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What is the Rule? How many lbs. of meat per person
Susan
hook2425@hotmaol.com
12/16/05
When buying raw meat what is the rule of thum for bone-in and boneless meat per person?
Thanks
ellen

12/17/05
3 1/2 ounces cooked is a modest portion (recommended for daily use), 6 ounces cooked is a holiday or party portion and caterers generally allow 8 ounces cooked when two or more meats are served buffet or self service; most guests take some of each The meats are not split evenly; they allow 5 ounces of cooked beef PLUS three ounces of cooked chicken or fish. That is ready to eat weight.

Due to bone and cooking shrinkage 1 pound bone in raw only makes about 2 modest 3 1/2 to 4 ounce serving. Boneless makes sbout 3.

Exception is ground meat. 70 percent lean shrinks 40 percent or more, but 93 percent lean only about 10 percent.

Other exceptions include spare ribs or standing beef rib roast on the bone. Lots of bone, so for party portions allow 1 pound raw bone-in per person minimum. Whole raw pig 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pound.

Shrinkage on raw, boneless meat is around 40 percent.

Stephanie
sebrp2002@yahoo.com
12/17/05
how many pounds of bone in spiral sliced ham do I need to feed 20 people?
ellen

12/18/05
Depends on whether it is cocktails or dinner. A 7-9 pounder would do for cocktails, but 12 or more for dinner.
Cathy
tiggie917@yahoo.com
12/23/05
I brought a Eye Round Roast the wait is 4 pounds is this enough for 6 adults and 2 kids.
Please let me know today. thanks.
ellen

12/23/05
This is not a very tender roast, it really looks better than it cooks. I would use a moist heat or potroast type recipe or large crock pot. It should be enough, but don't expect much left over.
Tammy
halandtammy@yahoo.com
01/04/06
How much ingredients for a taco salad bar?
I am thinking about serving a taco and baked potato bar for my son's rehearsal dinner. We are expecting around 50 people. How much taco meat and ingredients to make the taco meat. Also, how many potatoes would you bake. Some of the toppings could be used for both.
ellen

01/10/06
This is a good practical choice, please check out the new texmax pages on big pots for your info and quantities.
Lorna

01/14/06
I cook for a fraternity. Usually I'm feeding fifteen boys. When buying meat I have been trying to go on the idea of 1/2 lb per boy. Does that sound approxmiatly correct?
ellen

01/14/06
Yes, for raw boneless. When I cooked for a frat, I noticed that they ate about twice as much rice, potatoes, vegetable casseroles as older adults. You will save money if you serve homemade rolls or bread and real butter with dinnere. the Kings Cake recipe in the dash of section, which is mixed in a bread machine and makes 4 regular loaves or abour 30 big rolls is excellent, and the angel biscuits recipe is VERY easy and versatile.

When making hamburgers, you have to allow 2 per person. Grating in some onion and just a little bread crumb (1/4 cup per pound) and using regular 70% burger will give you the juiciest burgers.

JAMIE JOCKISCH
jamie.jockisch@netcare-il.com
01/17/06
I will be serving meat and cheese trays as well as fresh fruit and meatballs at my wedding in the spring. I am trying to plan how many meatballs to make. What is the rule of thumb regarding meatballs? and if I am serving meat and cheese and fruit will I have to make as many. I plan to have about 150 people at my reception. Thank you,
Jamie
ellen

01/18/06
Because people basically love meatballs, like hot wings, you have to allow about 3 per person even with the other items. They do freeze and reheat very well.
Shell
11/11/06
Approx. how many pounds of hamburger to cook for a taco bar for 70 people? How many 5 lb.bags of shredded cheese would you use?

Thank you,
Shell

ellen
11/11/06
Use the same numbers per person as for the baked potato bar, as long as it is a mixed crowd. For all teens/jocks, double the meat.
michelle
11/11/06
Hi!

I need to buy a Turkey(s) for a Thanksgiving party that will be held at my child's kindergarden classroom. There are 20 kids in the class, the teacher, and I am assuming around 10 parents will visit... How big of a turkey should I buy???

Thanks!

ellen
11/12/06
About 18 pounds raw, but may I suggest you get some extra packages of legs? Kids LOVE legs, and it leaves more breast for the grownups. With extra legs, you can go for a 12-14 pound turkey, a very easy cooking job. Count each kid as 1/2 person for quantity tables on my site- you would not go wrong using 1/4 of the amount for 100.
Dar
11/13/06
I am having a birthday party from 1 pm - 6 pm for 100 people. I would like to serve meat and cheese trays for sandwiches, and vegie trays with dips. also crackers and chips with dips. How do I figure out how much of each I need?
ellen
11/13/06
You turn to the appetizer planning page, the sandwich event page and the veggie tray page for quantities for 100. You need a meal's worth, PLUS about 12 "bites" of appetizer amounts per person, due to the length of the party.
Dar
11/14/06
Thanks a Million!
ainbinder
02/03/07
how many lbs of meat to i buy at deli
I have 10 peolpe for lunch/ having cornbeef and turkey for sandwiches, how many lbs of each would i buy at the deli
ellen
02/03/07
When you offer two meats, you have to add extra because you don't know how many will choose each. 3 pounds of each deli sliced ready to eat would be good.
jenny
02/04/07
I am doing a banquet for our high school wrestling team(teenage boys). I am buying carved turkey meat. How many pounds should I purchase for 100 guest?
ellen
02/05/07
These guys eat just about double the amounts of adults. If you have heavy side dishes, allow at least 2 pounds for each 5 guys. If light sides, 1 pound for each 2 guys.
LAD
02/07/07
I'm having a birthday party for 100 people, serving grilled chicken and tri tip.I'm thinking 1/4 chicken and 2-3 slices of tri tip,how much tri tip do I buy? Is 1/4 chicken too much along withthe tri tip, salad,potatoes and green beans? If so,how much chicken?
Madeline
02/08/07
Having a Brunch at our club for 100 people.
Having them make their own sandwiches on
crossants. How much roast beef, ham, & chicken
should I purchse. and how much sliced cheese.
we are having other foods to like muffins,
scones & egg cassaroles that will go along with
this. Help!! I need this info ASAP. thank you!
Mindi
02/08/07
I am making hot turkey sandwiches and italian roast beef sandwiches for my wedding reception,
how many pounds of each meat will I need for about 150 people? Thanks.
ellen
02/11/07
Lad, buy at least 1 pound for each 3 people. Quarter chicken is fine- chicken is not too expensive, either.

Madeline, since there are other entrees, allow 3 ounces deli sliced meats and 1 1/2 ounces sliced cheeses per person.

Mindi, see the sandwich event page. The hardest decision is how much of each. I would figure how much if it was all one, then use 60% of the amount for each- when there are multiple meats, people tend to eat some of each, and more all together.

Lindsay
03/20/07
How many pounds of boneless ribs do I need for 16 people?
ellen
03/20/07
Depends on what else, but boneless pork or beef ribs at least 1 pound raw for each 2 persons.
Elsie
03/29/07
How many pounds of roast beef to feed 50 people
ellen
03/30/07
Prime rib on the bone, 1 pound per person.

Boneless raw rump roast has up to a 40% cooking loss- so about 30 pounds?

Tammy Reese
04/05/07
About how much fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans corn, rolls and gray would I need for a reception dinner of around 320 people? It will be aroung 3pm and I am planning on veggie trays, chips, cheese balls also. About how much of each would be appropiate to count on for each person.
Jeff
04/05/07
How many Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for 250 people? Also, if Potato, Macaroni, Pasta Salad and Cole Slaw are served as sides...how much of each?
Kerry
04/06/07
How many pounds of ham to feed 25 adults
ellen
04/06/07
See 12/17/05 above and add 1/4 more to the quantity.
Michelle
04/11/07
Help for a bridal shower
The menu for an upcoming bridal shower is: grilled chicken breasts, rice, tossed salad, and rolls for 100 people. How much should I buy of each item?
Amber
04/11/07
I am coordinating a BBQ fundraiser. Lunch includes meat, salad, garlic bread, and beans.

How much tri-tip do I need to buy to serve 75?
How much chicken do I need to buy to serve 75?

ellen
04/11/07
Michelle, all these items are conrrd on the plan for 100 page.

Amber, tritip is nit an inexpensive dish, you need 1 [pund raw for each 2 people, or at least 2 pounds for 5. Consider smoked brisket. For chicjen, 1/4 chibken per person- that is close to a pound raw bine-in.

Beth
04/27/07
I am having a macaroni and meatball dinner at my church for 150 people. How much hamburg, macaroni,and sauce should I have? Also we'll be having salad, about how many bags of salad should I have?

Thank you
Beth

ellen
04/27/07
See the plan for 100 page for the salad, and the lotsa pasta page for a discussion on the pasta amounts.
Nancy
04/27/07
For a wedding reception of 150 people, how many pounds of chicken pieces and sliced ham should I serve? And how many pounds of red skin potatoes?With the meat we are serving red skin potatoes, green beans w/slivered almonds, salads will be fresh fruit/carrot/greens/pasta. homemade rolls are on the menu too. The chicken pieces will be baked in roasters, as will be the red skin potatoes. Thank you very much Ellen.
ellen
04/27/07
Hi, Nancy,

You will find excellent numbers in the plan for 100 pages, with some cautions. For example for 100 people you need a little over 80 pounds of quaters but only 65 pounds of mixed chicken pieces. Allow 1 pound skinless boneless ham for each 4 people plus abou 1 piece of chicken. Red potatoes, 35-40 pounds per 100 persons, so 55-60 pounds. Salads are listed in the plan for 100 page.

Beth
05/22/07
How many pieces of fried chicken do I need to get to feed 100 people? What about potatoe salad? Or beans?
Pam
05/24/07
I will be having about 20 people, 15 adults and 5 children under 8 yrs, over for a cook out. We will be grilling chicken and ribs. How many lbs of ribs do I need. I want to make sure and have plenty.
ellen
05/24/07
Beth, all items are on the plan for 100 page.

Pam, 15 pounds ribs would give plenty, along with 16 pounds chicken pieces.

Joyce
05/27/07
How do I barbeque a 18 lb tri-tip roast? And for how long? Can the cooked meat be sliced and then frozen and reheated without sacrificing taste or texture?
ellen
05/27/07
Joyce, are you sure this is a tri-tip? They are usually not nearly so big. It sound like it might be rump or top round? They cook differently.
You can cook, slice and freeze, but it will be more like BBQ than a roast- you do lose something in the saucy re-heating.
sarah
05/27/07
Good Morning,

We're having my son;s 1st b-day party next week, I was wondering how much ground beef i need to cook- out for about 30 adults and 10 kids? thanks for the help

ellen
05/28/07
Please clarify. Are you making hamburger patties? Is it for lunch? What are the side dishes? All effect amounts.
janette
05/28/07
We are planning a dinner for our community hall. We need to serve roast beef to 150 adults. How much roast would you recommend?

Thanks!
ellen
05/28/07
For a pot roast type meal, 50 pounds raw boneless chuck. If sliced top round or rump roast, slow cook it and have it presliced with someone to serve- or else add another 10 pounds.
Shana
06/08/07
What's the Rule? How many lbs. of wings per person
How many pounds of chicken wings per person should be bought?
ellen
06/08/07
For hors d', minimum 3 to average 6 pieces per person. For a meal, 10 or so pieces per person plus heavy sides.
Robin
06/18/07
Hi Ellen - I'm serving 55 people with a combination of sliced ham and turkey buffet, rolls etc. I'd like to serve three side dishes: baked beans, potato salad and green salad. Could you please tell me the rule of thumb for each of the sides? Thanks!
ellen
06/18/07
The rule of thumb for total salad/bean sides is 1 gallon for every ten people. I usually allow 3 1/2 to 4 gallons potato salad (about 35 pounds of raw potatoes), plus 3 gallons of beans plus 3 gallons of green salad or slaw for a nice mixed hungry bunch. You would use 1/2 to 2/3 that amount, depending on the actual number and hunger of the crowd you expect.
Leslie
06/26/07
Cattered wedding at a park. serving chicken and hot dogs , hamburgers 2 salads and corn on the cob. Gram wants to buy potato chips to add to the meal. How mant 1 pd. bags will she need
to buy. 70 people
Thank you
ellen
06/27/07
Nice. Usual to allow 6 pounds for 100 people, 8 if it is corn chips, so 5 pounds potato or 6 pounds corn should do nicely.
Sandy
06/29/07
having a 90th birthday paraty for aabout 100 people nd having sloppy joes and roast beef sandwiches how much meat should wehave
ellen
06/30/07
Get the roast beef very thin sliced, use a smallish roll, allow 1.2 per person (5 people per pound deli sliced ready to eat beef). For the sloppy joes, smallish rolls, 1 per person. That is about 75 regular servings, so you will want about 15 pounds of hamburger.
Tami
07/01/07
BBQ for about 35 people. We will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Along with chips and several side dishes.
I am sure you have mentioned amounts before but...how much hamburger meat will we need to buy. The hot dogs will just be a "side" for the kids.
Thanks
margaret-anne
07/02/07
how many pounds of potatoes would i need for potato salad for a barbeque that i would be having that would feed 150 people. also would like to have a green salad so how much lettuce would i need to have to make a salad for 150 people. thank you in advance for your help. mamurray
ellen
07/02/07
tami I allow 1 burger (4 to the pound) PLUS 3-4 ounces brat, smoked or Polish sausage per adult, so if it is just burgers you want at least 2 pounds regular hamburger for each 5 people for grilling. The salads are all covered on the plan for 100 button at the top of the cook talk main page.
ellen
07/02/07
Margaret-Anne, both of these items including dressings are covered exactly in the plan for 100 section, the button is at the top of the cook talk main page. Make 1 1/2 times the amount for 100. there is a great selection of unusual potato salads on the slaw, mac and potato salad for 100 page, link is in Big Pots.
Michelle
07/02/07
Skirt steak
I am making fajitas for a group of about 20, how many pounds of skirt steak to I need to buy?
PHYLLIS COLBETH
07/03/07
hi, i am having a 50th birthday party for my
daughter, 50 people
buffett
how much sliced ham and meatballs in a sauce
and how much potate salad.

thank you

ellen
07/03/07
Michelle, if you are having plantey of grilled red and green bell peppers and fresh onions mixed in with the meat, you can get away with 2 pounds lean raw boneless for every 5 persons, but if not, do allow 1 ppound for every 2 persons.

Phyllis, depending on whether it is dinner entrees, for sandwiches or for appetizers, the amounts vary. Look on the plan for 100 page for dinner entree amounts and potato salad quantities, the sandwich events page for sandwich meats and condiment amounts and the appetizer planning page for appetizer guidance. In general, allow at least 4 ounces of lean, deli sliced, ready to eat ham PLUS 3-4 ounces of meatballs as a baseline. If you do an estimate and post it, I will check it for you.

linda Lou
07/04/07
How many hotdogs, sausage and hamburgers do I buy to feed 150 adults and kids??? We are making pasta salad, macaroni salad and baked beans.
How many rolls?
We are having a veggie tray, watermelon boat and cake.
Chips, nachos, pepperoni and sausage breads, deviled eggs and cream puffs.
thank you!!
linda Lou
07/04/07
How many hotdogs, sausage and hamburgers do I buy to feed 150 adults and kids??? We are making pasta salad, macaroni salad and baked beans.
How many rolls?
We are having a veggie tray, watermelon boat and cake.
Chips, nachos, pepperoni and sausage breads, deviled eggs and cream puffs.
thank you!!
ellen
07/04/07
See the reply to Tami on 7/2. All these items are covered in the plan for 100 tables.
Velma
07/06/07
I am helping with a fund-raiser for 50 between 12 noon and 3:00 We need to keep the cost down and are thinking of serving the following:
Cheese and meat tray - everything cubed
Fruit tray
Veggie tray
Cookies
Will you please tell me the quantities we will need? Thank you so much - you have a wonderful web site.
Velma
ellen
07/06/07
Hi, Velma,

The problem with 12-3 is many people will come to eat lunch. If you choose 1-4, you will use only about 2/3 as much food, and you could do it with an afternoon tea theme, which is lovely and not very expensive. What do you think?

If you decide on the lunch time, you use 1/2 of the amount you would make for 100. All the items are covered in the various planning pages (buttons at the top of the main cook talk page), and do read the appetizer planning page for the discussion about quantities and timing.

Jackie
07/10/07
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of Cabbage
I am having a dinner for about 50 people. Serving wings, cole slaw, cheese sticks and fries. How many pounds of cabbage should I get to make the slaw? Thanks for your help.
ellen
07/10/07
About 10 pounds, plus some carrots, maybe with 1-2 pounds red.
Becky
07/11/07
We are having a party for about 50 people, mix of adults and children, we are serving roast beef sandwiches (deli), Mostacoli, and chicken. Also, 3 salads, 2 jellos and multiple appetizers and deserts. I'm worried that I'm going to have a lot of the main dish left...How many pounds of beef should i get????
ellen
07/11/07
I am unsure which main dish you are worried about?

Are you making the sandwiches yourself? If so, the very beef on a platter, rolls/bread separate, and let people assemble their own. That way you refill the platter, keeping the extra in the fridge, and it can be frozen or reused if left over.

Some mostiaciolli recipes have sausage or meat in them and some are pasta and sauce. If this is a side dish, meatless, 1 pound dry will serve 8. Caterers would allow 4-5 ounces of ready to eat beef for sandwiches (5 ounces plated) PLUS 1 piece of ready to eat chicken per person.

If the pasta is a meat entree, 6 pounds pasta and 10 pounds sausage would serve 60- you probably want half that. Plus 1 piece of chicken per person and 3 ounces deli sliced beef ready to eat per person. You will have some leftovers but not a whole lot- it is quite difficult to hit exactly with three such different entrees.

If you get good rolls, allow one per person as some folks will take them as bread, even without the beef.

willy
07/16/07
wedding reception 150 people
ham/turkey sandwiches
meatballs/susagelinks/patatoe salad
fruit tray/vegie tray
ellen
07/17/07
see sandwich event page
see plan for 100 page
see fruit tray page
see veggie tray page
Buttons at the top of the main cook talk page.
Post estimates if you want me to check them
Lori
07/18/07
Hi, I am making sloppy joes for around 50 people. How much hamburger do I need?
ellen
07/18/07
I use 22-24 pounds burger (usually half turkey) for 100 people for sloppy joes.
Jan
07/19/07
Hi,My job is to cook the onions to top the hot dogs at our church picnic. How many pounds of onions do I need to buy?
Jan
07/19/07
So sorry. I forgot to say there will be 50 people at the church picnic, so perhaps 2 hotdogs each. Enough onions to top 100 hotdogs?
ellen
07/19/07
These are most yummy if sliced and soaked in sugar water overnight before grilling, or you can do them for 10 hours in a crock pot till they caramelize. About 1 pound per 8 dogs if you are going to cook them down- they really shrink.
Liza
07/19/07
I am having a surprise 60th bday party and I want to serve hotdogs, burgers, and chicken. How much do I need and how many buns should I buy to cover everyone?
ellen
07/20/07
Liza, how many people? What side dishes?
kim
07/23/07
I am planning on 30 people plus 6 small children and wanted to cook a chicken breast and a roast beef on the rotissire. How much of each should I buy?
ellen
07/23/07
Caterers generally allow 4-5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked ready to eat chicken per person. So a lean boneless roast, you want about 12 pounds raw beef and 8-9 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast.
pam
07/25/07
im making breakfast for 40 and im doing scrambled eggs with pieces of ham and green chilies and onion....how many eggs do I buy...please answer soon....thanks....also having muffins and fruit
Jill
07/25/07
We are hosting the rehearsal dinner for around 35 guests. I am planning on serving Antipasti dishes and grilled salmond and pasta dishes. My question is how much pasta and sauces to cook for 35 people and how much salmond to grill.
jill
07/25/07
sorry I spelled Salmon wrong.
La
07/25/07
How many lbs. of short ribs should I buy for 50 people? This will be the main meat item, also how about for burgers and hots dogs as well?
Thanks in advance
ellen
07/26/07
Pam there is a breakfast planning page, you want 1/2 the amount for 100.

Jill, For 35 people, cook 1/3 of the amount for 100. See the lotsa pasta page. Salmon, see the fish quantities on the plan for 100 page.

La, sorry to say you need 3/4 to 1 pound short ribs per person, depending on side dishes, because of the amount of bone and fat in short ribs. Heavier side dishes, beans, potatoes, etc , less meat. Lighter, fruit, green salad, more meat.
When they are the only meat I allow 1 burger and 1 hot dog per person, but I get Polish sausage or kielbasa, much tastier than hot dogs.

Melanie
07/29/07
I am catering a wedding for about 65 people.
The menu is turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes and mixed vegies. We will also be having green salad, greek salad and ceasar salad.
How much beef, turkey and potatoes do I have to buy? The last catering that I helped with, we ran out of potatoes and I definitely don't want that to happen to me.
ellen
07/29/07
I generally get 35 pounds for 100 for potato salad or mashed, 55 for bakers.
If you have no RSVP on turkey and roast beef, it depends on whether it is plated or self serve. Caterers generally allow 5 ounces boneless cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces boneless cooked ready to eat poultry per person. Ad 10% more if it is self serve, unless you have a line server portioning the plates. I have yield tables on both turkey and beef on this site to help you figure out how much to buy.
Liza Tilkens
08/01/07
How much of everything?
Sorry I didn't give more info... but I am having a 60th bday party for my mom. So I need to know how much of everything I need to buy. My sides are Pasta and fruit salads. I will have chips and dip, and a few different desserts. That's basically all, so I need to know how many burgers, hotdogs, and chickens to buy. And also how many tomatoes, onions and lettuce too for the dressings. So far I have gotten about 60 rsvps and maybe thinking at most 75-100 people. Thank you!
ellen
08/02/07
1 hotdog per two people PLUS 3 burgers per 4 people PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person, which is about 83 pounds for 100 people.

Salads- see the plan for 100 page.

