pan with non-stick spray, then mix the drained beans in an 18 quart large roaster oven with the onions and celery, rest of the beans, the tomatoes, sugar and meat/brisket. Heat covered on low until heated through, preferably at least 2 hours; keep warm to serve.

You can also add:
1-2 pounds diced bell pepper
8 ounces prepared mustard

Darla
04/07/06
Hi, I am making the food for my daughters wedding and I have no idea how much to make. Could you please help me?
MENU
Turkey
Ham
Mashed potatoes(whole)
Cole slaw
Buns
Beans
Corn
Pasta Salad
Butter
Coffee
Dressing
Gravy
Thank you so much !!!

Darla

ellen
04/07/06
Darla, all these food quantities are covered in the Big Pots planning sections under plan for 100, and specifically under the holiday/turkey cooking chapters at the top of this page. You do not indicate how any people. I can no longer do individual plans from scratch, that is why I posted all my charts and tables, but if you prepare an initial estimate and email it to me at the update address below, I will review it for you.

PLEASE read my article on catering your own wedding reception first. Unless it is a VERY small wedding (35-50) you need a lot of help.

Yvonne
04/13/06
How much food to serve 20
I have 3 2lbs of chicken tenders,
3 1lb bags of sting beans
3 loaves of french bread
4 1b bags of lettuce I'll add tomaotes, carrots and avocados.
ellen
04/14/06
Yvonne, this is quite a light meal for 20. It will cook out to 1 plate each with about 3 ounces of cooked chicken, 1/4 to 1/3 cup of green beans, and two modest slices of bread. Even if I did not add more meat, I would double the amount of green beans and add 6 quarts or 2 9x13 dishes of of heavy side veg or starch dish- rice, potatoes or potato/pasta salad, baked potatoes, etc. And probably a good dessert. But if my budget allowed, I would start by adding 1 more bag of chicken.
Faye Heggie
04/17/06
How much food to serve 150
Please tell me the names and amount of fruit i will need to service at our Health fairat will be held on April 22rd. I would like to know how to cut the fruit that is to be cut in slices. Thank you
ellen
04/17/06
Faye, look at the fruit tray page in big pots. You need 6 times the tray for 25. There are some cutting. servig ideas, too.
Tam
04/27/06
How many pounds of french fries and hush puppies
I was wondering how many pounds of frozen french fries and hushpuppies it takes to feed about 30 people, 5 which are children? Also, how many fish filets would you fix for that many people? I am also fixing 3 gal. sweet tea and 2 gal. unsweetened tea. Do you think that is enough? Thanks so much for your help, because I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to serving that many people. The event is this Sat.
ellen
04/27/06
If you take a deep breath and think about the plates, you can figure this out easily. You want a piece of fish, small fries=4 ounces and 2 hushpuppies for a kid. You want 2 goodsize or three smaller fish (about 9 ounces) large fries=7 ounces and 3 hushpuppies for each adult and teen, and you want to add 20% or 1/5 to this total for seconds. You may add 1 1/2 gallons of slaw or salad.

Tea, you have plenty. Ice, you want 1 pound per person for drinks and chilling .

becky
04/29/06
i'm only feeding 80 but i'm not sure how to get. i'm serving potato salad, mac. salad and some meat and cheese trays
ellen
04/29/06
Becky, the basic rule of thumb is 1 gallon total of sides for each 10 people, so if you have 80 people, you want about 8 gallons. I would add some cole slaw or green salad and have about 3 1/2 gallons of potato, 2 1/2 of mac/pasta and 2 of slaw. You canalso just use my recipes and make 50 persons-worth (1/2 recipe) of mac and of potato and about 2-3 ounces per person of slaw or salad- either will work.

Meat and cheese trays, you want 4-5 ounces meat and 2-3 ounces sliced cheese per person. See the sandwich event page for more info, condiments and pickles, etc.

Becky
04/30/06
Ms Ellen,
I just sent you an e-mail and failed to type in my complete e-mail address. I am sorry for that. I await your response.
Thank you, Becky
becbec.01@juno.com
Jane Hunt
05/04/06
How much food to feed 50 people
serving brisket,sausage,potato salad, cold slaw,baked beans,cobbler for dessert
Mary Kay
05/06/06
How many bags of potato chips for 300 people
How many bags of chips to buy for high school graduation party of 300 people. Having sloppy joes.
ellen
05/07/06
Jane, check the quantities for 100 page and make 1/2. All these items are covered.

Mary Kay, the usual for chips is 6 pounds potato or 8 pounds corn chips per hundred people. For teens, add a counple pounds more.

Loraine Slomovitz
05/09/06
Graduation for 200
I am serving around 200 people for graduation, mostly adults. I am having meatballs, cooked chicken sandwiches and barbeque beef sandwiches. How many lbs of each would you recommend? Also, how many lbs of potato salad would I need for that number of people? Thanks.
ellen
05/09/06
Your potato salad recipe should start with 70 pounds of raw potatoes. If you have no other side dishes (slaw, beans, etc) you will use up to 20 gallons of potato salad. If you have other similar dishes, you want 20 gallons TOTAL of side salads, of which at least 1/2 should be potato salad.

The meats are harder. 5 sandwiches per cooked ready to eat pound of meat/meat balls, probably 1 and 1/2 sandwiches per person- depends on time of day, side dishes, dessert, alcohol- so say 3 people per pound of ready to eat meats. Chickens dress to 1/2 of their starting weight when skinned and boned, beef to 60% of raw weight after cooking. You have to decide how to split it up- I don't know what is more popular in your area- but if you stick to this total you will have plenty. Get really good buns (bakery fresh,maybe) and look on the sandwich events page for amounts of condiments.

Lisa
05/10/06
What a helpful web site!!!!

Could you give me an estimate on the number of watermelons it would take to feed a lite breakfast to 150 kids every day for a week?

(Camp question :)

Thanks Lisa

ellen
05/10/06
They will be pretty tired of watermelon by the end of the week, consider adding other melons, grapes, bananas, apples and tangerines. Get small apples and bananas. Oranges only if you cut and/or peel them.

I would buy 1/2 pound of fruit per kid per day counting all fruits on the menu.

Yolonda
05/11/06
Reception for 250...How much food do I need for the following?

Shrimp Cocktail
sliced ham
turkey wings
bbq chicken
bbq pork ribs
candied yams
green beans
collard greens
white rice
mac & cheese
baked ziti

ellen
05/12/06
Yolanda, after you have used all the tables on the Big Pots planning section to estimate your quantities I will be glad to check them for you. You can estimate quantities using my recipes also, for example you want 2 time my mostaciooli for 120 to feed 250.
Karen McCartney
05/15/06
serving several grilled choices to 125 people
I am having a Memorial day cookout graduation party for 125 people. We will be cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, marinated chicken breasts and chicken feta spinach knockwurst. Half of the people coming are children ranging from elementary school age to high schoolers. I plan on having several salad selections, fruit, baked beans, two pasta selections,roasted vegetables, and desserts including a cake. How much of each meat should I get? Obviously the hamburgers and chicken will be the most popular choices.
Jo
05/15/06
Help
I was told today that I am in charge of a retirement cookout for 2 employees retiring (Cancer).. about 100 people - Please Ellen..can you give me some menu help - I know Hot Dogs & Burgers - what else can I serve to make this an event that they will enjoy and not embarass myself..they only gave me a week to do this and I have to handle everything from the food to the tables and chairs.......Save me....
Jo
ellen
05/16/06
Karen, nice menu. You want 8-9 ounces total cooked meats for each adult or teen, 5-6 per younger. I would get 1 sausage per adult, 1 hot dog per kid, 1 patty per person and 1 3 ounce piece of per person (that's a half breast). You will have plenty.

Jo,
First of all, use the plan for 100 tables for quantities, that will help.

If you are having to actually barbecue, consider serving grilled chicken breasts and real kiolbasa (Sam's carries a good one called "Kiolbasa brand"} instead of burgers and dogs. Actually easier to cook, nuch nicer and not much more expensive if bought in bulk. You don't mention the kitchen arrangements or whether you are cooking or assembling from deli.

If assembling, I would get two cakes a white and a chocolate and great rolls (1 per person) from the best bakery in town (onion, sesame, rye, etc). Buy frozen or fresh cut up fruit for a fruit salad or melon boat. If you can recruit 2 Nesco roasters have one full of really good beans and one of scalloped potatoes or hash brrown casserole; if not, you want a potato and a pasta salad. Pickles, olives, onion rings and condiments are covered on the sandwich event page, I would also add some sauerkraut and about 6 pounds of sliced cheese (jack and cheddar). Slaw stays fresher than tossed salad, many good recipes on the site.

Do not forget an urn of coffee with the sodas and/or tea and/or punch.

Jo
05/16/06
Help
Ellen, I work at a State Prison. We will be using the picnic tables (decorated) in the visitation area, and actually cooking on a very large grill (oil drum cut in half) I do have 2 Nesco roasters.I will look at your 100 tables.
Should I assign dishes for people to bring or take up money and plan to do everything? I cook for our family outings all the time (20 people) but this is above my average scale.
Thank you so much for your response.
Jo
ellen
05/16/06
Depending on how much time? You could offer a choice to sign up for sides/salads for 8-10 or to donate. You supply the meats, desserts beverages.
Peggy
05/18/06
How much food to serve 100
How many pounds of french fries does it take to feed 100? Or how many pounds of potatoes do I cut up to make french fries? This is for a church function This Sunday May 21st. I am so glad I found this web site. Thanks for your help!!!! Peggy
gloria
05/18/06
How much food to serve 150.
my church feed the hungry once a month and i need some help how do i know how many greenbeans
and how many # of potatoes to buy and how many chickens will i need to buy?
ellen
05/19/06
Peggy, 40 pounds of fresh potatoes to make oven potato wedges for 100. You do NOT want to get into frying that many French fries, unless you like a hot spattery mess...

Gloria, for quarter chickens, you need 82 pounds of quarters per 100 people for 1 quarter each. 35-40 pounds of potatoes per 100; 5 #10 cans green beans for 100, but 7 is usually enough for 150; or 1 pound fresh or frozen for each 4 people.

Maggie
06/05/06
How much food to serve 70
How much potatoe salad , green salad , greek salad would I need? for 70 quest. I am serving roast beef and salmon and wonder what salads to have with it and how much?? This is for a outdoor wedding. Should I pay to have the salds done . I was quoted $1.00 per person per salad.
Another quote I got was $50.00 dollar per salad bowl big enough for 15-20 people. Said four bowls would be enough What do you think??? Maggie
ellen
06/05/06
Are you considering making these or at least some of them, yourself? You could cut your cost in half or less easily. I might use a marinated salad such as my artichoke condite instead of the plain tossed salad. Can be made ahead, great with the salmon and keeps well if nt eaten up.

Look on the quantities for 100 page, there are very complete salad listings, make or buy 3/4 of the amount for 100 for each salad. You want about 7 gallons total, 3 should be potato, 2 of each of the others.

Rita
06/09/06
How much food to serve 500-600.
Ellen, I am trying to find out for my mom and dad how many bags of beans they need to fix ham and beans for 500-600 people. They are in a tractor club and they are having a big tractor event and this is what they are fixing.
ellen
06/09/06
7 pounds dried beans for each 100 servings. Meat varies; can be as little as 6-8 pounds shredded for adding a meaty flavor, up to 22-30 pounds for lots of chunks of ham or sausage. I alwways chunk in 3 or 4 heads of celery, a bunch or two of parsley and a couple of tablespoons of dried marjoram and/or dried ginger to lighten the beans and make them more digestible, as well as onions and garlic to taste. There is a beans for 100 page on the site.
Gavin
06/14/06
Ellen, I am having a graduation party with
80 adults / 15 kids. I am planning on preparing and seving the following.
9 Whole chickens cut up (BBQ)
18 Slabs babyback ribs
12lbs Mosticholi
10lbs Italian Sausage & peppers
25lbs Roasted red potatoes
20lbs baked beans
20lbs Green bean almondene
Can you please tell me if the quantity or types of food should be adjusted.
ellen
06/15/06
It depends on the size of the rib slabs, but allowing 1/4 chicken or 1 pound ribs, or 3 people per pound in the sausage and peppers per adult you may be a bit light in the meat department. You might calculate the number of people's worth you have and add some additional sausages- 1 pound for 3-4 servings.

Otherwise it looks good. I would definitely add a slaw, green salad, marinated vegetable salad or second veggie side dish, but I am a veggie lover.

Gavin
06/16/06
Ellen, Thanks for the input. I have another question. I would like to cook babyback ribs the day before in the oven and finish with BBQ sauce on the grill the next day. Do I need to reheat the ribs before putting on the grill. Is this an acceptable practice or should I use a different method for cooking ahead of time.
ellen
06/16/06
Somewhere on this site there is a recipe for jerk ribs that is cooked the day ahead and finished on the grill day of, I think in the BBQ section , Follow this general pattern watching that you chill fast and don't leave out of the fridge long when reheating, and you will have tasty, safe ribs. Yum.
Kate Haney
06/16/06
I was wondering about how many pounds of spaghetti it would take to feed 40 people?
ellen
06/17/06
As a side dish, 6 people per pound, as a main dish 4 people per pound dry weight of pasta, a bit more if you are using one of the big ones (raddiatore, mostaciolli, etc.) 6-8 quarts sauce for 25 people- more for the thicker sauces.
Sue
06/26/06
Fruit trays for 400 ladies
I want to use watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh pineapple.

Thanks

ellen
06/26/06
Sue, look at the fruit tray page and decide how much of each you need. The info is quite extensive. Unless you have help, fresh pineapple will be a problem- slow to prepare and the acid can burn the hands after doing many. Wear gloves. Consider ading other fruits to reduce the amount. See the note on watermelons, consider the comparative ost of seedless versus your time removing all the seeds.
Donna Webb
06/27/06
How much food to serve 65.
How many pounds of pork ribs would it take to serve 65 MEN?
sumit
06/28/06
how much kilo chicken is needed to serve 20 people
how much kilo chicken is needed to serve 20 people,
if we serve meat for 20 people than how much kilo meat i buy.

if we serve fish for 20 people than how much kilo meat i buy.

ellen
06/28/06
Donna, as long as you serve some good MANLY sides such as potato salad or scalloped potatoes and beans, 1 pound raw per person is a fine serving. If this is beyond the budget, allow 1/2 pound and 1 kielbasa or polish sausage or 4-6 ounces of smoked sausage.

sumit, I can tell you in pounds- you will have to convert to kilos. Raw, boneless chicken, you want about 1 pound for each 3 persons for a good size portion, but for a stir fry or other similar dish, 1 pound for each 4 to 5 persons is enough. For chicken quarters, you would need about 17 pounds for 1 quarter per person.

Fish is usually served in smaller portions, so 1 pound for each 4 persons is enough for fish steaks, pieces or filets. But if you buy whole, cleaned fish, it takes about 1 1/2 pounds for 4 people.

Lynn
07/02/06
How much penne and meat sauce for 40 women
I am having a bridle shower and have to make penne and meat sauce. What ingrediance and how much pasta and ground beef wound I need
ellen
07/03/06
Hi. Lynn,

There are a lot of pasta casseroles fopr 100 posted in the website. Make 2/5 or 40%- ylu dont need to allow extra, lades don't eat as much as a mixed group. Do consider using a tri-color rotini as the pasta- very pretty in the dish and a little different.

Gavin
07/11/06
Ellen, Thanks again for your advice on increasing the amount of meat. The graduation party was very sucessful. Can you please tell me if the below menu was catered what would be the approximate cost per plate.

48 chicken breasts(BBQ)
30 Slabs babyback ribs (65lbs)
12lbs Mosticholi
27lbs Roasted red potatoes
14lbs baked beans
10lbs Green bean almondene (almonds & butter sauce)
10lbs cole slaw
140 rolls
1 cake (full sheet pan)
Fruit boat

ellen
07/11/06
Hi, Gavin, glad it worked for you. Caterers usually charge per person and a BBQ spread like this would probably be in the $12-14 range, maybe with the cake charged separately.
Judy
07/17/06
how to cook for $1.00 per meal person every day
I am being offered a position to cook for 30+ for lunch and 45+ (all men) for dinner 5 days a week. The idea is to come in at under $100.00 per day every day. Is this doable? Help!
ellen
07/18/06
In the USA? If you could turn back the clock to the 1970's...
The US government, which cuts corners terribly in its food programs for the poor, estimates about $115 per month per adult, which is basically $4 per day, and this is considered an emergency allotment, not adequate to provide complete nutrition for anyone with special needs.
You don't say how long this is for or describe the population of eaters or the facility. It would require a full time commitment to shopping and from scratch food prep on your part to do this on a long term basis, as well as volunteer help in the kitchen. It would be mostly vegetarian menus, lots of grain and bean dishes. You would need to grow sprouts, make bread and yogurt, no tea or coffee, etc. It might be possible for a week or two if you could solicit food or money donations and/or have the men bring donations to augment the pantry. You could email with further details.
amy
07/19/06
We are having a football kickoff and planning around 350 people. We are having spagehtti salad, bread and cake. How much of each will I need. Thanks a bunch
ellen
07/19/06
Please see the lotsa pasta page, and the quantities for 100 pages, you wil find all the info you need. I suggest you consider the baked spaghetti recipes in the thrifty entrees section-
Agnes
07/20/06
How to cook Italian sweet sauages
How to cook sweet Italian sauages with green peppers and onions for 50 people.

Thank you,
Agnes

Adam
07/25/06
How many pounds of rice to use to serve 500
I really need help, I need to know how many pounds of rice to use to serve 500 people, or beans?
gordo
07/26/06
I read on one website that 5lbs makes enuf for 100, but you could also just check the label on the package. Of course it depends on what else you are serving as to how much of any one thing gets eaten. There are some interesting rice dishes on this website under Big Pots, including one rice and bean recipe.
ellen
07/28/06
I uaually make 7 pounds per 100. Rice is Cheap.
George
09/06/06
I am serving brisket for 400 mixed adults and teens, and plan to serve pinto beans as a side. I need to know how many pounds of dried beans to prepare. I am also planning 80 pounds of slaw, along with condiments of sliced onions, sweet relish, jalapenos, and sliced dills. Please advise about condiments also.
ellen
09/06/06
I have several recipes for beans for 100 on a page called "Beans for 100", use any one as a quantity guide- make 4 times.

On the chili page, pickles and so forth are covered- these quantities will be close for your amounts. You might like the garlic pickles recipe there. 1 gallon of regular pickles is usually used for 100 people.