Buffy
08/03/07
How much ground beef should I use to make chili for 150 hot dogs? I see how to make chili for 100 people; however, as I read it, that chili isn't for hot dogs. Thanks!
ellen
08/03/07
You can use the recipe for bowl of red, a beanless chili, with ground beef instead of chopped.

You want about 1 cup for each 6-8 hot dogs.

anna
08/09/07
I am catering a birthday party for 60 people. Egg rolls, hot wings and chicken nuggets for hors d'ouevres, prime rib and chicken and 4 cheese pasta for main dish, grilled veggies, garlic mashed pototoes and baked beans for sides, and green salad. Brownies, hawaiian cake and chocolate cake for dessert. How much do I need for each hors d'ouevres, how many pounds of prime rib and chicken and how much pasta do I need?
Nancy
08/12/07
We are having a birthday party for about 30 people; 10 kids and 20 adults. We are having tri-tip (mainly for the adults) and hot dogs (mainly for the kids). How much tri tip should we buy? I am also having, potatoe salad and baked beans and of course cake and ice cream.
ellen
08/13/07
Anna, this is a site for amateurs, primarily. Caterers can use chef2chef.com. Pros usually allow5 ounces ready to eat beef (that is about 10 ounces bone in standing ripb, PLUS 3 ounces ready to eat chicken (that is 6 ounces, or one full piece chicken) per person. Assuming that the hors douevres are for just 1 hour before the meal, 12 pieces/items/"bites" per person. About 9mpounds dry pasta for the pasta dish. All these items are discussed in the quantity tables and the various thread- next time, do your own estimates, then post them if you want some feedback.
Nancy, I'm a big believer in having enough of the main dish for everyone; giving kids different food systematically, just teaches them they don't need to try new things, or aren't worthy of the good stuff. For adults, I allow 2 pounds raw tritip per 5 adults; small children, half that, teens the same as adults, tweens, well, in between.
Heidi
08/14/07
I am having a party for approximately 20 people...Is 5lbs of brisket & 3 slabs of ribs enough?
ellen
08/14/07
Heidi, brisket is a fatty meat, you need 1 pound raw for each 2 party people you expect to serve, for ribs you allow 1 pound per person, I would increase enough to allow 2-3 ribs per person PLUS 8-10 ppunds of brisket. Unless here are quite a few kids or very light eaters, you will need more- when there are two choices people eat more, and more of each.
Dillon
08/16/07
Hello, I am putting on a foodstand for approximately 3000 people maybe more or maybe a few less. We are grilling everything. For our main dishes we have planned to do ribs, pulled pork, footlong hotdogs, and Hot links. For side dishes we have planned on doing baked beans, potato salad, and chips. I haven't the slightest idea of how much to cook for all this. Could you help by supplying me with some figures of how much of each meat you would prepare. Also would you cook anything else besides what we have already decided on? Anything you can do to help is very appreciated.
ellen
08/17/07
Dillon, this is WAY out of the league of my family cooks. Go sign up at chef2chef.com and post on the catering forum. You will get pro help there.

If it is sale/ money raiser, I would add whole pickles, a couple cases of meatless veggie burgers (taste test Morning Star and Boca).

Also, pasta salads are much easier to prepare and store than potato salads and very popular. Consider adding/replacing.

DO be sure you have event insurance for liability. $1 million minimum.

ellen
08/17/07
sorry, that is chef2chef.net. I would post your question on the catering board.
Charles
08/21/07
how many pounds of fish do I need for 100 people sell fish dinners
ellen
08/21/07
About 1/2 pound raw boneless cooks up to a generous plateful.
chris
09/27/07
pasta
i have to cook pasta for 3 people tonight, is one box (500g) too much? i dont have much sauce, i want to get the pasta portion perfect, one bowl each NO MORE.
ellen
09/28/07
Chris, 500 grams is just over a pound, which is just about perfect for three main course pasta servings.
margit
10/04/07
I am doing an Oktoberfest for 20 on Saturday the 6th: pickled beets salad, tomato salad, potato salad, butter lettuce, German bread, sauerkraut, and condiments, with sausages as the meat. Cheese, fruit and cake for deserts.What amount of sausage per person? I'll probably have Bratwurst, Frankfurter, Pfälzer etc. Just need to know how many ounces per person. Thanks.
ellen
10/04/07
you want 1/2 pound (thats about 2 susages) per person plus another 10% if it is self serve.
kim
10/04/07
How many chicken wings do i need for 50 peoplei?
hi, i am having a house warming party, i am having meatballs, finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, veggies, chips and dip. I want to buy chicken wings, but im not sure with all of the rest of the food how much i will need. this will just be an hors d' meal. i will have the party from about 3-8 or whenever people leave.
ellen
10/04/07
Like shrimp, chicken wings are very popular. I like to allow 3 pieces per person in a mixed presentation.
Lorraine
10/05/07
Mashed potatoes
How many pounds of potatoes are needed to feed 40 people one serving each of mashed potatoes...about 2/3 cup each
ellen
10/05/07
I prepare 35 pounds of raw potatoes for 100 people, so about 14 pounds. See my freezable, holdable mashed potatoes recipe on the big pots page.
esmeralda
10/10/07
how many pounds of turkey do i need for 60-80 people
ellen
10/10/07
For what kind of meal? For holiday roast turkey see the planning and shopping section of the holiday cooking section at the top of the big pots page. For sandwiches, see the sandwich event page.
John Drummond
10/13/07
When I prepare a dinner buffet I usually cost out my meat for 3 to 6 ounces for each person.However you need to take into consideration if you are having 1 or 2 meats then I only cost for a total of 6 ounces. 3 ounces foe each type of meat. Also depending on your guests. Men generally eat more than women so thats another factor. Hope that helps.

His Thyme Personal Chef
Denver

ellen
10/13/07
Just a caution- that is cooked, ready to eat meat- remember that 30-40% cooking loss. Also, I find that whne one of the choices is beef, people often eat a bit more- 4 to 5 of the beef plus 2-3 of the second, on the average.
renee
10/24/07
I am having my sons birthday party, and am serving hot beef sandwiches. How many arm roasts would it take to make these serving around 20-22 people?
ellen
10/24/07
I would start with 9-10 pounds raw boneless.
Debbie
10/25/07
I'm having a wedding reception for my stepdaughter next Saturday - I'm making chicken salad sandwiches - how many piunds of boneless chicken breasts do I need for about 85 people? Also, how many pounds of pasta for a pasta salad for the same amount of people?
ellen
10/25/07
See the big pots page for the wedding chicken recipe for info on amount of chicken breasts for 100. See the same section for several recipes for mac/pasta salad for 100. Make at least 7/ of the recipe for 85.
Robin
10/29/07
How many gallons of chili to serve 75 people?
ellen
10/29/07
Check the chili page- you want 3/4 the amount for 100. I like a 12 ounce serving, 1 1/2 cups, which is about 6 1/2 gallons for 75, and if it is self serve, add another 10% and if all guys, another 10%.
lynn
11/01/07
how much spaghetti do i feed 150 kids [pounds]
ellen
11/01/07
It depends on age, size, and whether they are starving football players. A simple solution is the baked spaghetti caserole under basic budget entrees in Big Pots. Also, if you want to serve loose spaghetti, see the lotsa pasta page, the spaghetti button at the top of the main cook talk page. The amount for 100 will easily feed 150 grade schoolers, for high school you want about enough for 175-200 to feed 150.
Julie
11/20/07
How many quarts of chili do I need to feed 60 people?
Nicole
11/24/07
Chicken Wings
I would like to know how many pounds of chicken wings I would need to feed about 20-25 people. We are only having wings and it will be for dinner?
ellen
11/24/07
For plenty, you will want 1 pound raw pieces per person, a bit more if it is whle wings, as you would be taking off the tips. If it is mostly men/teens or you have light sides, add another 25%/ 1.4.
Janie
11/25/07
Mashed potatoes
I need to make mashed potatoes and gravy to feed 40 people. How many pounds of potatoes do I need? How many cups of gravy do I need?
ellen
11/25/07
Julie, 2/3 of any of my choli recipes for 100 will give you guidance onthe amounts for your group.

Janie, 14-15 pounds of potatoes for the whole recipe and 1/4 to 1/3 cup gravy per person.

Mary Indihar
11/27/07
how many lbs of cooked beef and chicken fajitas should I buy for 60 people. Also, how many slabs of ribs would I need to feed 50 people.
thanks
ellen
11/27/07
Allow at least 4 ounces beef and 2-3 oounces chicken cooked ready to eat per person.

You need 1 pound raw spare ribs per person for your rib meal.

chris
11/30/07
how many 3oz slices in an 18 pound roast beef
I looking over your choices here I guess I need to narrow it down. can you give me a ruff estimate of how many 3 oz slices in an 18 pound of beef.

Thank you

Chris

ellen
12/01/07
Assuming this is a boneless roast, about 72 if it is a chuck type piece, a few more if it is a leaner round type piece, about 54 if it is an untrimmed brisket, hope that helps.
Sonya
12/05/07
How many pounds of lunch meat do I need for 150 people.
ellen
12/05/07
See the sandwich event page. Meat, bread, condiments and spread recipes.
carla
12/08/07
how many pounds of prime rib do I need for 12 people?
ellen
12/08/07
12 pounds- 10 minimum if you cook carefully, low and slow, and YOU carve and serve. See the roasting beef page in the holiday cooking secton of Big Pots.
Michelle
12/31/07
I have a 4lb eye round. Is this enough for 8 Adults and 3 children. Is the eye round roast beef???
ellen
01/01/08
This will only be 3 pounds once you cook it, so it is pretty small for this size party. It would be OK with plenty of side dishes, or if you did a stew. It is a fairly tough roast- better pot roasted or braised than roasted, and if you do roast, cook on very low heat to help tenderize (225, 1 hour per pound, check internal temp with a thermometer, pull at 150 or lower).
Lillie
01/03/08
How many ounces of shaved deli turkey should be put in a 4.5 sandwich roll. Feeding 325 people will purchasing 4 whole deli turkey breast that will be shaved to enough to feed.

Thanks and have a great day
Lillie in Charlotte, NC

ellen
01/03/08
Even shaved, need about 4 ounces cooked meat for this size roll- 4 sandwiches per pound. So you are looking at 80 pounds ready to eat, which is close to 100 pounds raw, boned turkey. 4 whole breasts won't do it, unless they are a whole lot bigger than I have ever seen.
mel
01/14/08
My friends and I (total of 17) are going to a 3-day trip and we've already planned the following menu: Night-1 Dinner: fish and chips, barbecue chicken, meatball sandwiches, soup and salad. How many leg and thigh should I buy?

Night-2 Dinner: pork chops, barbecue ribs, shrimp kebabs, mashed potatoes, and baked green beans. How many pounds of pork chops, ribs, and shrimps should I get?

ellen
01/15/08
Mel, unless you are baking frozen, the fish and chips are not very practical for a trip. And the second menu is also complicated. What is your cooking situation?

For the first night, with 17 people, just ask everybody who wants chicken and buy one quarter for each person, add a few for extras.

For the second night, you pick by servings. Each of these is 1 person: 10 ounces raw pork chop with bones, 1 pound ribs, 3/4 pound shrimps.

Elizabeth
01/15/08
how many pieces of hot wings is 4oz?
ellen
01/16/08
about 4 or 5.
Rebecca Scott
01/17/08
I'm making french dip sandwiches and have bought 14lbs of some kind of roast.(I forget what kind) How many people do you think I could feed with this? I'm feeding Women.
ellen
01/17/08
This will cook to about 10-11 pounds if you roast it low and slow to reduce shrinkage. You can count on about 40 sandwiches.
Mary
01/21/08
I'm catering a party for 60 people how many pounds of short ribs should I buy?

Thanks

ellen
01/22/08
60 pounds raw.
lsa
01/23/08
wedding reception for 30
Would like to have brats, hotdogs, hamburgers,potato and macaroni salads. Chips and some other finger food. Not sure how to figure the amount of food we need.

thanks for any help.

ellen
01/23/08
You will want 1/3 the amount for 100 on the plan for 100 page. For example, 6 pounds potato chips for 100, so you will want 2 pounds. About 4 gallons potato salad, so you will want 1 1/2 gallons (which is about 15 pounds by weight). You can get condiments for yur sandwiches on the beverage planning page.

The hardest estimate for this is the meats, because of so many choices. I would skip the hot dogs entirely and plan on 1 burger patty PLUS 1 brat or Polish sausage per person. You will have some left over, but they can be frozen for use in chili or soup later, and this is the only way I have found to make sure everyone in this small a group gets what they want.

DEBBIE
02/12/08
I am cooking a beef roast for 21 people , how many pounds to I need ?

also I am cooking pork roast for BBQ how many pounds will it take

ellen
02/13/08
I allow 1 pound per person for bone-in standing rib roasts, about 3/4 pound per person for untrimmed brisket, 1/2 pound per person for lean boneless rump roast- don't know what you are roasting-

Pork roast is similar depending on cut, bone in or out, etc.

Marlene
02/15/08
I am having about 35 people comeing over for my sons birthday party and we are making a mexican dish called chili verde.. where we take pork roast and shop it into small peices ..my questions is how many pork roast will i need to buy to make sure i have enough... they are all going to be cut into cubes and added to a sauce so it makes a lot but need to get an idea...
ellen
02/16/08
MMM, I love chili verde. Buy 1 pound raw boneless pork for each 3 people and you will have plenty. Of course, it is even better the next day, so you might want to make more... If you have a large recipe you would share, consider emailing it in. I would be very pleased to post it for the ellenskitchen readers.
Jennifer
03/06/08
I am having about 21 people for Easter dinner I was thinking of making a roast beef. How many pounds should the eye round roast be?
Anita Perrin
03/06/08
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of pulled pork
How many pounds of pork would I need to prepare to serve 100 people?
ellen
03/06/08
Jennifer, this is a lean boneless piece, so 45-50 pounds raw is great for 100 people.

Anita, you need 1 pound prepared ready to serve for each 3 sandwiches, and you need to plan for abot 120 sandwiches for 100 people.

Ron Farr
03/12/08
I'm cookinag baby back ribs for 8 people. How many pounds do I need.
ellen
03/12/08
For dinner-size portions, 8 to 11 pounds- lots of bone.
Sherry Vincent
03/13/08
I am serving Easter lunch and wanted to know how much ham I should purchase. Is the rule of thumb 1/4 lb per person or 1/2 lb per person?
ellen
03/13/08
You need a minimum of 4 ounces cooked ready to eat ham, that is if you are serving, if it is self serve, you need a minimum of 5 ounces. Raw bone in ham, it takes at least 8 ounces per person- more if the hams are smaller, as the bone/fat ratio is increased- I allow 2 pounds raw bone-in for every three persons for party meals. This is covered in the plan for 100 meat section.
Nova
03/30/08
Iam planning a wedding and we plan to cook the following...a Pork Roast(Pernil), Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, and Chicken...how much for 50 people?
Nova
03/30/08
How many lbs. of meat per person for a wedding?
Iam planning a wedding and we plan to cook the following...a Pork Roast(Pernil), Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, and Chicken...how much for 50 people?
Nova
03/30/08
How many lbs. of meat per person for a wedding?
Iam planning a wedding and we plan to cook the following...a Pork Roast(Pernil), Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, and Chicken...how much for 50 people?
ellen
03/31/08
Nova, it is usual to serve two or at most three meats with 50 people. With four, unless you have people RSVP, you have to make so much extra to try to guess what folkd will want, that it is just a magnet for waste and trouble.

I also don't know the taste preferences of your community. What I can tell you is that it takes 1/2 chicken, OR 1 pound of pork ribs OR 1 pound of beef ribs, to make a party serving for one person, or 2 pounds raw boneless well trimmed pork roast to serve 3. Hope this helps.

Heather
04/01/08
I am cooking tri tip for 8 people how many lbs do i buy?
ellen
04/01/08
About 4. 3 would be skimpy, 5 and you might have enough left for a sandwich. People love tri-tip.
Sandra
04/14/08
How many bags of potato chips (one pound bags) should I buy for a cook-out for 60 adults? The other foods are hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, baked beans, and pickles.
ellen
04/14/08
6 pounds would do for 100, so 4 pounds should be just about right.
Rachel
04/16/08
I am trying to plan the meal for my wedding reception, and I'm not really sure how many pounds of beef roast or pork roast to buy to make barbeque beef and/or pork for approximately 250 people. We are also serving potato salad, chips, and baked beans. What do you suggest for the amount of meat?
Diane
04/23/08
I want to buy a hog to grill for 100 people. How much should the hog weigh?
ellen
04/24/08
Rachel, for bbq sandwiches, You need at least 1 pound raw trimmed boneless for each three people.

Diane, You would do better with 2. You need at least 1 pound raw, dressed per person, and how are you going to turn a 100 pound piece of hog?

There are some really good pig-roasting sites on line. I think there are some links on the BBQ and brisket page.

debbie
04/30/08
i am having engagement party for my son, we are having about 80+people there, i am having chicken marsala, more chicken ribs meatballs and zites,hot wings, kielbasy, sausage pepper & onion. can you please tell me about how much food i should buy Thank You Debbie
ellen
04/30/08
Debbie, this is too many entrees to estimate. You need 1 1/2 pounds pounds total of food per person if this is a dinner, or 1 pound if it is reception level.
Toni
05/07/08
How many pounds of pulled pork would be needed to serve 250 people for a graduation reception?
ellen
05/08/08
Sandwiches? High school or college? Allow 1 1/2 to 2 sandwiches per person for high school, but only 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 for college. You want 1 pound raw boneless pork shoulder to make 4 sandwiches.
Lorene
05/08/08
How much boneless chuck roast would I need to serve between 100 - 125 people. How would you suggest I cook it and how long does it need to cook. We will be shredding it and adding BBQ sauce.
ellen
05/08/08
50 pounds boneless chuck for 100, roast low and slow (250), shred, add sauce and freeze or refrigerate. The meat absorbs some of the sauce and makes more sandwiches. If it is really 125, you wat about 65 pounds.

See the beef roast directions in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.

tom
05/10/08
How many ribs are on a slab of pork spareribs?
ellen
05/12/08
Tom, there are at least 6 different cuts and sizes of rib slabs. Ballpark for standard ribs with the ends off, about 3 ribs per pound- that is why 1 pound is one serving.
Lori
05/12/08
how many pounds of chicken salad do I need ..
How many pounds of chicken salad do I need to feed 150 people? I am making sandwiches and cutting them into 1/4's for a graduation party. We will be having other snacks as well. I am told that we can get about 5 sandwiches per pound.

Thanks!

ellen
05/12/08
See the sandwich event page. If there are other sandwiches, use the reception amount, if not use the lunch amount.
Cris
05/12/08
I am having a barbecue with my friends. My theme is "Cruise". I am having some fancy food, but I also need some famous barbecue food. For 50 people, how many pounds of French fries (from real potatoes or frozen) and ground beef do I need?
ellen
05/13/08
15 pounds potaoes- up to 18 if they are serious French fry eaters. For party size burger patties, allow 1 pound for each 3.
Frederika
05/13/08
We need to feed 100 people, How slabs of baby ribs will we need? We are also serving barbeque meetballs how many pounds do we need? Please Help I also plan to serve 250 wingetts will that be enough? Thank you for your help in advance
Frederika
05/13/08
We need to feed 100 people, How many slabs of baby back ribbs do we need? We are also serving BBQ meetballs; How many pounds do we need? One last question will 250 wingetts be enough? Thank you
ellen
05/14/08
You need 100 pounds of ribs, raw, as an entree for 100 people. If you are serving meatballs and drummettes to the same group, you can do 2 pounds for three people. Meatballs, frozen premade, 1 pound per person, and if the wings go with the same meal 250 is enough.
Misty
05/17/08
ok we are having a baby shower with 50 pepole sloppy joes, hott dogs, taco salid, spigitti salid... drinks are water, kool-aid drinks for kids prepacked, and pop and cake,how much of each so u think we need per person
Heather
06/05/08
Hi, does anyone know how much tri tip, chicken potato salad, and macroni salad I need for 35 people. The tri tip and chicken will be bbq on the grill.
Thank you,
Heather
ellen
06/06/08
Misty, all these are covered in t he various planning pages in big pots, and on these threads. Once you prepare your initial estimates, post them and I will be glad to check them for you.

Heather, you need 1 piece of chicken per person PLUS 2 pounds of raw tritip for each 5 persons. For the rest, use 1/3 the amount for 100 from the planning lists.

Bonnie
06/11/08
We're cooking for our daughter's wedding. The wedding is at 6:30 p.m. We are serving brisket, pork loin, boneless chicken breast, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw and baked beans. I have also made a dessert bar. We have 17 lbs of brisket, 19 lbs of pork loin and 60 chicken breast. I've ordered 300 rolls for sandwiches and sides.
Also,I am buying the potato salad, coleslaw and beans and making the macaroni salad. How many pounds of dry pasta do I need?
I love this site and wish I hadn't waited until the week before the wedding to find it!
Thank you!
Bonnie
ellen
06/11/08
Bonnie, I know it is the week before the wedding, but you MUST tell me the number of people you are serving if you want specific help. In the meantime, I use 6 pounds per 100 people for pasta/mac salad when I am also doing potato salad.

I would remind that 17 pounds brisket is only 35 servings... It is usual to expect that at least 3/4 of the guests will take some beef.

Bonnie
06/11/08
I'm sorry, we're serving 130 people
ellen
06/11/08
I would use about 9 pounds of dry pasta for the salad.

You are potentially short on meats if those are raw weights for the pork and brisket. I would definitely at least double the beef and pork. Assuming the chicken breasts are boneless, skinless, and cook up to about 4 ounces, you are OK but none will be left over.

People will be hungry. It would be a very good plan to add/prepare an appetizer table for that hour between the time the guests arrive and the time the pictures, clothes changing etc finsh and the bridal couple arrives. This could be as simple as a cheese, veggie and fruit board. I just posted a new table on the appetizer planning page that would help with this.

You also need a person not part of the wedding to be with the food while you all go to the wedding. This person would finish setup, put things in the oven or out, start the coffee, etc. The mother of the bride DEFINITELY needs not to be the one doing this- the bride wants you there, not in the kitchen-

Good luck to you and a long and happy life together to the couple.

Bonnie
06/11/08
Thanks Ellen, I never would have guessed that it would take 9 pounds of dry pasta to make 4 gallons of macaroni salad. Or I'm totally confused on my amounts, which wouldn't be out of the question at this point! At the 1 gallon per 10 person rule we would need 13 gallons total, right? We have 4 side dishes, so I'm figuring we need 4 gallons of each side dish. Do I have that wrong?
Thank you so much. I'm a really stresser over having enough food!!!
The wedding and reception are in the same location and pictures will be done before the ceremony. So, we weren't planning on having appetizers. I have lots of helpers to set up while we take pictures. And there will be someone to watch the tables during dinner.
Thank you!!!!! What a great service you are providing!
ellen
06/12/08
Good math, and yes that is about right on the pasta, too. Sounds like you are about ready!
ken Duran
06/16/08
I am having 35 people over for a bithday party Bar b que. How many peices of chicken and how may tri tips should I grill. We will be having some side dishes also like salads and bread etc
ellen
06/16/08
Tritips vary in size. You want about 4 ounces cooked per person PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person. That is 1 pound raw beef for every 4 people and 4 to 5 whole 3-3 1/2 pound chickens. Happy birthday.
Frankie
06/18/08
We are cooking (pernil) pork roast for 80 people. How many pounds of pork shoulder is required? We are also serving (habichuelas) baked beans, white rice and salad. Feliz San Juan Bautista !!
ellen
06/18/08
If you expect a hungry crowd, allow 2 pounds raw bone in shoulder for 5 people. Wish I was close enough to come!
Michelle
06/19/08
We are planning a fund raiser for a golf tournament. There are a total of 50 players. We are wanting to sell hamburgers and hot dogs. It is a two day event lasting from 10:00 am until 5:00 p.m. A dinner will be provided at 7:00 pm the first night; however there will be no dinner the second night. How many hamburgers and hot dogs should we purchase?
Rebecca
06/23/08
I'm hosting a BBQ for 45 people (12 are children). We have 4lbs each potato salad, cole slaw and macaroni salad. Is that enough? Also, I'm planning on making pasta in addition to 96 pieces of chicken. How many lbs of dry pasta should I cook? Based on some answers above I think 5 lbs of dry pasta would be sufficient. Please help!!! Thank you!
ellen
06/24/08
Michelle, I have no idea; you don't say how many other guests/ viewers and how long you are planning to serve, what other food is available or what you will charge. All these affect the amount you might sell.

Rebecca, If you were not having the pasta, the salads would not be enough, and I would definitely double at least the cole slaw. 15 pounds of ready potato salad and 10 of ready pasta salad would the usual for this size party.

5 pounds of dry pasta will not leave any leftovers, but for a casserole would likely be enough.

allison
07/03/08
I nned to buy hamburger meat for 30 people and hot dogs for 60 people. What is the rule?
Thanks!
ellen
07/03/08
Allow 1 pound raw regular ground beef for each 3 people (1 sandwich per person- teens want 2)and 2-3 hot dogs per person for adults. If it is serve yourself, you need 1 4 ounce patty PLUS 1 dog per person to have enough and give adequate choice.

Condiments are covered on the sandwich event page.

If this is for grown ups, consider getting Polish sausage or kielbasa instead of regular hot dogs, very little extra expense and much better flavor.

sharon
07/03/08
how many lb. cabbage for slaw to feed 150 people?
ellen
07/04/08
About 30 pounds total mixed veggies. It shrinks. See the Slaw, mac and potato salad page and the cole slaw page for lots of help.
Beverly
07/19/08
Ellen,

I am having my husband a 50th birthday party (Barbecue). I am serving baby back ribs, chicken and a half of pig. The sides are potatoe salad, cole slaw, crab salad and bake beans. I am expecting about 75 to 85 people. How many slabs of ribs and chicken should I purchase? How many lbs of potatoes do I need to purchase? I will the prepack slaw (cabbage) for the slaw. Can you tell me how many bags should I purchase to make the slaw? I want this to be a birthday that my husband will never forget and do not want to run short of anything. So, I really appreciate your help.

ellen
07/19/08
Beverly, what a pleasant party.

Half pigs come in sizes from 18 to 200 pounds... So start by counting every 1 pound of pig for 1 person, and subtracting that number of people from your total.

Baby back ribs, 1 pound raw per person. Chicken is 1/4 per person. With two you have to make extra to allow for choices and because people eat more when there are more choices.

So say your half pig is 40 pounds. You need 45 more served. I would make 6-8 chickens, then cut into pieces, not quarters. I would make 25-30 pounds of ribs.

Here are the amounts for 100 for your items. For 85, you would go about 7/8's.

potato salad, 35 pounds potatoes. Look at the Nepalese or Russian potato salad recipes for some delicious and different ideas.
cole slaw, 20 pounds
crab salad; if KRAb, allow 1/3 cup per person, add 6 pounds crackers per 100 people. If real crab, mortgage the house; people will eat all you want to put out.
baked beans, about 3 gallons per 100

Take a look at the fruit tray for 25. Two would be enough, and beautiful with this meal.

The other item you might want to look at is the big antipasto tray at the bottom of the appetizer page:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/appetiz2.html

or the relish tray at the top of this page:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/appetiz2.html

tom from kansas
08/08/08
Hello, I am in charge of feeding 400 from my company for a outing. There will be swimming and park rides. We are cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. Popcorn and chips available. Is there a ratio to figure out how many hambergers and hot dots to order? Guessing 40% will be kids? Thinking of 500 hamburgers and 175 hot dogs. Sounds high but have never did anything like this before. Thanks for any guess..tom
ellen
08/09/08
It isn't hard. 1 burger (4 per pound) PLUS 1 hotdog per person, plus 10% for a fudge factor.

See the sandwich event page for a table that tells whet condiments per 100 people.

Dawn Jones
08/18/08
Hi, I am cooking for a baby shower and need to know how many lbsof whole chicken wings are needed for 75-80 people. Also how many lbs of baby back ribs are needed for the same quantity. The guest list is a total of 105 people and I am estimating 75-80 to show, is this a good estimate?
ellen
08/19/08
I am assuming this is a full meal served buffet style. I would expect 5/6 of the amount invited for this event. Chicken wings are listed in the plan for 100 lists, you need 5/6 of the amount for 100. For full servings, you would get 1 pound raw baby back ribs per person. For this, being ladies and having the wings also, you could allow 1/2 pound raw per person- 40-45 pounds.
Deana
08/21/08
How many pounds of cooked fajita meat?
How many pounds of cooked beef fajitas and chicken fajitas should I get for 25 people, mostly adults (4 kids under 16). Also, how many lbs. of refried beans and rice?
ellen
08/21/08
Allow 4-5 ounces cooked beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked chicken per person and an equal amount of grilled peppers and onions. You want 1 1/2 to 2 pounds dry rice, cooked and the same amount dry beans, cooked and refried, or about 1 1/2 gallons cooked rice and 1 gallon cooked beans. You need salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc also.
Alisa
08/25/08
How many lbs. of pasta per person
Hi! I'm cooking a pasta meal for about 35 people. How many pounds of pasta should I make as well as how many pounds of meat (I'm doing an assortment of sausages, pork, and meatballs)and loafs of bread. Thank you!
ellen
08/25/08
For the pasta amounts, see the spaghetti/ lotsa pasta page for a yield table. You want 8 ounces cooked, which is about 11-12 ounces raw, meats.
Michell
08/29/08
We are hosting a couples babyshower/mixer tomorrow. We are planning on serving chips & dips as an appetizer and chicken & beef fajitas with tortillas, onions & peppers for the meal. There will be drinking as well as cake for dessert. My worry is with the meet. 90 people were invited so I am planning on 50-60 (since not many RSVPs came in). I am guessing 25-30 pounds of meet. Is this wrong? Thanks!
Michell
08/29/08
Oh yeah, and how many peppers, onions & tortillas should I get?
ellen
08/29/08
Plenty meat. Get equal amount by weight of peppers and onions combined. Use lime juice in the meat marinade. Consider making a half recipe of borracho beans (start today) and 3-4 pounds dry of Spanish or yellow rice. 4 tortillas per person, get some each of corn and flour.
Phee
09/12/08
I am cooking for a wedding announcement of 75 people. the menu is mac and cheese, salmon fried catfish, green beans, potatoe salad, fried and bake chicken. HOw many lbs of salmon, chicken, fish, potatoes is needed.
ellen
09/12/08
Too many entrees. Fried fish is bad for weddings, and very hard to prep on site and can't be made ahead.

3 ounces ready to eat salmon per person PLUS one piece of chicken per person plus an extra 10%.

25 pounds potatoes for salad.

cody
09/14/08
I am hosting a barbeque for 150 people. How many ponuds of brisket and sausage would i need to get?
ellen
09/15/08
See the bbq and brisket article- use the button at the top of the main cook talk page. Make your estimate, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you.
Diana
09/26/08
Wedding buffet
Ellen, We are expecting 150ppl at our reception. We are having tri-tip and chicken quarters. Also, pasta salad, green salad, cooked beans, white rice and spanish rice. I am figuring of buying half and half of the meats. How many pounds of tri tip and chicken for 75 ppl each? What would you recommend also in the side dishes as far as how much to buy? These are all being done by scratch by a friend, who is a great cook. Any advise would be appreciated. Wedding is October 18, 2008.

Thank you.

ellen
09/27/08
Your plan needs some work. One great cook cannot cook for 150 people- read my article under the "wedding dinner" button at the top left of cook talk. You need 3 cooks at least- if you are grilling for this size group on site, it takes two people (not counting the other cooks) FULL TIME on the grill. Plus six minimum to set up serve and clean up.

It also does not work tp do 75 of each. You need to end up with 5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person (a quarter is 2 pieces). So you need about 45 pounds of raw tritip plus 75 quarters.

pasta salad 6 pounds dry pasta per 100
green salad, see plan for 100, make 1 1/2

cooked beans, 8 pounds dry per 100

white rice and spanish rice. 8 pounds dry total rice per 100, counting both kinds

Please have the cook read the "Wedding Reception menu ideas" thread- the whole thread. That cook was an experienced quantity cook, had 15 helpers for 3 days before the wedding, was NOT grilling, and served only 135; she had success. You/ your cook have a LOT of work to do besides just the food to have success and not much time to do it in.

Paige Blair
10/05/08
What is considered 1 serving of chicken drummettes/wingettes?? These will be served with other appetizers as well.
ellen
10/05/08
6 pieces is usual. 4 is OK if you have several other meat appetizers.
MaryRose
10/11/08
How many pounds of turkey do I need to feed 10 hungry adults and still have leftovers.
ellen
10/11/08
At least 1 pound raw whole or 10 ounces boneless roast per person.
Pat
10/12/08
After our daughter's noon wedding we will have a Cocktail Hour of hors d'oeuvres then we are having an Appetizer Reception with stations(Asian, sgrimp salad rolls + Ham with Brie,Sushi,Dessert,Carving + cake). For the Carving Station we need to choose either Boneless Beef Rib Roast or Beef Tenderloins. How many lbs. of each one or # of roasts would we need for 180 people? Would Beef Tenderloins be more cost effective if they were used for sandwiches on rolls?
ellen
10/12/08
Tenderloin on rolls is definitely more cost effective than rib roast, as you need only 1 pound per 5 sandwiches (which is about 4-5 people) as opposed to 1 pound per three people. IT MUST HAVE A SERVER, or you will run out.
Holly
10/20/08
How many pounds of cocktail meatballs are needed to serve 50 people as an appetizer? This is the type purchased at Costco. We are also serving spinach/artichoke dip, cheese and fruit display, and brisket sandwiches. This is an open house engagement party. Thanks!
ellen
10/20/08
Allow at least 4 each.
Charon
10/22/08
Hello,
I'll be having 40 adults and 4 children under 7 for an anniversary party. How many pounds of tri-tip and how many pounds of shredded chicken should I get? Someone at the restaurant that is doing the catering said 17 pounds of meat will feed 50. is this so? I ordered 10 pounds of tri tip and 7 of shredded chicken. Also, how many pounds of rice and beans for same amt? Thanks!!
Peggy
11/04/08
I need help in knowing what an 18 pound turkey will yield if served as 3 oz. per serving.Thanks.
Raqui
11/04/08
How many pounds of yukon gold potatoes do I need to feed 25-30 adults for thanksgiving?(im making mashed potatoes)
millie
11/05/08
How many pound of ribs would I need to serve 100people
ellen
11/05/08
Charon, I missed yours. The meat is OK for your party. You need 3-4 pounds dry each of rice and beans for this party.

Peggy, there is a yield table for turkey in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. However, unless these are children under 12 that is a VERY small serving for a party. 6 ounces is the usual, and that is with nothing left over.

Raqui, 10-12 pounds, try the freezable holdable mashed potato recipe in big pots for one that can be made ahead and reheated.

Millie, 100 pounds- this is a very bony item, and they are heavy.

Nue
11/05/08
How many adults will a 4.5 to 5 lbs. prime rib roast feed?
ellen
11/05/08
If this is bone in, it will feed 4-5 happily, 6-7 if polite. If it is boneless, add about 2 more people. See the roast beef cooking article for how to cook with the least shrinkage.
Jeri
11/10/08
How many lbs. of turkey for 60
I need to feed 60 teens turkey. How many pounds of turkey do I need to buy?
Mindy
11/10/08
I'm having 20 people over for Thanksgiving. How many pounds do I need for my Turkey?
ellen
11/11/08
Jeri, you want at least 60 pounds whole raw- I would do 4 15-16 pounders, the meat is better than larger birds. There is an article on cooking lots of turkey in the holiday cooking recipes at the top of big pots.

Mindy, I would probably do 2 12-14 pounders. One 20 pounder would be fine, but the meat is better on the smaller birds.

victor
11/12/08
I AM HAVING A PARTY FOR 200 PEOPLE. I am serving baby back ribs, chicken and links how much do i need for each person
ellen
11/12/08
I allow 1/2 pound raw ribs, 1/4 small chicken AND 2-3 ounces sausage for each person. See the BBQ and brisket article.
sheila
11/21/08
I am planning a party for about 100 people and I am serving chilli and the hot dogs if they want how much hamburger meat do I need to make the chilli
ellen
11/21/08
2 dogs per person and about 20 pounds of meat for chili; some people will eat the chili as a main dish.
Carole
11/25/08
Hi,

I am having 30 people for Thanksgiving dinner. How big should the ham be? Please let me know bone in and boneless. Thank you.

ellen
11/25/08
Go to the plan for 100 list and use 1/3 the amount for 100. All options are covered.
allan
11/26/08
having a party for 70 people
hi
we are holding a christmas party for 70 people
can anyone please tell me how to work out the portions im gonna need because ive never done it before & its for charity & i really need to get it right so they all have a good time thank you........

veg soup for the starter

main course roast chicken with mashed potato, sprouts, carrots & peas.

ellen
11/26/08
If you are plating it, allow 1/4 chicken per person. If buffet, do pieces and you need 55-60 pounds of pieces. The rest is all in the plan for 100 lists, use 3/4 the amount for 100.
Timmarie
12/08/08
Help me, I'm serving 45 people, 1/2 are kids
*Turkey—1 16-18lb turkeys
*Ham—1 11-12lb ham
*Rolls—7 packages of 12
*Butter—2 -1lb tubs
*Mashed Potatoes—14lbs potatoes
*Sweet Potato Casserole—1 casserole
Gravy—2 gallons?
*Green Beans—10lbs
*Green Bean Casserole—5lbs
*7-up Salad
Salad—6-7lbs of premix salad
Dressing—1 quart Ranch, 2 bottles Italian, 1 bottle French
Stuffing—3.5lbs
*Cookies—7 dozen cookies
*Pumpkin Pies—3
*Pie of their choice—3
Lemonade—4 gallons (presweetened)
Tea—4 gallons
Sugar—1lbs
ellen
12/09/08
Hi, Timmarie,
Good work. You will run out of sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole, and the stuffing is a possible. You will likely have tossed salad left over, just because there are so many other choices- do add at least one light dressing (light ranch). You will probably run out of pie, unless they are large, and you might want to add a couple of cans of real whipped cream. You need water and some kind of sugar-free sweetener, and it wouldn't hurt to have a couple of pots of coffee and decaf available. People like it with dessert.

The meat will do as long as someone serves it and you do not need any leftovers.

Jo Lynn
12/14/08
how many pounds of ham do i need to feed 18 people
I am haveing a wedding in about 6 days was woundering how many pounds of ham i would need to feed 18 people. I am also having pototoe salad and pasta. The ham will also be sliced for sandwichs
ellen
12/14/08
You posted on two threads, Check the other one.
Patsy
12/14/08
How much sauce and spaghetti
I have to prepare a spaghetti dinner for 35 men(hunters)and I need to know how much spaghetti sauce and spaghetti I will need to prepare.I will be serving garlic bread and dessert with this meal.
taylor
01/11/09
I have three pounds of raw rump roast, how many ounces will that make cooked???
That will make about
01/11/09
That will make about 2 1/4 pounds cooked, will make 8 servings with good sides.
veronica
03/26/09
i'm making a b-day party, i'm gona serve fajitas and chicken for about 80 people including kids, how much meat should i buy
ellen
03/27/09
Veronica, do you mean beef fajitas and chicken in another dish, or a combo of chicken and beef fajitas?

Depends on the side dishes. If this is fajitas from a single meat only with no rice and beans, about 1 pound raw boneless meat for 3 people, plus 10%. If rice and beans, 1 pound for 4 people plus 10% is usually plenty. For the two meats, you would figure the total for one meat, then get 2/3 that amount in raw boneless beef and a little less than 1/2 that amount in boneless skinless chicken. Yes that add up to more than 100%, but when you have two meats people eat more and some of each.

Miranda
04/14/09
For my wedding I will be serving at the most 120 people. how much of each of the following will i need:
sausage balls & sauce
cocktail weenies
cheeseball & triscuits
ham sandwiches
veggie tray
fruit tray
chips & dip
Kelly
04/14/09
I am in charge of the Mothers Day lunch at church for 100 people. We are having BBQ chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, banana pudding and rolls. How much of each will be needed. I also don't want any one getting sick on undercooked chicken, what's the best way to ensure it's tender and juicy while still done?
ellen
04/14/09
Miranda, you need to make an initial estimate and post it- use the appetizer planning page, the fruit tray and veggie tray pages- the amounts depend on whether it is at a meal time or mid afternoon, if it is at a mealtime you want a total of about 1 1/2 pounds of food per person- also, consider serving the ham in deli type slices and letting people assempble their own sandwiches, they eat less and less is wasted because the sandwiches can't be saved but the ham and rolls can. If you like that idea, see the sandwich event page for more help on how much bread, meat and condiments. Remember, dip is 1/4 to 1/3 cup per person plus 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of chips. If you post your estimate I will be glad to go over it for you.

Kelly, for your amounts see the plan for 100 page and the dessert planning page, you might also like the bbq and brisket page for some ideas and links. The usual problems with chicken are cooking to hot, to fast, so yo end up with perversely dry, underdone chicken. Good grilled chicken takes a solid hour over a medium to low fire, the secret is really good grill folk and allowing enough time- that is a LOT of grill space- if you have to hold, hold tightly covered at 180 degrees in a preheated oven.

edith powers
04/15/09
how many lbs. of ground meat is needed for a spaghetti sauce for 200 people?
ellen
04/15/09
see the spaghetti page, there is a dinner for 50-60, you use 3 to 4 times the amount depending on type of meat and how meaty you want it.
Trina
04/16/09
im doing a fish fry; how many pounds of fish for 30 people? thanks and i love this site!
ellen
04/16/09
about 15 pounds raw boneless will make 30 good portions for your eaters.
SONIA
04/17/09
how many turkeys do i need for 300 plates for a fundraiser, green beans and mashed potatoes??? thanks!
ellen
04/17/09
See the shopping and planning for holiday dinners article at the top of the big pots page.
Joyce
04/20/09
We are having a Co.Picnic. I will be serving at the most 500 people. how much of each of the following will I need:
*lbs of Chicken breast for at least200 people
*Sliced onions for burgers
*Sliced Beefsteak Tomatoes for burgers
*Shredded lettuce for burgers
*How many 6 lb cans of baked beans
*How mny 6 lb cans of Pudding Vanilla and chocolate for pies
canned cool whip???Thanks so much my hand is spinning.
Kelly
04/20/09
Thanks for the quick reply Ellen. This is the best site I have found in a LONG time! For the chicken, I was thinking of par-boiling them, pulling off the skin and then using the grill to mark the meat and baste in sauce. How much time do you think that will need? Will that idea work?
Joyce
04/20/09
How Much??
We are having a Co.Picnic. I will be serving at the most 500 people. how much of each of the following will I need:
*lbs of Chicken breast for at least 200 people
*Sliced onions for burgers
*Sliced Beefsteak Tomatoes for burgers
*Shredded lettuce for burgers
*How many 6 lb cans of baked beans
*How mny 6 lb cans of Pudding Vanilla and chocolate for pies
canned cool whip???Thanks so much my hand is spinning.
ellen
04/20/09
Joyce, there is a condiment list on the sandwich event page that deals with the lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. for 100. Chicken breast depends on boneless skinless vs bone in skin on- see the meat planning chart on the plan for 100 page. But basically, you will need at least 400 pieces and 3-400 burgers to do food for 500 people- folks eat more and some of each when there are several choices.

Baked beans are specified on the picnic sides section on the plan for 100 list. Pies are covered on the dessert list.