Ashley Cole
09/28/06
How much food to serve 500
I am serving a christmas dinner for our community and we are expecting 500 people. The menue is turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberries and desserts and I have no idea how much food we will need. Do you have any suggestions?
ellen
09/28/06
The complete guide to giant turkey dinners is on the index of the Big Pots page- everything you need to know.
Connie
10/11/06
To feed 350 people how much do we need

Punch:
Ham Bisquick
Fruit
cocktail winners

ellen
10/13/06
Hi, Connie,

I have posted all the quantity tables I use for estimating for 100 people, so do not do initial estimates any more. If you will make your own estimates, I will be glad to check them for you and advise. For example, you need different amounts of ham for dinner, lunch, sandwiches, receptions- different amounts of fruit for dessert, fruit salad, or fruit trays- I don't know what your party plan is, but all these are covered in the tables.

julie
10/16/06
how much soda
i am having a party for around 90 -100 people and will be having 2 liters along with tea.
please could you give me some ideas here, how muchh ? thank you
ellen
10/17/06
I buy 15 2-liters per 100 when serving with other beverages, including some sugar free and some caffeine free.
julie
10/17/06
thanks for the reply on soda . i have one more question my party is for 90-100 people (it is my parents 40th annvisery) we have ordered a half of sheet cake white on white. how many more cake do i need and what kind do you suggest. also we are making 30 lbs of pot salad
15 lbs cole slaw 2 gallons of baked beans and 2 different dips with chips 2 10 lbs hams 10 lbs of bar b q shredded chicken breast..
i am a big worrier do you feel i have enough
ellen
10/18/06
Julie, this is just about enough food. I would add 1 gallon baked beans and double the chicken. The cake will make 50 servings. How about a second half sheet such as a chocolate cake or chocolate on yellow or marble? The pleasant alternative would be a selection of cookies and bars- about a hundred pieces. Check the sandwich event page for a list of condiments (lettuce, tom, mayo, etc.) needed for a sandwich bar for 100.
hllis Barnhart
10/19/06
How much food to serve 60
how many turkey breasts for 50 and how many thighs for 10 or how many whole turkeys which is cheaper?
ellen
10/19/06
See the holiday cooking section in Big Pots. Lengthy discussion on turkeys and turkey parts.
CHUCK DIXON
10/27/06
100 people
how many pounds of dryed pinto beans do you cook for one hundred people?
ellen
10/27/06
See the page called Beans for 100 in Big Pots. It has amounts and recipes.
Elizabeth Myers
11/24/06
How much shrimp to buy for 90 people?
i'm serving shrimp for my wedding reception. how much would you suggest for 90 people? the reception is an appetizer reception. there will be appetizer sandwiches along with veggie and fruit trays as well.
thank you for your addvice.
Elizabeth
ellen
11/25/06
Hi, as mentioned before, shrimp is one of those foods that, however much you serve, all will be eaten. That said, for appetizers you want at least 2 to about 3 ounces per person, the number of shrimps depends on the the size per pound of the shrimps you buy. For example, if the shrimps are the 21-30 per pound size, it works out to about 4 shrimps per person.
ellen
11/25/06
If this gets to be too much for the budget, a good shrimp mold or hot shrimp dip is a classy way to have shrimp on a budget.
donna
12/04/06
How much food to serve 400
project graduation is selling 400-500 tickets for spaghetti dinners serve with salad,bread and deserts..how much of each do we need as in hamburger,sauce,noodles,lettuce,tomatoes,cucumbers,bread..thanks.donna
ellen
12/04/06
Hi, Donna,
Please see the lotsa pasta page. At the bottom are simple instructions for a large fundraiser spaghetti dinner including al the quantities. Just multiply to get the amounts. There are LOTS of hints on this page to make this big sticky job a little easier.
kathy
12/11/06
How much food to serve 30
How many pounds of potatoes do I need to serve potato salad for about 30 adults?
ellen
12/11/06
10 eto `12 pounds raw potatoes to start, depending on the side dishes and entrees.
Price
12/18/06
How many lbs. of potato salad will feed 30
How many lbs of potato salad is needed to serve 30 students? (15-17 yrs old)
ellen
12/18/06
15 pounds of raw potatoes to start- they eat way more than adults.
cheri
01/13/07
how much alcohol do i need for 150
hi i am getting married soon and need to know how much alohol i will need for 150 people thay all enjoy to drink we dont want to do keg beer HELP ME PLEASE!!!
ellen
01/14/07
Cheri, this is already posted under beverage quantities in the Big Pots section- wine champagne, hard liquor all covered. Remember that the host is LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE if the guest drives drunk in many states.
Ashlee
01/19/07
How much icecream will i need for 500 people?
I was just wondering how much ice cream i would need for my daugters sweet sixteen she is inviting 500 people... i need to know right away... Thankyou so so much!!
ellen
01/19/07
I have posted the guide to ice cream socials and sundae bars:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/sundae100.html

Linda Cleveland
01/29/07
Cajun dinner for 250.
Dear Ellen, I'm cooking a authentic Cajun style dinner for a Mardi Gras Gala. We expect 250-280 people. How much food do I order to make Shrimp Gumbo,Chicken Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Catfish filets, Hush Puppies, Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. My order must go to the distributer by Thursday Feb. 8, our event is the 17 Thanks so much and looking forward to a speedy reply!
Tena
01/29/07
I need to fix chicken strips for 100 people I can buy chicken strips for 28.00 for 20lbs how many boxes will I need I also would like to do french frie for 100 people they come in 30 lb bags how many bags will I need. Thank you. This is for a day camp. I will be feeding adults chidren and youth.
ellen
01/29/07
You need 3-4 strips per person, depending on size. Two boxes will leave no leftovers. I would make 35-40 pounds fries.
ellen
01/29/07
Linda,
You need to send me additional info:

Buffet or plated service?

Will the gumbo be served as an appetizer or an alternative entree? Are the other items all alternative entrees?

Who is actually doing the cooking, and where?? This is NOT a one person job?

Diane
02/04/07
How many bottles of ranch dressing to buy for 150 people?
How many peppers to buy?
How many tomatoes to buy?
How many onions?
How many carrots?
ellen
02/04/07
Salad and dressing info on plan for 100. Veggie tray page for raw veggies.
Kim
02/14/07
How much food to serve 40
Hi all,
I'm planning on a birthday party for about 40 people. The menu is:

Lasagna
chicken, broccoli & Ziti alfredo style

Italian coldcut calzone

chicken wings

Salad
and maybe either sausage, peppers and onions
or
meatballs with rolls

Any help would be appreciated... Thank you in advance.

Essie Granger
02/19/07
cooked meat taco meat for 100
how many pounds of cooked meatsauce do i need for 100 serving of taco salad?
Kim
02/20/07
Thanks for the responses
Have a nice day
ellen
02/20/07
Kim this is a lot of entrees, I can only suggesst you want to end up with 1 1/2 pounds total of food per person, so divide it up according to what you know about your guests preferences. There is a good quantity list for salads at the top onf the plan for 100 page in Big Pots. Use 4/10 of the amount for 100.

Essie, about 20 pounds would be generous.

Tammie
02/21/07
Planning for 125 for Blue and Gold Banquet
We are planning to serve Hawaiian Haystacks for a Luau theme cub scout banquet. Rice with a chicken gravy and things like cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, chinese noodles, olives, mushrooms, etc. How do I plan how much to serve. I figured, 8lbs of rice and 1/2 cup of gravy per person but the toppings I have no idea how to figure.
Marilyn
02/23/07
How much food to serve 100
My sister and I are planning our Mother's 90th birthday party and are planning to serve ham and beans as the main course. How many pounds of navy pea beans should I purchase? I always soak the beans over night and know the expand. I want to be sure to have enough food but don't want an overabundance either Thanks for your help. We'll also have corn bread,a relish tray and sloppy joes and hot dogs for the children and of course a big birthday cake.
Valerie Gibson
02/26/07
How many lbs. of baked turkey to serve 300 people?
Hi,
My church is having installation dinner for our new pastor and we want to serve baked Turkey and I want to know how many pounds of
turkey should I buy ?
Spenser
02/28/07
Help!!
im feeding a party of 200-250 people. what can i serve that is cheap and easy!!!
Jan Betts
03/01/07
Ideas on what foods to serve 400
Putting on a function with the theme "Fun, Food, and All that Jazz". There is going to be a 4-piece jazz group to entertain us. Any suggestions?
ellen
03/03/07
Tammie, you want about 1 1/2 pounds totla food per person, about 4 ounces cooked chicken in the gravy per person. See my fruit tray and veggie tray pages for more help.

Marilyn, see the beans for 100 recipes for some guidance on amounts, You want at least 8 pounds ham per 100 persons,, but double that if you want nice meaty chunks and not just the presence of ham. Happy birthday , Monm.

Valerie, there is an actual article on shopping for big turkey dinners in the holiday cooking area at the top of the Big Pots index page. It will answer all your questions. Good choice for tatse and economy for the dinner.

Spebser, what kind of party? A big chili fest or a baked potato bar or a taco bar is cheap and easy, there are budget casseroles for 100 in the Big Pots section.

Jan yo probably want bar type food- chicken wings, little smokies, maybe queso dip or nachos (quweso is easier). 7 layer dip platters on antipasto platters can be done ahead and put on the tables. If veggies sneak in, it should be spinach or artichoke dip or a relish tray- olives, pickles, etc.

Jessica
03/05/07
How many canned sodas would I need to serve 50 pp.
How many canned sodas would I need for a party of 50 ppl?
gg
03/07/07
Brisket for 50
Hi Ellen,

I'm throwing a 50th Birthday party with 50 people and want to make Brisket. Can you tell me how much I will need for both sliced or chopped brisket?
I'm also serving potato salad, baked beans and veggi trays, how much will I need of these also?
Thanks a bunch!

ellen
03/07/07
Check the plan for 100 and the BBQ and brisket pages. You need at least 1/2 pound raw incooked per person.
ellen
03/07/07
Jessica, you need about 15 2 liter bottles of doda per 100 if there is tea and coffe also, sodas only, 2 cans doe the first houtr and 1 to 1 1/2 per hour for the rest if there is plenty of ice and glasses.
Barb
03/26/07
How much for 100
How much potatoes for 100 servings of potatoes au gratin and how much green beans for 100 servings of green been casserole with cream of mushroom soup and canned onions? Thank you!
ellen
03/27/07
See the plan for 100 page. You need about 10 9x13 casseroles of each.
Laurie
03/27/07
dinner for 30 adults some which are vegetarians
Hi How much rice would I need if I was preparing a veggie over rice for a dinner of 30 adults...some which are vegetarians...I will be having chicken on the side for those who are not...but I do not want to make more than I need...I am not even sure about the veggies...Thanks
Lynn
04/09/07
fruit for 250
There will be a full meal (chicken, noodles, slaw, homemade bread, etc.) with wedding cake and fruit for afterwards at a reception I'm helping with. I'm making a palm tree topiary to stick fruit into the base and they are wanting fruit arranged around the base of the tree to eat out of. Fresh pineapple, watermelon, cantalope, and grapes. I'm kind of lost of how much to order. They are planning to serve 400-450 people, but they thought to plan for 200-250 for the fruit. It'll be over with the cake, and I don't think they wanted to plan it with the meal. Any ideas of how much fruit to order? I know the wtaermelon's I only wanted 1 or 2...mainly for decoartions and to use as a bowl. ANy help will be greatly appreciated.
ellen
04/10/07
Lynn, the fruit try page talks about the difference between amounts for recptions, meals, etc. Use the recption (smaller) amounts. You want about 6 pieces of fruit per every person.
Susan
04/18/07
How do I find your answers to all these questions regarding amounts?
ellen
04/18/07
Hi, Susan,
If you are looking for the links to the quantity tables, they are on the Big Pots Index page, and there are also fast buttons to the most popular quantity topics at the top of the new pages page. If you are looking for the recipes, try the search feature, or go to google advanced search and check the little box that says, check on ellenskitchen.com only, then enter the topic and hit search.
I hope this was the question you were asking.
jenny
04/27/07
pasta salad for 100
How much pasta salad do I need to cook for 100 people as a side dish?
ellen
04/27/07
See the plam for 100 page in Big pots- also recipes for 100 on site.
Gloria
05/01/07
suggestion to serve 500 at wedding reception
What would be some suggestive foods to serve at a wedding reception for about 500 people? The reception is going to be a "stand-up, walk around mingling reception" due to the space in the reception hall.
kathy
05/01/07
how many lbs of ground beef to serve tacos for 300
Hi Ellen

How many lbs of ground beef would I need to serve tacos to 300 people? What about lettuce and cheese?? I am having a taco bar for my daughter's open house in June.

ellen
05/02/07
Gloria, if it is over a mealtime, you will need about 1 1/2 pounds of food per person using dinner type hors douvres, if 2pm, about 1 pound. You will also need at least 4 cooks in the kitchn, 2-4 bartenders, and at least a dozen servers. I DO NOT recommend self catering a wedding reception this size. If you want to email me privately, use the updates link at the bottom of the page for further discussion.

Kathy, strange but true, the amounts for the baked potato bar for 100 on this site are just about perfect for tacos for 100, especially if you add 7-8 pounds each dry beans and raw rice cooked up.

Alice Martin
05/02/07
How much food to serve 250
We are serving a roast beef diner for about 250 paople. Want to serve cold slaw as salad. How much prepared slaw do I buy? The one that is ready but no dressing.Thank you!
ellen
05/02/07
About 20 pounds per 100 people.
susan
05/22/07
How much food to serve 75
hi! i'm planning a confirmation party for my daughter and we'll have approximately 75 guests ... i'd like to make lasagne, bowties w/broccoli, eggplant parm and chicken marsala ... how much of each should i make?
... on each table i'll have some homemade roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella with a good bread ... i was also thinking of getting two italian sandwiches, but not the 6' subs ... the pretty round ones instead ... what do you think and thanks for your help! :)
Chrystal
05/24/07
How much food to serve 400
I am feeding approx. 400 people after a wedding, I need to know how much corn, green beans, and the small pots., for parsley pots., also the best way to fix the parsley pots? Thanks for helping!!!!!!!!
ellen
05/24/07
Susan, This is A LOT of entrees for 75 people, I would skip the bowties and broccoli especially with the sandwiches. I would make lasagna for 30, parm for 25-30, 1 small piece of chicken per person. If no sandwiches, I would increase the lasagna to 40 servings. Then you cut the casseroles very small.

Chrystal, these are covered in the plan for 100 pages- you need 4 times the amount for 100. I would roast the potatoes and reheat.

Gloria
06/12/07
How much grilled chicken will I need
Ellen,

I am having a luau bridal shower for 70 individuals I will be grilling chicken legs and baking two hams. How much chicken and ham do I need? Thank you. Gloria

ellen
06/12/07
Hi, Gloria,

You don't say what kind of ham- bone-in or ready to eat?
I would allow about 85 legs and 20 poinds thin-sliced boneless ready to eat ham.

Lois
06/13/07
How much food to serve 300.
Hey Ellen,

I have been asked to cater a Greek Salad for 300 - how much romaine, feta, ingredients do I buy?

ellen
06/13/07
This depends on whether this is the main course or a side salad. For a side salad, for each 100 people you want 15 heads Romaine; feta crumbles, 5 pounds; 5-8 pounds olives (if you are being paid, and this liable, get pitted- broken teeth are expensive); 3 pounds burpless cukes, thin slices; a tomato presence- this might be a few slices/ pieces or 4-6 grape tomatoes per salad. Some folks add small croutons, 3-4 pounds, PLUS you need 2 1/2 quarts appropriate dressing.

If it is an entree, I would increase the lettuce to 20 heads, the cheese about 50% and add 3-4 dolmas, as well as pita bread. Aetna makes a very tasty vegetarian brand, about $7 for a can of 60 at my local Middle Eastern deli.

ellen
06/13/07
PS on the Greek salad. I don't eat raw onion, so I skipped it, but some sliced raw onion, possibly soaked in Italian style dressing, is customary. I would not mix it in, but place so it could be easily removed.
ellen
06/13/07
PPS Classic Greek salad (horiatiki)is made with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, sliced red onion, green pepper, crumbly feta cheese and kalamata olives. Possibly a few pepperoncini. Fresh dill, fresh oregano. No lettuce at all.
Linda P.
06/27/07
How many lbs of pots. and how many doz eggs for sa
I need help quick for Potato salad for 90 people.How many pounds pots. and how many doz. eggs. Also how many cans sodas and bottled water for 90 people. I also will be having iced tea . How much will i need? This is a garden wedding in G
ellen
06/28/07
Linfda, at the t0p of the main cook talk page, there are buttons for plan for 100, which lists potato sald info first thing, and for beverage planning. I would probably just make the amounts for 100 unless the budget is very tight or they are very light eaters- then make 9/10.
Erika
07/04/07
We are having a family reunion and will need to feed about 300-350 people for 2 days...I need to know how much of each item do you think we will need.

Ribs
Burgers
Hot Dogs
Chicken
Fish
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Bread (hot dog and burger buns)
Pasta Salad
Tossed Salad
Cake
Fruit Salad
Fruit Juice Concentrate

I know it's alot but I have no clue of where to start...by the way it's July 20th and 21st...Thx, Erika

ellen
07/04/07
Erika, you don't say if this is for one meal?

Since I posted all my quantity tables in 2004, I no longer do initial estimates- that is a $150 service and very time-consuming to boot- I DO check your estimates and write back and forth on this column. You need to tell me about your kitchen and staff, dishwqashing, local food delivery/restaurant supply delivery, etc.

Please read the "wedding dinner" start guide. This is a WAY TOO BIG task for a few people, and you need commercial kitchen facilities, walk in refrigerators and delivery of food- this is a HUGE amount of food to handle. Even if you start now, you will be hard pressed to manage, especially with no previous experience. You need to consider having some items catered, or drop-off catered where the caterer makes the dish and drops it off ready to serve.

Sarah
07/15/07
How much brisket for 350
We are cooking for my wedding reception and we need to know about how much brisket for 350 people.
ellen
07/16/07
check any of the brisket threads- basically 1 pound raw for 2 people for full portions.
neil
08/02/07
My new wife and I are hosting a reception where we expend 350 guests, we are looking to serve; turkey, roast beef and hams.

How many pounds of each item would you recommend we purchase?

The reception is the 11th of August so were rapidly running, of time, and believe me at this stage were running....on adrenaline.

Thanks

Diane
08/03/07
My church is having a hamburger luncheon -- we are cooking 350 patties for adults and children alike. How many tomatoes and onions do I need to chop for the 350 burgers?
ellen
08/03/07
Hamburger trimmings- see the sandwich event page for condiments.

Neil, are you trying to do this at your house, or do you have a rented commercial kitchen? You need about 3 cooks and 12 servers to set this up, serve the buffet table, and take it down! It is WAY too many to do at the house- too bad you did not plan 4 smaller parties- if that is the situation, yur best and safest bet is to order the meet catered- cooked and dropped off ready to serve at party time- ready to eat, boneless, you want about 1 pound of thin-sliced roast beef for each 4 people PLUS 2 ounces each ham and turkey. If it is cold, deli-sliced, for sandwich making, this will make 1 1/2 to 2 sandwiches per person. If it is hot, be sure you have at least two hot side dishes (beans, potatoes, rice, starch) to slow down the meat consumption- set up the meats at the end of the buffet table. See the plan for 100 page for help with all your quantities.

ellen
08/03/07
That is 2 ounces each ham and turkey per person. See the buttons at the top of the cook talk page for specific help with fruit or veggie trays, desserts, beverages, etc.
Tracy
08/03/07
serving for 25 people
I am making a chopped salad with feta and chickpeas as a side to go with a wrap, what would be the amount of arugula and mesclun?
Thank You,
ellen
08/04/07
I allow 2 ounces greens per person, so you want something over 3 pounds.
Marsha
08/06/07
I'm so happy to have found your website. I'm doing all the food for our daughter's wedding reception (except cake) - around 150-175 guests. Planning on meatballs in sauce, chicken skewers, sliced ham, rolls, Pasta Salad w/ veggies, Greek Pasta salad w/ feta & spinach, Deviled Eggs, Bruschetta, Spinach dip, sausage dip, raw veggies w/ dip, fresh fruit, cheese and variety of crackers. Looked at your "Big Pots" area, but am not sure how to plan quantities in this combinantion. Also, need to know how to figure on how many cans of beer (will also have one keg from a favorite brewery) and bottles of wine. Figure 75% of the guests will consume alcohol. Thanks for your help.
ellen
08/07/07
Marsha, check the beverage planning page for your beverages, or look at:

www.winebarrel.com/calculator/party.html

ellen
08/07/07
Marsha, amount depend partly on whether this is a meal or a reception, if a meal whether plated or buffet/self-serve. What time and service are you planning? Please read the wedding dinner/ self-catering article also; you need help and planning help both ahead and especially day of, even if you have to hire it, get someone else to supervise the kitchen while you go to the wedding.
karen
08/11/07
how much luncheon meat do i need to serve 100 peop
i am serving 100 people how much luncheon meat will i need to buy roast beef, turkey hard salami, they are adults and teen boys
ellen
08/11/07
See the sandwich event page for quantities of meat, breads, and condiments, and increase about 20% if you will have many teens. You can cut down somewhat on the amount of meat by adding a big pasta salad (easier to prepare than potato salad- can be made the day before and chilled).
Jennifer
09/05/07
How much food to serve 80
How much do I need to do Hawaiian Haystacks for 80 people.
ellen
09/05/07
Give me a hint, what is an Hawaiian Haystack?
glenn
09/09/07
How much food to serve 600
brisket
potatoe salad
pinto beans
ellen
09/10/07
Glenn, already covered. See the plan for 100 page and the brisket and BBQ page.
maggie
09/18/07
where to purchase large can of yams in sacramento,
where to purchase large cans of yams in sacramento, CA
ellen
09/18/07
Sorry Maggie, I don't know your area, but SYSCO restaurant supply and other wholesale grocers usually carry these #10 cans.
Nan G
10/04/07
This one is a little more difficult I think.
I am making Gumbo ith rice and cornbread.
I will also have side of pies or cake, and drink (I will go to the bverage section for that).
I am cooking for a small Flea Market to help raise money for a Food Pantry, I will be serving from 10:30am to 2:30 pm. I am nervous that I will make to much or not enough.
I am hoping that I will get at least 250 to 300 people or maybe a few more... ehhh!
My question is, if I want to just cook for 300 people, how many gallons of Gumbo would I need to feed when serving 12 to 16 ounces?
ellen
10/04/07
I would not allow more than 12 ounces, assuming you will be putting a scoop of rice in the bowl to start and ladling the gumbo around it. This is a generous serving. Allow 1 gallon for 12 servings.