Kelly, you have to fully cook the chicken when you par-cook it, and oven roasting is better than boiling. I would also marinate before roasting. If you are NOT grilling, take a look at the orange dijon wedding chicken, which can be made ahead and frozen and is much more Mother's Day-ish than BBQ chicken. Then serve a rice or pasta salad and a spinach strawberry salad instead of cole slaw. Prettier.

kelly
04/29/09
i am cooking for a wedding rehersal
if i am cooking tri tip and chicken for 50 people how much chicken breast do i need to buy?
ellen
04/30/09
You need to end up with at least 5 ounces of cooked beef PLUS 3 ounces of cooked chicken per person. 1 pound boneless skinless breast makes about 4 servings this size. I would go with 13-14 pounds.
Judy
05/04/09
We are having a party and feeding 70 people, how many tri-tps and chicken do we need?
ellen
05/05/09
about 2 pounds raw tri-tip for each 5 people PLUS 1 piece (not quarter) of chicken per person. Add 10% if it is self serve such as buffet.
Lucy
05/22/09
I'm having a luncheon for my son's Eagle Court of Honor and I am having 80 people. I will be serving Roast Beef, Meatballs, Baked Ziti and potatoe salad along with a tossed salad. I am cooking the food my self I need to know how much of each do I need to make so I have more than enough to serve that day
ellen
05/23/09
You will have a hard time because roast beef is very popular. You need to make enough roast beef for 75 (that's 3/4 of 100 if you use my plan for 100 tables; enough meat balls for 40-50; 8 9x13 ziti, and 3 gallons of potato salad (about 25-27 pounds of potatoes).
Mary
05/28/09
I am having about 40 adults over for a cookout. I need to know how many pounds of catfish nuggets would be needed. i will have some a small of amount of hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids.
ellen
05/28/09
One pound raw for each 3 people gives a moderate portion of fried fish.
Jody
06/06/09
I am having a graduation party for about 100-150 people. I am making hot turkey sandwiches. How many pounds of turkey will i need? I would like to get turkey breasts only.
ellen
06/06/09
Nice idea. See the turkey yeild tables in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. You want 5-6 ounces ready to eat per person.
Amy
06/16/09
cooked hamburg
how many cups do you get from 1 lb. of cooked hamburg?
ellen
06/17/09
2 cups.
Paula Perkins
06/21/09
Ellen, we are serving baked chicken pieces,(breast,thigh,wing and leg)to a church group of about 150, also serving green beans and boiled potatoes(canned potatoes). How much of each do we need.
ellen
06/21/09
110 pounds of pieces or 125 pounds of quarters (the backbones), A #10 can holds 3/4 of a gallon, about 24 1/2 cup servings, so you would want about 7 cans each.
Sandy
06/23/09
How much meat to buy
I will be cooking to provide up to 90 plates of food for homeless at my church. I need to know how many hamburgers, brats and hot dogs to buy. I know they eat hamburgers the most, then brats and hot dogs. I wnt to make sure I do not run out.
ellen
06/23/09
I would stick with hamburgers only, the sausages are less nutritious, and preferably hand pat them three to a pound so they are big and juicy. 30 pounds.
Kori
07/02/09
I am having wedding reception for about 60 people. Will be serving cut up, bone in chicken and bone in beef ribs....how much should I buy? There will be sides: mac salad, potato salad, corn and beans.
ellen
07/02/09
You need to allow 1 pound raw beef rib per person, because there is SO much bone and people love them. PLUS 35-40 pounds bone in chicken pieces.
Kita
07/06/09
Hi,
Having a 50th b-day for Mom! About 50 people invited. How many lbs. or slabs of ribs should I get? Also not sure on how many hot dogs and chicken wings? Thanks in advance...This site is SUCH a BIG HELP!!!!!
ellen
07/07/09
1 pound ribs raw per person, skip the hotdogs, 1 pound raw chicken wing pieces for each 3 people. Grownups don't really like hot dogs much...
christie
07/09/09
I am hosting a graduation party for about 50 people. I would like to serve a combination of pulled pork and chicken parts (bone in)... how much should i order from the caterer?
ellen
07/12/09
1 piece of chicken per person PLUS 1 pound pork fopr each 3 people and everyone will get their firsty choice, and you will not have too much left over.
cheryl
07/14/09
Hi Ellen,
I am having a graduation/off to college party for approx. 75 people. Not sure how many will be kids. My son wants meatballs for subs, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato salad, tomato-cucumber salad and watermelon canteloupe fruit bowl. Because there are so many sides, how many of each should I make and how many meatballs and raw pork should I buy. I think that I should just cut sub rolls in half that they can use for the subs and pork bbq.
Thank you!
ellen
07/14/09
These are relatively light sides, actually. You want about 15 pounds meat for the meat balls, and 20 pounds raw boneless pork shoulder.
cheryl
07/15/09
Thank you Ellen! You are the best and thank goodness I found your website.
Patty
07/16/09
how many hot dogs and hamburgs for 100-125
My husband is second guessing me on how many hots/hamburgs for 100-125 for a graduation party We have 5 salads and baked beans all of which are in 3 1/2- 4 inch deep full pans. Will this be enough food for the party
ellen
07/16/09
Hey you [posted on 2 threads, check the other one. For the beans, 3 gallons (4 #10 cans) or 8 pounds dry per 100.
Tony
07/27/09
Hi Ellen,
I'm not sure, if I did miss any info., on the amount of pounds of potatoe's, carrots and celery, that's needed for cooking beef-stew, I'm cooking for about 200 people, I've got info. on the meat portion, but, not the vegetables, could you help me on this, I would really appreciate your expertise!
ellen
07/27/09
Per 100, 30 pounds potatoes, 20 pounds carrots, 20 pounds onions, 8 pounds celery.
Jennifer
07/28/09
Hi Ellen,
I am planning a party for 70 people and I am in charge of making meatballs and sauce. How many meatballs should I factor per person and how many lbs and meat does the equal. as how much sauce is needed?
ellen
07/28/09
I allow 4-6 ounces meatballs, depending on whether there are other meats. That is a recipe with about 25-28 pounds ground meats plus additives for 100 people; you would do 3/4 of 100. Sauce, depends on thickness, see the spaghetti page for dioscussion of how much for thick or thin.
Kimberly 8-3-09
08/03/09
Hi Ellen My daughter is getting married in sept 09 and times running out we are BBQ Tri Tip and Chicken for the reception there will be approx 150 guests how many Lbs of each (tri tip & chicken0 do i need to buy? we are also serving cesar salad , Beans , garlic bread what amounts do i need for those items as well?
ellen
08/04/09
Kimberly for the sides see the plan for 100 tables. I allow 5 pounds ready to eat beef plus 3-4 ounces boneless ready to eat chicken PER PERSON. That is 2 pounds raw tritip for each 5 PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person.
jacob g
08/10/09
hi I'm having a wedding reception
we are having BBQ
how many lb of feather bone / riblets will i need
is it still 1# feeds 3 people
there will also be boneless chicken breast
ellen
08/10/09
Bony meats is 1/2 pound per person. Very bony, such as baby back ribs or beef ribs, is 1 pound per person. You could do 1 piece of breat PLUS 1/3 pound of ribs per person, you don't say how many people.
jacob g
08/11/09
sorry 70 80 at most but have a count of 65 now
how much potato salad and baked beans
the come by the pound
ellen
08/12/09
You need 4=4 1/2 gallons of potato salad and 3 gallons of baked beans per 100. You should get a pint of each and weigh them to figure out pounds- it varies, depending on how the salad is made.
Sandy
08/30/09
I am cooking pasts for a large crowd at our Legion and need to know how much hamburg would I need to make pasta for 100 people.
ellen
08/30/09
See the spaghetti page, look at the pasta dinner for 50-60 and use 1 1/2 to 2 times the amounts, depending on whether they will be light or heavy eaters.
Marion Gay
09/05/09
Hello Ellen, Smile!! I would love for u to explain me clearly since we will celebrate our best friend of 75th birthday and will have a buffet after our deaf church to share with our beloved friend. Can u tell me how much pound of bonless rump roast for 40 people or more? I was told that can figure around 5 to 8 lbs of rump and would be enough to feed fr 40 or more people. Help me before I do start to cook these. Would be very apperication. Thanks :-)
ellen
09/06/09
Hi, Marion,
If you are serving sliced roast, especially if it is the only meat and buffet service, you need 20 pounds raw for 40-50 people- this shrinks down to 15-16 pounds cooked, which is about 5 ounces per person, which is a very nice party serving. If you have heavy side dishes such as scalloped potatoes or mac and cheese and some hot vegetables as well as the salad, it will cut down on the amount of meat a little, but you still won't have much left over.
Heather
09/21/09
We are having a luncheon at work and need to know how many lbs of turkey and how many lbs of brisket to order.
We have 150 employees and wanted to serve half brisket and half turkey.
ellen
09/21/09
It probably won't work out that way. Caterers allow 5 ounces of ready to eat beef PLUS three ounces of the second meat when there are two entrees like this, especially if it is served buffet style. That works out to 1 pound brisket for each 3 plus 1 pound turkey for each 5.
Laurie Nelson
09/22/09
How much potato sausage do I need to feed 200 people at our church dinner? We are serving mashed potatoes & gravy and mashed rutabagas with it.
Brian
09/22/09
I am serving Spare Ribs, Tri Tip and Chicken for a group of 40 (along with sides). Would you let me know what you think I need of each (raw weight). This will be served buffet style. Also, on the Tri Tip, do you know if it is possible to par cook 3-4 hours aheaad of time and finish off just before serving? Thank you!
ellen
09/22/09
Laurie, you double posted, see the other one.

Brian, three meats for 40 people is a tough calculation, see the discussion on the bbq and brisket page. I would do 1 piece of chicken PLUS 1/2 pound ribs PLUS 1/3-1/2 pound raw tritip per person, this is the only way to make sure everyone gets his or her first choice, which you need for buffet service. And no you would be better off cooking done and serving room temp. cold on the beef; tritip is unforgiving and does not take well at all to reheating.

tammy
09/26/09
need to know how many pounds of rond steak to buy to feed 30 people?
ellen
09/26/09
If largish pieces, such as Swiss steak, 2 pounds for every 3-4 people. If sliced and slivered, as for stir fry or stew, 2 pounds for 5 people.
cynthia
10/01/09
how many pounds of fresh fish will I need for 120 people
cynthia
10/01/09
oops!! I will be frying the fish
ellen
10/01/09
Check the fish amounts on the plan for 100 page. Frying this much fisj rerquires at least 3 cooks and fryers.
Marion Gay McClendon
10/07/09
Hello Ellen, I want to tell you how appericate to help me with your helper. Everyone are very enjoyed which I made the roast rump roast and came very good. Now I am very proud of myself that I can do other time next time. Many thanks my dear Ellen.

Marion Gay McClendon

From St.John Episcopal Church for Deaf In Birmingham ,Al

ellen
10/08/09
You are VERY welcome! I learned to sign a little at De l'epee deaf center in Biloxi Ms, and cooked for their kids camp. Glad this helped.
gwen
10/08/09
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of fish per person
I am having a family seafood day there are 25 adults and 15 kids. How many lbs of catfish do I need will 10 lbs be ok, jumbo shrimp 4lbs, we are also having scallops, oysters. There will be hotdogs and veggies, hamburgers and other food.
ellen
10/08/09
Lucky family. That is only about 60 shrimp, I would get at least 3 per person including the kids. With all the other food the catfish should be fine, and you could easily skip either the hot dogs or the burgers.
Sally
10/14/09
How much do we need to feed 250 people
Ok we are having a family event and we are having trouble on how much we need. How much boneless thigh chicken, pull apart pork, cornbeef (brisket), rice and potato salad for 250 people. If u can give us an idea that would be GRREAT..lol Thank you so much, s.timo
ellen
10/15/09
With a multiple selection, you want to end up with 8-9 ounces cooked weight total meats. I would aim for 4 ounces beef, 2-3 each pork and chicken. Brisket is a fatty meat that shrinks so 2 pounds raw trimmed makes only about 20 ounces cooked.
The rice and potasto salad are covered in the plan for 100 pages. Pasta salad is a lot easier to prepare for this many people.
Rhonda
10/29/09
We are having a chili cook off at work. There are about 20 people participating in this. How much Hamburger meat (thats what we prefer) would I use to make enough for that many people????
ellen
10/29/09
About 6 pounds if it is typical bean and meat chili. Chopped or coarse ground works better than regular hamburger.
tracie
11/08/09
how many people does 20 pounds of chili serve?
ellen
11/08/09
It depends on size of bowl, number of side dishes and toppingd, etc.

If it is the only main course, this is usually about 40 cups. At a cup and a half per person (large bowl), it serves about 30+ people.

Cindy
11/12/09
Hello,
We are having a holiday buffet at our office and we are going to be serving sprial ham and turkey for about 35 people. How big of a ham and turkey do I need
ellen
11/12/09
2 12-14 pound (raw weight) turkeys and 1 10-12 pound ham should do it as long as there are the usual sides.
Diane
11/12/09
Probably been mentioned, but... 3 oz. of red meat, 4 oz. of seafood, poultry, etc. per person as a healthy rule. That would be at the most 5 lbs. of meat for chili for 20, and it would be a very rich dish. Should be heavier on the tomatoes and veggies and the varieties of beans, and lighter on the meat, especially if served with cheese and/or sour cream.
ellen
11/12/09
Diane, there are two difficulties here; the 3 ounce portion is cooked, and that is 4 ounces raw. Also, party portions, which is what people are usually inquiring about, are about twice as large (7-8 ounces cooked), particularly if it is buffet/ self service.
Marlene
11/18/09
I am doing a dinner party of 70 guests.
For meat I am doing ham and roast. How much do I need per person. Also how many pounds of potatoes would I need per person.
ellen
11/19/09
Caterers would allow 5 ounces cooked ready to eat beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked ready to eat ham for each person. That is at least 2 pounds raw lean boneless beef for each 5 people (more if you are doing tenderloin, prime rib, etc) PLUS 1 pound boneless ready to heat ham for each 4 people.

Potatoes, I allow 35-40 pounds for 100 people. You would want about 3/4 that.

kathy
12/05/09
i'm cooking a 12lb boneless ham for christmas eve how many people will this serve?
ellen
12/05/09
If this is an already cooked boneless hanm that you are re-heating, it will easily serve 35 people.
ruth
12/07/09
I will be feeding 45 people.... 8 lunches of sandwiches ,1 lunch of sloppy joes, 1 lunch of hot dogs. plus one breakfast of oatmeal, and 2 breakfasts of cold cereal. How much will I need , and what would be the cost about.
ellen
12/07/09
Ruth you can figure the amounts yourself. Count the 45 as 1/2 of 100. Use the plan for 100 page, the sandwich event page and the breakfast planning page. Then if you want to pot your results, I will be glad to check them for you. You can then figure your costs using local prices. Prices vary widely across the country and I don't know if you are going to choose peanut butter or sliced ham or egg salad or heroes for your sandwiches.
Chad
12/07/09
I'm having a party this weekend and estimate about 60 people. I plan on having 20 pounds of bone-in chicken wings, 20 pounds of meatballs, then 10-20 pounds of salads like potato salad or pasta salad (such as 10 pounds of potato salad and 10 pounds of pasta salad or maybe 5 pounds of each). Will that be enough for 60 people, too little, or too much?
Anita
12/07/09
I am having a party for 40 people with wings spaghetti and pasta salad and cake. How musch fish do I need to purchase to fry.
ellen
12/08/09
Chad the meat is OK, but you need at least 6 gallons of side dishes for 60 people. 20 pounds is about 2 1/2 gallons.

Anita, about 18 pounds boneless fillet should be enough with this menu. I would probably serve a non-pasta salad if I were serving spaghetti.

nicci
12/12/09
hi, iv got a few questions really sori,
here goes.
how many lbs do i need to buy to feed 5 adults for,collar pork,rolled rump,silverside beef topside beef,diced chicken,diced pork,mince meat,pigs liver,leg boneless pork,boneless gammon,stuffeed turkey breast,crown turkey,

same goes to all meats but also to feed 2-3 adults,

very sorry hope you can be a great help to me,hope to here from you soon,many thanks,

ellen
12/12/09
Nicci, the basic idea for USA portions is that each adult need 5 ounces total cooked ready to eat meat for an ordinary meal and 7-8 ounces for a party meal or for more than one meat at the same time. Most boneless raw meats shrink about 1/3; most ground meats shrink about the same, so a pound of boneless raw makes 10-11 ounces cooked. Liver, 1 pound serves 4, it has virtually no fat and doesn't shrink much.
Clt
12/16/09
Going to my husbands moms house for Christmas and she is making a 15 lb turkey, 13lbs of prime rib and a spiral ham. Is this too much for 17 adults with sides?
ellen
12/17/09
She will have a lot of meat left over. You could omit the ham completely and still have plenty.
Mary
12/17/09
how many lbs of primr rib roast should I buy for 8 adults
ellen
12/17/09
Bone in, party meal, 1 pound raw per person.
Patricia
12/18/09
Having a Boxing Day get together. How much prim rib do I need for 10 adults and 3 children
ellen
12/19/09
At least 9 pounds bone in raw, and 12 would not be too much.
Tish
12/27/09
Ellen, I am having a party for 100 people. I am serving roast beef in gravy for sandwiches and shredded turkey in gravy for sandwiches. How much beef and turkey will I need? I am also serving baked ziti. How many pounds of pasta will I need? Thanks, Tish
ellen
12/28/09
If this is a pasta side dish (non-meat, basically), 8-10 pounds dry depending on other starchy foods.
For the sandwiches, I would do 38 pounds boneless raw meat. Can't tell you exactly how to divide it for your particular crowd, but usually it is about 5/8 beef and 3/8 turkey.
Jeani
01/03/10
I am cooking beef tenderloin dinner for 125 adults (about 85 men, 40 women). Also, roasted potatoes, veges, salad, rolls, and dessert. It will be served, not buffet. How many pounds of meat do I buy? How much to allow per serving per person? Also, how many pounds of red potatoes? I plan to roast on top of stove and possibly cut into 1/2 or 1/4's. Thank you.
ellen
01/03/10
Beef tenderloin that you plate, you can do 2 pounds for 5 people- I would add about 10% to allow for ends and tips not usable.

Potatoes, definitely 35 pounds per 100- with this many men you don't want to

Jodie
01/08/10
how many people would 40lbs of beef serve??
ellen
01/08/10
300 for beans and chili, 80 for pot roast/ swiss steak, etc. Depends on the recipe.
mel
01/09/10
I'm feeding 40 adults chuck roast and bbq ribs, potato,veg. and dessert. How many pounds of each meat do i need
ellen
01/10/10
I allow 1/2 pound ribs plus 1/3 to 1/2 pound raw beef per person for this plate.
Jodie
01/10/10
I am using the 40lbs of beef for sandwiches at a stag and so it will be sliced...about how many ppl do you think??
ellen
01/10/10
40 pounds raw will make about 30 pounds cooked which is 90 fat sandwiches or 120 if you are portioning the meat carefully.
Linda
01/12/10
Chicken
The recipe calls for 17 cups cooked chicken...how much chicken should I buy? (It is for a chicken/rice casserole for a crowd)
ellen
01/13/10
1 pound whole chicken or chicken quarters makes about 1 cup. 1 pound boneless skinless makes about 2 cups. I would probably get m.ostly dark meat quarters or thighs, they are moister and "chickeny-er"
Laura
01/20/10
We have to do the food for our wedding reception. There will be approx. 125 guests. How many lbs of ground chuck do we need for spaghetti?
ellen
01/20/10
See the spaghetti for 50-60 plan at the bottom of the spaghetti page make double.
M
01/28/10
How many racks of pork ribs would be needed to feed 75 people
ellen
01/28/10
About 70 pounds if that is the only meat.
Deborah
02/05/10
i am makeing baby back ribs and chicken breast
for a party of 30 how much would i need of both?
ellen
02/05/10
One piece of chicken plus 1/2 to 3/4 pound raw ribs per person. Add 10% if it is self serve or they are heavy eaters.
a.b.
02/08/10
Can you give me a recipe for potato salad for 150 people? potatoes ____? Boiled eggs ___? mayo ____? relish ____? Mustard ____? other ____?
ellen
02/08/10
There are at least 8 recipes for potato salad for 100 on the site, the link is at the potato salad listing, the very first item on the plan for 100 page. I like the spicy Nepalese one a lot.
mimi
02/09/10
I am trying to decide what type of beef to serve at a wedding. 125 guest. There will be chicken salad sandwiches and chicken fingers also being served I need a good bust reasonably priced cut of beef. One that also can be grilled.
ellen
02/10/10
If you are on a budget, there is not any beef cut that can be grilled. Two possibilities; Italian beef sandwiches (shredded in gravy); or beef tips/ well marinated shish kabob with marinated top round and plenty of onions and peppers.
Tami
02/11/10
What is the Rule?
Cooking for 40 people. Bone in baked chicken breast, red skin potato, tossed salad, green beans, rolls. How much of each do I need
ellen
02/11/10
Just a little less than 1/2 the amount for 100, which see the table on planning for 100; it covers all these foods.
Sandra
02/18/10
How many roaster of chili will I need to feed 70 men
ellen
02/18/10
Just one to one and one half. See the basic church chili recipe at the top of the chili page.
amy
02/19/10
Hi, Im having a birthday party barbq that will be feeding about 40 people.
Can you tell me how much pounds of short ribs will i need please?!
thank you
ellen
02/19/10
Close to 1 pound per person, depending on how bony.
ruthann
02/20/10
how many lb of groundbeef do i need too make meatballs for 40 pepole
ellen
02/20/10
For a dinner portion about 25 pounds regular or 20-22 pounds lean; for appetizer portion, half that; sandwiches, somewhere in between.
Edward
02/23/10
Cooking for 65 people. Smoked baby back ribs and fried fish. Sides are hash and rice, potato casserole, turnip greens, hush puppies and dinner rolls. How much of each would you recommend? Thanks! What a great site you have!
ellen
02/24/10
Fried fish for this many people is tough.

I would start with 1/2 pound raw ribs plus 2 pieces of fish per person (3 if nuggets and not fillets). 3 hush puppies per person. The rest is covered in the lists and recipes on site; use 2/3 of the amounts per 100. The recipe for cheesy hash browns is at the bottom of the family brunch page.

Gay Mc Clendon
02/26/10
I am cook for church and will have meat balls with shagetti. How many bags frozen of meat balls? Also how many bags of ceasar salad? thank you, Ellen
audrey
02/27/10
I am making potato salad for a renuion in May, i also put grated carots ,onions and eggs.. for 50 mostly adults .. how many eggs, and how many punds of poatoes??? tank you kindly Audrey
ellen
02/27/10
Gay, you don't say how many people. Look at the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page and at the salad section at the top of plan for 100.

Audrey15-18 pounds, and 1 egg per pound.

Mo
03/01/10
Ellen,
We are having a birthday party, expecting about 30 people. We would like to cook tri-tip, but not sure on how many pounds. We will have some hot dogs as well for the kids. We are also having, white rice, chili beans, potato salad and green salad.
Thank You for any help!!
ellen
03/02/10
You want about 15 pounds of raw tritip. It is very popular and you must allow for some shrinkage. And sliced cold it is delicious...
Mike
03/02/10
What is the Rule? How many lbs. carrots per person
I am serving a Corn Beef dinner for approximately 150 people. What amount per person should I get of Beef, Carrots, new potatoes and cabbage? TIA
ellen
03/03/10
Mike, discussed at length on the St. Patrick's Day thread- check that out, then write back if more questions.
mike
03/03/10
Not sure what you mean about St. Patrick's Day thread. I searched the entire page with my browser FIND ON PAGE feature for St. Patrick's with no luck, sorry for the ignorance.
ellen
03/03/10
Sorry you had trouble! Go here:

www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/8118.html

mike
03/03/10
thank you much
Mo
03/03/10
Thank You Ellen!!
Gay Mc Clendon
03/03/10
Sorry, about the numbers of people that I did not say. well since we will have ASL films which deaf actors and actress will play the movie and we want to cook for other people who coming to watch the movie "Gerald". At dining room can serve over 50 people but I think less that 50 people.Maybe around 30 to serve.Will have shagetti dinner salad,homemade cakes garlic bread with drinks. Thank U Ellen
ellen
03/04/10
I have cooked for a large summer camp for deaf kids, and for their family nights- learned the finger alphabet and a few signs- I suggest you use 2/3 the amounts on the dinner for 50-60, thius will serve up to 40 people easily.
Gay Mc Clendon
03/08/10
Great Ellen, U made my day and happy that u can sign some. WOW ! Thank you so much and will work this coming Saturday and hope will success with the foods. Smile. Very appericated so much.

Good day with smile. May the lord be with you always.

Teresa
03/11/10
Ellen:

We are serving a wedding reception for dinner in July. We are serving 350 people.

Menu:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Baked Beans
Macaroni & Cheese
Green Beans
Cole Slaw
Cheesy Potatoes
Lemonade
Sweet Tea
Un Sweet Tea

What amount is needed of these?

ellen
03/11/10
Every item except the sandwiches is covered in the plan for 100 list and the beverage planning list. The cheesy potatoes, you need to start with 20+ pounds of frozen hash browns per 100, using your planned recipe. The mac and cheese, 8 pounds dry pasta per 100.

On the tea, make 1/2 and half; it is always easier to add sweetener than remove it. At weddings I usually also suggest adding dinner service coffee; people like coffee with cake.

On the sandwiches, you need 4 ounces of cooked ready to eat meat per person, that is 1 pound raw boneless shoulder for each 3 people. Freeze/ store in the sauce and it bulks up the meat some. 120 rolls per 100. Sandwich condiments per 100 are on the sandwich event page, you would use BBQ sauce instead of ketchup, otherwise the same. I would provide a big bowl of egg salad or swirled peanut butter and jam for the non-pork eaters; in this size crowd there will be some.

Carolyn
03/17/10
doing up cold plates for 150 people. how much ham & turkey will I need. Will be serving potatoe salad, coleslaw and a roll with dessert.
ellen
03/17/10
About 3 ounces ready to eat deli sliced turkey and 2 -2 ounces deli sliced hanm is the minimum, another ounce of each for upscale.
Lisa
03/17/10
how many pounds of chicken to make chicken salad for 25 people?
ellen
03/17/10
1 pound of whole chicken makes 1 cup of meat. 1 pound of boneless skinless pieces makes 2 cups. Chicken salad recipes vary quite a bit in the amount of chicken per serving, and the amount also depends on whether it is sandwiches, salads or self serve. For the total amount of salad see the plan for 100 list and use 1/4 of the amount for your type of event. For the amount of actual chicken, check your recipe and use the above figures to figure out the weight you need.
William
03/21/10
We are planning on having a family get together. Would like to feed 15o people. I have toe price on meats(Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Tri Tip). How long does it take to cook. Where can the recipes be found.
vicki
03/21/10
I have to make rigatoni and meatballs for a bridal shower. 60 women are invited. There will also be chicken, stuffed cabbage, pasta salad, tossed salad, rolls/bread, cookies and cake. How many pounds of ground meat and how many pounds of rigatoni do I need to purchase?
ellen
03/21/10
William, are these all for one meal or for three separate meals? Also, both the beef ribs and tritip are costly. Are you not planning to include any chicken? How long and recipes depends on whether you are cooking inside or grilling and what the recipes are.
ellen
03/21/10
vicki, Unless you are deeply devoted to this dish, with this menu, you might consider a different dish. You already have pasta salad, and the two entrees call out for either rice or mashed potatoes as a starch.

If you are set on the rigatoni, use the pasta dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page as a guide and make 1/2 only. It will be plenty.

Gay Mc Clendon
03/23/10
Hi Ellen, will make chicken casserole for apporX. less 20 deaf people for Maundy on April fools Day. Smile. Just tell me how many chicken breasts ( 3 or 4 ) to boil will be enough for 13 by 9 pyrex ?? Thank you.
ellen
03/23/10
You need about 20 ounces raw weight of chicken minimum for each dish. Budget allowing, get 24-32. And simmer, don't boil, in chicken stock or broth, then use that broth to make the gravy.
Gay Mc Clendon
03/24/10
Big thanks and hope they will enjoy the chicken for Maundy on April 1 Fools Day. Smile have a good evening.
Kathy
03/25/10
how many people will 40lbs. of potatoe salad feed
how many people will 40 lbs of potatoe salad feed?
aleita
03/25/10
What is the Rule? how much green chili
Hi i am having a team dinner for a high school that will have about 22 kids how much green chili should i? 1 gallon....????
ellen
03/25/10
Kathy, that is usually about 20 pounds of potatoes, it is plenty for 60. If you are starting with 40 pounds of potatoes, it is fine for 120-130.

Aleita, if this is served in a bowl or over rice, I would do 2 gallons for the kids, plus extra for the adults

Connie
03/26/10
how many pounds of dry pinto beans to feed 120 people?
ellen
03/27/10
Side dish about 8 pounds per 100, main serving about 12 pounds per 100.
Liz
03/29/10
I need to make enough meat to feed 25 adults in a taco bar (beef and chicken). I called Moe's catering and they suggest 6 pounds. That just doesn't sound like enough.
ellen
03/29/10
For a single ground meat it would probably be enough, but for two it is not, as people take more and some of each. I would do 4 pounds boneless raw chicken and 4 of ground or 5 of fajita style beef. You will have some left, but not too much.
anthony wright
04/07/10
How many pounds of boneless chicken breasts to feed 150 people?
ellen
04/08/10
2 pounds raw feed just under 5.
Patricia
04/08/10
How many pounds of fish do I need to cater for 300 people?
ellen
04/09/10
Depends on the recipe. See the plan for 100 list, use 3 times as much.
Debbie
04/14/10
I am serving ham and turkey at a wedding for 100 people, how many pounds of each do I buy and how many gallons of corn and green beans?
Menu: Ham, turkey, cheesy potatoes,corn, green beans, salad and rolls.
ellen
04/16/10
Please see the planning and shopping for community dinners article at the top of the big pots page (holiday cooking section). It has specific info on the ham+turkey dinner, including all the side dishes.
rosa
04/25/10
Ellen, every time i want to know something from your site it is very frustrating. a person has to go through every site or read every question/answer to get to the answer and even then its not clear to me what i am suppose to do. While some answers are easy to follow many are not.also a person has to wait too long for the answer. would it be possible to ask you a question and get the answer right away? i have just started to cook at weddings and parties but have no direction of where to go for help. Another problem that i am running into is the conversion of recipes to accommodate large parties.Can you help those of us that need these answers immediately.

sincerely,
Rosa

ellen
04/25/10
Rosa, as far as finding things on the website: if you use the "advanced search" screen on google and put in ellenskitchen.com in the blank near the bottom where it says "domain" it will show you all the pages on the website where the phrase shows up; makes things pretty easy to find.

Second, as it says TWICE at the top of the cook talk page, for fastest answers start a new thread. You haven't been. A reader can also use the email link at the bottom of the page. You haven't been.

Third, this is an unpaid, one person service, and not my main job. I get to it as I can, and it may be a day or two after you post before your question gets answered.

Fourth, this site is for home cooks and volunteers. I do it free as a service for families and community building. The type of service you are asking for is usually $50 to $150 for pros. For paid catering, I suggest chef2chef.com and cheftalk.com.

There is an article on converting recipes to larger amounts on this site. It is called scaling a recipe in pro talk.

Use the link to the armed services quartermaster recipe file in the middle of the Big Pots page for help on amounts of many dishes for 100 and for basic recipes.

Claudia
04/29/10
How many pounds of carnitas for 100 people. it will be served along with rice and beans.
ellen
04/29/10
I get a quart (2 pounds) ready to eat for 3 people, but I LOVE the stuff...
Courtney
05/07/10
I am planning a wedding rehearsal dinner for 25-30 people. I am buying barbecue, how many lbs should I purchase? I will also be having sides and stew. Thanks!
ellen
05/08/10
The stew makes the estimate a little difficult. If this is chopped BBQ as to make sandwiches, you want about 10 pounds; you will have some left, but that is as close as I can get for you.
Lisa
05/11/10
How many pounds of turkey meat do I need to cook up for about 150 people. I am making turkey slop with it so it will be sandwiches.
ellen
05/11/10
See the turkey yield tables in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. You need at least 1 pound ready to eat meat for each 3-4 people.
Lois
05/11/10
were having a baby/house warming party for 150 people. roast beef, pulled pork, potatoe salad, macaroni salad, baked beens, ambrosia, fruit salad, baked ziti,cold tortalini,& taco salad how much of what has to be brought so there isn,ta ton left over?
ellen
05/12/10
Lois, this is basically a DIY site, so you need to go to the planning tables and pages and make some effort to estimate, then post so I can check it. But first, let me help you untangle the menu a bit:
roast beef, pulled pork, taco salad are all entrees
Is the pulled pork for sandwiches or plated?
Is the roast beef sliced hot or for sandwiches?
Is the taco salad mixed or are guests going to assemble their own?
potato salad, macaroni salad,cold tortellini,
You need a total of 10 gallons per 100 for these starchy salads
Baked ziti, baked beans
You need 3 gallons of beans and about 3 gallons of ziti per 100, you would need more if you did not have all the other pastas

ambrosia, fruit salad- both fruit salads. You check the fruit tray page for total quantities per 100, divide in half for each.

Miku
05/12/10
How many lbs. of cake for 120 people i should get
My sister is having her post wedding party for 120 people and we would like to know how many lb of cake we should order.it's in NY and looking for egg less cake .
ellen
05/13/10
Hi, cakes are usually ordered by the full sheet (18x26 inches), half sheet (13x18) and quarter sheet (9x13). Each quarter serves 12-16 depending on the size pieces you cut.
joe buie
05/13/10
i am feeding 125 people,it consist of jerk chicken,curry chicken,and rice and peas,how much do i need
ellen
05/13/10
A little tough to estimate this particular mix. I would allow one piece of chicken PLUS 3/4 cup curry for each person. 10 pounds each dry rice and dry peas.
hilary
05/17/10
Hi, We are doing a BBQ for about 40 people. We want to do tri-tip, chicken and pork spareribs. How much should I get from the butcher?
ellen
05/18/10
1/2 pound ribs PLUS 1 piece of chicken PLUS 1/3 pound raw tri-tip per person
Phee
05/18/10
I have a a BBQ for 50 ppl,
How many hamburgers, hotdogs/Italian sausages and cases of sodas, should I have ?
ellen
05/18/10
1 patty plus 1 sausage/dog per person. See the beverage planning page for the discussion on sodas.
claudine
05/26/10
Hello, I am having a graduation party for my 2 sons and we are planning to have hot dogs, sloppy joes, with 125-150 people, with sides and Iam concerned of how much hamburger I would need and Manwich. The party is June,2010, if you could reply soon, would greatly appreciate it.
Tracy
05/26/10
For my childs wedding we are having a fajita bar for 300 guest how much fajita meat, flour tortillas, cheese and sour cream do we need to get.
ellen
05/26/10
Read the threads, fajitas for 80 people and All About Fajitas, which has recipes;
www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/14150.html and the archived thread, fajita bars for 170.

Then if you want to post an estimate, I will check it for you.

Since you have 2 choices meat, people will eat a little more, so go with 10 pounds raw weight per each 40 people- maybe even 12 unless you are serving rice and beans as part of the side dishes. For the toppings, this will make you laugh, but use the servings for the Baked Potato Bar toppings, allowing the larger amount for sour cream and grated cheese. Be sure to allow at least 3 tortillas per person- people usually make 2 fajitas, but eat a 3rd with butter or guacamole or other toppings- I usually do 2 corn and 2 flour per person.

Helen
05/27/10
Doing my neice's reception for 150pp. Below is her menu and the amounts I have guessed. Can you look over and tweak the amounts? Thank you so much!

Shredded roast beef in gravy - 40 lbs.
Sliced turkey in gravy - 35 lbs.
mashed potatoes - 50 lbs.
green beans - 6 of the large cans
Toss salad mix - 18 lbs.
1 1/2 gallon dressings
Bread and rolls (was thinking about a combo of sliced bread and kaiser rolls - not sure how much)
Vegetable and relish tray

ellen
05/27/10
Hi, Helen, this is pretyy close, but here are a few suggestions.

The meats are very close, especially if it is buffet service. I would probably go with 50 pounds of the beef in gravy; some people will take both, or come back for seconds.
Don't forget cranberry sauce- about 8 pounds
mashed potatoes - 50 lbs. OK
green beans - 6 of the large cans suggest 7
I would include a second vegetable here, something colorful like a mix, or fiesta corn, or broiled tomatoes 30 pounds frozen; or a corn casserole (see the recipes on the corn side dish page)
Toss salad mix - 18 lbs.
1 1/2 gallon dressings OK. Have some low fat ranch and l.f. Italian
Bread and rolls (was thinking about a combo of sliced bread and kaiser rolls - not sure how much)- 2 dinner rolls or 1.2 larger per person- you want about 12 pounds of bread and rolls for each 100
Vegetable and relish tray -
I would do 2 of my relish tray for 60 and about 14 pounds of assorted raw veggies with dip, see the veggie tray page

Fruit trays would be an attractive and appropriate addition to the menu- see the fruit tray page.

stephanie
05/30/10
Hello Helen!

Have to cook for 130 children,

chicken nuggets,
corn fritters,
rice
pasta salad
meatballs,
I don't know the exact amounts of : chicken breast, and the rest of the ing. can you help me please.?

ellen
05/30/10
It depends on the age of the child; up to second grade, count 2 kids as 1 adult
2-7th, count as 3/4
8-9th count as 1
9th-college count girls as 1.2 and guys as 1.4.

So first, figure out how many "adult" servings. Then write back with that information and also, is this all at one meal, or is it two different meals? Lunch or dinner? What is the event? Is it self serve. servers serving, or plated.

When I have this information, I may be able to help.

Lisa
06/01/10
how many pounds of bone in chicken do i need to buy to make chicken salad sandwiches for abouth 25 people?
ellen
06/02/10
1 pound bone-in whole chicken or quarters makes 1 cup of meat. Figure the pounds based on the recipe, it will probably be 10-12 pounds.
Tammy
06/02/10
Hi, Ellen I'm cooking for a wedding in June for 80 people. This is an outdoor wedding serving time is 5pm I will have people serving the guest at the wedding. Just need to know if this is enough food.

5 (8pounds each after fat is cut off)Briskets
18 racks of Pork Ribs- 2bones per guest
50 pounds of Hot Itailan Sausage sliced
50 pounds of Reg. Sausage sliced
Making Potatoe Salad Homemade Making it with 35pounds of Potatoes
3-Lg Cans of Green Beans
3 Lg Cans of Ranch Style Beans
18 pds of Salad w/ veggies cucumbers,red onions, cherry toms etc.
1 gallon of each ranch and It.
2 gallons of BBQ Sauce 1 more gallon of sweet/hot
I'm making the rolls homemade. 2oz balls of dough= 120 rolls
Pickles,onions?

Julie
06/03/10
Hi Ellen,
I am having a grad party on Sunday and I am expecting 400 for walking tacos. I am doing small bags of Doritos, Spanish rice, black beans, hamburger, shredded lettuce, & shredded cheese. Can you give me an idea on amounts of each?
Many thanks =)
ellen
06/03/10
Tammy, WAY too much meat, other items OK.You only need 4 briskets, 40 pounds ribs, 10 pounds each of sausage.

Julie, see the taco salad for 30 and get 10-12 times the amounts for 30. Rice about the same as beans.

KAREN SPIETH
06/04/10
how many pounds of macaroni do I need for macaroni salad for 175 people and for coleslaw how much premixed do I need for 175 people
brandi
06/04/10
i am gettign married in 2 weeks, and we are catering our own wedding, we are looking at having about 100 people at the wedding. we are looking at having prime rib but not sure how much to buy, how much would you suggest getting?
ellen
06/05/10
See the article on roast beef. You need a minimum of 3/4 pound bone-in or 1/2 pound boneless per person.
ann
06/10/10
I am having a birthday party for 35 people and I am going to serve hot dogs hamburgers and chicken on the grill how much of each do I need
ellen
06/11/10
for each person, get 1 of 4 per pound burgers, 1 dog (but I recommend Polish sausage or kielbasa) PLUS 1 piece of chicken. You will have some left, but not too much, and everyone will get their first choice. Make sure you don't have any vegetarians, or just add a package of boca burgers.
Valarie
06/15/10
I am having a bbq for about 40 people. I will be making potatoe salad, rice, pork ribs, sausage, and I will be roasting corn on the cobs. Will you please help me in figuring out how many lbs of each thing I need thank you.
cami
06/17/10
How many pounds of SPareribs should I purchase for 20 hungry people? Thank you in advance.
ellen
06/17/10
Valerie, 40-50 ears, potato salad, see the plan for 100 table and use just under 12, 3/4 to 1 pound raw ribs per person PLUS 1 pound sausage for each 4-5 people.

Cami, if this is the only meat, at least 20 pounds. You might also do some chicken quarters.

Kathy
06/18/10
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of carrots for 80?
How many lbs of carrots for 80 at buffet? Menu - appetizers, pork roast w gravey, bread, carrots, salad, dirty rice, & dessert.
Sheila
06/18/10
How much
How many pounds of potato salad and baked beans to feed 50 people?
ellen
06/18/10
Kathy, Sheila, both items are covered in some detail on the plan for 100 tables. carrots near the bottom, potato salad right at the top.
mary
06/21/10
how many lbs of potatoes do I need to feed 80 people homeade french fries.
Annabeth
06/21/10
Rice
Awesome page.
Serving 40 people for a reunion. We're going to have Hawaiian haystacks, so rice is the main course, with chicken sauce on top.

How many pounds of rice for 40 people?
THANKS!

ellen
06/21/10
Mary, I allow 55 pounds for 101 people, so at least 40.

Annabeth, you want about 1 cup cooked per person, so 4-5 pounds would not be too much. Rice is cheap.

Tracy
06/25/10
We're doing a BBQ for 170 ppl. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs with the works. How many pounds of sliced tomatoes and onions should we have?
ellen
06/25/10
Check out the condiment table on the sandwich page- you also need mustard, mayo, pickles, maybe kraut- all are covered
Patty
07/02/10
How many lb of pork ribs would i need for 4 people? and what would you say is the best pork ribs to buy? I don't know much about meat and I hear short and baby ribs.

Thanks You

ellen
07/02/10
You want at least 1 pound raw per per and a little easier to handle.son, especially if it is the only meat. I like regular spare ribs; baby back are cuter
Shy
07/04/10
Hi, I am having a carne asada/birthday and am feeding 35 adults and 10 children..10 of which are "hefty".I am going to be buying prepared skirt steak and prepared chicken. I am also going to be having rice, beans, spanish potato salad (which has about 4 more ingredients than regular), cole slaw, tortillas, pasta salad, and cake. How many lbs of meat should I buy? Thank you so much
ellen
07/05/10
Count the kids as grownups to mahe heavy eaters. You want 1 pound ready to eat beef for each 3 (15 pounds)PLUS 1 pound ready to eat chicken for each 4 to 5 (about 10).
shy
07/05/10
Thank you so much Ellen. I forgot to add that I am also serving lots of beer and about 4 different kinds of liquor. Will this make a difference in how much meat I should buy..Oh i should also mention that I have added around 15 people to the guest list..bringing my total to around 50..(maybe I should just stop while I'm ahead) lol
ellen
07/05/10
My only suggestion re: the alcohol, is to stop serving 1 hour before the end of the party and to add a dinner coffee service to the menu- see the beverage planning page Remember that in many states, if a driver has an accident while DUI, the server (that would be YOU) can be sued by the victim!

So for the meat, just add 15 more people's worth to your amounts; about 5 more pounds of beef and 3 of chicken..

mary
07/08/10
how many pounds of fajati meat would i need to feed 40 people
Florence
07/09/10
I'm having a fundaraiser for football, we have ticket sales for 480. Lunch includes tri tip, pilaf, salad & a roll. How much meat do I need to puchase? How much rice and salad?
ellen
07/10/10
20-25 pounds raw.
ellen
07/10/10
Mary, 20-25 pounds boneless raw.

Florence, 1/2 pound raw tritip per person, 10 pounds dry rice per 100, see plan for 100 for salad. Add a good roll.