I use smoked picnics simmered to make my gumbo base, yes even with seafood gumbo, and have had lifetime Mississippi Gulf Coast cooks ask for the recipe.

Nan G
10/04/07
Yes I will be serving over rice.
I'm using smoked beef links,
but what is Smoked Pinics simmered????

I am not using seafood, just chicken and hot links. I know some people are allergic to shellfish.

Another question please, can the base (broth, roux, some seasoning) be cooked ahead of time, to cut down prep time?
And do you have a good recipe for Vegie Gumbo?

Thanks for your response

JoAnn
10/04/07
salad bar
Hi, I am planning a church lunch salad bar for 50 ladies.
How much of the following.
lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers cheese
ellen
10/04/07
Joann, See the salad for 100 list on the plan for 100 page for amounts and the food bar article for arrangements and ideas. The taco bar page will also give approximate amounts for 100 servings of many toppings. Soup or baked potatoes are excellent side dishes for fall salad lunches.

Nan, Smoked picnics are the smoked shoulders, like hams only the front legs and less expensive. Simmered with onions and celery they make a terrific broth, and you cook till the meat just shreds, shred it while removing bones skin and excess fat and return to the broth. It will cut down on the amount of sausage you need, too. Yes the broth base can be made ahead and refrigerated, but pour it into containers less than 4 inches deep, or it will satrt to sour before it cools.

Freida Padilla
10/05/07
How much food to serve 200.
How much gravy for 200 people, how much mashed potato for 200
ellen
10/05/07
All this is covered in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.
Cheryl
10/13/07
How much food to serve 280
We are doing a community Christmas dinner for 280 people we will be serving instant mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, dressing, sweet potatoes, turkey.
ellen
10/13/07
All this is covered in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. Look at the planning and shopping article. Once you have made your list, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you.
Mandy
10/21/07
How much food to serve 500.
I am having a Halloween Harvest at my church and am serving Sloppy Joes. How much hamburger meat do I need to serve between 500 a nd 600 people? Also, ABout how many bags of tortilla chips should I get to have nachos with the sandwiches? Thank you. God Bless
ellen
10/22/07
There is a quantity sloppy joe recipe in big pots basic budget entrees. As listed in several places, 8 pounds corn chips per 100 people as a side serving.
Mary G.
10/23/07
How much and how do I prepare hotdog chili for 100
How to prepare hotdog chili for 100
ellen
10/23/07
Use 1/3 the amount for a serving- you need about what you would make for 30. Use the bowl of red recipe in the recipe box, no beans.
Adrian Veitia
11/22/07
How many Hors d’ Oeuvres to buy for 150 per. event
Includes: Samosas,stuffed mushrooms,asian spring rolls, cheese puffs, skewered shrimp, small chicken cabobs, " " beef cabobs, mini passaladiere
Best.
Dr. Tony
11/22/07
One formula that is used by some caterers:

If the event is only hors d'oeuvres (with no meal to follow) then serve 5 hors d'oeuvres per person for 1st hour and 3 hors d'oeuvres per person for subsequent hours.

If the event includes a meal, then serve 4 hors d'oeuvres per person for 1 hour prior to meal.

From the number of hors d'oeuvres you are making, it seems that your party is hors d'oeuvres with no meal to follow, therefore follow the first formula and you will have plenty of food.

Good luck.

ellen
11/22/07
Adrian, if this is a cocktail buffet in place of a meal, I would recommend more food: 6-8 per person the first hour, at least 4 each additional. Since you are serving an array of highly attractive foods, be aware that people are likely to try one of each, even if only there for an hour. When served in place of a meal, you need to look at 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person...
jane
11/22/07
plam sugar
can you tell me please what i can use insteed of plam sugar i am cooking grilled prawns with thai dripping sauce
Adrian Veitia
11/22/07
What about an event with the same hors d'oeuvres I mentioned above including a sushi station w/
Spicy Tuna,Smoked Salmon Cucumber,Eel Avocado,California,
and an Antipasto Station w/
Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, An Array Of Roasted And Marinated Vegetables, Olives And Fresh Herbs Served With An Assortment Of Sliced Breads,
Caprese Salad, Shrimp And Three Beans Salad,
Avocado Salad With Shaved Parmesan, Asparagus Vinaigrette, Braised Endives
I don't know how to calculate how much of these items to purchase. How does one weigh what will be eaten more as opposed to less and how to how much of what to buy when
some of this can be itemised and some, like the prosciutto and Mozzarella and salads, can't?
Thank you in advance.
ellen
11/23/07
Adrian, this is a very complicated menu for 150 people. It is professional level catering and cannot be done in the home kitchen or by an inexperienced caterer, and your not knowing how to estimate it suggests that it is too complicated for you. For example, there are too many oven and fried items for the home kitchen.

Estimating this level event is considered a professional service. The usual fee for from scratch estimates for this type menu (just the estimate and shopping list) is about $150!

If you are dealing with a caterer to obtain the dishes, they should be able to give you accurate estimates for the amounts. If you want to do it yourself, you need to reconsider the menu. You can email me at the contact address at the bottom of the page if you want to discuss it further.

ellen
11/23/07
Palm sugar
Jane, palm sugar is a paste or syrup boiled down from the sap of palms or coconut trees, and there really is no exact equivalent. It is also caleed:

# Burma: jaggery, tanyet;
# India: jaggery (raw cane sugar), gur (date palm sugar);
# Indonesia: gula jawa, gula aren;
# Malaysia: gula melaka; gula anau
# Sri Lanka: jaggery, kitul-hakuru, tal-hakuru, pol pani;
# Thailand: nam taan pep, nam taan bik, nam taan mapraow

You could try treacle/golden syrup or dark corn syrup, depending on the recipe. Your best bet is to find a local oriental grocery, or order it online, or ask at a Thai restaurant if you might purchase a small amount.

ellen
11/23/07
Jane an English friend suggests this:

For equivalent sweetness, if the recipe calls for a quantity of palm sugar, use a mixture of equal parts maple syrup and either soft brown sugar or black sugar (depending whether you desire a lighter or darker-coloured result). Measure the mix as called for in the recipe.

Denise
11/26/07
How many hamburgers and hotdogs do I need to serve 100 people?
ellen
11/26/07
I always make 1 patty and 1 dog for each person. Usually there is some left, but I don't run out, and the grilled items do freeze for a taste of summer later. Or the cooked patties make good chili if crumbled up.
Stacey
11/30/07
How many pounds of Shrimp will serve 50-60 people?
How many pounds of Shrimp will serve 50-60 people?
ellen
11/30/07
appetizer? salad? boil and peel? peeled and headed? tail on? whole? size per pound? More info please.
Stacey
11/30/07
appetizer, like a shrimp relish tray with the dipping sauce.
chirs
11/30/07
how much roadt beef does it take to feed 600 peopl
I am the chief for our church and now they have asked to cook roast beef for the entire parish of 600 (high estimate)
Julie
12/05/07
I am doing a Christmas Dinner for my ward. I want to do Garlic Roasted potatoes (red potatoes)for it, How many pounds will I need and also how many pounds of Pork Loin Roast for that many people?
Julie
12/05/07
The dinner is for 350-400 people, sorry I didn't put the number.
ellen
12/06/07
Stacey, about 4 ounces peeled, ready to eat.

Chirs, 45 pounds raw boneless top round per 100 people, cooked low and slow to reduce shrinkage. Se my beef roasting page in the holiday cooking section of Big Pots.

Julie, 35 pounds red potatoes and 45 pounds raw boneless pork loin per 100 people served. I bet some of your voters either don't eat pork or don't eat meat&fish- think further on the menu.

Julie
12/06/07
Thank you very much. That's not all we are having, I just needed help with those 2 things...
Keane Tait S.
12/11/07
How much Ham to serve to 300 people
Hello,
I would like to know how much ham (in kilos or pounds) I would have to purchase to serve to about 300 guests.
Also how much potatoes (for mashed potatoes) are suggested for the same amount of people.
thank you :-)
ellen
12/11/07
See the plan for 100 page, buy 3 times the amounts. both items are covered.
Jenny
12/24/07
How much food to serve 20.
How many pounds of fresh green beans should I purchase for a group of 20 persons?
ellen
12/24/07
4-5 pounds depending on size, waste, and enthusiasm for green beans.
Rosie
12/28/07
How many people does 5lbs of collard greens serve?
I am having a New Years Day Party for about 20 people. is 5lbs of greens enough or should I buy & cook more like 8 or 10 pounds?
michele
12/28/07
How much food to serve 75
I am doing a New Years Eve dinner for 75 people. the menu is roast beef with mushroom gravy, pineapple and brown sugar glazed ham,mashed potstoes,vegetables, relish tray, dinner rolls and cake or dessert.What amounts do i need to do this. someone eles planed this event I'm tring to help I can cook all of this myself i just need amounts of these items to purchase thanks.
ellen
12/28/07
Rosie, if fresh, you would lose almost 1/2 in cleaning and trimming. If frozen and ready to cook, 5 pounds is plenty for 20 people. Have a wealthy New year!

Michele, do 40-45 servings of each meat 1/4 cup gravy or sauce for each serving. For exact amounts for the meat and potatoes, vegetables and rolls, see the plan for 100 page and use 3/4 for 75. Also read the planning and shopping for holiday dinners, in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots. For the relish tray, see my veggie tray page, it has a relish tray for 50 and you could use 1 1/2.

Linda
01/10/08
How much food to serve 25.
Ellen, I am having a bridal shower and don't know what and how much to feed everyone. Generally when I throw parties it is for Football games and I always end up getting too much food. HELP! (:
ellen
01/10/08
Suggest you look at the cold luncheon buffet for 25 in big pots. It is a lovely meal and would be great for this party. Has all the quantities listed.
Linda
01/21/08
Mardi Gras Dinner
I am cooking an Authentic Cajun dinner on Sat. Feb 2.08, We will serve 250-280 people. Plated service, Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya, Chicken Gumbo are the entrees, Red Beans & Rice, Hush Puppies for sides. I have volunteer kitchen staff of about 6-8 people. I'm cooking at an Elks Lodge certified kitchen.
How much food should I order from the food rep. Order places on Tues Jan 29, Please help!!
ellen
01/22/08
Linda, you need to make an initial estimate and post it. You also do not have enough staff; you need at least 3 cooks, 2 dishwashers/ scrubbers, and about 10 servers.

Here are some of my favorite Cajun/ Creole site:

www.realcajunrecipes.com/

www.gumbopages.com/recipe-page.html

www.cajuncookingrecipes.com/

Linda Cleveland
01/22/08
Thanks for the speedy reply, Ellen.(question posted 01-21/08) I can get more help for the Mardi Gras dinner, that's no problem. I'm not sure what you mean by making an initial estimate? I have 2 cooks besides myself and 6 people to prep. The Elks Lodge supply all the serving,dishwashing clean up people. I don't have to worry about that aspect. I would be happy to pay for any advice you give me concerning the ordering part. You may contact me via email at mapleleaf@vtc.net
ellen
01/23/08
Linda, what I meant by make an initial estimate is, decide how many people's worth of each type food and make an estimate of what you will need.

I can't help you on how many people will want gumbo versus Jambalaya, and I can't tell if you know that both these are usually served over white rice, with soft Italian style bread on the side, or if you know that red beans are usually an entree over white rice, with sausage; dirty rice is a typical cajun side rice, but would not usually be served with gumbo, for example. Salad and usually a vegetable would also be served. If you can tell me HOW MANY servings of each dish you want, I can try to help you; but I can't take the responsibility of doing your shopping list when the total needs are so unclear.

Amy
01/23/08
How much do feed 100.
Hi,
How much chili and chicken noodle soup would it take to feed 100 people. Thanks so much
ellen
01/23/08
About 7 1/2 gallons of either, but if you have both, you need at least 4 gallons of each, since you don't know how many people will want what.
VIckyH
02/02/08
Roasting a hog?
If roasting a hog for about 100 people, how large of a hog would you need? Thanks
ellen
02/03/08
You must allow AT LEAST 1 pound whole raw hog per person, so you really need 2 hogs. It is much simpler, and usually safer, to do fresh hams and shoulders.
Mona
02/06/08
Apps for 80-100
I have been asked to prepare appetizers for approx 100 teens. This will be prior to their sit down meal (provided by someone else). They will be standing in a reception line and also having pictures made during this time as well. They have asked for a hot drink or some kind, and an asst of other items. Can you help me with quantity and perhaps ideas? I do appreciate you taking the time to do this. My son is a senior this year and my last chance to do something spectacular for he and his high school classmates. Thanks
ellen
02/08/08
With teens, I would go for mulled cider with plenty of cinnamon and spice as the hot drink, about 15-18 pounds each cubed meats and cheeses on toothpicks, 2 of the fruit trays for 25, a gallon or so of olives and pickles and 4 recipes of the make-ahead seven layer dip:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/appetiz3.html

or another great dip. You want to avoid wet or drippy.

If oven space is available, add one hot hors d'oevre, such as mini quiches, bruschetta or spanakopita.

Julie
03/02/08
How much hamberger would it take to make Sloppy Joes for 20-25 people?
ellen
03/03/08
About 8 pounds, depends on the rest of the recipe.
ellen
03/03/08
That is 8 pounds raw-
Robert P
03/09/08
How many whole chickens needed for chicken salad ?
Ellen, Can you please tell me how many whole chickens will be needed to make chicken salad to serve 250-300 guests?? Also I would like to know how much fresh fruit such as strawberries, grapes, pineapples, oranges would be needed as well for the same amount. Thank you so much for your time
ellen
03/10/08
Robert, for the fruit see the fruit tray page, look at the tray for 25, and multiply to your desired number. There is a very extensive list of other fruits giving quanitities so you can exchange.
Two pounds whole chicken makes 1 pound chicken meat, which is 2 cups. On the sandwich event page and the plan for 100 page you will find guidelines on amounts of chicken salad for 100 in various events (reception, luncheon, sandwiches, etc.) Using your prefered recipe, figure out how many cups you need to make the required amount, convert to pounds, then to pounds whole chickens. Basically, though, 1 pound whole chicken makes 1 cup chicken meat.
Morgan
03/13/08
A friend of mine is makeing my wedding cake to feed 250 and only charging for the cost of ingredients. I'm trying to figure the cost of the ingredients. I know she'll use cake mix and make buttercream icing. How much cakemix and icing ingredients will she need?
ellen
03/13/08
Morgan, ask her, not me. Costs depend on how large a cake, real butter, whetheher r she has to buy pans or assembly supports or decorating tips (probably) and many other considerations. FYI, the usual cost at least $3-5 PER PERSON
Kina Boyd
03/15/08
How many chicken drumettes will it take to feed 80
I am planning my divorce party and plan on having 80 guests. I am having a simple menu of chicken drumettes, Ziti, tossed salad and dinner rolls. I was wondering how much food I should purchase?
ellen
03/15/08
At least 1/2 pound raw drumettes per person. The other items are all covered in the plan for 100 tables, just use 4/5 of the amount for 100. Hope it marks the start of a satisfying time in your life.
Rosa
03/17/08
How much food to serve 60 people?
We are planning a baby shower and expecting about 60 people. We would like to make a tray with ham and cheese so they can make there own sandwich using mini croissants. How much should we purchase?
ellen
03/17/08
Check the sandwich event page and use 2/3 the amount for 100. Have a healthy baby!
Jane
03/22/08
How much ice cream do I need to have to make 80 ice cream sundaes for an "Ice Cream Wedding Celebration"? Maybe 3 flavors made into small scoops. With 3 or 4 topping plus whip cream, nuts and a cherry. They don't want a cake and I thought on a hot July day this sounded fun. Any comments?
ellen
03/23/08
See the sundae bar page- link at the top of the main cook talk page- and use 4/5 the amount for 100. Add some really good cookies and wafers.
Trish
03/24/08
at my weddign reception I want to serve Baked Beans,Smoked Winners,Fruit tray,pigs in a Blanket,Ham biscuits,Potato Salad & Chicken wings how much of each will it take to make it for 100 people i tried looking it up on your site but couldnt find it PLEASE HELP ME
ellen
03/25/08
Trish, what time is the wedding and the reception? The amounts depend on whether people have eaten a meal before they come?
ellen
04/01/08
How many lines needed to serve 400 in 1hr.
Barb
04/01/08
How many lines needed to serve 400 people in 1hr.
ellen
04/01/08
Hi.
For timely service, to let everyone sit down at more or less the same time, it is typical to have one two sided self-service line (same both sides) for each 100 people. Here are some things that speed the lines:
Servers
fewer choices
separate beverage, salad/soup and dessert stations

A carving situation slows the service.

Veronica
04/14/08
I am making pinto beans for a funeral, need to feed 80. I cooked about 5-6 lbs with ham shank. will this be enough?
ellen
04/14/08
Just about perfect. I make 8 pounds per 100 people.
Barb
04/18/08
What is the most economical ham to serve 200 people in a breakfast menu
ellen
04/19/08
Good choice, way less fat than bacon.

Locally, we can get Johnson Bros spiral cut ham ends and pieces for under $2 per pound, this is excellent ham just perfect for frizzling up for breakfast, omelets, etc. It is mostly slices that are not quite perfect enough for deliuxe packaging. It comes in a vacuum sealed bag, about 3 pounds per bag.

For amounts, see the breakfast planning page breakfast meats section.

Evelyn
04/20/08
How many canteloupes & watermelon to feed 100
We are preparing a mixture of canteloupes, watermelons, grapes, canned pineapple chunks, and canned mandarin oranges which will be served in 9 oz. cups. How much of each kind of fruit do we need for 100 people?
ellen
04/20/08
You can find the help yu need on the fruit tray page, link at the top of the main cook talk page. Just buy enough to have one serving for each persin and mix and you will have enough for all.
Joce
04/23/08
How much food to serve 80 to 100 people?
We are doing a baby shower after supper? How much cheese and meat (salami) do we need?
Kathryn
04/23/08
I'm helping my sister in law with my niece graduation and they asked me to make my home make cole slaw, but i'm not sure how much I would need to fix for 100 or more guess. Can you help me. How much cabbage, etc.
Thanks.
ellen
04/24/08
Joce, 2 ounces of cheese and 2-3 ounces sliced deli meats per person.

Kathryn, you need 20 pounds of cabbage, that is 20 regular heads. You just multiply everything else in the recipe by 20.

DAVD VERSIGA
04/29/08
Seafood gumbo
how long will seafood gumbo keep in freezer
ellen
04/30/08
A year. Do be sure to thaw in the refrigerator.
Lis
04/30/08
how much pasta salad do I need to serve 25 people?
ellen
04/30/08
Recipe made from 1 1/2 to 2 pounds pasta; about a gallon.
beth
05/10/08
How much food to serve 200.
I am planning a grad party for 200 people and am serving pasta salad,shredded chicken and BBQ pork sandwiches,fruit,relishes, cheesey potatoes,chips,how much do I need of each?
Shelia
05/21/08
How much pulled pork to feed approx 65 people
I am having a party & I need to know how much pulled pork I will need to feed approx 65 people. Please help.
Thank You,
Shelia bobshe80@dishmail.net
ellen
05/21/08
Beth these recipes and calculations are already on site. Make a list and post it and I will check it for you.