Norma Jean
07/13/10
How many lbs. of uncooked beans
We are having a benefit barbecue plate sale for our boys basketball team.I want to know how many lbs of beans i need for 400 plates.
It will be a small serving of beans.
ellen
07/14/10
32 pounds dry.
Darlene
07/14/10
I'm having a BBQ with 45 adults. How much ground meat for burgers and hot dogs? Also, how much potato salad?
beverly harvey
07/14/10
Ellen, Iam making chicken alfredo for 50 people. How many lbs. of chicken,pasta,and sauce do I need? I'm also serving tossed salad and garlic bread. Veggie tray,fruit tray.
ellen
07/15/10
Darlene, see the plan for 100 page and use a scant 1/2 for 45. You want to allow 1 burger plus 1 dog per person, plus 10%.

Beverly, see the spaghetti dinner for 50 at the bottom of the spaghetti page, use that list for quantities.

Dena
07/26/10
I am having a rehersal dinner for my son and his fiance and I am making chicken and steak fajitas. My question is how many lbs, of each do I need for about 45 people. Also, how many onions and peppers, beans and rice. Thanks
ellen
07/26/10
You use about an equal weight of mixed onions and peppers as you do of meat. I would do 12-14 pounds beef and about 8 pounds skinless boneless chicken. Thigh meat is juicier and holds better.
Stephanie
07/26/10
Hi Ellen, and thanks for this wonderful resource. As a good home cook, a friend has asked if I would help with her daughter's graduation party July 31st. There will be about 85 people total (about 73 adult/teens and 10-15 small kids). She has requested I make Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Teriyaki Chicken (a combination of chicken thighs and drums). I plan on marinating & then oven baking it. She also wants to offer spiral sliced ham, rolls and sliced Swiss Cheese. She has 4-5 friends bringing veggie platters and and 3-4 who will bring fruit platters, as well as olives and pickles to round it out. Could you advise me on the amounts I will need: how much macaroni, how much milk, Cheddar + other cheese for the sauce. Also, I would appreciate knowing how many sliced hams and how many chicken thighs and drumsticks I will need. She is planning on having 2-3 teens serve the macaroni and cheese as well as the chicken pieces, but the balance of food will be buffet style. Also, I don't know how many large foil tins I should buy for the macaroni/cheese and for the chicken pieces. Thank you - I am so grateful for this site!
Stephanie
ellen
07/26/10
You want 8 pounds dry mac (8 9x13 pans). For quarters, chicken only, I get about 83 pounds per 100 people, so you would want about 60. Pieces, which have the backbone off, you need about 2/3 that. Since you are also having ham, you can do 1 piece piece of chicken per person plus 10% PLUS 1 pound bone in ham for each 4 people.
Stephanie
07/26/10
Thanks, Ellen for your expert help. Would using the larger disposable foil pans (closer in size to chaffing dish caterers use) be OK or would the larger size affect the way the mac and cheese would turn out? I am hoping to just use a couple of large foil ones for both the chicken and mac and cheese. Also, I am not sure how to keep these dishes hot if she has limited oven space. Would 4large foil pans work...and, should I use disposable ones that come with the gas candle beneath? Thanks for all this help for those of us who are clueless.
Stephanie
Karen
07/27/10
I have a tri tip roast i was going to marinate, grill and slice for fajitas. It's only 1.42 lbs. Will that be enough for 4 adults? (Two men, two ladies). Thanks for your help!
ellen
07/27/10
You use an equal weight of onion and peppers, so it should be OK. Side dishes of rice and beans, guacamole, pico de gallo.
sandra
08/03/10
i am having a birthday party with 30 guest. how many pounds of pork shoulder (pernil) and whole chicken will i need to feed 30 guest?
Darlene
08/04/10
I am having 17 adults and 13 childre for a cookout. How many lbs of meat do I need for sloppy joe. I am also having chicken

Thanks

Nicky
08/04/10
Hi ellen! I am catering a baby shower for 60 people and the menu has three appetizers as well as three meats: Jerk Chicken, BBQ chicken, and pork spare ribs with rice, corn on the cob as sides. How many pounds of meat do i need? I figure since i am serving 3 meats and not all the guests are adults, I figured 20lbs each for the chicken and 30lbs for ribs. Is that sufficient??
ellen
08/04/10
This looks like a fine estimate, although you won't have too much left. Be sure the ribs are cut apart before serving.
vanessa
08/10/10
I'm planning a family vacation to the beach. We will be there from Thursday to Sunday. Since sandwiches are most convenient for beach lunches, how much deli turkey should I buy to feed seven adults for three lunches?
ellen
08/10/10
You need about 1 1/4 pound per person for the 3 days. But I would get 3 kinds, ham, beef, and turkey, add sliced cheese (3-4 pounds)and add a jar of peanut butter (smooth if you don't know the preferences) and one of jam or jelly. Just for back up.
Noemi
08/11/10
Hello Ellen. I am so happy I found your website! I am planning my own wedding. Budget is low but I'd like to make is as good as possible so I decided to do most of the work myself and with some help from my friends. Anyhow, it will be about 50 people. I will have ham and gordon blue (breaded chicken stuffed with ham and cheese). I spent hours reading your page and found out that I approx need 20 lbs of ham and same from the chicken breast, also mashed potato - 20 lbs should be plenty, but I have no idea how much veggies need for steamed vegetable (broccoli... or mixed with carrots). Please help! Thank you so much!
ellen
08/13/10
Hello, Noemi,

Please be sure to read the article on "wedding dinners"- the button is on the top of the cook talk page.

If this were my party, I would have 1 piece of chicken cordon blue per person Plus 10%(if the servings are frozen and very large, cut in half); and 12-13 pounds ready to eat ham About 13 pounds of ready to cook vegetables.

Get help for the day of the service, even with this cozy wedding, you can't do it all.

Sandy M
08/13/10
Hello Ellen,

We are serving breakfast for about 40 High School football players. Need to know how much of everything we have to make. There will be scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage links, toast, and hash brown potatoes. Could you please tell us how much we need of each of these? Also, what time do we need to start preparing, so its all done by 8:30 a.m.? Thank-you so much for your help!

ellen
08/13/10
When to start depends on the menu and the kitchen. Using the breakfast planning page, for 40 hs footballers, I would do 2/3 the amount for 100 just for them. Do not forget to add another serving for each of the adults, coaches, parents teachers and cook staff.
Andrea
08/13/10
Hi Ellen,

I am having my son's first bday party in a week. We are having around 30 adults and 13 kids. I planned on making baked ziti, meatballs, and italian sausage. How many lbs of uncooked pasta will I need? How many pounds of ground beef and how many lbs of sausage? Also, what is a good number on Ricotta cheese? Any help would be appreciated!

Thankyou!

ellen
08/14/10
Plan on 5-6 pounds dry pasta, depending on the ages of the kids- little kids don't eat much. There are MANY baked ziti recipes, just use the one you like increased for this amount of pasta. The lasagna making table on the spaghetti page will give you a ball park guide.
Andrea
08/14/10
Thankyou Ellen for the quick response on the pasta. I was also curious on how many lbs of ground beef for meatballs and how many lbs of Italian sausage. I was thinking of 8-9 lbs of ground beef (the meatballs seem to be more popular). And maybe 20 sausage links that I would cut in 1/2.
Julie
08/15/10
I am doing the shopping for our annual parish picnic. We are supplying the hamburgers and hot dogs. We expect about 500 people and will also have many side dishes. How many burgers and dogs should we purchase?
ellen
08/15/10
Andrea, that sounds about right.

Julie, I do 1 burger PLUs 1 Polish sausage or hot dog per person, plus 10% if it is self serve, as people come back for seconds and families include teens and other heavy eaters. Condiments, are discussed on the sandwich page, bottom of the table. Polish sausages are tastier than hot dogs at about the same price.

Julie
08/15/10
Ellen,
Thank you. I appreciate your very prompt response! Thank you for the much needed advice.
mary
08/18/10
serving a team meal for girls soccer team 14-18 years old. there are 40 kids and 6 coaches
thinking about build your own subs, not sure on how much meat, roast beef and ham, american cheese? how much
also sides of macaroni salad, baked beans
fresh fruit and cookie

or going with lasagna garlic bread fresh fruit and cookie
how many 9x13 pans of lasagna?????

ellen
08/18/10
Both good menus. In the absence of boy friends, these young athletes can eat like horses. Prepare amounts for 75; either see the sandwich page for the subs and condiments, or the spaghetti page for the lasagna guide.
Sara
08/19/10
My fiance and I are trying to figure out what to buy for our wedding reception. How much prime rib should I purchase to feed 125 people?
ellen
08/20/10
1 pound raw bone in per person, or 1/2 pound boneless ready to eat already cooked. You need sides that will provide a sufficient meal/protein for people who don't eat meat.
Carole
08/25/10
We are baking whole salmon to be served with rice and salad at a fundraiser for 300 people...will 10 whole salmon be enough to serve for that many people?
ellen
08/25/10
Only if they weigh at least 150 pounds all together- and a bit more would be better if it is self serve.
Dennis
08/30/10
I'm cooking tri-trip and chicken for about 50 people. Do you think 5 tri trips will be enough?? Thanks, Dennis
ellen
08/30/10
Tri-tips usually only weigh 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. For 50 people, I would do 1 piece of chicken per person PLUS 20 pounds tri-tip.
Jeannine
09/04/10
There is 75 people so just say maybe 100, for a small wedding, we are cooking are self. So for a brisket, grilled chicken, potatoe salad, beans, and green beans. how much do i need to buy? We are also having we are also having salad with ranch, italian, and french.
Jeannine
09/04/10
I was thinking...
Potatoe salad 3 1/2 gallons
35 potatoes
Salad 12-14 lbs. tossed salad mix
2 oz per person
i mainly need help on my meat grill chicken, and sliced brisket, and baked beans
ellen
09/04/10
Hi, Jeanine,
brisket, grilled chicken, allow 1/2 pound raw trimmed brisket per person plus 1 piece of chicken per person a little more if they are heavy eaters
beans, assuming baked/borracho, pinto, etc: 3 gallons
green beans-26 pounds fresh raw or 22 pounds ready to cook

Jazz up the salad with a couple of quarts of cherry or grape tomatoes

Potato salad 3 1/2 gallons-OK
35 potatoes??? You need about 30 pounds to start
Salad 12-14 lbs. tossed salad mix
2 oz per person
Dressings discussed on the plan for 100 page

Don't forget bread/rolls
Have one box of veggie patties (Boca, Morningstar, for example) for the non-meat eaters

Lindsay
09/04/10
We have a wedding coming up and we are looking to serve 150 people at the most. So far we have a little over 90 yes RSVPs. Should we shoot towards 120 instead? We are having:

Sloppy Joes
Potato Salad (Premade)Comes in 5 gallon increments
Coleslaw (Premade)Comes in 5 gallon increments
Baked Beans
Chips- Deciciding between family size or individual servings- What is your take?

How much hamburger will we need for the sloppy joes and of the rest? Thanks so much for the help!

ellen
09/04/10
I allow about 26 pounds of lean ground beef per 100 for this dish.

Chips, you want 1.2 individual bags per person, and you could get an assortment. Large bag, 6-8 pounds per 100 potato, about 2 more corn.

You will have a lot of slaw left, keep it refrigerated till needed. You will be right on the edge for the potato salad if everyone comes, plenty if 120.

I would add fruit trays and a relish tray ( of the tray for 50-60) from this site.

Donna
09/04/10
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of potatoes
how many pound of potatoes needed to make cream potatoes for 50 people?
ellen
09/04/10
I use 35 pounds per 100 for mashed, you might do 1/2 that-
Jennifer
09/10/10
What is the Rule? How many hamburgers & hotdogs?
I am doing a church cookout for 300. We are having hamburgers and hot dogs. How many should I make of each?
ellen
09/10/10
Check the meat section of the plan for 100 page I suggest Polish sausage for at least part of the hot dogs; tastier.
kristy
09/11/10
how many pounds of meat do I need for 500 meatballs?
ellen
09/12/10
Many people make 12 to the pound. very large are 4 to the pound and cocktail size are about 16 to the pound.
amanda
09/14/10
how many people can a 5 lb bag of chicken wings serve? I'm having a party serving only appetizers (about 150 people, and it's at night). Also, for sandwich slices - how many should i order?
ellen
09/14/10
For the sandwiches, see the sandwich page. A 5 pound bag is about 10 people worth.
Stacey
09/15/10
I am planning a party for my om for her 70th birthday. She loves catfish nuggets. I will also be derving thai chicken wings, and meat balls I am not sure how much fish I need to purchase.
ellen
09/15/10
For this menu, I would purchase 1/2 pound chicken wings per person PLUS 1 pound meatballs per 5 persons PLUS 1 pound nuggets per 5 persons. Everyone will get what they want and you won't have too much left.
Libby
09/17/10
How many pounds of prime rib roast and salmon is reuired for a party of 60?
Ms. Que
09/17/10
Good day, I have to cook beef chilli for 25 people. How many pounds of ground beef needs to be purchased? Thanks for your help.
ellen
09/17/10
Libby,self serve, bone in raw, 3/4 pound beef per person minimum (1 pound would not be too much), 1/2 boneless ready to eat PLUS 1 pound salmon for each 4 people.

Ms. Que, about 8 pounds. Coarse or chili grind if you can get it, or even better, chuck chopped by hand.

judy
09/21/10
for a church dinner how much beef roast do I have to buy what is the best roast to use?Also how much cabbage for creamed cabbage.and rutabaga's
ellen
09/21/10
Judy, how many people, and is this pot roast, sliced roast or prime rib? Write back.
Luz
09/25/10
How many bags of frozen meatballs to feed 50 people?
MARIA
10/01/10
im trying to feed 18 people, mix grilled vegetables (asparagus,french beans,portabella mushroom,eggplant,red & orange peppers,green & yellow zuccinis) how many pounds of each i need?
thank you,
maria
ellen
10/01/10
Luz, 1 pound per 5 for an appetizer, 1 pound for 3 for a full entree.

Maria, I would do 2 pounds asparagus, 1/2 pound beans, 6-8 large portabella, 1 or 2 eggplants,
3 each bell peppers, 3-4 each zucchinis.

MARIA
10/01/10
thank you so much!!!!
going grocery shopping now.
Amanda
10/02/10
Hi Ellen!
Having a Cowboy Birthday Party for my son's 1st! Having about 120 ppl. 70 adults 50 kids. Plan on makinn pulled pork, beef hot dogs, and hamburgers.
How many lbs of pork and how many hotdogs and hamburgers(gonna buy already made)
Thanks!
ellen
10/03/10
If the kids are mostly young (less than grade 6) just count this as 100 people and use the tables for the condiments and sides.

For the meats, tougher, but I would aim for about 28 pounds ready to eat pork, 80 burgers, 100 sausages.

Priscilla
10/04/10
Potato Salad
How many pounds of potato salad will feed 13 people?
ellen
10/04/10
3 quarts is plenty- it weighs about 1 pound per pint.
Keir
10/06/10
We are catering a lunch for 75 and making tri-tip, baby back ribs, mac & cheese, green beans, mini apple tarts, and mini brownines. I have the portions for the meat and desserts down but need guidance on the sides. How many pounds of green beans and pasta do I need to make?
ellen
10/06/10
6-7 pounds dry pasta, 16-17 pounds ready to eat beans (2 1/4 to 2 1/2 gallons)
laurie
10/11/10
I am serving a meal for 40 people (some will be children) after a funeral and want to buy Costco spiral cut hams. I'm planning on buying two hams. Would that be enough?
ellen
10/12/10
You need about 12 pounds of ready to eat ham, so just check the weights.
Moiseso
10/16/10
I need to make enuff beans fir a party of 50. How many cand of pinto beans do I need? and what size?
ellen
10/16/10
If this is a side dish, you make 4 pounds dry, which is about 1 3/4 to 2 gallons. If you buy canned, it doesn't matter what size can, you just need about 2 gallons.
Regina
10/19/10
Im making chicken enchildas for about 8 people how much chicken do i boil boneless breast?
ellen
10/19/10
1 pound boneless makes 2 cups shredded. 2 pounds would be plenty. Steam, don't boil.
Holly
10/19/10
I am having about 13 adults and 4 children over for a Halloween drop in. Will have hotdogs/chicken corn soup/spinach dip/veggies/chips/pretzels/cupcakes/muffins/cookies - considering all the other food I will have out, how many hotdogs do you think would be sufficient?
ellen
10/19/10
Since this is the only meat, I would do about 32 hot dogs, but I would do Polish sausage or kielbasa- much tastier.
Lisa
10/22/10
I am catering for my first time a dinner for 35 people, I am cooking turkey and roast beef. I figured 25lb turkey will feed 35 people with a roast, but not sure on how big of a roast I should purchase. And is a 25lb too big?
ellen
10/23/10
What kind of roast? It matters. WEith a second dinner meat, you want to end up with 5 ounces cooked beef per person, which takes 1/2 pound brisket, but almost a pound of bone-in raw standing rib roast.
Melanie
10/25/10
How many lbs. of meat per person
I have a fully cooked/smoked 6 lb bone in boston butt. Will this be enough pulled pork to feed 8-10 people? Also, what is the best way to reheat? Should I reheat it whole or pull it apart first? Thank you for your help!
Melani
10/25/10
This will be about right for 8-1- people. Pull apart to reheat- heat sauce, put meat in, simmer until perfect.
Rosa
10/30/10
Good Morning!
I am having open house for Halloween about 45-65 people. How many pounds of ground meat do I need for the chili.
Thanks!
ellen
10/30/10
For 60 people, I would use about 15 pounds regular ground beef. You can use 1/2 ground turkey with no obvious effect.
Tracey
11/01/10
Hi Ellen,
I am planning a Church Christmas dinner for approx. 200 people. I am thinking of preparing a beef roast, and a baked salmon dish. Could you reccommend a very tender yet reasonably priced beef cut, and an approximate number of pounds needed to feed 200? Also, is there another fish as flavorful as salmon, but less expensive? Thank You...
ellen
11/01/10
Naturally very tender and reasonable price don't go together for beef; you have to achieve tender by very, slow cooking, letting stand, and then very thin slicing.

I just roasted a boned and rolled shoulder (chuck) roast, very tender and medium rare, but you do it by 1 hour at 325 then 1 hour per pound at 200.

A top round roast, done the same way, would be excellent; be sure to NOT get bottom round for this.

Unless you have a server for the meat, you have to allow 45-50 pounds raw boneless per 100.

Whole salmon goes on sale as low as 3.98 a pound and can be bought frozen. Frozen Dover sole fillets, a very nice fish, are available here for about that price. An alternative would be a salmon mouse or pate.

Pam
11/10/10
I am fixing the dinner for my daughter's wedding reception. We are having BBQ pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and salad. Could you please tell me how many pounds of raw Boston Butt Pork Roasts I should buy? We are planning on having around 300 guests.
ellen
11/10/10
Assuming this is not sandwiches, but plated, 1 pound bone in per 2 people.
Denese
11/17/10
if you need 100 hamburgers @ 4oz a patty hoe many pounds of meat do you need to buy?
ellen
11/17/10
1 pound=16 ounces, so 1 pound makes 4 patties.
ginny smith
11/18/10
mashed potaoes
how many pototoes would we need to peel to make mashed potatoes for 60 people.
ellen
11/18/10
See the plan for 100 table, use 2/3 the amount for 100. 2/3 of 35 to 40 pounds=X.
Janet
11/19/10
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of per person
How many pounds of green beans do I need per person?
ellen
11/19/10
I allow 22 pounds frozen or ready to cook per 100 if it is one of 2 vegetables, a bit more if it is self serve or the only vegetable.
Sarah Ellis
11/20/10
I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow (early) for one side of the family. What size whole turkey should I buy for 6 adults and 2 kids?
ellen
11/20/10
About 8 pounds for not much left over.
Lynne
11/22/10
How many lbs of hamburger to make sloppy joe's for a party of 35? It will be all adult women.
ellen
11/22/10
About 9 pounds.
mary
11/23/10
Hi Im catering for 200 people christmas dinner at church serving chicken breast in a poblano sauce about how much lbs? carnitas 100lbs chips 8 boxes of 2 bags each
rice 20lbs
beans 20lbs
macaroni salad 16lbs garden salad (sams)15bags
penne in mex salsa 16lbs of the pasta
cake full sheets 4
drinks can soda 10 cases of 24
water bottle 8 cases of 24
ellen
11/23/10
Mary, this looks like way too much food. Are you serving carnitas PLUS chicken?? Pasta PLUS rice and beans PLUS macaroni salad? Write back.

Cake is good Water is good. Soda is OK if you add 4-6 gallons of unsweetened ice tea- see the beverage planning page.

mary
11/23/10
HI Ellen since its a buffet I thought people will want a different optios can i cut down to 15lbs of the rice, beans ,and the pastas the chicken i would like everyone to have a taste of small piece. some people dont want carnitas
The last buffet we had was not enough for our mexican good second serving eaters.someone we hired did the buffet,some didnt eat I`m afraid to do the same pastor would be upset again.what can i do not to have to much left but,that we can have seconds?thank you so much for your help.
ellen
11/23/10
15 pounds is much better.

If you are going with 1 pound boneless raw chicken per 3, about 70 pounds, you can cut the carnitas to 70 pounds also, even for heavy eaters. The $200 saved would be a great donation to the local food bank...