Sheile, you want to start with 30 pounds raw boneless- you lose up to 1/3 with cooking.

joanne
05/21/08
How much food to serve 100
how much lettuce saslad for 100 people
how much rice for rice pilaf for 100 people
ellen
05/21/08
See the plan for 100 lists, 6 different salad options covered, rice covered. Also see the rice recipes for 100.
bj
06/04/08
How much food to serve100+
bbq this sunday june 8 2008 how many slice of bbq brisket each person get 30 are kids thank you bj
Amy
06/04/08
How much food to serve 50
buffett of mexican food =salad, fruit platters chips,dips,(all the afore mentioned to be bought at Cost Co then mini burritos,shredded chicken & shredded beef,from local take out-how much will I need??-alchohol will be served and this is casual backyard celebration
ellen
06/05/08
BJ, Amy, since I posted all my listrs in 2004, I ask folks to try to make a list and post it, then I will be glad to check it and help.

BJ, brisket is a fatty meat that shrinks, I allow 1 pound raw for each 2 adult people. 3 kids under 6 are 1 people, 2 kids in the 6-12 range are 1, 3 teens are 4.

Amy, allow 2 mini burritos as appetizer-level, then you want 1 pound ready to eat beef for each 3-4 people PLUS 1 pound ready to eat chicken for each 4-5 people. People eat more, and some of each, when there are multiple entrees. If you add rice and beans, you can use the lesser amounts of meat and they are easy for this size group- one electric raoster of each- see the borracho bean recipe in beans for 100.

Patti
06/17/08
How many gallons of pork and beans would it take to feed 350 people?
Kim
06/18/08
How much food to serve 100.
I am catering a Graduation Party for approx, 100 people. We are servcing Hot Dogs, Hamburgers & Chicken Thighs & Legs.
We are having Potato Salad & Macaroni Salad
with additional sides. How much of each would I need.
Thank You
Kim
ellen
06/18/08
Since I have posted all my quantity tables, I ask people to do an initial estimate, post it, and let me check it for them. Your potato salad, mac salad are covered on the plan for 100 list.

The three meat mix for self service is harder to estimate, I would do 50-60 leg quarters cut up, 100 hamburgers and skip the hot dogs. Or do vegetarian dogs for the non-meat eaters in the group- in a group that size there will be some.

Hamburger condiments are covered on the sandwich event page.

Betty
06/26/08
I am having a wedding reception for 110 people and need to know how much canned beer I will need for 5 hours.
Thank-you Betty
betty
06/26/08
How much food to serve 100
I need to know how much gravy and slaw and rolls to feed these people\
I thought 1/2 gal of gravey and 1 gal of slaw and 1 roll per person would this do it or do i need more
2 meats
and 4 gal of tea and 4 gal sweet tea
coffee should i serve any other kind of drink
ellen
06/26/08
See the planning and shopping for large holiday meals, article in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots for help with amounts, and the plan for 100 charts. You need at least 2 gallons of gravy, 3 gallons of cole slaw and 1 1/2 rolls per person.

Beer drinkers tend to drink 3 cans each over about 2 hours. For 5 hours you need to add about 2 more cans per person.

Beverages are OK. These days a lot of people add a couple of cases of bottled water, especially for summer functions.

Sammie
06/27/08
My son is an MP serving in Iraq. He needs ingredient amounts for Chicken sausage Gumbo and rice to serve 250 soilders and locals. Can you help me?
ellen
06/27/08
Here are my favorite cajun cooking pages:

www.gumbopages.com/recipe-page.html
www.cajuncookingrecipes.com/gumbo_recipes.htm
www.allrecipes.com/HowTo/Gumbo-Basics/Detail.aspx

Just a caution/info to pass on:

NO PORK or pig of any kind in a dish to be shared with Muslim neighbors. I always make my gumbos from a stock based on simmered picnics or hams and most Louisiana sausages have pork- this is out for followers of Islam.

Sammie
06/28/08
Thank you for responding. I have been to all these sights. Was trying to help him with quantities: Like how many chickens would he need, how much rue, etc. for 250 people. Thanks anyway.
ellen
06/28/08
Basically he need to end up with 18-19 gallons of gumbo, plus the rice for 250 people. The rice is about 7-8 pounds raw for each 100 persons. The roux, works out to about 1/4 cup per serving, but the rest depends very much on the recipe he plans to use. Do you know what recipe he plans to use?
Marcy Beresford
07/07/08
I am looking for a good recipe for au gratin potatoes to serve about 60 people. Or at least I would like to get an idea how much I should buy of the main ingredients. I have a recipe I was going to try to expand to fit the need for a graduation party.

Thanks,

Marcy

ellen
07/07/08
Check out the cheesy potatoes in a roaster thread right near here. The amounts are just about right for 60 people.
Kathy
07/08/08
We are doing our first fundraiser for a newly started Little League Program. We will be serving BBQ Chicken halves. We want to serve snaps and potatoes with a homemade taste to it. We are selling 1,000 tickets. How much potatoes, seasoning, etc does it take for boiled or stewed, buttered potatoes. How many cans of snaps and how to season to make taste homecooked? We'll need tea quantities too. We'll also need a lot of prayers. We have never done such a task. Don't know how much can be done the night before and how to store the potatoes so they won't turn dark. We can go with can snaps but do not want canned potatoes. We also need a lot of prayers.
ellen
07/08/08
In addition to the at-home preppers, it takes about 25-30 volunteers day-of to do this. Read the wedding dinner article for help with planning. Have EVERYONE who is helping, read the food safety articles.

Allow 35-40 pounds potatoes per 100. Baked seasoned wedges (dipped in oil and seasoned flour and sprinkled with paprika for color) are a simple way to do popular potatoes that will hold, can be done ahead and reheated and don't turn colors.

For generous beans, you want 6 #10 cans per 100, for modest portions on served plates, you need 4. See this great recipe for something a little different:
www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/texmex100.html

Tea is covered on the beverage planning page. Have sweetened and unsweetened. The pink stuff is the least expensive artificial sweetener.

Adding a served dessert (dump cake or cobbler would be my plan) is a way to make the meal memorable.

Where will you prepare this? Have you checked on temp health permits? Some states require them for events this big. Have you checked on single event insurance? If someone claims a bad effect from the food, your group could be closed down by a suit; the insurance can probably be handled by whoever does the insurance for your league.

ellen
07/08/08
Here is a guideline for country style green beans:

www.ellenskitchen.com/turkey/grnbeans.html

ellen
07/08/08
Here is a good sample potato wedge recipe:

Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges
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Description:

Potato wedges tossed with seasonings and oil and baked
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients:

6 medium potatoes (2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons chili powder

Optional ingredients:

cayenne pepper
chives
dried parsley
grated Parmesan cheese

NOTE: to get a coated type effect with less fat, cut the potato wedges into milk, and mix 1/2 cup flour into the spices before using them to coat the potatoes.

1. Scrub potatoes and rinse under cold water. Pat dry.

2. Cut potatoes into wedges or thin steak fries (about 6-8 wedges per potato).

3. Using a large mixing bowl, toss potatoes in oil.

4. In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Pour over potatoes and toss to coat. ALTERNATIVE: if doing many, put the spices in a plastic bag and shake the wedges.

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread potatoes in a single layer on an ungreased non-stick* baking sheet, or a greased regular sheet.

6. Bake for 10 minutes, stir and loosen, then bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes test done with a fork.

7.Sprinkle with salt to taste. Can garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan or chopped parsley.

Christine
08/05/08
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
I am making 100 fruit parfaits (6 oz) with van. yogurt, fresh pinapple, blueberries and strawberries and granola. How much of each should I buy?
ellen
08/05/08
If you have to hold them, for example overnight, you do not want to use fresh pineapple, it interacts with the yogurt and causes it to thin. Peaches would be a much better choice.

You want 2 tablespoons granola, and 2 ounces fruit for each 6 ounces or 3/4 cup yogurt.

Evelyn
08/09/08
We are having a H.S. Band BBQ to kick off the new year. We have 100 band students and 250 family members attending. The menu will be Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with Chips, Tea, Ketchup,Mayo,Relish,Mustard, etc How much meat,tea and condiments do we buy? Could really use your help as we have this event on Aug 16th, 2008
ellen
08/09/08
Plan 1 hamburger (4 to pound) PLUS 1 hot dog per person, PLUS 10% (teens). Tea is on the beverage page; plan 2 pounds ice per person PLUS 40 pounds per cooler. Condiments per 100 are on the sandwich event page quantity table.
Beverly
08/17/08
How much food to serve 200
I have 70 pounds of Pork Loin and we are going to fix it for my daughters wedding and wonder how many people that 70 pounds would feed? We are planning to fix 1/2 just sliced and the other half as BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.
ellen
08/17/08
35 pounds raw, cooked and slice, about 70 people. 35 pounds raw, pulled pork sandwiches, about 90-100 people.
Roberta
08/20/08
How much new potatoes do i buy to make a salad for 60 people?
ellen
08/20/08
About 20 pounds- I use 35 for 100 people.
kathy
08/30/08
how many hams and pieces of chicken will it take to feed fifty people?
ellen
08/31/08
Serving both, allow 1 piece of chicken PLUS 4-5 ounces cooked, ready to eat ham, if you slice and serve the ham. If it is self serve, you will need about 6 ounces.
Cassandra
09/11/08
Beans
How many lbs. of beans do I need to serve 75 people?
ellen
09/11/08
Depends on whether it is a side dish or a main dish. For a side dish, about 8 pounds per 100, or 6 pounds for 75.
MARK
09/16/08
How much food to serve 80
yes ellen
we are having a thanksgiving family dinner and
we are having 80 people over.my menu is smoked
turkey,fried turkey,ham, smothed okra,bbq chicken,fried chicken,string beans,rice,gravy,
stuffed shrimp,scalloped pototo, pototo salad,
mac and cheese,toss salad,seafood gumbo,rolls
and green punch.how many pounds do i need for
each of the food that i have on my list.
thank you
Adam
09/21/08
Ribs
How many lbs of ribs should I make?? I'm expecting about 20 people. How much per person??
ellen
09/22/08
If this is the only meat, allow 1 pound per person.
donna
09/23/08
i am cooking for a wedding for 80 the bride wants roast beef,ham,filling and mashed potatoes how much of these am i going to need
ellen
09/23/08
What is filling?

For the meats, 5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces ready to eat ham per person, which is 2 pounds raw boneless beef for each 4 people, PLUS 2 pound heat and eat ham for 7 people. Mashed potatoes, I make 35 pounds of potatoes for 100, so you would want about 28 pounds.

Deidra
10/06/08
How much lettuce, tomatoes, and onions?
Hello!
We are making taco salad for a church function. It is going to consist of chips, beef, cheese, veggies, sour cream and salsa. I am in charge of the veggie part. How many heads of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions do you think I will need to purchase for 175 people?
Thanks so much!
ellen
10/06/08
I have a taco salad for 25 recipe. Check it and get 7 times the amounts of veggies.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/texmex1.html

Deidra
10/06/08
How much lettuce, tomatoes, and onions?
Thank you so much for your help! This is a great website!!
Shannon
10/07/08
how many pound of chicken drummettes to feed 85
I am catering my brother-in-law's birthday party of 85 people. All of my chicken drummette recipes go by pieces not pounds, I need help figuring out how many pounds to buy. By the way, this site is great. I will be using it quite a bit in the near future. Thanks in advance.
ellen
10/07/08
It is about 12 pieces to the pound, that depends somewhat on the size of the chickens. I like to allow 6 pieces per person, 4 is kind of a minimum.
Faye
10/08/08
How much ham to serve for 200 people (with pancake
For a pancake and ham breakfast for 200 people, how many hams should I buy?
ellen
10/08/08
See the breakfast planning table. You want about 3 ounces ready to eat per person.
Susan
10/09/08
How much food to serve 70
How much Roast Beef would I need to serve 70 men also real potatoes for mash
ellen
10/09/08
See the roast beef article in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots for help with the meat. You need about 25 pounds potatoes total and about 2 pounds raw boneless beef for each 3 men(it shrinks).
Gladys Richardson
10/14/08
How much ground beef for 800 30 oz bowls of chili?
Is there a recipe for chili to serve 400-800 30 ounce servings?
ellen
10/15/08
Gladys, 30 ounces is not a serving, it is a quart, three large servings by my recipes. Basically meaty chilis start out with about half the total desired amount in raw meat, which is a pint, which is a pound. This loses about 1/4 in cooking, the rest of the quart is everything else.
Lee
10/18/08
How much food to serve 400.
I will be serving the community a thanksgiving dinner. This will be the menu fried&baked turkeys,braked hams, corn bread dressing, gravy,cranberry sauce,collard greens,yams,mac&cheese, sweet peas&carrots, potato salad,pound cakes,sweet potato pies and punch
Mary
10/19/08
How much food to serve 200
How much do I need to buy and prepare for 200 guests

Menu:

carne guisda
beans
rice
toss salad
fresh fruit tray
tea

ellen
10/19/08
Lee, ALL this is already discussed in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots.

carne guisada- 35-40 pounds lean boneless meat per 100
beans- 8 pounds per 100
rice- about 7 pounds per 100
toss salad- see main plan for 100 page
fresh fruit tray- see fruit tray page
tea- see beverage planning page

Gretchen
10/22/08
I want to make cole slaw for 260 people, along with ham,potatoes veg. and roll. How much cabbage do I need to buy?
oshin
10/26/08
How much kilo of uncooked pasta for 60 person?
just please send your answer to my email address.thanks a lot
ellen
10/27/08
Gretchen, I missed this earlier. You need about 20 pounds per 100 people. Cabbage shrinks after it is shredded.

oshin, the emails don't post on the board. You need about 5 pounds which is about 1.6 kilos if I remember correctly.

Donna
11/09/08
How much food to serve 500.
Our church is planning a community Thanksgiving dinner and I need to knnow the following amounts of food:
Turkey
Gravy
Dressing
Instant Potatoes
Green Beans
Bread
ellen
11/09/08
Already posted an article of planning large holiday meals. Shopping guide included. See the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.
Rana
11/12/08
how many hors d'oeuvres
how many hors d'oeuvres would I need to serve 200 people for a cocktail hour? I would imagine at least a variety of 6-8 choices
ellen
11/12/08
If this is a cocktail hour preceding a meal, just an hour, you want eight items per person, not counting shrimp. If it is after work, you need at least double that; people try to have dinner at these functions.
J Adams
11/12/08
How much food to serve 30.
I'm hosting an event with approximately 30 people. The market that is doing our catering sells by the pound and we are going to buy macaroni & cheese, collard greens, and pieces of chicken. About how many pounds of the macaroni & cheese & collard greens do you think we'll need? Also, is one piece of chicken, given the other sides & we'll have rolls also, enough?
mjk
11/13/08
how much potato salad do we need to feed 100 people
ellen
11/14/08
J, 7-8 pounds collards, double that for mac and cheese, and you need 2 pieces of chicken per person (just under 1 pound per person).

MJK, that is already on site- see the plan for 100 page.

veronica
11/20/08
How much will a gallon of baked beans serve
How much will a gallon of baked beans serve.
ellen
11/20/08
A gallon is 16 cups, so it makes about 30 1/2 cup servings or about 20 3/4 cup servings. I plan on 3-3 1/2 gallons for 100 people.
Bobby
11/26/08
I am having a birthday party for my dad. There will be around 350 people there so I need to know how much brisket, sausage, german potatos will I need to feed this crowd.
ellen
11/26/08
See the BBQ and brisket pages, make some basic calculations and post and I will help. You need to tell the time of day, what else is served, and the beverages- alcohol makes a difference.
Holli
12/03/08
Pounds of Candy
How many pounds of candy do I need for 200 people at a Bar Mitzvah Party. The candy is the main dessert. Also out of the 200 50 are kids. Thanks
ellen
12/04/08
You posted twice. See the other one.
Jayne
12/28/08
How much food to serve 100
How many lbs of Kielbasa and sauerkraut needed to serve 100 people?
ellen
12/28/08
About 2 pounds of sausage for each 5 people. Sauerkraut is under vegetables in plan for 100- you need the larger amount.
Maria
01/12/09
how much rice do i use to serve 25 people
hi Ellen,

having a final get together at my work place for 25 people, i have been selected to make basmati rice for 25 people, would add some peas in it also, would like to know how many lbs of rice and peas to use

thanks

ellen
01/12/09
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of rice, about 2 pounds of fresh or frozen fresh peas.
maria
01/13/09
how much rice do i use to serve 25 people
hello ellen,

thank you for your prompt reply.

will write back how it goes
thanks once again

maria

Rita
01/18/09
Recipe for Potatoes Au Gratin?
Potatoes Au Gratin for 300 people?
ellen
01/19/09
Use your preferred recipe and 100 pounds of potatoes.
jeri
01/21/09
How many many hashbrowns are needed to serve 100
I'm preparing hashbrowns for a school function and need to feed 100 people. How many potatoes do I need?
ellen
01/21/09
Assuming this is a side dish for breakfast or lunch, you need about 30 pounds shredded.
Lori
01/29/09
How much food to serve 75.
My daughters having a birthday party and we are expectng 50, 13 year old girls. The party is from 7-11. We are having pizza, chips and dip. I already ordered the cake. How many people does a bag of chips feed? How many pizzas would you recommend?
ellen
01/29/09
see the plan for 100 list, count the girls as 50 adults, when without boys, most 13 y/o girls eat about the same as grown ups. Ypu might add some fruit trays- popular and healthy.
Jocelyn Devlin
02/22/09
How much food to serve 110 people for appetizers
Hi Ellen;

I’m hosting a wedding reception for 110 people. I need to know how much of the following I will need for appetizers. Party hours will be 7:00pm - Midnight

Meatballs
Macaroni & Cheese
Deviled Eggs
Little Smokes wrapped in biscuit (Piggy’s in a blanket)

ellen
02/23/09
There is an appetizer planning page that will allow you to do a first estimate and post it so I can check it. I am sure you are planning other foods, as you need 8 or more selections for this size group, especially for a long party. If the wedding is 6 pm, people will not eat before they get there and you need about 1 1/2 pounds of food per person.
Judy
02/25/09
How much fruit and cheese cubes to serve 50
Other food will be served needing appitetizer tray
Nicole
02/25/09
How much food to serve 45?
I am having a buffet birthday party for my son but we have a big family. I am making roast beef and then cutting it down for sandwiches. How much Roast Beef will I need? Is 25lb about what I need? I am also have hot dogs for the kids. I am having 22 kids. I rented a Hot dog Roller. How many hot dogs do you think I should buy? I am sure some adults will eat hot dogs too. Help! I brought a Full Sheet cake for dessert and was thinking of a Pretzel tray too... It is for this Sunday!
ellen
02/28/09
You have plenty of Beef. Get 45 hotdogs, but cook only half to start. Cake should be fine, you want 2-2 1/2 gallons ice cream. See the sandwich event page for condiment ray for 100 and use half.
Cheryl Mc
03/08/09
how much food to feed 50 people
i have an urgent need for info regarding food for 50 people. we expect 22 men and 22 women and around 6 children. Some of the men will certainly eat more than the ladies. I need to be fully prepared but also not have tons of food left over either. I need to know the quantities to have available. Having some amount of leftovers will be fine but not a lot. This is something we are having to plan quickly and with as much ease as possible.

Barbecue pulled pork ( boston butt )
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Buns

thanks
Barbecue sauce

Cheryl Mc
03/08/09
i sort of messed up a little on the food list, barbecue sauce is suppose to be up on the list and not below my " thank you " im the previous post.
Also wanted to say that the 6 children that are attending are old enough that they will most likely eat on the adult level with the amount of food. will be awaiting replies, thanks
ellen
03/09/09
Go to the BBQ and brisket page for the meal- these are all covered in the planning lists and pages on site. There is a great table for sandwich condiments on the sandwich event page- you would sub bbq sauce for ketchup. You would want just a half of the amount for 100. When you post a list I will check it for you.
Jamala
03/10/09
How much beef and chicken to cook for 100 people
I would like to forg o the cateres and cook the beef and chicken for 100 people. How many pounds of beef and how many pounds of chicken should I buy.
ellen
03/10/09
What recipes? You need different amounts for chicken pieces, quarters or breasts?

When I cook beef and chicken, for bbq I allow 1 patty beef PLUS 1 piece chicken PLUS 10% for total. For buffet entrees I aim for 5 ounces rwady to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces ready to eat chicken per person. I don't run out.

Debbie
03/17/09
How much food to serve 30.
I am planning a student function and expecting approx. 300 people. Breakfast foods will be served.

Bagels
Mini muffins, brownie bites, cinnamon (mini) rolls, pizzelles, mini danish
Large muffins
Variety fresh fruit

Also, I would like to serve an assortment of juices (small bottles or boxes), coffee & tea

How do I begin planning the menu to ensure enough food but not a excess left over?

Thanks!

Debbie
03/17/09
How much food to serve 300.
A correction to my posting. We are expecting approx. 300 at the student function. Thanks!
ellen
03/18/09
See the breakfast planning page. Ad some kind of protein- yogurts, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, to your menu if you expect them to pay attention all morning.
Kara
04/05/09
How much food to serve 125 people
I am catering for my first time on April 18th,
How much do I need for 125 people for the following

Hot cicken wings
reg chicken wings
hot beef sandwiches (chuck sliced not pulled)
fruit plates
cheese & sausage & crackers
vegetable plates

ellen
04/05/09
Kara, as I have explained before on several threads, this board is for family type cooks, not paid catering. There are lots of reasons, but one important one is that the paid caterer is legally liable for ANYTHING that goes wrong at an event; incorrect storage and transport, food poisoning, injury to workers or guests, unhappy results with the customer refusing to pay, etc; you need event insurance for this. Also, there are very stiff regulations in most states, such as yo can't prepare the food at your house unless it is a licensed commercial kitchen.

Also, you need legal contracts specifying foods and amounts, who takes home the leftovers, etc. For help, go to the catering board at chef2chef.com.

That said, all these foods are covered in the plan for 100 page, the appetizer planning page, the sandwich planning page and the fruit tray and vegetable tray page. You can easily prepare a good estimate using these pages, remembering to add 10% for self service.

Kara
04/05/09
How much food to serve 125
Thank you, I just found this site today, thought it looked interesting and helpful.
Thanks again.
Roberta
04/07/09
How much food to serve 60 at a cookout
I am planning a cookout for 60 people in August. I have planned my menu but I have no idea how much food too cook without cooking to little of too much. Would you please help me?
My menu is as follows:

Fried Chicken
Bar B Que Chicken
Potatoe Salad
Macaroni & Tuna Salad
Shrimp & Pasta Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh String Beans with Smoked turkey
Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
Hot Dogs
Hamburgers
Corn on the Cob
Vegetarian Beans
Bread Pudding
Monkey Bread
Deviled Eggs

The cookout will be on the back yard patio and all the food will be inside on a buffet table for every one to serve themselves. The food will be on a table in large aluminum pans. Do you think I am fixing too much food? Your advice will be very much appreciated.
Thankyou for taking your time to help me!
Bert

ellen
04/07/09
Think of the group as 2/3 of 100 and use the planning tables and the bbq and brisket page to help you estimate. You are serving two entrees, so you need to have more than 1/2 of each, so people can get their first choice- you want about 40 servings of each chicken, plus 30 burgers plus 30 sausages or hotdogs. You will have some left, but this is the only way to give everyone their first choice.

For 100 people you would want a total of 10 gallons of beans and salads, so for 60 you want about 7-8. Maybe 2 gallons each?
Potato Salad
Macaroni & Tuna Salad
Shrimp & Pasta Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Vegetarian Beans

1/2 cup of each per person:
Fresh String Beans with Smoked turkey
Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
1 piece per person (halves would be fine)
Corn on the Cob

Bread Pudding- 4-5 9x13 pans
Monkey Bread- 6 pounds
Deviled Eggs- 4 dozen eggs

deb
04/13/09
How much food to serve 100
I am making Beef Tips & Noodles for 100 people.
Need to know how much beef & noodles to buy.

Could you please help in answering this question?

Thank you

ellen
04/13/09
Basically, this is like making mac and cheese with ham, where you use gravy and beef instead of cheese sauce and ham. You want 16-18 pounds of noodles and and equal amount of beef, plus the gravy. It will take 2 roasters to hold this much, if you use roasters.
Mindy
04/14/09
I'm trying to plan a light lunching after a wedding I was thinking cheese and crackers, veggie and fruit trays, pickles and olive tray, and either a cold cut tray with buns or hot beef with buns but how much food do u think i would need to serve 75 ppl?
ellen
04/14/09
Hi, Mindy,

The cold cut trays are simpler and pretty. It would be nice to have a really big pretty fruit tray.

Check the sandwich event page for help on the sandwich amounts, fruit tray page and veggie tray page for fruits, veggies, and relish tray (for example, you would use 3 times the fruit tray for 25 and the relish tray for 50-60 as given would be perfect for your event). Post your estimates and I will check them for you.

mindy
04/15/09
I'm thinking 3 large veggie trays, 3 large fruit trays, 100 sandwichs, 1 pickle and olive tray, and 3 cheese and cracker trays.
ellen
04/15/09
2 veggie trays is probably enough. It would be party-ish to have one cold salad, pasta would be simple and inexpensive, to fill out the plate- you would use 3/4 of a recipe for 100.
Lynn
04/15/09
How much food for 700 people
How many pounds cabbage to make cole slaw for 700 people? We are having a Chicken-que and cole slaw will be added to the plates; just a large spoonful per plate.
ellen
04/16/09
20-22 pounds whole cabbage per hundred, plus a few shredded carrots for color, for basic slaw. But take a look at my Mardigras slaw recipe for 100; it's really good and really pretty on the plate..
Marcie
04/17/09
How much food to serve 150-200
Im self catering my wedding reception, we are planning on 150-200 people.. How much of each will I need?

8lb pre cooked and sliced briskets (Sams club)
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Tossed Salad
Scalloped patatos

Thanks

ellen
04/17/09
Marcie, this is a first do it yourself site. I have covered all of these foods in the plan for 100 lists- make an estimate, post it, and I will check it for you.
Frani
04/23/09
How much food to serve 75 people?
I plan on serving rigatoni, meatballs, sausage w/peppers & onions, rolls, antipasto. How much of each do you think?
ellen
04/23/09
I would think of the rigatoni as the starch and make 85 servings, 45 servings each sausage/peppers and meatballs. Use my antipasto platter or antipasto vegetables on the appetizer page as a guide for the antipasto quantities:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/appetiz2.html

Rose
04/24/09
How much food to serve 20 people
I am having a 3 to 4hr social at a local bar and wanted to know how much finger food I would need for 20 people. I am looking at ordering (1) fruit platter, (1) cheese tray of cheddar, swiss & pepper jack, (1)tray w/50 pieces each of teriyaki beef satay, chicken satay and mini crab cakes,(1) tray 5lbs blackended tuna bites and an artichoke & spinach dip w/ pitas.. do I have enough food or too much?
ellen
04/24/09
For 20 people, this is a lot of food, even given that they are starving and drinking. I would skip the tuna completely, just make sure the fruit tray was the serves 16-20 size, and MAYBE add a tray of 60-80 "bites" of something, such as bruschetta, spinach Parmesan squares, stuffed cherry tomatoes, or some little starchy/veggie bite thing. Get the blackened tuna when you and an appreciative friend can really sit and enjoy it as a meal.
Kay
05/01/09
How much food to serve 150-175 HS Graduation Party
How much to make for serving 3 OZ. Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (beef, onions, peppers, Prov cheese); 3 Different Salads; 1/4 sheet cake, cup cakes, brownies, rice krispie bars, minature Cheese cakes.
ellen
05/03/09
If this is dinner, they will eat 2 sandwiches that size each, and 1 pound meat will make 4-5 sandwiches. Salads, 1/2-2/3 cup each, for example, you use 4 4 1/2 gallons of poato sald for 100 people, but only about 3-3 1/2 gallons slaw. For high school for desserts I allow 1 of each type up to 4 including the cupcakes, making all of them about the size of the mini cheese cakes. The 1/4 sheet cake cuts 15 teen size pieces (it is a 9x13 size) if a single layer, about 24 if 2 layer. For this large a crowd I would get two layer half sheets, and I would get three or four.
Lynn Akin
05/03/09
Reunion
Servings and ingredients to serve 40 adults and 20 children. Hamburgers and hot dogs.
ellen
05/03/09
See plan for 100 charts, use 1/2, allowing 50 burgers and 40-50 dogs. See sandwich page for rolls and condiments. Might also want to check out dessert planning page and beverage planning page. This is a person here, and you can do your own ingredients lists from my recipes and lists.
Ms Requel
05/03/09
How much do you charge when your catering a party of 100 guest or more. I am starting my own catering business and Im going out on faith. I do not want to over charge my customer but I do not want to under charge myself.....
ellen
05/03/09
Ms Requel this is a page for family cooks trying to expand for large groups, church, reunion, etc. I recommend chef2chef.com for people interested in pro catering. But I or anyone in the business will tell you that you need 2-5 years pro in the business working for someone else before you open your own business catering, if you don't want to fail. It is a tough business and one bad event can ruin you- or an accident for the staff or guests, or food poisoning. You need a business plan, capital to last 2 years a licensed professional kitchen (you can't cook for sale in your home kitchen), legal contracts with your clients, INSURANCE, business and health licenses; it is a massive undertaking and very hard work.
Ellen
05/13/09
How much alchohol for 200 people.
Im having a catered party for 200 people. I am buying own liquer and need to know how much to buy and what is the key ingredients to have
ellen
05/13/09
See the beverage planning page for a discussion about alcohol amounts and good links.
June
05/14/09
how many dried pintos to serve 350 people
I am serving pinto beans as the main protein at a benefit supper. I want to give each person at least 1 1/2 cups of beans. How many beans do I need. Thank you
ellen
05/15/09
About 12 pounds dry per 100 people.
boody go
05/22/09
How much food to serve 100 pax
what is the suitable amount of:
meat
chicken
sea food
salad
soup

to be suffecient for 100 pax

ellen
05/22/09
1) information is insufficient for estimate, I need full menu, occasion and description of the eaters
2) I have posted all my charts, and all these foods are covered. You need to make at least a first effort at an estimate, post it, and I will review and comment
Jeff
05/23/09
Specific fruit salad serving 350
High School grad party estimating 350 served: Wish to serve fresh fruit salad with following 5 fruits:
1) fresh pineapple chunks
2) red grapes
3) green grapes
4) cantelope
5) strawberries

Note: this salad is among other food items being served. Those other items include:

1) chicken wings
2) subs
3) fresh veggies and dip
4) chips and dip

I figured you would want to know that before you estimated fresh fruit amounts for the fruit salad!

ellen
05/23/09
Basically, non of the other foods are competitive types for the fruit. I would do 10-12 times the amounts for the fruit tray for 25 on the fruit tray page, substituting cantaloupe pound for pound with the other melon. I would suggest trays, not mixed salad, easier to eat (no bowls and spoons) and more impressive on the table. Consider a creamy yogurt dip on the side with vanilla, honey and mace- 1 cup for each 7-8 people.
vanessa
05/25/09
How much food to serve 60
Serving Turkey,Ribs,Roastbeef, Mac&cheese,sweet potato,Spanish rice,potato salad,Cabbage,&string beans
ellen
05/26/09
Vanessa, this is a site set up so you can use my tables to make an estimate, post it, and I can review it for you. For example, I can't do a good entree estimate without more information; I don't know if your roast beef is pot roast or prime rib, you have three entrees for 60 people, when 2 is much more usual and much easier to estimate. The side dishes are an unusual selection in that there are three major starches for 60 people, which means you will have to make a lot extra to make sure everyone gets their first choice; plus you are also having potato sald, which is a very heavy choice for this menu.
It is also very helpful to know the type of crowd (age, etc) and the event.
You may want to rethink the menu a little and simplify, then read the table instructions for meats and the other foods and start with an estimate, so I have something to work with.
Susie
06/04/09
Macaroni & Cheese for 200 people
How much macaroni & cheese do I fix for 200 people?
ellen
06/04/09
Answered in the plan for 100 tables and also the spaghetti pages.
Richard Elder, Jr.
06/04/09
How much food to serve 45 people
How much hamburger would I need to make sloppy Joe;s for 45 people? Which meat would be better ground chuck, or lean ground beef? This would be for the kids attending VBS at my church.
WQould you have any other menu ideals for a week?

Richard

ellen
06/04/09
It's kids, so about 12 pounds, Lean gound beef has much less grease, not so much draining. If you have to add in staff you might want a bit more.
Pizza is loved, mac and cheese, oven-fried chicken or chicken nuggets; meatballs and spaghetti; sandwiches.
Cecilia
06/04/09
How much food to serve 250.
We want to make the food for my sisters wedding. How many potatoes, brisket, pork meat (for Asado) rice, and Tea do we need to feed 250 people?
ellen
06/05/09
Go to the plan for 100 lists and prepare a basic estimate, post it and I will go over it for you. You have to do the whole menu; I can't help with a partial menu. Ans tell me the tie of the service sand the length of the reception and whether it is a sit down dinner or a buffet. All these things affect the amounts needed.
cathy
06/07/09
How much food to serve 600
Picnic for 600 people
Menu (How much of each do I need?
chicken
hamburgers
hotdogs
baked beans
macaroni salad
fuit salad
ellen
06/08/09
Cathy, as you will notice, this is a DIY site. Use the plan for 100 tables and related pages, such as the fruit tray page and beverage planning page, to make a first estimate, post it and then I will be glad to check it for you.
CINDY
06/09/09
How much pasta primavera
I am making pasta Privavera for 200. This is a side dish, Im worried about the pasta getting mushy, I will cook it almost done, but will it be ok during the serving? It has to be done a head of time because the wedding is on the beach!!please help I cant sleep at night!! I am looking for a good easy receipe,can I make this the day before also? Thank You
ellen
06/09/09
Pasta primavera is a last minute dish, requires continuous cook attention and doesn't hold well at all.

Have you considered a chilled pasta primavera? Very appropriate for a summer beach wedding and all done ahead of time. If you like the idea, I could whomp you up a reception size recipe. Here is a sample family size recipe to try on your bride and groom (it would make about 8 side servings):

PASTA PRIMAVERA

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. pine nuts or sliced almonds
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 c. sliced broccoli flowerets
1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen snow pea pods
1 c. sliced zucchini
1 c. frozen green peas
10 lg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
6 fresh or frozen asparagus spears, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley (I use Italian flat leaf
2 tsp. dried whole basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (12 oz.) pkg. premium Italian (durum wheat) spaghetti
1/3 c. butter
1 c. whipping cream (DON't substitute)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Saute garlic and pine nuts in hot oil in a large Dutch oven 2 to 3 minutes or until pine nuts are lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add broccoli and next 9 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes. Chill vegetable mixture at least 1 hour.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water, and drain.

Melt butter in a large saucepan; stir in whipping cream and cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until cheese melts. Add spaghetti, and toss gently. Cover and chill mixture at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon vegetable mixture over spaghetti, or toss gently.

ellen
06/09/09
You can also use twists or radiatore for the noodles and stir in additional vegetables, such as 1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1 6 ounce can sliced black olives

And of course you can substitute fresh chopped basil for the dry with good results.

Cheryl T
06/11/09
How much hamburger meat to make tacos for 45 peopl
Need to know how much hamburger I need to make tacos for 45 people, all adults?
ellen
06/11/09
You double posted. See the other one.
Susan
06/17/09
I am having a graduation party and we invited 300+ but we are expecting around 200 people to show up. For appetizers we are serving chips and salsa. How much chips and salsa would we need?
Rachel
06/17/09
I am getting married this summer, and we are doing hog roasting. How many pigs do u think we need to get to serve 430 people?
ellen
06/17/09
Susan, it depends on what else is served, but assuming this is teens you need 10 pounds of corn chips and 2 gallons of dip per 100 people.

Rachel, you need 430 pounds, which means at least 3 full time roasters hired. This is not a particularly cheap or practical meal to self cater for this large of a group.

Cris
06/18/09
Pizza for 30. . .
Office professionals in our school district are hosting a family game night. The crowd will be a mix of parents and kids (ages 10 and up).

We'll be serving pizza and salad. Will you please give me some clue as to the number of pizzas we should order and even how many varieties to offer? How about salad (I would rather have a pizza or two left over than a five-gallon bucket of lettuce!)?

Care to make suggestions about what we might pair with this meal as a dessert. . . and. . . quantities needed?

ellen
06/18/09
30 is actually a small party. Get 1/3 the amount of salad for 100 on the plan for 100 page. Adults will eat about 1/2 a 12 inch pizza, teens about 3/4, tweens about 1/3. You might check with your local pizza buffet on the assortment- just make sure there are a least 2 plain cheese and some pepperoni.

Eith fruit cobbler or dump cake, 3 9x13 pans, plus a couple gallons of vanilla ice cream and some syrups for quick sundaes would be fine with this.

Karen
07/01/09
How much food to serve 50.
We are having a family get together and listed are some of the foods we will serve. How much should I buy or make of each.

Meats: BBQ hamburgers, chicken thighs, & hot dogs.

Salads: Potato, pasta, veg., & fruit

Misc: Baked beans, chips, veg. trays, fruit trays

Desserts: various

Any help I can get will be great.

ellen
07/02/09
All these except the meat combos are covered specifically in the plan for 100 lists, fruit tray, veg tray, and dessert planning pages. Use 1/2 the amount for 100.