Laura
11/24/10
How many pounds of turkey meat for 30 people? We will be serving many side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner and ham will be the second meat.
ellen
11/24/10
5 ounces ready to eat turkey PLUS 3 ouncesready to eat ham. See the turkey yield table in the big pots holiday cooking section at the top if the page.
Jill
11/26/10
Hi Ellen,

I am looking to do a stew (without veg, just beef) for 15 good eaters. How many pounds of braising beef would I be looking for? Many thanks - Jill

ellen
11/26/10
For utter confidence, no leftovers, 8 pounds.
Jennifer
12/08/10
How many lbs of thin cut shorts ribs (ex. korean bbq) should I purchase for 35 people? Thanks!
ellen
12/09/10
18-20 pounds, a bit more if it is the only meat.
Ryan
12/11/10
How many lbs of ribs for 8 people? I have 7 lbs, is that enough? having only cheesy fries with it
ellen
12/11/10
Hi, you asked twice, see the other one.
Shelley
12/15/10
I am cooking roast turkey for a school hot lunch, approx 65 kids K-6, and 65 kids 7-12, with 15 teachers, how many pounds of raw turkey do I need?
ellen
12/15/10
About 80 pounds raw whole; see the turkey yield table in big pots for equivalents in the other cuts.
Nikki
12/18/10
I am making shredded beef tacos for 20 people. How many pounds of boneless chuck roast should I use?
ellen
12/18/10
If this is the only meat and you have the regular sides of rice and beans, 7 pounds raw boneless is plenty.
Rebekah
12/29/10
Meatballs for 35
having 35 for a party tonight, I'm providing two types of meatballs. How many meatballs should I count on per person? others are bringing, veggies/dip, chips/salsa/cheese, beverages, desserts.
ellen
12/29/10
Is it the only meat? if so, at leats 1 pound total per 3 people. If not, 1 pound per 4 is plenty.
Linda
12/29/10
What is the Rule? How many lbs. of PASTAper person
having a spaggetti dinner for around 40-50 people. is 12 lbs of pasta enough
ellen
12/30/10
Discussed in detail on the spaghetti page- button at the top of the main cooktalk page.
Staci
01/17/11
Ellen

I am hoping you can help me. I am planing a baby shower, we are expecting 35-40 people. I am serving turkey and roast beef role sandwiches with American and Swiss cheese, and BBQ meat balls. I am not clear on how much to buy of each product? I don't want to waste food, but I want to be sure I don't run out. The shower runs 2-5 (in case that makes a difference on portion size?)

Thanks you for your help!
Staci

ellen
01/17/11
Afternoon does cut portions. I would buy 1 pound meatballs per 5, 1 pound beef per 5, 1 pound turkey per 6; 2 smallish rolls per person.
Cathy
01/26/11
115 orders (12 oz.) of macaroni and cheese
Do you have a recipe to make such a large quantity of macaroni and cheese? Thanks.
ellen
01/26/11
Check out this article:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/macche25.html

For fancy, improve your cheese selection and amounts and add a buttered crumb topping

Cheryl brown
02/17/11
I am making sloppy joes for my wedding reception. It is for approximately 100 people. How many pounds of ground beef will I need?
Belinda Pakrer
02/19/11
I am hosting a wedding reception for a friend for 150 people and she want to serve
Broccoli Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Salad, Hot wings, Meatballs, Catfish Strips, Cheeseball Vegetable tray and fruit trays, I wanted to know what is a reasonable amount of serving I need for the items so that we will not run out of food,
ellen
02/19/11
Cheryl, about 25

Belinda,use the plan for 100 tables to make a first estimate, post it, and I will check it for you.

Vicki
02/20/11
I am hosting a baby shower and will have about 50 people. What is the standard rule of thumb for how many sandwiches per person and squares. How many different varieties should i serve. I will also have fruit and veggie trays and potato chips
Krysel Romero
02/22/11
Im having my baby shower and im expecting 150-200 people there. We are having a taco man and we need to know how many pounds of meat we will need. We want to do Carne Asada, Chicken, and Chorizo.
ellen
02/22/11
Vicki, it's fully covered in the sandwich article and the tea party article (use 1/2 the amount for 100).

Krysel, all of these, in ready to eat
Carne Asada, 4 ounces per person
Chicken, 3 ounces per person
Chorizo, 2 ounces per person

Emily
02/25/11
Hi Ellen. I want to make pulled pork bbq for friends this weekend. I have a 6 lb bone-in pork shoulder that I'm roasting. I'm expecting 12-14 people. Is that enough or do I need another? I want to buy pre-made coleslaw. How much do I need? We'll also have baked beans, corn-on-the-cob and cheesecake for dessert:)
ellen
02/25/11
6 pounds bone in is some less than 4 pounds edible. It cuts very close, unless some of your guests are light eaters.

A half gallon of slaw is plenty.

Emily
02/25/11
Awesome. Thank you!
Adeline
02/27/11
We are hosting a couples' bridal shower soon and expect around 80 people. The menu will consist of hamburgers, chips, dips, baked beans and desserts. We will grill 100 (1/4 lb.) hamburger patties to have a few extra. Would this be sufficient? How many tomatoes and onions do we need to slice?
Thank you.
ellen
02/27/11
Yes, sufficient. Get a package of Boca Burgers or another frozen veggie burger for the non beef eaters. See the sandwich event page for a condiment table for full help with the trimmings.
Courtney
02/28/11
im making spagetti and meat balls for my daughters birthday how would i need for about 50 people
ellen
03/01/11
See the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page.
Sandy
03/03/11
Catering baked chicken peices for 150 people.
I am catering an event for 150 people. Simple menu of only baked chicken, mixed rice and beans, and collard greens. Can you tell me how cups or pounds of rice, how many pounds of the chicken peices and greens I will need? Thanks!!!!
Linda
03/03/11
planning on making stuffed cabbage rolls (med. size)as one of the dishes for our daughters wedding reception. 200 guests how many rolls should I make?
ellen
03/03/11
Sandy, each of these foods is covered specifically on the plan for 100 tables, you just need 1 1/2 times the amount for 100.

Linda, it depends on what other entrees are being served, but you want 300-400.

Sandy
03/05/11
Ellen, thank you very much for your help!!! I'm thrilled to have come across this site. It's awesome!
laird
03/15/11
Hi Ellen;

I am serving roast Bison or Elk at a wedding as well as either salmon or grilled chicken. Buffett style, summer wedding. In rough numbers there are about 68 adults, the rest are kids (most under 7). How many pounds of roast should I make? What about the chicken or fish pieces? How many pieces? - There will be other food too. Salads, potatoes, rice pilaf, veggies, fruit, etc.

Laird
03/15/11
sorry.. there are about 80 people total. 68 adults, the remainder young children.
ellen
03/16/11
So I would count this as 75 adults, or 3/4 of 100. 2 pounds raw roast per 5 PLUS 1 pounds raw boneless fish or chicken per 4.
Nancy
03/16/11
I am making spaghetti with meat sauce for about 75 people. How many pounds of ground beef should I buy?
ellen
03/16/11
See the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page, make 1 1/2 times the amounts, a bit less if they are light eaters.
gina
03/17/11
ammounts
please could you tell me how much of each would I need to feed 250 adults....PASTA SALAD, POTATO SALAD & TOSSED SALAD thank you.
jessica
03/17/11
how many pounds of chicken wings serves 30 people?
ellen
03/18/11
Gina, the amounts are 2 1/2 times the amount for 100 on the plan for 100 page.

Jessica, depends on what else is served, but I always allow at least 6 pieces per person.

denise
03/21/11
Hello i have a wedding for 200 people how much roast beef do i need total. they have plenty of food
ellen
03/21/11
Denise, not enough info. What is the rest of the menu?
Arlene
03/22/11
How much salad & pizza
serving pizza & tossed salad for lunch for 20 people. How much of each?
Diane
03/25/11
Hello! How many pounds of ribs and boneless chicken do I need for serving 50 people? I will have other sides.
ellen
03/25/11
Arlene, depends on the age and sex of the eaters and the size of the pizza, but unless they are teens/college students, 1/3 a 12" per person is usually plenty. Salad, 1/4 the amount for 100 makes large servings for 20.

Diane, use the BBQ and brisket page to take a stab at estimating this, post the effort and I will give you some feedback.

Kara
03/25/11
I am catering the food for a party of 80 (about 10 kids under 10). The party is at 2 so I am just serving apps. How many wings and meatballs per person should I serve? I am also doing other cold apps. Thanks!
Sandy
03/26/11
I am doing a bbq plate lunch sale for 200 plates and want to know how many pounds of short ribs do I need altogether...each plate will have 2 short ribs..thanks
ellen
03/26/11
Karen, at least 4 wings, up to 6 per person. 1 pound meatballs per 5.

Sandy, short ribs come in a LOT of different cuts. Get some from the butcher you are using, weigh, and multiply.

Kathy
03/26/11
How many pounds of roast beef is needed for a dinner party of 80 people?
ellen
03/26/11
Prime rib on bone, 80 pounds raw. Boneless chuck pot roast, 40 pounds raw. What did you have in mind?
John
04/01/11
Party for 400. We are roasting a hog. Serving many other side dishs along with the pulled pork sandwiches. So, what is the hog live weight and/or ready to roast weight we should be buying? Pleae also indicate the serving size per sandwich you would recommend. Thanks much.
ellen
04/01/11
John, if you are feeding 400 people, you are roasting way more than one hog; the usual allotment is 1- 1 1/4 pound head off dressed whole hog per person, and the best size for roasting is no more that 60-70 pounds. 6 hogs...

The smart thing to do is, make 200 pounds of pulled pork using pork shoulder ahead of time, freeze, thaw in fridge, and reheat, and roast 1 or maybe 2 hogs day of.

I'm serious; if you have never roasted a hog, you are headed for disaster trying to do all, day of.

JillAnn Marsh
04/02/11
catering a babyshower
I am serving 35 people, adults and kids, large chicken wings and large dummies, how many do I need to serve that many people? The event is tomorrow so the sooner I know the better please.
ellen
04/02/11
4 pieces wings, 1.5 drumsticks per person if this is over a mealtime and the only meat.
Joni Harris
04/02/11
Hi Ellen! I'm making 'Sloppy Joes' for 60 people - men - and need to know how much ground chuck I need to purchase? This is happening this Saturday. Thank you!
ellen
04/02/11
Depends on the recipe and the sides, but somewhere in the range of 18 pounds.
Amber
04/03/11
Hi Ellen! Planning a Bridal Shower for about 50 people and am looking to do chicken salad on croissants plus a few different salad type items including fruit. I saw on your post you have the amount of chicken salad and the amount of sides needed in gallons. Roughly how much will I need in pounds when purchasing them from the store or caterer? Thanks!!!
ellen
04/03/11
1/2 the amounts for 100- about 1 pound per pint for most items.
Wanda Montsho
04/04/11
how many pounds of salmon for 200 peoples
ellen
04/04/11
Depends on the cut. Discussed on the plan for 100 page, you just get double the amount for 100.
Karli
04/05/11
I am planning a birthday party with about 25-30 people, i am only 16 and planning my mom's surprise party alone. I have already purchased the BBQ catering: 20 tritip sandwiches, 10 slabs of baby back ribs, and 5 slab of beef. Both of the ribs are bone-in. With your advise in mind im going to make the sides potatoe salad, backed beans, and dinner rolls.Plus extra hors d'oeuvres. Will this be enough to feed everyone?
ellen
04/05/11
Yes. Cut the sandwiches in half and the ribs apart. Good work.
Milly
04/06/11
I am planning a Salad/Potato Bar for a Teacher Appreciation lunch. There are 135 on staff. I am looking at getting a box of 50 lbs of Russet potatoes, but don't even know how many potatoes that is. Planning for 150, how many lbs of potatoes should I prepare?
Reese
04/06/11
I having a Dinner with my family and im not the cooking type I need some help! I wanted to know how much lbs of fish for,4 people I would need. Also for mushrooms, patatoes, carrots, marble cake ingredients, and caesar salad? Please & Thankyou :)
mc
04/06/11
hi ellen ill be cooking for my nephews christening he has 100 guests how much do i need for the following?

mixed green salad
fish fillet
boneless chicken fillet
beef stroganoff
stir fried noodles

i need help in quanitifying.. please.. thanks!

ellen
04/06/11
1 pounds fish steaks or filets, 4 potatoes, 1/2 pound carrots. Marble cake, get a mix. 1 large head romaine lettuce, Marzetti Caesar dressing (in the produce department), 1 cup crountons. Good luck.
Deana
04/08/11
I am planning and cooking for my brother's wedding
My brother is in Afghanisan and hs fiance is in Germany and I am in Virginia planning there wedding and reception for 100 people that starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:00. He wants BBQ, potato salad, cole slaw, and baked beans along with the fruit and veggie trays, and she wants finger foods: ham sandwiches, meatballs, chicken salad sandwiches, ect. along with the veggie and fruit trays. what can i do to keep them both happy and how much should i get to make it? Thanks.
Anne
04/08/11
Having a picnic for 300 adults and children how many hotdogs and hamburgers do i need.
Karen
04/08/11
ribs
How many ribs should I order for 3 adults and 4 children? We are having potatoes and salad too.
ellen
04/09/11
Deanna, I am moving you to a new thread called pleasing the bride and groom.

Anne, see the hamburger and hot dog listing on the plan for 100 page.

Karen, If these are precooked, ready to eat, 3-4 pounds depending on the ages of the kids and how heavy of eaters the crew is.

Patsy
04/17/11
how many lbs. of meat to make for sloppy joes 80pp
I have a graduation party and we are feeding about 80 people , with salads, chips and cake and punch. Another mother and i are splitting this meat menu. we need to know how many pounds of hamburger we will need to make .
ellen
04/17/11
I allow 24 pounds of ground meat for adults for sloppy joes. Teens are big eaters, so if it is mostly teens that would not be too much, you could go some less if there are lots of adults.
Brenda
04/18/11
I am preparing Easter breakfast at my church for approximately 140 adults and 40 children. How many pounds of boneless ham and sausage patties should I buy for that amount of people
ellen
04/18/11
1 pound of ham per 5-6 PLUS 1 pound of raw sausage per 5 (it shrinks a lot). Most kids eat almost as much breakfast as the grownups.
Paulo Souza
04/20/11
Ellen, we are serving baked chicken pieces,(boneless thigh) to a church group of about 250, also serving salads and dessert. How much chicken do we need?
Paulo Souza
04/20/11
Ellen, we are serving grilled chicken pieces,(boneless thigh) to a church group of about 250, also serving salads and dessert. How much chicken do we need?
ellen
04/20/11
Allow 2 pieces per person unless they are very large, then go by boneless weight- see the plan for 100 table.
Amy
05/04/11
how many Rolls
I am doing a communion party for my son with about 60 -65 people. I am having meatballs and roastbeef. I am trying to figure out how many rolls I would need to order.

Thanks Amy

ellen
05/04/11
1.5 to 2 per person for sandwiches, depending on size- if a lady would take one, do 1.5, if some would take 2, do 3.
Cristina
05/09/11
Is 24 pounds of carne asada enough for 50 people? I'm having a party in two weeks and I don't want to be short on meat.
ellen
05/09/11
Yes, especially assuming you will have rice, beans and salad to go with.
Sandee
05/11/11
Meatballs, how many pounds?
How many pounds of ground beef would I need to make meatballs for 120 people. Just an average to smaller size meatball. This is for a graduation party and there will be chicken, baked beans, salads, cheesy potatoes, veggies etc.
mary
05/11/11
school fundraiser- shopping at a deli for 200
i need help
i am shopping at the grocery store to have a school barbeque with hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, potato salad and beans for 200. What quantities should i order?
ellen
05/11/11
Sandee, I make 1 pound of meatballs for 5-6 when they are an appetizer or part of the entrees, so about 20 pounds of meatballs, which takes about 18 pounds ground beef, because of the shrinkage.

Mary all tehse items are covered in detail in the plan for 100 list. Just get 2 times the amount for 100, unless they are elementary school, in which case, about 1 3/4.

Rachel
05/13/11
How many eggs?
I'm making breakfast tacos for 20 people and I'm unsure of the amount of supplies I need to bring. How many eggs? How much breakfast sausage? How much bacon and how much cheese and salsa?
ellen
05/13/11
Go to the breakfast planning page and use 1/5 to 1/4 of the amount for 100 (the larger amount for self serve/ heavy eaters).
Marlen
05/15/11
How much of each ingredient do I need?
I need to cook baked spaghetti for 40 4th graders, how much pasta, sauce, meat & cheese will I need?
ellen
05/15/11
3 pounds of pasta (4 if there are adults also); the rest per the pasta.
lynell
05/15/11
I want to serve about 60 people. We are having pulled roast beef sandwiches,6 different salads, baked beans,meat and cheese tray, chips and dips, little smokies. How much roast if it was a boneless and what type would be the best or cost effective?
lynell
05/15/11
I want to serve about 60 people. We are having pulled roast beef sandwiches,6 different salads, baked beans,meat and cheese tray, chips and dips, little smokies. How much roast if it was a boneless and what type would be the best or cost effective?
ellen
05/15/11
I would do 2 ounces cheese, 3 ounces roast beef (1 pound ready to eat per 5) plus 3-4 ounces other sandwich meats for each person.

Starting from raw, 1 pound boneless raw beef per 4, and cook low and slow to reduce shrinkage. Top sirloin or top round, very thinly sliced cold.

Erica
05/17/11
How many pounds of raw potatoes do I need to make mashed potatoes for 400 people. I always over buy thank you
ellen
05/18/11
I would get 140 pounds raw for 400 people.
cassie
05/19/11
I'm having a huge graduation party with over 200 guests. I'm serving flank steak. How many pounds do I need to buy to feed them all?
maryann
05/19/11
top round roast
I'm having a party of 20 and bought a 10 pound top round roast to cook for sandwiches. What would be the best way to cook it and for how long if i want it rare to medium rare. Should I cut into two roasts?
ellen
05/19/11
Leave in 1 piece. Roast 1 hour at 325-350, then6-7 hours at 225. Use a thermometer, take out at 140 in the middle.
Dee
05/22/11
I am in the process of planning an upcoming Corporate Event that will have approximately 2000 attendees. Can you please advise me how many pounds of Catfish and Chicken Tenders would be appropriate for a lunch picnic environment (only one pass allowed per attendee). Other items included on the menu will include Spaghetti (with or without meatsauce Options), Fries, Coleslaw, Corn on the Cob, Hushpuppoes or Rolls.

Thanks in advance for your help - HELP!!!

ellen
05/22/11
Dee, this is way out of the range of volunteer cooking. Get a good local caterer and trust them.
Mary
05/23/11
How many lbs of cooked chopped beef would I need per person. this would be for sandwiches.
I am expecting 30 adults
ellen
05/23/11
10 pounds meat and 40 standard rolls would be plenty, you might have some left over.
Mary
05/25/11
how much potato salad and sausage links should I buy for 30 ppl
ellen
05/26/11
If the sausage is the only meat and you are serving with bread or rolls, 15 pounds fresh, a bit less smoked. About 5-6 quarts of potato salad.
Thelma
05/26/11
How much liquid will I need to make gravy for 70?
How much liquid will I need to make gravy for 70 people?
ellen
05/26/11
About 6 quarts.
Barbara
05/29/11
hot dogs and onions
How many onions do I need to chop for 300 hotdogs?
ellen
05/29/11
Assuming these will be the finely chopped topping ones, about 16 pounds. 20 if you think everyone will eat some...
Yonina
05/30/11
I am buying chicken for 65 people. What proportion of dark to light meat should I buy? Thanks
ellen
05/30/11
In the USA, white is preferred about 3 to 1. If I were not buying whole chickens for this group, I would get 45 quarters of white and 30 of dark (15 chickens plus 15 breast quarters).
Sally
06/01/11
Hi Ellen,
We are having a wedding with 70 people and we'll be serving heavy hors d'œuvre's. We want a huge selection but are trying to figuring out the portions. I know this is a complicated one but can you help with any parts of it?

Raw Bar (we're leaning towards mostly shrimp)
-Shrimp
-oysters
-mussels
-cherrystones
-lobster tails for decoration/consumption (4?)
-crag legs for decoration/consumption (4?)

Passed Appetizers
-scallops & bacon
-crab cakes
-stuffed mushrooms
-mini beef wellington
-salmon skewer (just a few)
-spinach & orzo salad

Stationary
-meatballs
-claw chowder and/or lobster bisque
-spinach pastry
-beef teriyaki
-chicken satay
-egg rolls
-hamburger sliders
-half portion lobster rolls

Vegetable board with a few basic dips
-cucumber
-carrot sticks
-celery sticks

Cheese Board
-cheddar
-jalapeno jack
-brie
-boursin
-grapes
-crackers

ellen
06/02/11
This is a nice sized party and an appropriate menu plan. I would like to suggest some modifications to make it simpler and safer to serve.

Raw Bar (we're leaning towards mostly shrimp)
-Shrimp
-oysters
-mussels
-cherrystones
-lobster tails for decoration/consumption (4?)
-crag legs for decoration/consumption (4?)
Usually, don't put anything on unless there is enough for everyone. Decorate with greens, etc.

This will be very expensive, and many people are anxious about raw seafood these days, also harder to eat if dressed up and challenging to keep continuously safely cold. I would consider doing just shrimp (1 pound per 5 plus 1/4 cup sauce per person.)Or a Mexican style dressed shrimp cocktail in shooter glasses. Then a seafood mold or pate with crackers, 1/4 cup per person plus 1 1/2 to 2 ounces crackers and a platter of smoked salmon with cream cheese capers and thin sliced rye cocktail slices.