For the meats, people eat a lot in picnic type situations, this is what I plan for: 1patty PLUS 1 piece chicken PLUS 1 dog for every single person. Don't open all the dogs- they are what you are most likely to have left over. See the sandwich planning page for help on sandwich toppings and condiments.

judy
07/05/09
how many gallons of homemade ice cream to serve 50
How many gallons of ice cream will serve 50-60 people?
ellen
07/05/09
2 gallons or less for ala mode. See the sundae bar page for full ice cream dessert.
NAZ
07/08/09
Biriyani
I need to make beef Biriyani for 200 people.Can you tell me how much rice, beef and potatoes would i need. This will be the main dish with no side orders
ellen
07/08/09
You need to end up with about 1 1/2 pounds of food per person. For 200 people, I would start with about 25 pounds of rice and add the rest of the ingredients proportionate to my recipe. The recipes vary too much for me to give you exact amounts.
mary r
07/12/09
How much beer and wine for 60 people
how much beer and wine do i need for 60 people for an late afternoon engagement party in august....
mary r
07/12/09
How much beer and wine for 60 people
how much beer and wine do i need for 60 people for an late afternoon engagement party in august....
ellen
07/12/09
See the beverage planning page, and if that is not enough info, post your further question- tell me what kind of party (dinner, etc) and how long it will lst, as this affects amounts.
kate b
07/24/09
How much food to serve 75
I'm having a luau for 75 people. I'm planning kalua pig(4 5lb. pork butt roasts[bone-in] shredded), teriyaki chicken winglets, grilled fish, fried & white rice, grilled veggie skewers & salad w/rolls. How much chicken & fish do I need?
ellen
07/25/09
That is less pork than I would make. People will eat the winglets as appetizers- you want 4-6 per person. About 12-15 pounds fillets or pieces of fish. I would add one or two more pork roasts- it is popular and you will lose almost 50% to bone and shrinkage.
shirley
07/27/09
How many pans of barbcue rib tips will feed 200 .
i need this asap
ellen
07/27/09
Ready to eat 1/2 to 3/4 pounds per person, depending on your sides and their appetites.
Lyn
08/02/09
How much food to serve 100
I need quantities for, potato salad, meatballs, baked beans, pea salad, fruit trays and veggie trays??????/ Thanks
ellen
08/03/09
These items are already covered. Use the buttons at the top of the main cook talk page. Look on the plan for 100 page, make your estimates and post them if you want some feedback.
Nicole
08/12/09
How many lbs of fruit do I purchase to serve 200 guest?
ellen
08/13/09
Depends onm what you are using it for. see the fruit tray article.
Cassandra
08/25/09
How much food to serve 250.
How much carne guisada meat (beef tips) would I need to feed about 250 people for my daughter's quinceanera?
ellen
08/25/09
Oh, I like this celebration so much! I allow 1 pound raw for each three people if there are not a lot of other entrees and it is being served on the plate. If there are other dishes, or it is in tacos, 1 pound for each 4 is plenty.
Sara
08/27/09
how much juice
My friends and I are hosting a party for about 200 guests. I am in charge of bringing juice. How many bottles of 64 oz juice do I need to serve 200 people?
ellen
08/27/09
See the beverage planning page. It depends very much on what othetr beverages are being served., and the length of the [party.
jackie
09/18/09
How much food to serve 800
our church is planning a free dinner soon for approx 800 people.we are having brisket,mashed potatoes,green beans,pasta,and deserts. please can you help .
ellen
09/18/09
Jackie, this is a simple menu and you just use the plan for 100 amounts times 8. There is advice on dessert buffets and beverages. There is also a good food safety article.
Sherry
10/04/09
How much food to serve 59
I'm serving a birthday party for a 75 year old man with 50 to 60 guests (10 of which are children), the menu consists of fried catfish, red beans, hushpuppies, french fries and slaw. How many pounds of catfish do you suggest, I know there maybe some cleaning of the fish during preparation, to special order I have to order in 15lb bags and don't want to have much leftovers but of course want enough.
Thanks,
Sherry
ellen
10/05/09
count this as 2/3 of 100 for the plan for 100 tables. I would get 2 15 pound bags of fish. Think about adding several packages of chicken legs to fry for the non-fish eaters/ kids.
Angel
10/14/09
How many 2 liter sodas for 220 people?
How many 2 liter sodas do I need to purchase for 220 people?

Thanks

ellen
10/15/09
Look on the beverage planning page.
gil soler
10/15/09
How much food to serve 100 people
Dear Ellen:

I want to make a 3 tier cake (8", 10" & 12")of 3" thick pans. "Pound Cake Type"

How much of the following (in pouns or ounces):

Flour
Sugar
Eggs
Milk
Butter
Vanilla
Salt
Lard
fondant Icing

I appreciate your help.

ellen
10/15/09
Go to baking911.com. They have a terrific website. This is a tricky task. You are baking a wedding cake and it takes a LOT of practice.
claudia
10/23/09
okay my mom is going to make a quinceanera and she wants to know what food to estimate about 350 so she wants to know about how much food she needs to do
ellen
10/23/09
Claudia, what is the menu, cooking and refrigeration facilities? To serve this many people takes 4-5 cooks, plus about 30 servers to set up keep the tables filled and clean up. It is definitely NOT a do-it-yourself project for someone who does not have experience in cooking for 100 or more. Read the article called wedding dinner- the button is on the main cook talk page.
By the way, happy birthday!
Suzy Tensen
10/24/09
How much milk?
How many gallons of 2% milk do i need to serve 400 people
ellen
10/24/09
For beverages, see the beverage planning page. For cereal, about 3 gallons per 100.
Linda
10/26/09
How much turkey to serve 60
How much turkey and sides to do lunch at work for 60?
and these sides?
Mashed potatoes
gravy
sweet potatoes
green bean casserole
ellen
10/26/09
Go to the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots and use the article on planning and shopping for large holiday meals. Also, you just use 2/3 of 100 when you check the plan for 100 tables.
Tony Ramon
11/16/09
How much food to serve 40
potato salad/ How many pounds of potatoes
ellen
11/16/09
See the plan for 100 page, first item.
Sara
12/01/09
How much food to serve 500
how many pounds of chicken do I need to cook to serve chicken & noodles for 500 people, also how many bags of noodles for the same amount of people. Thanks you for your help. God Bless!
ellen
12/01/09
Assuming you mean dry eggtype noodles, about 10 to 12 pounds per 100 people. Boneless skinless chicken, about 30 pounds per 100 people, 2 is OK if you are adding other vegetables.
Kathy
12/17/09
Ellen,

How much fruit (strawberries, grapes, pineapple, apples)

How much veggies (carrots, celery, broccli, bite size tomatoes)

Cheese Cubes (cheddar, colby/marble, peperjack)

Punch

Would it take to serve 350 people at a reception.

ellen
12/17/09
Hi, Kathy,

Fortunately for you, each of these items is discussed in detail in its own article. The buttons for fruit trays, veggie trays, and beverages are at the top of the main cooktalk page. The amounts are for 100; you would use 3 1/2 times that amount.

For the cheese, if that is the only protein food available, allow 2 ounces per person (1 pound for each 8) if sliced, or 2 1/2 (1 pound for each 6-7) if cubed. Part of this can be cheese logs or spreads; you go by weight. If you need crackers, 6-7 pounds per 100 people.

When you do the beverages, be sure to have a sugarfree choice alternative. In a crowd that size you are sure to have diabetics and low-carb folks. Dinner coffee service would be a good choice (it's on the beverage page).

The amounts in my tables assume it is about 2 hours and not over a meal time. See the appetizer planning page for a discussion on how timing affects quantity.

SCOTT MILLER
12/21/09
How much food to serve 250
hello,

i'm having a party for 250.
serving pork shoulder,beans,slaw and tea if i could get a break down on the amount of each that would be awsome!!!

thanks!!!!!

scott

ellen
12/21/09
Scott, all of these are listed in the plan for 100 tables. You use 2 1/2 times the amount for 100. See the beverage planning page, and the plan for 100 page.
JANICE
12/26/09
How much food to serve 100
hello,

ellen, i am preparing for a church event to fee 100 people. i found your table very helpful. however, some things i did not see. for a 4 pound vegetable tray and a 3 pound garden salad,how much do i need to purchase? also, there will be 3 types of dressing. how much should i get of each? lastly, we will also have bagles and cream cheese. how much cream cheese do i need to purchase.

thank you for your quick response.

janice

ellen
12/27/09
Janice,

For 100 people, I would use the dressing guideline in the salad section of the plan for 100 list.

3 pounds of salad is a tiny amount for 100 people; 18 would be the usual amount; for only 3 pounds, you could use 8 ounces of dressing of each of the 3.

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) per bagel for the cream cheese.

The veggie tray page tells you how many pieces you get from weights of various veggies. You can select your 4 pounds from this. But again 1 1/2 to 2 ounces per person is the more usual amount.

kbrown
12/29/09
How much food to serve 16
I have 16 people coming for brunch, The menu is as follows:How many servings of each do I need?
Hashbrowns and sausage casserole
veggie quiche
bacon/spinach quiche
sausage quiche
breakfast rolls
Rice
Cinnamon rolls
Extra bacon and ham
tim rogerson
01/10/10
How much taco meat do i need to serve 200 people. There will be other food served with the tacos.
ellen
01/10/10
kbrown, so sorry I missed your post! Do please start a new thread to ensure no misses.

Tim, 1 pound of medium burger makes 2 cups. 1/3 cup per person is fine with other foods.

Joyce
01/19/10
I am planning a receptiom for about 150 people.
Wedding Cake
Sandxitch Raps
Finger sandwitch
Patatoe Salad
Veggie platter
Pasta salad
punch
tea
What do i need to get this done
ellen
01/19/10
You need at least 3 people in the kitchen plus 8-10 servers.

1 piece of wrap of each kind per person, plus 10%
2 pieces of finger sandwiches of each kind per person

All the other items are covered in the plan for 100 page, beverage planning page, veggie tray page. Discussion about cake on the dessert planning page.

I would add fruit trays for both color and flavor.

charmaine
01/21/10
how much chicken salad for 40
having a baby shower for 40 prox.
Would like to serve chicken salad w/croissants. How much chicken salad?
ellen
01/22/10
See the discussion on amounts of chicken salad for sandwiches on the sandwich event page. If you serve so people can make their own, there is less waste; also, have a bowls of egg salad or pimento cheese in case of any vegetarians.
Tia
01/24/10
quote I received for punch with alcohol
Hi Ellen,

Your website is great!

A caterer has quoted me $150 to make 12 gallons of punch. The caterer is supplying the hawaiian punch, apple juice, cranberry juice and ginger ale and will bring the punch to the location.

I'm supplying the alcohol, ice, cups,etc.

I have no idea. Is this a fare quote?

thank you,
Tisha

ellen
01/25/10
Tia, this is very easy to make yourself and since you are providing so much of the setup yourself including the ice and the alcohol, I would suggest you consider making it yourself. As long as you are able to keep all the ingredients cold before mixing, you can make a great punch.

As the pricing, 12 gallons is 24 liters, 12 2 liter or 1/2 gallon bottles, and the most expensive item they are supplying is less than $2 per half gallon. So you are looking at 150 for something where the food cost is less than 50. This is a normal catering markup. You can save yourself about 100 by mixing it yourself.

darcy
01/26/10
How much food to serve 250
need to feed 250 people roast beef, chicken breasts, red skin potatoes, green bean almondine,salad, rolls and desert
ellen
01/27/10
All these foods are already posted in the planning tables. For the meats, you need 5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked ready to eat boneless chicken for each person- how much raw beef that is, depends on what cut you are using. The chicken works out to 1 pound boneless sinless per each 4 people.
Ronda
02/04/10
How many chicken tenders for 40
I need to fix chicken tenders for about 40 people how much do you think I need?
ellen
02/05/10
20 [pounds unless they are teenagers- 30 pounds.
Cindy
02/23/10
serving 30 people
All adults except 3 children. Serving country ham, fried chicken, string beans, fresh fruit, mac & cheese, sweet potato & hash brown casseroles. Tea, coffee, soft drinks.
ellen
02/24/10
Posted twice, see the other one.
Deanne
02/26/10
how much fruit/vegetables for 600
My daughter is getting married and we are doing fruit trays and vegie trays. We are planning on between 600 and 700 guests. How much of watermelon, grapes, cantelope, honey dew, carrots, celery, broccoli, etc would I need? I am serving fruit dip and two vegie dips and would like to know amounts on those as well.
ellen
02/27/10
Go to the fruit tray page and the veggie tray page. Multiply.
marianne
03/07/10
planning a church auction for 700 guests and would like to know how many types of finger foods - hot and cold - and how much of each you would recommend for a function lasting from 7.00p.m. to midnight?

I mostly need to know how many pcs one person needs to be served for a 5 hour period food service? How much of a variety would you recommend

ellen
03/07/10
At least 30 pieces per person, and I would switch from savory to sweet about half way through.

I would definitely do fruit trays and cheese trays along with the rest. You want at least 8 different choices for this size group.

BIRT
03/08/10
How much whiting fish do I need to serve 500 people?
ellen
03/08/10
Look at the fish section under entrees on the plan for 100 page, use 5 times the amount. The amount varies depending on the type of dish and cut of fish.
Make sure you have safe freezer. refrigerator storage. This much fish is very fragile.
Anna Marie Castner
03/09/10
How much food to serve 220
Doing a passover dinner for 220 people. I will have chicken, veg salad. How many half trays of each do I need. Please helpl.
ellen
03/09/10
You need 500 pieces of chicken and about 10 gallons of salad. Don't know how deep your trays are, they vary.
gladys merritt
03/16/10
how many lbs of groundbeef do i need for making meatloaf for 170 people
ellen
03/17/10
30 pounds lean ground meat or 34 pounds regular per each 100 people.
Sue
03/25/10
How much food to serve 70.
How much ice cream will I need to serve 70 people (adults) with birthday cake?
ellen
03/25/10
3/4 the amount for 100- see the dessert planning page.
Sharon
04/08/10
I'm planning a graduation open house. Will be serving pulled pork sandwiches along with raw vegetables, chips and cake. 350 invited however you never know how many will come or or much they will eat. How much meat do you think I need to cook up for the pulled pork?
ellen
04/09/10
Start with 1 pound raw pork shoulder for each 3 people expected. Don't heat it all up until you have a handle on how much you need.
Christine
04/10/10
100 people and have a 25lb roast
would a 25lb roast feed a 100 people?
ellen
04/11/10
No, it takes 50 pounds boneless raw to serve sliced beef to 100 people. If you ground it for meat sauce, chili, etc, it would be OK, but it is even short for meatloaf (30 pounds lean, 34 regular ground beef).
Tami
04/12/10
How much food to serve 250.
This is for a graduation party that will run from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and whatever stragglers stay.
I am having: sliced roast beef in broth, 4-15# turkeys deboned and in broth, hot dogs and maybe polish sausage. potato salad, cheesy potatoes, cole slaw, fresh fruit(?), cake.
How do I figure out how much of each I need?
Thanks!
ellen
04/12/10
Hi, Tami,

Potato salad, cheesy potatoes, cole slaw, fresh fruit(?), cake are all covered in the plan for 100 tables, the dessert plan and the fruit tray article, you would just do 2 1/2 times the amount for 100.

sliced roast beef in broth, you need 80 pounds ready to serve
4-15# turkeys deboned and in broth, makes about 60 cups of meat= 30 pounds, you need about 50
hot dogs and maybe polish sausage, the Polish sausage is a much better choice, allow 1 per person, but don't cook them all ahead. You will use anywhere from half to all depending on the crowd.

Pam Pinkston
04/24/10
How much food to serve 150
I've been asked to give a freind info on how much food to buy for her wedding recep.
meatballs, lil pigs in blankets, chicken salad(bought),pimento cheese, ham & lil biscuits, sausage balls,cheeseballs,crackers, chips & dip, veggie trays & dip, fruit trays & dip
ellen
04/25/10
Pam, you have to say what time and how long the party is for, and you need to go to the tables and make an initial estimate and post it for me to check. If it is over a meal time, she will need twice as much food, even though she wants to stick to finger foods.
meme
05/12/10
How much food to serve 200
Guest list of 200 people I need to know how much of item to have.

Red Beans
RICE,
PULLED PORK
SHRIMP FETTUCINE
ASST.SANDWICHES
ROLLS FOR PULLED PORK
DEVILED EGGS
VEGETABLE TRAY
CHICKEN TENDERS
POTATO SALAD
PASTA SALAD
MEATBALLS
JAMBALAYA

ellen
05/13/10
Meme, is this all at the same meal? Also,
you have to say what time and how long the party is for, and you need to go to the tables and make some effort at an initial estimate and post it for me to check.
meme
05/13/10
this is for a buffet wedding reception 4pm- 8pm
red bean- 8 lbs w/ smoke sauage 3 lbs
rice- 12 lbs
pulled pork- 40 lbs
shrimp fettucine- 30 lbs
asst sandwiches- 300
rolls for pork- 400
deviled eggs- 10 dozen
veg tray- 4 tray carrot broccoli califlower
chicken tenders- 400
potato salad- 30 lb
pasta salad- 20 lbs
meatball- 500
jambalaya- 12 lb - sauage and shrimp in it.
Brian
05/14/10
Hi,
I am hosting a church BBQ on May 29th and am in a bind. I need to serve macaroni salad for 350 people in the foam travel trays, so the serving is smaller than a normal one, i really need to find a recipe for this application, like yesterday...
Please help
Doris Riggs
05/14/10
How much ham to serve 85
Our church will be doing a banquet for high school honor students.

We need to serve 85. How much ham will it take?

ellen
05/14/10
red bean- 8 lbs w/ smoke sausage 3 lbs- about 100 modest servings- I might go 12/5
rice- 12 lbs- fine
pulled pork- 40 lbs- if this is raw weight it will make about 120 sandwiches, if cooked, about 160
rolls for pork- 400- no more than 200- some people might make meatball sandwiches as well
jambalaya- 12 lb - sausage and shrimp in it- you could run out- this is only about 1 1/2 gallons. I would probably skip it, you have a lot of food.
shrimp fettuccine- 30 lbs- I would go 40 if I skipped the Jambalaya
asst sandwiches- 300- not necessary, they have to be made the morning of and the leftovers aren't usable.. You could put out some bowls of assorted fillings (tuna salad, pimento cheese, good peanut butter swirled with a good jam), plus baskets of good bread.

deviled eggs- 10 dozen-OK
veg tray- 4 tray carrot broccoli cauliflower- need about 25-30 pounds

potato salad- 30 lb- I would do about 50
pasta salad- 20 lbs- I would do about 30

chicken tenders- 400
meatball- 500

These will be eaten mostly as appetizers, this is plenty.

You can get help for sandwich fixings on the sandwich event page.

For flavor and lightness, I might add fruit trays.

Roland
05/26/10
How much food to make for 100 at a graduation part
Need to know how much to cook of each item. Menu will be baked ziti, sausage & peppers, stuffed cabbage, chicken cutlets, green beans, pasta salad and potatoes
ellen
05/26/10
sausage & peppers, stuffed cabbage, chicken cutlets; 1 pound sausage for 5 PLUS 120 rolls PLUS 120 3 ounce cutlets,

baked ziti, potatoes; 8 pounds dry pasta PLUS 30-35 pounds of potatoes

green beans, 22-24 pounds

pasta salad- based on 6 pounds dry pasta

Stephanie
05/26/10
How much food to serve 60 people
I am having a family pot luck dinner. Last year we ran out of food. I do not want to have this happen again. I want to add to it. There will be 60 ppl (includes kids). How many half trays do I need?
ellen
05/26/10
What size and depths are your food trays, what is the menu, and how are you serving?

If you use 2/3 of my amounts for 100 for any item, you will have plenty of food for 60.

Mary
06/07/10
How much food to serve 300.
I'm having a graduation open house in July. I am planning on serving the following

Shredded Pork Sandwiches
Chicken Wings
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Fruit
Cake & Bars

Being the graduation is in July I will assume people will come hungry, and I want to make sure I have enough food. Open House is from 4-8pm

ellen
06/07/10
Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fruit, are covered on the plan for 100 page, fruit tray page.

Cake and bars; enough cake for a small piece for everyone plus 1 of each bar (small cuts, 2-3 bites) up to 4 different flavors.

At least 1 pound wings for each 3 person, plus 1 pound ready to eat pulled pork for each 4 persons. I would probably make an extra 10 pounds and leave frozen until I saw how things were going.

Trish
06/08/10
We are needing to know how much spagetti, sauce, meatballs, sauce, garlic bread, green beans, corn, and garden salad to prepare for approximately 350 people for a wedding reception.
ellen
06/09/10
See the spaghetti supper for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page, do 6-7 times the amounts. However I STRONGLY recommend that you do baked pastas (lasagna, ziti, etc) for this dinner; loose pasta for this many people is a cooking and serving nightmare..
For 300 people, you will need at least 6 serving lines, with the beverages and desserts and appetizers separate.
Sandra
06/14/10
How to learn to price catering jobs appropriately.
I am new to the catering business and I find myself under pricing myself all the time any tips on how to keep this from happening?
ellen
06/14/10
See the pro boards at cheftalk.com and chef2chef.com. The usual cost is 3-4 times the cost of food, depending on how much of the set up and serving you do. Rentals you do, tables, china, etc, and extra hires such as bar tenders are usually extra.
Velma
07/02/10
How much food to serve 500
I am so happy to have found your site. It will save soooo much confusion.

My church is cooking for a wedding. There will be 500 in attendance. Can you please tell me
how much we will need for the following menu...
1. Bake Chicken legs and thighs (being ordered
2. Rice (How many lbs & alum. chafing dishes)
3. Green Beans (Cans & alum. chafing dishes)
4. Green Salad (3lb Bags)

I look forward to see answer as soon as possible
Thank You - Thank You!

ellen
07/02/10
Bake Chicken legs and thighs (being ordered) 1/4 per person plus 10% if self serve
Rice (How many lbs & alum. chafing dishes) 8 pounds dry per 100
Green Beans (Cans & alum. chafing dishes)22-24 pounds per 100
Green Salad (3lb Bags)1 bag per 20-25. See plan for 100 for dressing amonts
Jean
07/04/10
How pounds of potatoes is need to serve 300
I am fixing red roasted garlic potatoes on July 10, 2010 for a banquet.
ellen
07/05/10
If it is the only side starch, 30-35 pounds per 100.
Tammy
07/06/10
How many hambugers and hotdog to feed 128 people
We are planning a company cookout and will be feeding 128 people. How many hambugers and hotdog should we prepare?
ellen
07/06/10
One burger plus one hot dog per person plus 10%, and I encourage you to get Polish sausage or kielbasa, much tastier than hot dogs.
mary
07/07/10
how much coleslaw for 125 people
how much cabbage do i need to make coleslaw for 125 people
uzma khan
07/10/10
fresh fruits for 150 ppl
I like to make fresh fruit salad for my 150 guests. i will be using Honeydew,cantloupes ,grapes and berries for ganish.. kindly list the quaintity of each fruit.
ellen
07/10/10
See the plan for 100 page, or any of the cole slaw for 100 recipes, make 1 1/4 times the amount for 100
amanda
07/20/10
How much food to serve 40
How many lbs of BBQ would i need to feed 40-50 people. Buying from a local BBQ shop already cooked. Also= we had thought about cooking a pig ourself and were told a 100lb pig would only feed 40 people? sound correct???
thanks
ellen
07/20/10
Re: BBQ: sliced or shredded? Plates or sandwiches? Any other meats?

Re: Pig: Yes, it takes approximately 1 1/2 (head off) or 2 (head on) pounds of whole pig per person

Cathy
07/22/10
How much food to serve 75
I like to know who many lbs should I purchase to serve chicken tenders & sliders for my party of 75 guest. Thanks!
ellen
07/23/10
1 pound raw tenders for each 4 people PLUS 2 sliders (about 4 ounces raw beef) per person.
Pat
07/27/10
how many hot dogs and hambugers do you need for 20 people?
Pat
07/27/10
How many hot dogs and hamburgers do I need for 20 people. I also will have other food like salads, chicken tenders, corn and other finger food
ellen
07/27/10
1 burger per person, 2 packs of hoydogs, because you have the chicken.
Ashley
08/12/10
Wedding Reception for 250 People
I am going to be catering my wedding receptions and I would like to know how much food to fix for a night wedding for the following items:

chicken strips
green beans
potatoes
pasta salad
veggies
fruit
rolls

Thank you!!!

ellen
08/13/10
Ashley, on this DIY site, you use the tables to make an estimate, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you. All these foods are covered on the plan for 100 tables, fruit tray table, and veggie tray table. You might also read the article on the wedding dinner button at the top of the cook talk page, and se the beverage planning page.
Looking forward to hearing from you again.
Gioia A. Smith
08/24/10
How much food do I need to serve 350 people
Chicken wings
Hot sausages beef & turkey
Hot dogs beef & turkey
Hamburgers Beef & Turkey
French fries
Macaroni salad
corn on the cob
ellen
08/24/10
Gloria, on this DIY site, you use the tables to make an estimate, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you. All these foods are covered on the plan for 100 tables, fruit tray table, and veggie tray table. You might also read the article on the wedding dinner button at the top of the cook talk page, and se the beverage planning page.
French fries are VERY unpractical for this size group, onsider other choices. And it will take about 8 people at the grills and kitchen and another 16-20 setting up, serving and cleaning up plan for this.
Looking forward to hearing from you again.
mophie
08/27/10
How mANY BEVERAGES for 80 people
I am having a baptism outside and there are 80 people attenting 20 of them our kids. i will have soda, water, beer, wine, and juice boxes. how much of each will i need?
ellen
08/27/10
Use the beverage planning page to m ake an estimate, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you. If you do sodas, get about 1/4 diet.
Helen
09/01/10
Have been invited to barbecue at a pumpkin festival that hosted approximately 10,000 last year. What would you recommend as a good target? Currently, I am targeting 800 per day for two days.
Helen
09/01/10
I will be THE ONLY VENDOR serving barbecue!
ellen
09/01/10
Helen, I have NO idea, this is way beyond what I deal with- please check with the folks at:
chef2chef.com
cheftalkcom
sherry
09/09/10
How much food to serve 150
Good Afternoon Ellen. I've looked around the site to try to figure this out myself, however I am stumped. My niece is getting married and we will be preparing the food ourselves. I can figure out salad, bread, potatoes, and veggies. It's the meat that i am stuck on. There will be 150 people at the wedding. The meal will be served buffet style. My sister would like to have cabbage rolls, roast beef and ham. How much of each do you think i will need? Also, how much hamburg will i need for the recommended cabbage rolls? Thanks you so much for your help!
sherry
09/09/10
How much food to serve 150
Me again! Of course after i sent my message i found what i was looking for! So, I have put together an estimate. This will be served buffet style around five in the evening. 150 guests.

Roast Beef--47lbs
Ham -- 28 lbs
Cabbage Rolls -- 150
mixed salad -- 18 lbs
Frozen Veggies -- 20 lbs
Potatoes (served Mashed) -- 70 lbs
Buns -- 14 doz
Butter -- 6lbs

What do you think Ellen, am I close?

Thank you so much for your advice!

ellen
09/09/10
Good work! You are close!
150 people

Roast Beef--47lbs short-at least 65 pounds boneless raw
Ham -- 28 lbs OK, none left
Cabbage Rolls -- 150; I would probably do 180, these are a little special and some folks will gobble them

mixed salad -- 18 lbs OK see the plan for 100 list about dressings
Frozen Veggies -- 20 lbs way short. 33 pounds
Potatoes (served Mashed) -- 70 lbs over, 60 should be plenty
Buns -- 14 doz OK
Butter -- 6lbs I would probably get 8-10, it can be frozen if not needed.

sherry
09/10/10
How much food to serve 150
Thank you so much Ellen!
riley
09/11/10
Ineed to make lasagna for 25 people,6 children included. How much will I need and what would I charge to make ir
ellen
09/11/10
See the lasagna table on the spaghetti page. Usual charge for drop off is 3 times the cost of the ingredients.
angela
09/13/10
How much food to serve 100 at a wedding reception
I need help my menu is as follows:
wingettes
meatballs
spaghetti salad
string beans
ham and turket biscuits
mac and cheese
veggie trays
tea
punch
bottled water
and alcohol jello shooters beer and some liquor
Please let me know the amount needed to be sure everyon eats drink and be merry
ellen
09/13/10
Angela, on this DIY site, your part of the job is to use the plan for 100 tables to make a first estimate. Post it, and I will check it for you. You also need to tell me what time is the wedding and the reception and how long is the reception.

I would add fruit trays.

Jamie
09/24/10
Ellen I am planning a wedding reception for 400 people. I'ts at 2pm and will last 4 hours. It will be served buffet style ham,turkey sandwiches,pastasalad,weineres,baked beans,fruit salad meatballs, potatoe salad
ellen
09/25/10
If the wedding is immediately preceeding (1 PM), many people will eat before they come, which helps reduce the amounts. Don't make the sandwiches ahead. You will need 8, yes eight, serving lines to feed 400 people. Ypou will need 4 days to prep it. You will need at least 30 people (experienced, and not wedding party members) to set up, serve, and clean up this size event. You need at least a pro manager; most of the work needs to get done while the wedding is in progress.

I do not recommend self-catering an event this size unless you have a lot of experience with groups over 100.

That said, you want 3 ounces ready to eat ham, 3 ounces ready to eat turkey, 2-3 ounces breads/rolls per person. Use the condiment table on the sandwich page to calculate 4 times the amount for 100.
Hot dogs, allow 1 large or 3-4 small per person
Meatballs, 3 ounces per person
You need cheese, 2 ounces per person

pasta salad, baked beans, potato salad, use 4 times the amounts for 100 on the plan for 100 page

Fruit salad, I suggest fruit trays, look better, keep better, and the leftovers are more usable. See the fruit tray page, do 4 times the amount for 100.

patti
10/10/10
How much food to serve 600 pasta dinners
please help us we are doing a spaghetti diner for a benefit. About 600 dinners, could you please tell us how much pasta we need and how much meat for the meatballs and how much sauce. We need all the help we can get thank you.
ellen
10/11/10
Patti, go to the spaghetti page, read the whole thing. Then use the dinner for 50-60 and do 10 to 12 times that amount for the group- 12 if you expect more than 600, 10 if you are sure it will be around 550.
JoAnn
10/18/10
Hi, I'm haveing a rafel for a fire company. They are expecting 350 people give or take. They want red buttered parsley potatoes.My question is how many bags of potatoes do I need or would it be easier to use canned whole potatoes and if so how many #10 cans do I use?Also I am serveing fruit cups (like fruit cocktail) for desert How much of that do i need. Can use your help The rafel is Oct 30th. Thank You
ellen
10/18/10
Canned potatoes aren't nearly as tasty as fresh.
I allow 35 pounds small reds per 100 people if I am plating, add a few pounds if it is self serve.

You need 12 quarts=3 gallons cut up fruit or fruit cocktail for small fruit cups, 16-18 quarts for slightly larger.

Jenett
11/02/10
How much should I prepare for 50 people and how much should I charge per person with this menu.
Turkey & dressing w/ gravy
Ham
Rice & broccoli cheese casserole
Green beans
Mashed potatoes
Candied Yams
Rolls
Sweet Tea
Thank you for your help
Lynn Herman
11/10/10
How much food to serve 750.
I am feeding the people from our church Food Pantry. I need to know how turkeys I need and how much of the following to feed 750. Stuffing Cranberry Sauce Green Beans
Potatoes Rolls Desserts and Tea
ellen
11/10/10
Jennette, food cost is 1/3 to 1/4 food costs depending on how much set up, service, cleanup and supplies you are responsible for.

Jennette and Lynn, go the the holiday planning article at the top of the Big Pots main page. Article covers amount thoroughly. If you have specific questions after, post and I will try to help.

Melissa
11/12/10
140 people..how much marinated veggie salad
Hi Ellen,

We are doing the food for our wedding reception in a couple of weeks....i am making a marinated vegetable salad (dressing, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots) how much do I make? (how do I know how much per person? (We are also serving 2 empanadas, full sandwhiches with all the fixings, potato salad and pickles.

Thank you

ellen
11/13/10
1/3 to 1/2 cup per person; about 4 gallons.
Gerald Laboucan
12/05/10
I need to know how many turkeys and boneless ham i need to buy to feed 350 people. I have 8 turkeys and 8 hams already. Some people are telling me that its enough biut others are saying it wont be enough. The people will be served so portion control would be in effect.

HELP PLEASE!

ellen
12/06/10
This is discussed at length in th shopping article in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots.

For 350 people I would do 250 pounds whole turkey PLUS 70 pounds boneless ham.

tarie
02/17/11
hie Ellen my cousin has a wedding soon and we are preparing the food for ceremony for $300 people, this is the menu: starch- rice, macaroni. meats- quoted chicken , beef stew. salads-green salad, beetroot & potato salad and desert- trifle and ice cream

pliz help me with the quantities required for this things.

ellen
02/22/11
You can use the plans for 100 to make and post an estimate and I will be glad to check for you. YOu want 5 ounces stew PLUS 3 ounces edible chicken per person
ellen
02/22/11
Tarie, not sure what you need-
Denise
03/06/11
How much food to serve 100.
Serving 100 people/ how much would I need for potatoe salad, chips, beans, and cake?
ellen
03/07/11
Check the plan for 100 list and the dessert plan page.
Erin K
03/17/11
A resturant is donating a 40 gallon bag of chips to an event that I am planning. How many will that serve?

Thanks!

ellen
03/18/11
Ask them for the weight. 6 pounds makes 100 modest servings.
Nancy
04/04/11
I am having an "end of the season" outdoor part here in Arizona. I have invited 66 people and have asked them to bring an appetizer. I am thinking of serving brisket, baked potatoes, carrots and corn. What do you think of this? and how much will I need to buy.
ellen
04/04/11
Fine menu for the event, you need 2/3 the amounts for 100, see the plan for 100 table and the BBQ and brisket page for amounts.
millie
04/08/11
how much finger foods and punch is needed for 200
We have a wedding coming up in which we are expecting approx 200 people. I need to know how many different food items I need and how much since we are doing finger foods. Also how much punch would I need to make? Thank you
AL
04/08/11
How much food for 125 people
having a party for 125 people..want to cook baked bbq chicken,ziti, spanish rice, pork shoulder, green salad, sausage and peppers.how much beer and soda. can you help?
ellen
04/09/11
Millie, I need to know the time of the wedding and the reception. People eat almost twice as much over a meal time as they do mid afternoon.

Al, the beverage planning page will tell all for the beverages. Are you asking also about how to portion out the three meats? And if yes, is the ziti with meat or meatless, as this affects the other dishes?

Terry Savage
04/16/11
Please confirm quantities
Hi

I have been catering and event for 8 years but this year it happens to fall on Good Friday (no meat for most).

I plan to cut back on bologna and ham and increase the tuna because of Good Friday but not sure how much would be proper.

These people will arrive at location around 9 AM and eat around 11:15 AM. There are 177 adults and 75 6 year old children

We have bread donated it comes in a variety of bulkie rolls and sliced bread. Tuna sandwichs are premade morning of and cut into 1/4's. Deli meats are self serve.

In the past I have made:
Deli Tray
10 lbs Ham
8 2 oz lbs Turkey shaved
4 lbs Bologna
5 lbs American Cheese
80 oz Provolone Cheese
132 oz Tuna
2 bunches of romaine

11 large bags chips
Doritos 4 large bags

Garden salad – 6 lbs iceberg mix

Macaroni Salad – 8 lbs (this qty is always all gone - this school loves my receipe)

32 oz grape or cherry tomatoes
Bag Green peppers
3 Red onions
4 seedless cucumbers
1lb bag of radishes

1 Gallon of Ranch 1 Gallon of Italian (extra is saved for event that follows shortly after)

Mustard – 2 24 oz bottles
1 Gallon Mayo – use for mac salad, tuna, serving

Thanks,
Terry

trina
05/11/11
im serving 500 people spaghetti , sauce , salad, and texas sheet cake. how much do i need to make of each
ellen
05/11/11
Terri, sorry I missed your post. It helps if you start a new thread for these questions.

Trina, look at the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page and make 9-10 times the amounts.

Tim
05/23/11
How much Penne pasta do i need to cook for 150
How much Penne Pasta do I cook for 150 people
ellen
05/23/11
Depends on whether it is side dish or entree. See the spaghetti page for help, do 1 1/2 times the amount for 100.
Chris
05/31/11
Hello! I need to serve Bruschetta to 5-600 people this week-end. Trying to estimate how many tomatoes to buy (ingredients in general).. If you can you provide ingredient estimates for the "350", I can double it. THANKS SO MUCH... Never made more than about 25 ppl at a time....and never used a recipe.. just made it from scratch..
ellen
05/31/11
Chris, the amount depends to a large extent on what else is being served, as it can triple if there is little else; but for 500 people, with other appetizers, I can make this:

Simple tomato artichoke bruschetta for 500

Diced pear (Roma) tomatoes, well drained 70 cups (about 4 1/2 gallons)
Chopped canned or frozen artichokes 25 cups (1 3/4 gallons)
Garlic, minced 35 cloves
Thinly sliced red onion 9 cups
Kosher salt 3/4 cup
Freshly ground black pepper to taste, about 1/4 cup
other green herbs as available (oregano, Italian parsley, etc)
Freshly chopped chives to taste for garnish
Fresh goat cheese for garnish 10 cups
Baguette, thin-sliced and toasted or grilled, 35 pounds

Combine drained chopped drained pear tomatoes, choped artichokes, crushed garlic, red onion, salt and pepper and selected herbs except chives in large mixing pans. Set aside.
Arrange baguettes on serving platter and top with 2 tablespoons of bruschetta mixture.
To serve, top with freshly chopped chives and 1 teaspoon goat cheese on each baguette slice. Serve immediately.

ellen
05/31/11
If you wanted to add interest, you might add:
Red peppers, roasted, chopped, Capers, chopped, black olives, chopped, or chopped mild jalapeno.
ellen
06/01/11
You do know to toast/grill the bread both sides, brush a little top grade olive oil on it before spreading the tomato (it will take about 5 cups); blanch/skin the tomatoes if the skins are tough? Slivering up the green herbs (basil is lovely, of course) is called chiffonade. Many people use a little top quality vinegar in the tomato mix.
Tamia Smith
06/02/11
My son has a school and he needs to know much ingredients will he need to make sweet potato pie for 100 people.
Example:
How many pie shells
How many potato
How much sugar
Tamia
06/02/11
My son has a school project. He needs to know how much ingredients will it take to make sweet potato pie for 100 people.
ellen
06/03/11
First, he goes to the dessert planning page and figures out how many pies he needs (this will depend on whether he decides to make 8, 9, or 10 inch pies); then when he knows the number of pies, he can use any sweet potato pie recipe and just multiply.

Then, if he wants to show off, he can convert the results to the largest measure, for example, 16 cups of sugar = 4 quarts = 1 gallon.

Karen Murray
06/03/11
How much gravy to serve 150.
I just found out I need beef gravy and turkey gravy for 150 people. How do I make turkey gravy without drippings?
ellen
06/03/11
See the recipe for make ahead turkey gravy in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots. It is easy. It involves purchasing some necks and wings.
Lynn
06/16/11
How much food to serve 150
Help, we are holding a pig roast (150-160) 2 smoked salmon, side of beef (20 lbs) and 10 doz hot dogs for kids (30+/-) we can have hot dogs for the kids, but don't need even half this amount, do you agree? I want just baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and maybe tossed green salad, veggie trays, pickle & cheese trays all with dip. we have cake and watermellon as the dessert. They want 9 different salads, help me out, what do I need for this barbeque going with what I think we should have?
ellen
06/16/11
Yes, you need at most 6 dozen hot dogs, and probably not that; 4 would do it.
To fill out the salads, you could add about 2 gallons each 3 bean salad (really good with corn added), broccoli salad/slaw, cherry tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil (caprese), Texas caviar, tabouli and Greek salad from my salads that hold section. 4 gallons potato, 6 pounds dry pasta for the mac salad, 20 pounds cabbage for the slaw, and the veggie trays, skip the plain tossed, and you will have an awesome spread which can be made ahead of the day.
Jeanette
06/28/11
fastest way to feed 600 people
What is the fastest way to feed 600 people? Is it with buffet lines serving on either side. Would it be better to have 3 or 4 tables? We are serving Grilled hamburgers/hotdogs(each will put their own toppings on), beans, chips and drinks.
ellen
06/28/11
One double sided table feeds 50 effectively, maybe 60 if there are no choices to be made (single entree, etc). Hot dogs and hamburgers are just the opposite, way too many choices due to the toppings, and it really slows the lines. So you are looking at 10-12 serving lines (16 foot table, about 100 square feet for table plus lines).
Macy
07/07/11
I am doing the salads for a wedding reception for 240 people. We are doing 3 salads ceaser, cabbage & veggie salad. How much will I need of each?
ellen
07/07/11
Total of 500 servings, how you split depends on what kind of veggie salad.
Edie
07/26/11
My daughter is getting married in Nov. I want to serve finger foods, with meatballs, cheese, crackers, veggie tray, fruit tray, nut, mints. How much chicken salad do I need to make, & how many meatballs, etc. Wwwwwwwwwould prepared finger sandwiches be better?
ellen
07/26/11
Edie, I need to know the time of the ceremony and reception; an appetizer reception over a mealtime uses twice as much food as a mid afternoon gathering. Also, is it for 300 people? And what else is being served? Beverages? Dessert bar or cake only?

Write back.

Dorothy Logan
08/14/11
I am cooking chili with beans for 325 people. How much:
Beans
Carrots
Tomatoes
Onions
Garlic
Red Peppers
Green Pepers
Celery
Can Diced tomatoes
Olive oil
Chili Seasoning packs
ellen
08/14/11
Please see the church supper chili at the top of the chili page. I don't put carrots in. The chili recipe serves about 80, so you would need about 4 times the recipe.
Randy
08/15/11
I am serving milk and orange juice at each of two meals to 15 men/teenage boys how much do i need.
ellen
08/15/11
Use the beverage planning page or the breakfast planning page, count it as 20 people.
Lisa Dean
08/16/11
Menu ideas for 800
We are hosting a Sponsor's luncheon for 800 in October. Vines and fruit theme. What menu suggestions do you have that keep the labor to a minumum.
ellen
08/16/11
Lisa, this is way bigger than I usually recommend amateurs taking on, and is a massive undertaking whether plated or self serve. We are talking 10 cooks, 60 servers, etc. Are you having it catered?
Also, I don't recommend a menu until I know what the kitchen and serving set up, and the budget, are. So you need to give me more information.
Cathy
08/18/11
How much food to serve 100
Hello Ellen,

I will be serving spaghetti and meat sauce along with 6 boxes of pizza, green salad and bread sticks. How much spaghetti and meat sauce should I make for me party? Also, how many bread sticks should I purchase?
Thank you!

ellen
08/18/11
Hi, Cathy,
See the spaghetti page, you need to make enough for a main course for about 85 people (that's 5/6 of 100, if you are good at fractions.

Or see the baked spaghetti casserole in the budget entree section of Big Pots, much easier.

Also, bread sticks are expensive. If you have an oven or electric roasters available, do 12-14 pounds garlic bread instead.

Cathy
08/19/11
How much food to serve 100
Thank you Ellen!
ishak mohammad
09/04/11
How much biryani(rice+chicken)requi to serve 500.
how much chicken biryani(rice & chicken)required to feed 500 people belongs to rural area.
ishak mohammad
09/04/11
How much biryani(rice+chicken)requi to serve 500.
how much chicken biryani(rice & chicken)required to feed 500 people belongs to rural area.
ellen
09/05/11
Hello, Ishak,
My servings are American size, and that is more than you need for any other population. This is what I would suggest for you:

For the chicken, assuming you get whole chickens, 1 chicken for each 8 people.
For the rice, around 10 pounds dry per 100.

You would do the onions, vegetables, ghee and spices according to the rice.

Andrea
10/02/11
Wedding for 60 people
Hi there! I am having a wedding with 60 poeple attending we are having 8oz of meat a baked potato each about 60 oz of salad. For the Baked potatoes Any clues to how much butter and sour cream i should buy?
ellen
10/02/11
Use 2/3 the amounts for the baked potato bar. You may run out of salad.
Shelly
10/10/11
How much food to serve 600.
I am making all you can eat chicken and noodles dinner for church and need to know how much ingredients to buy to accomplish that.
ellen
10/11/11
12 pounds of noodles and 6 gallons of sauce per 100 expected.
lynda
10/12/11
How much food to serve 150 people
Hi I have a friend cooking for 150 people for a wedding. She is charging me for the cost of food.She is serving Green beans with almonds, salad, roLls, chickeN picata and a hot pasta dish.
Do you know around the cost for the food?
ellen
10/12/11
No. This meal would cost about 16 per person catered.
Mario
10/18/11
I need some ideas on feeding 500 men finger foods.
Ellen, I am feeding 500 men some finger foods in a hospitality room. They will come in and out at will. I want to serve something that will go a long way. How much do you think it will cost?
ellen
10/18/11
Usual fees among caterers about $20 per person...

If you are trying to do this on your own budget, it depends on how long the party is, what time of day and whether alcohol is being served. More info necessary.

Eliabeth
11/20/11
I am having a fund raiser. We are selling 350 plates. The plate will have brisket, chicken, sasauge, potato salad, mexican rice, charro beans, pickles, onions,and 2 slices of bread. How much brisket, chicken, sasauge, potato salad, beans, and rice is needed?
ellen
11/20/11
This will make generous plates:

potato salad, 30 pounds potatoes per 100 plus fixings
mexican rice, 8 pounds dry rice per 100
charro beans, 8 pounds dry beans per 100

1 pound raw brisket per 4 (3 ounce cooked portion)
1 piece of chicken per person (6 ounce bone in chicken)
1 pound sausage per 5 (2 1/2 ounce portion)

EDDIE
11/27/11
How much cabbage and butter nut to serve 1500 peop
have cater for 1500 people. will u please help with amount of beef and veggies such as cabbage and butternut?
Ash
11/28/11
What is the recipe for oat meal for a 125 people?
ellen
11/29/11
Eddie, for beef, depends on the dish, see the plan for 100 page and multiply the correct one by 15. For the veggies, about 330 pounds of raw cabbage heads and 34 pounds raw per 100 for the squash.

Ash, you want about 8 pounds per 100 for full servings of oatmeal, and I suggest you look at the baked oatmeal recipe on the Big Pots page. It's delicious, and much simpler than trying to boil that much cereal.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/bakeoats.html

Varsha
12/10/11
Milk and custard needed for 60 people-fruit custrd
I need to prepare fruit custard for 60 people.Can you please help me in the quantity for milk,custard and fruits
ellen
12/10/11
About 1/2 cup fruit and 1/3 to 1/2 cup custard per serving. So you want to make 5-6 quarts of custard.
Kirsten
12/12/11
How much food to serve 250
need a recipe for a breakfast dish that tells me the ingredients and amount needed for the dish.
ellen
12/12/11
Kirsten, you need to tell me what is your facility for cooking? Budget? Read the festive family brunch article for some ideas.
Robin
12/16/11
I am having a wedding we are doing our own catering. Need to know how much shredded BBq pork , baked beans, hashbrown casserole, green beans, corn fruit and tossed salad to fix for a total of 350 guests.
Thanks!!
ellen
12/16/11
Robin, this requires a commercial size kitchen for both the cooking and the chilling/walk-in.

shredded BBq pork, about 2 pounds for 7 people
You also need rolls and condiments, see the sandwich page

hash brown casserole, see the last recipe on the festive family brunch article

baked beans,
green beans,
corn
tossed salad
All covered on the plan for 100 page, you need 3 1/2 times

fruit, see the fruit tray page- 3 times the deluxe tray for 100

Becky Bozeman
01/06/12
I need to know the ratio of onions,ham, salt, pepper,etc. to properly season canned green beans to serve 100 people.
ellen
01/07/12
Abut 6 cups of onions and 3 pounds of ham or bacon, using the fat or grease from the meat to saute the onions. Salt, none, pepper to taste.
Bradley Simonson
01/08/12
Hi, my name is Bradley Simonson. How many pounds of chicken breast will I need to feed 450 people? 7oz portions
ellen
01/08/12
This is a large portion. 225 pounds raw.
aldridge cheaves
01/08/12
how many pound of chopped bar-b-que do i need to feed 200 hundren people
ellen
01/08/12
Sandwiches or plates, and is it self serve?
Stephanie
01/28/12
How much water to serve 500
Throwing a party for 500 and I want to order 5 gal bottles of water to serve my guests. I want to have a eco friendly party. How many 5 gal bottles would I need if using 8 oz. eco-cups?
Thanks!
ellen
01/28/12
Steph, what are the other beverages?
Joe
01/29/12
How much food to serve 250
Can you give me a recipe for a catfish stew that will feed 250 people?
Thanks
ellen
01/29/12
Those smart folks at Harvard use this- it feeds about 90. I would make it in a pan with the sauce already over the fish, to get a stewy effect.

The Nutrition Source (Harvard)
Oven-Roasted Catfish with a Spicy Creole Tomato Sauce

Ingredients, Catfish

40 pounds catfish fillets (cut in 6-ounce pieces)
1 cup olive oil
2 pounds whole wheat bread crumbs (made from fresh whole wheat bread)
2 ounces salt
8 ounces paprika
2 ounces cayenne pepper

Procedure, Catfish

Place catfish on sheet pans. Combine remaining ingredients together to make crumb topping. Place some crumb topping on each piece of fish. Bake in a 375°F oven for 20 minutes, until fish reaches internal temperature of 150°F.

Ingredients, Spicy Creole Tomato Sauce

2 ounces olive oil
2 pounds green pepper, chopped
2 pounds white onion, chopped
1 quart chicken stockTomatos
1 #10 can tomatoes, diced (~ 6 pounds)
5 pounds tomatoes, chopped
64 oz tomato juice, canned
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil, dried
½ cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 ounces fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes, dried
1 ½ pounds scallions, chopped

Procedure, Spicy Creole Tomato Sauce
In sauce pot over medium heat, sauté onions and peppers in olive oil for 5 minutes until soft. Add next 15 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 45 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to saucepot. Add fresh thyme and red pepper flakes. Simmer 10 minutes and purée sauce.

Plating

Spoon sauce over fish and garnish with scallions.
Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1/100 of recipe

lynn
01/30/12
How much food to serve 125 residents
heres my lunch menu..help me pls. thanks
Tuna Casserole
~ or ~
Chicken Salad Plate
Home Fries
Vegetable Beef Soup
Molded Fruit Salad
Mint Chocolate Cookies
Ice Cream, Sherbet
Frozen Yogurt, Jello, Fruit
Coffee, Tea, Milk, Skim Milk, Juice
ellen
01/31/12
Lynn if these are older folks, they don't eat as much as the standard adult in my tables and I would not serve home fries with this menu. What is the nature of the crowd?
Jodie
02/08/12
How much Asparagus will I need for 350 celebrities
I need to know how much asparagus and roasted red potatoes will I need for hosting a dinner party of 350 celebrities and how much will it cost separately for each item. Thank you.
ellen
02/08/12
I don't do costs, they vary too much regionally and by supplier.

You need about 40-45 pounds of potatoes per 100, and 37 pounds raw asparagus per 100 to get 4-5 stalks per person.

tammy
02/14/12
How many servings can I get from 12 oz of pulled pork
ellen
02/15/12
3 regular sandwiches, 2 part entrees plated.
Susan
02/28/12
How much food to serve 150?
Chicken salad w/mand.oranges,almonds,grapes.
This is for a wedding @ 1:00p.m.

There will be other food: deli trays, w/ meats and cheese, vegs. & fruits.
How much yummy chicken salad should I make?

Thank you for your help!

ellen
02/29/12
About 4 gallons, reception level.
ron krupa
03/06/12
How much food to serve 250
our wedding reception is going to be about 250 people. we are looking at doing something a little different, as far as food.

how much of each do we need to order if we're looking at having for our guests:

taco bar.
pizzas - possibly both thin crust and stuffed.
hot dogs (from a genuine street cart - walking around the reception).
beefs and/or breaded steak.

we love this idea, but, logistically, it's difficult to plan this part for us.

ellen
03/06/12
Ron, this is going to take a little time. Please email me this request at the contact link at the bottom of the page, so your request doesn't get misplaced.
kathleen
03/06/12
How much food to serve 120
hi we are considering making half of the food for a small wedding party how many pounds of sausage, onion and peppers would i need to make for 120 people
ellen
03/07/12
Kathleen, not knowing what else is being served or if this is for sandwiches or plates, I am challenged to give you a good estimate.

I usually do 1 pound sausage per 3 for plates, 1 pound per 4 for sandwiches and 1 pound per 5 as a second meat or appetizer. I add an equal weight of mixed peppers and onions.

MARYANN
03/08/12
A benefit for 250
we are having a benefit for a cancer fund. we are having hamm bbq's/roats beef sandwiches/wings/greek hambergers/not sure how much of each to make.
Chris Leopold
03/08/12
How much fruit for 750 people
Need 7 different kinds of fruit:pineapple,watermelon,strawberrys,red grapes,green grapes,kiwi,oranges for 750 people. how much of each should i get?? I thought it was 1/2 cup per serving? Thanks so much! greatly appreciated, Chris
ellen
03/10/12
Mary Ann, wings are very expensive per person, I strongly recommend you skip them. I also need to know whether it is buffet or plates. Talk it over, write back, and start a new thread.

Chris, read the fruit tray page, make and post an estimate, START A NEW THREAD, and I will check it for you.

Leticia
05/01/12
How many pounds of stew meat so I need to feed 350 guests.I'm making carne guisada.
ellen
05/02/12
150 pounds raw boneless.
Grace
05/06/12
amounts for a green salad for 200
What amounts would be needed for a salad for 200. It would have Lettuce, tomatoes, cuccubers,and shedded carrots. Thank you so much, Grace
Cheryl Chavis
05/06/12
How much food to serve 200
Having a retirement party for my husband, can you tell me how much of the followin I will need: Barbeque Pig, Mac & cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, rice, dinner rolls, Pink lemonade, Sweet tea, bottle water, cake, cup cakes,
ellen
05/09/12
Grace, see the plan for 100 page salad section, use 2x the amounts for 100.

Cheryl, this is what I would do
Barbeque Pig, 175 pound whole pig
Mac & cheese, 6 pounds dry pasta per 100
rice,5 pounds dry rice per 100:
potato salad, 30 pounds raw potatoes per 100 plus fixings, as you have other starches
cole slaw, 3 gallons per 100

green beans, 22 pounds per 100

dinner rolls, consider a roll that makes a pig sandwich, 12 pounds per 100

Pink lemonade, Sweet tea, bottle water,
Have unsweetened tea also: 10 gallons lemonade, 8 sweet at least 4 unsweet, 1 bottle water per person, but buy in cases where you can return unopened.

cake, cup cakes, 2 layer full sheet cake seves about 120. 1 cupcake per person.

If this helps, consider adonation to support the site.

michael
05/18/12
how many staff need for serving 160 people
ellen
05/18/12
Plated? Buffet? what meal? what drink arrangements, dessert arrangements? More info please.
Millie
05/23/12
How much dessert to serve 425 people 4 different d
Ellen, I am tasked with the job of serving dessert to 425 people on four different nights. Most of these will be middle, high, and college age kids. Also need help in determining the cost of making that much dessert. We were thinking brownies, cookies, simple cakes, and pudding desserts, i.e, banana pudding. Any help would be most appreciated.
Thanks, Millie
ellen
05/24/12
That age, pretty much everyone will eat dessert. Look at the dessert planning page, whomp up four menus and post, I will chekc. See banana pudding thread for simple banana pudding for 120. Start a new thread.
Pauline
05/31/12
15persones.
Diplomate family 15 members they need rice
Fried eggplant curry,chickencury. Daal cury cucumber salad also all these how much. Ineed to buy
Thank you
ellen
06/01/12
For a single meal, 2 to 3 pounds dry rice, 2 quarts each cucumber salad, fried eggplant and daal curry, 3 1/2 quarts chicken curry, about 2 quarts raita.
Angela
08/02/12
How much food to serve 300?
For my wedding reception we plan to feed about 300 guests. We want to have bbq brisket, Turkey, potatoe salad, baked beans, BBQ sauce and bread. Possibly green beans also. How much of each will we need? Our ceremony is at 5pm and reception follows therefore this will be dinner for most. Thank you.
ellen
08/02/12
bbq brisket, 1 pound raw per 2
Turkey, 1 pound raw per 4

BBQ sauce 1/4 cup per person

potato salad,
baked beans,
You need both green beans and slaw.
All these are on the plan for 100 page

bread, 12 pounds per 100. Sandwich condiments on the sandwich page

Anna Batiste
09/27/12
How much needed ingredients for shrimp dip for 400
I'm doing a wedding reception for 400 guest. can you please help me with the ingredients needed.

Thanks!!!!

ellen
09/28/12
You need 1/4 cup per person, about 6 1/2 gallons. Make your recipe and measure it, then multiply.
judymatthews
12/03/12
How much food to serve 400
how much gumbo to serve 400 people at 1 cup serving
ellen
12/03/12
400 cups=100 quarts=25 gallons plus 10% for wiggle.
deon
01/26/13
How much food to serve 500.
Hi how much rice,chicken,fish and pasta for 500 people.help please.
deon
01/26/13
How much food to serve 500.
Hi how much rice,chicken,fish and pasta for 500 people.help please.
ellen
01/27/13
Deon, for what event, what else is being served, is this all for one meal, is it self serve, served buffet or plated? All these things affect the amounts. Please send furter information.
Susan
04/12/13
How much baked beans, potato salad, and bannana pudding do I need for 350 people? Any help would be greatly appreciate.
Thanks
veronica
09/05/13
How much food to serve 700
Hamburgers and Hot dogs for church function.
bringing unsaved to Jesus in our local park
ellen
09/05/13
For regular neighborhood parties, I suggest 1 burger and 1 hot dog per person. You probably want to have less- so start 600 burgers and 300 hot dogs and serve 2 hot dogs as one serving.

Rolls and condiments are discussed on the sandwich page.

I would definitely add potato salad (28 gallons) or chips (700 bags), a piece of fruit, and beverages- at least lemonade and iced tea.

michel arrouk
10/01/13
How much kitchen space i need to serve 600 perseon
How much kitchen space i need to serve 600 person ?
I need 1,89 m2 per persons for staff room ?
ellen
10/01/13
Hello, Michael,

It depends a great deal on the menu and type of service. This is really a pro question, and I suggest you post to some of the pro boards, with the extra info:

cheftalk.com
chef2chef.com
foodservice.com

michel arrouk
10/02/13
thanks ellen :)
michel
10/02/13
I need to make chicken curry for staff like a mill, can u help me about the ingredient for 300 persons , thanks ellen :) (K)
ellen
10/02/13
For 300 people, for curry, 12 pounds rice for each 100 and 1 pound boneless chicken for each 4.
Tara
08/03/14
I am really struggling. For an upcoming wedding, I am serving 315 people the following meal: Fruited mixed green salad, chicken tetrazzini, glazed pork tenderloin, sauteed haricot verts, mashed potatoes and garlic bread. They are NOT using a separate salad place, so everything will go on one dinner plate. I have looked over your quantities, but none of it seems to be what I need. Please help me and give me your best advice. Thank you!
ellen
08/04/14
Tara, a wedding reception really needs an appetizer plan as well, and here is why:

A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient. Typically, include a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread; or you can go with a dinner theme such as TexMex with chips, salsas, Texas caviar and guacamole; Italian with bruschetta or antipasto; maybe shrimps or other cold seafood, if budget permits.

One appetizer service area is needed for each 100 guests.

This is a huge crowd, requiring about 4-5 kitchen folk and 15-18 people out front to set up, serve, and clean up a party this size.

Also there is no provision for vegetarians, and with 300+ guests there will be some. Would you consider an alfredo pasta without meat?

Will you start a new thread and write back?

Fruited mixed green salad, chicken tetrazzini, glazed pork tenderloin, sauteed haricot verts, mashed potatoes and garlic bread.

Tara
08/04/14
Thank you for the advice. When I meet with potential brides, I always highly suggest hors d'oeuvres (either buffet, stations or passed). This bride is not doing pictures at the church after the wedding (they are doing them before) so she did not want the extra food or costs. Very few children will be in attendance. She also did not want a vegetarian option. My question was trying to figure out the portions and amount of food to prepare. The plate size she is using is 10.25 inch and she does NOT want a separate salad plate. Since they have to put all the food on one plate, there will not be room for huge portions. I want to make sure I have plenty of food; however, I don't want to have so much that we have excessive waste and leftovers. Thanks so much!
ellen
08/05/14
Yikes, I probably would not take this job; you know if anything isn't "just right" it is always the caterer who takes the blame, even if she did exactly what she was asked to do.

Fruited mixed green salad,
For a spinach strawberry salad, I do 9 pounds spinach, 12 pounds strawberries and 3 pounds pecans, with about 3 quarts of thin dressing, for each 100

glazed pork tenderloin, 100 pounds raw boneless, and someone MUST serve the first round
mashed potatoes 80 pounds potatoes, hard call with the noodles, 3 pounds table butter if no gravy

chicken tetrazini, do for 150, 6 full trays. I would make one meatless, there will be some people who won't have anything but green beans and salad if you don't.

sauteed haricot verts, 65 pounds

garlic bread, 40 pounds

If is a paying gig, please make a donation, maybe dime per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

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