Passed Appetizers- about 2 of each per person
-scallops & bacon
-crab cakes
-stuffed mushrooms
-mini beef wellington
Consider adding stuffed cherry tomatoes or stuffed new potatoes with vegetarian stuffings
-salmon skewer (just a few)- have at least one per person, or skip. See note about smoked salmon above.
-spinach & orzo salad??? should be on the stationary table? 1 cup per 3 persons

Stationary
-meatballs- 1 pound per 5
-claw chowder and/or lobster bisque 1 cup per person
-spinach pastry-3 per person
-beef teriyaki-n3 ounces per person
-chicken satay- 2 ounces per person
-egg rolls- 1 per person, cut in half
-hamburger sliders- 1.2 per person
-half portion lobster rolls- at least 1.5 pieces per person
Add some baskets of really good rolls, breads, butter

Vegetable board with a few basic dips
-cucumber
-carrot sticks
-celery sticks
see the veggie tray page, add at least grape tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. Maybe one marinated

Cheese Board- Total 18-pounds cheese
-cheddar
-jalapeno jack
-brie
-boursin
-grapes-1 pound per 5
-crackers 1 ounce per person, and add breads above

ellen
06/02/11
By the way, if you do the smoked salmon, mini bagels would be a charming bread choice- 1 whole per person, split.
Sally
06/03/11
Thanks Ellen! You're the best!
Charmagne
06/03/11
I am serving 75 buffet style fajitas. How many pounds uncooked brisket and chicken thighs or breasts should I do? Also, how much on the peppers and onions?
ellen
06/03/11
Charmagne, you have finally prompted me to post my "Fajita page"; go here:

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

beraleday
06/05/11
I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.
Eva
06/07/11
How many pounds of fish for 20 people
I want to do a fish fry for 20 people. How many pounds of fish will I need.
ellen
06/07/11
see the fish section of the plan for 100 page, use 1/5 the amount for 100.
joy
06/09/11
having a barbecue for son's rehearsal dinner. we are having rib eyed steak, shrimp and chicken quarters, along with macaroni salad, potato salad, corn on the cob, rolls and baked beans. unsure how much shrimp and steak to purchase for 60 people, at least 3/4 are young adult men which can eat a lot. chicken we have covered since we have to purchase 40 pounds. steak will be the main meat. i can not figure out the formula to figure it out. Please help
ellen
06/10/11
With this particular crowd, I have to recommend that you purchase 1 steak per person- so pounds will depend on size. However, I would not cook that much chicken, 25 pounds will be plenty with the other meats. How about limiting the shrimp to an appetizer? You really don't need it as a 3rd main course. 1 pound shelled per 5.
Joy
06/10/11
Thank you for your help. makes sense. will do away with the shrimp and concentrate on the steaks and back up with chicken. will decrease the chicken. thanks again
Sara
06/16/11
How many lbs of hamburger would you need to make sloppy joes to feed about 80 people?
ellen
06/16/11
16-18 pounds if you use a slightly leaner than ordinary mix.
Trina
06/16/11
We have to feed 175 people at a company cookout. We are serving hot dogs, hamburgers and smoked ribs. How much of this should we cook for 175 people?
billie price
06/16/11
How many pounds of a mix of bbq brisket and sausage will I need to feed 19 adults and 10 children?
Paula
06/18/11
Hi Ellen,
I'm planning a party for my sons 18th birthday and I was wondering if you could tell me how many pounds of tri-tip I would need to feed approx. 30-50 guests. I will mention that I'm also planning on serving a large tray of BBQ chicken wings and a large tray of fried pork (carnitas)....not to mention 2 salads, rice pilaf, beans and dinner rolls. Tri-tip can be expensive...so how many pounds do you think I can get away with?
ellen
06/18/11
Billie, about 13 pounds raw well-trimmed brisket and 6 pounds suasage.

Paula, hard on the budget! You can't expect less than 2 pounds per 5 kids, so amount depends on attendance.

ellen
06/18/11
Trina, the ribs will far outweigh the others. Also, are you grilling there? And amounts depend on sides also, what else is being offered? Write back.
Jennifer
06/19/11
Hi Ellen. I am planning my mom's surprise 60th birthday party. I want to make sure we have enough food but I don't want to end up with tons of left overs. I would like your opinion before I give the cater the final numbers...I'm afraid they have reccomended too much food...
70 guests
Menu:
BBQ chicken - bone in
baby back ribs
new potato salad
cole slaw
baked beans
field greens

I'm serving chips and sala, fruit kabobs, and cocount chiken salad on crackers for apps. Of course, we will have birthday cake for dessert. Thank you for your opinion!

ellen
06/19/11
For plenty, and you will have some left, but everyone will get his/her own first choice; 8-9 chickens, 25 pounds cooked ribs.

2 1/2 gallons each slaw and beans
3 gallons potato salad
greens as they suggest

Best I can do, hope it helps.

Jennifer
06/19/11
Thanks Ellen!
Michelle
06/20/11
I am making boneless, skinless turkey breast for about 75 people. I was told to buy 4 oz per person. Is that correct? We will also be serving salad, a veggie and mashed potatoes.
Sara
06/20/11
I am expecting 300+ people to attend my wedding reception and am making ground roast beef sandwiches on mini buns, potato salad, veggie trays, chips and salsa. How much do I need of these, especially the ground beef? How many lbs, or lbs per how many people.. Am getting nervous, thanks~
ellen
06/20/11
Michelle, that is not enough for party servings, which are at least 5 and more typically 7 ounces cooked per person; this means at least 1 pound raw for each 2 people.

Sara, this is a very light menu if these are the only foods. If it is at a mealtime, you need to plan at least 30 pounds per 100, up to 1/2 pound raw ground beef per person (it shrinks a lot) and at least 3 buns per person.

Steven
06/21/11
I am having approximately 50 people for a BBQ. I am providing the meat, and the guests are bringing a dish to pass. We are serving Baby Back Ribs and Marinated Chicken Breasts. How many pounds of ribs and chicken should I prepare?
ellen
06/21/11
1/2 pound ribs and 4 ounces breast per person is kind of a minimum for this menu.
Stacey
06/22/11
I'm having a grilling party on Saturday and we are going to have mini pineapple hamburgers...for about 17 people...how many pounds of hamburger do you think I will need? They will be the size of the hamburger sliders you get out in restaurants.
ellen
06/23/11
For a party size portion, 2 pounds raw burger for 5 people, to make about 4 sliders per person.
Adrienne
06/24/11
I've purchased 30lbs of drummettes, is that enough to serve 100 people?
ellen
06/24/11
If this is raw weight, it is usual to purchase 1/2 pound per person for appetizers if it is the only meaty one. If there are others (meatballs, sausages, etc.) it is enough.
Laura
06/27/11
How many pounds/oz of spaghetti to serve 70 people?

The same for meat balls and sauce?

ellen
06/28/11
If you want a lot, use amounts of 1 1/2 times the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page.
Darla
06/29/11
How many pounds of mixed chicken (raw)do I buy to feed 150 people and how pounds of bone in ribs for 150 people and boneless ribs for 150 people and how many pounds of potatoes and eggs for potatoes salad for 150 people
ellen
06/29/11
Darla, is this meat for 1 meal or for 3 different meals?
For the potato salad, see the plan for 100 page or any of the recipes for 100.
Lee
06/30/11
I'm having a party of 15 people 3 of them are under 12. How many hamburgers and hotdogs should I have??? I don't want to run out! I was thinking 24 of each...
ellen
06/30/11
18 burgers and 24 hot dogs are plenty unless you know they are very heavy eaters.
Lea
07/04/11
Hi Ellen, I will be cooking for 100 guests and the buffet menu consists of beef stew, roast belly of pork, BBQ chicken thigh and legs (deboned) and grilled fish. My first time to cook for a friend's wedding with 100 guests and I dont want to dissappoint her. I usually cook for smaller groups say 10-15. How many lbs of each meat do I need? There is also vegetable dish, cold salad and rice in the menu. Thanks
ellen
07/04/11
Lea, this is more than the number of entrees usuually offered for 100, and that makes it very hard to estimate. It means you will have a lot of leftovers if you plan enough to make sure that all get their first choice. Would you bride consider dropping either the stew or the pork?

In the meantime, be sure the chicken id brined before cooking so it stays juicy, and don't expect more than 20 to select fish. Are you grilling it at the time? Way more work. If you are cooking ahead, I suggest you switch to something with a sauce, or you may have trouble with it drying out.

A very nice alternative for a summer party is cold salmon.

Write back.

Joy
07/06/11
Having a bbq for rehearsal dinner. having steak, chicken and pork kabobs along with some shrimp. there will also be three salads, corn on the cob, baked beans and rolls and chips. 50 adults, mostly in their 20s and 10 children. enough if i make 60 of each kabob? dont want to be without enough foood for the party. sound good? maybe i just need reassuance...just scared to run out.
Joy
07/06/11
thank you for your help. took your advice on other things and it has been right on. thanks again
ellen
07/06/11
Joy, the thing about shrimp is people gobble it, and the other thing about shrimp is, it is extremely easy to overcook. I would make a shrimp cold dish, maybe Mexican style in the sauce, allowing 1 pound of shelled shrimp per 5. Than I would make 80 beef at least and 60 each of the other (brine the chicken). You will probably have some left, but everyone will have first choice and no one will run out.
Judy
07/07/11
I have 27 adults and 14 children (most under age 5). I am serving sandwiches, garden salad, fruit salad, mozzarella/tomato platter, and chicken fingers. How many pounds of chicken fingers should I get? Want enough for the kids and maybe a few extra for adults.
ellen
07/07/11
The children will mostly eat 1 piece per year of age up to 5 years, then 2 per year for years above 5, if they are small. Adults will eat about 2 each (yep, like appetizers). Consider fruit trays instead of salad, kids like it better and leftovers are more usable.

You could use some chips or a pasta or potato salad?

liz
07/08/11
Hi Ellen, I have 8 adults and three children coming for dinner and I am serving tri tip and spare ribs. How much of each meat should I have per person. I am also serving a warm mushroom salad, corn salad, and roasted potatoes with garlic herb butter.
ellen
07/08/11
About 5 pounds raw tritip, 2-3 racks of ribs, you will have some leftovers but everyone will get what they want. Smaller parties are actually more difficult to figure closely.
Sue
07/08/11
Hi Ellen! We are having a couples baby shower and a beach theme. For the food, we plan on serving mango salsa with chips, Mini cheese burgers (sliders), Coconut shrimp, Mini crab cakes, Asian chicken salad, Hawaiian rolls w/butter for 50 people. What amounts should be plan on for each item?
Sue
07/08/11
By-the-way, on the couples baby shower for 50 people, it is going to happen at 1pm on a Sunday and we are serving iced tea and an alcohol bar.
ellen
07/08/11
OK, this is like appetizers. Count 1/4 cup salsa plus 1 ounce chips as one bite. Count 1/4 cup chicken salad as 1 bite. Allowing 3 shrimps per person, and 2 sliders per person, plan 10-12 bites for a 2 hour party, 15-18 for 3 hours.
Janell
07/11/11
I am hosting an annual party. We serve BBQ pork butt that is slow roasted all day. Then pulled for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches. The butts have the bone in. I need to feed approximately 200 people. How many pounds of butt do you suggest?
ellen
07/12/11
50 pounds per 100 bone in.
Tamara
07/13/11
Hi Ellen,

I need to know if I buy:

1 1/2 case or ribs
140 pieces of legs and thigh
100 hot dogs
baked beans w/hamburger
will that be enough to feed 100 people

JJ
07/13/11
I'm thinking about cooking chili for a group of 22 college aged students. I make it with ground beef and beans but don't know how many pounds of ground beef I need. Would four pounds be enough or too much?
Thanks and God bless!
Yemini
07/16/11
We are cooking for 70 people possibly a couple more, couple less. It is a lunchtime affair with stragglers for leftovers for supper.

We are cooking chili, buns, beef on a bun, salads and such. How many roasts do we need to feed 70 with some leftovers but not a freezer full.

Yemini
07/16/11
Roasts for the beef on a bun.... we have the chili under control....
ellen
07/16/11
JJ, I would do about 6 pounds beef and 2 pounds dried beans.

Yemini, I allow 1 pound raw boneless beef for 3 people for sandwiches. So figure out how much/many you want to feed later, and you can figure it out.

Karen
07/16/11
I am doing a ladies luncheon for 85 ladies. I am doing beef Kabobs, and i need to know how many pounds would i need using large beef tips.
Thanks
ellen
07/16/11
At least 1 pounds tender boneless for each 3 people for 2 skewers each and a few extra.
Kim T. Smith
07/17/11
How many of each per person
Hello Ellen,
I am hosting our family reunion in August of next year and our menu consists of Steak, jumbo shrimp, fish (whiting, perch and catfish), crab leg, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, tossed salad, rolls etc. There will be approximately 100 people there. How much show I buy of each and do you have any suggetions as to where to buy the meat and seafood in bulk. Thank you
Sue
07/17/11
Ellen:
This is in response to my inquiry on 7-8-11 regarding the couple's baby shower for 50 people at 1pm on a Sunday. We are planning to serve cheese burger sliders, BBq chicken wings, (no crab cakes as previously mentioned) Coconut shrimp, Asian salad, Hawaian rolls, and Mango salsa + chips. You responded with information regarding "bites" I do not know how to figure amts. using bites...think I need more information. My original question was how much of each item should I plan on ordering from my provider to accomodate my 50 guests?
Approx. how many sliders, chicken wings, coconut shrimps, rolls, and lbs. of mango salsa? I am sorry if I did not make myself understood before. Thank you!
ellen
07/17/11
Hi, Sue, sorry it was not clear enough for you. One shrimp or one slider is a "bite" and you want at least 3 shrimps and 2 sliders per person. For the rest, you get to decide how to divide it up, using the measurements I gave for what counts as a bite; any other item one single item or an ounce of cheese plus a couple of crackers, or an ounce of veggies and 2 tablespoons of Ranch dressing for example, counts as a bite. So in your case, the shrimp plus sliders is 5, and you want 10 bites for a 2 hour party, you might select a half cup of chicken salad, 2 ounces of cheese, and 1/4 cup salsa, plus an ounce or 2 of chips and an ounce or two of crackers.
Tiffany
07/18/11
I am having 177 people at my wedding reception I am serving buffet ham,mashed potatos, gray, corn,watermelon, cheese and cracker trays, dinner rolls,and backed beans. How many pounds of ham should I buy?
ellen
07/18/11
Hi, Tiffany,
You want 1 pound ready to eat ham per every 3 people. That is cooked already, no bone, sliced. If they are heavy eaters add 10% more.

However, with thie many people, you need to consider adding 15-20 servings of a vegetarian entree, or a side dish that can be a vegetarian entree- not everyone eats meat or pork.

Renee
07/19/11
We're having about 50-60 adults over for a party. We were thinking of having 3 meat options-- Chinese pork roast, korean style short ribs, and teriyaki chicken. How many pounds per person for each meat should we order? Is this too much meat-- what would you suggest?
Brenda
07/19/11
How much boneless chicken breast for 40 to 50 people?
Kevin
07/20/11
I'm having a picnic and will be having about 250 guest. I plan on having bbq ribs, bbq chicken, hot dogs, and hot links for the meats. I will also have sides, but my main concern is the meat. How many pounds of each meat should I buy to feed everyone?
tim
07/20/11
I'm catering a party for 80-100 ppl how many pounds of ground would I need for meat balls also how lbs of sausage(seperate dish) as well....I'm also serving pasta and potato salad how many lbs of each do I need? Thanks
ellen
07/21/11
Renee, this is fine. I would do 1 pound raw pork for each 4 plus 1 pound ribs for each 2-3 (they will be very popular) plus 1 pound chicken for each 4.

Brenda, see the plan for 100 page entree section, use 1/2 the amount for 100.

Kevin, I would skip the hot dogs and do a kielbasa or Polish sausage instead. 1 pound ribs per 2 PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person (8 per chicken) PLUS 1 pound hot links per 8 unless they are VERY popular PLUS 1 pound other sausage per 5.

Tim, 1 pound sausage per 5, everything else is covered in the plan for 100 tables.

Audrey
07/22/11
We are serving pulled barbecued chicken sandwiches to 150 guests. How much chicken would you suggest I buy? I was going to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs as well. I was thinking about 45lbs. but wasn't sure if that was enough. (Mostly older adults) Could I cook them slow in a 300degree oven for around 6 hours in large reynolds pans with sauce and then just shred the chicken and freeze? I need to have this part of the meal done early.
ellen
07/22/11
Audrey, for pulled chicken I use straight thighs; the breasts get dry and stringy. Allow 1 pound raw boneless skinless per 3 persons.

You do not need to cook 6 hours, just until they shred, which is usually about 3. Add sauce, store for several days in sauce in fridge or freeze, thaw in fridge and reheat.

Courtney
07/23/11
How many pounds of Dungeness crab sections would feed 30 people?
ellen
07/23/11
This is a costly meal. My friends and I easily go through a pound each...
jane
07/25/11
planning wedding for aprox. 225 doing a roast pig stuffed with keibassa also how much slice roast beef-corn-green beans-cole slaw-rolls parsley potatoes using #10 cans do i need
thank you
jane
07/25/11
wedding planning
planning wedding for aprox. 225 planning on a roast pig stuffed with keibassa also how much sliced roast beef-cole slaw-rolls-how many #10 cans of corn-green beans-and white whole potatoes planning on doing parsley potatoes

thank you

ellen
07/25/11
Jane, it is pretty unsafe to home roast a stuffed pig, and I don't understand how the roast beef goes with it. I need more information.
Caitlin
07/26/11
I am making chicken salad for 20 people. I want to make four times the recipe. I need 12 cups of chicken. I plan to use 1/2 boneless chicken breasts and 1/2 chicken drumsticks. How many pounds of each should I purchase?
ellen
07/27/11
12 cups of chicken requires 12 pounds whole raw chicken or 6 pounds boneless skinless raw. Use thighs, not legs, the tendons in the legs are difficult for chicken salad. 1/2 and 1/2 is fine.
Kathy
07/29/11
I am selling Shrimp Dinners.. I have 50 orders, and each order will have 12 shrimp in them.I am going to purchase the 21/25 ct shrimp by the case, how many pounds/case of shrimp will I need?
Kathy
07/29/11
How many pounds/cases should I purchases?
I am selling Shrimp Dinners.. I have 50 orders, and each order will have 12 shrimp in them. ( I also want to have enough left over for me & my family which equals 4 people)I am going to purchase the 21/25 count shrimp by the case, how many pounds/cases of shrimp will I need?
ellen
07/30/11
With this size shrimp, you will only get 2 people per pound. About 8 this size would usually be considered a good portion (3 people per pound). Don't know how many pounds in your case, but you need at least 27 pounds- I would probably get 30.
Jen
08/01/11
I'm making Italian Beef's for approx 22-25 people. Along with that, I will make cheesy potatoes and salad as a side dish. How much meat (lb per person) should I buy? And what type of meat do you recommend (Rump Roast and slow cook it all day)?
ellen
08/01/11
Sounds good. 13 pounds raw boneless might leave a bit leftover, but not much. Rump, chuck, or top round, all good choices.
Leslie
08/09/11
I'm chopping onions for a bratwurst fundraiser. How much chopped onion for 300 brats?
ellen
08/09/11
mmmmm, brats. See the sandwich page, the sandwich fixings table, 3 times the amounts for 100.
Missy
08/14/11
Hi Ellen. It is my sons first b-day and we are making carne asada for 50 (40 adults 10 kids). Also serving tamales, Mexican rice,chips and salsa, fruit salad. How many lbs of skirt steak?

Thanks!
Missy & Baby Dax

ellen
08/14/11
Happy birthday, Dax, tell you mama people LOVE this, so she wants at least 1 pound per 3 people (adults) or 4 kids. Might add beans of some kind, it does cut the meat somewhat.
Missy
08/15/11
Thanks! :)
krista
08/23/11
Hello Ellen,
I'm planning a hawaiian themed suprise party for my husbands 30th birthday. I was wanting to do either shish kabobs of mixed chicken and steak or pulled pork. There will be 40-50 people. How much meat would you suggest getting for both? Thanks for your help :)
ellen
08/23/11
The shish kabob is very nice for this, but make separate beef and chicken skewers, the meats take different amounts of time to cook. Allow 1 pound raw beef per 3 PLUS 1 pound raw skinless boneless chicken per 4. Brine the chicken befor cutting it up.

Use only bell pepper and onion on the meat skewers, put the other veggies separately, they don't take the same amount of time to cook.

julia
08/25/11
want to do pulled pork for 45 -- will be slow grilling, rolls available, potluck sides, likely plated not sandwiches.
I'm not clear what cut is best or how many pounds to order. I think in reading your comments that the best would be 1 lb per person of bone in meat or 1/2 lb per person of boneless. Advice on cut and poundage would be helpful!

Thanks!

ellen
08/25/11
I like pork shoulder for this, juicier, more flavor. If it is for sandwiches, 2 pounds raw boneless is plenty for 5 people.
Shawn
08/27/11
Yield large roast
how do u gain the greatest yield from a large roast
ELLEN
08/27/11
Cook it low and slow- no hotter than 300- until it reaches the end temperatures discussed in the roast beef article. The slower you cook it the more tender and less shrunken it will become.
Kelly
08/29/11
I need to cook the hamburger for taco salad, for 40 people.
How many lbs should I cook
ellen
08/30/11
About 5 pounds lean, if you are cooking 2-3 pounds onions in with it; if no onions, increase meat.
Kalaika
09/01/11
Aloha Helen!
I have 80lbs of Boneless Chuck roast (uncooked), and I need to feed 200 People? Do I have enough, and how many ounces of meat do I have to serve without the dish looking modest? Please Help!
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Kalaika
Kalaika
09/01/11
*Ellen

Whoops! Sorry =)

ellen
09/02/11
If this is plain, roasted, you are cutting it very close; I usually go for nearly 100 pounds raw for party size portions for 100.

In a stew or any dish with other added items, it would be fine.

Mahalo.

Kalaika
09/05/11
I was thinking of making Steaks...Grilled over the fire.
Kalaika
09/05/11
...and chopping them into pieces, and serving them that way with rice & tossed greens.
ellen
09/05/11
Then I would definitely add something more to the meat. Other option is to add other items; Hawaiian bread, some kind of veggie, fruit plates, etc.
Rich
09/08/11
Hi Ellen

I am cooking eighty five pounds of top sirloin roasts this sunday for a golf tounament and was just curious if you had any suggestions for my timing. Can I pre cook and keep the roasts moist somehow and warm them up a touch before serving? Should I cook them in crock pots all day?

stella
09/10/11
hi ellen:i'm feeding 100 people. how much of the following will i need? (per person)brats, german potato salad, coleslaw and cake? thanks
ellen
09/10/11
Rich, are you roasting or pot roasting, and how will the meat be served? Read the roast beef article and see if that answers your question, if not, write back with the extra info.
ellen
09/10/11
Stella,All these items are covered on the plan for 100 list and the dessert planning page.
Jellen
09/12/11
Hw much food t orderr
I am hosting a event (4 hours) for 180 25-235 year old. Previous planner have under order the food. I wanted to ask how mauch of each I order:
Baked Chicken
Wings
Spare Ribs
Hush Puppies
Cold Slaw
Potato Salad, Garden Salad
Cornbread
ellen
09/12/11
Baked chicken- 1 piece per person
Wings- 4-6 pieces per person
Spare Ribs- 1/2 pound per person, at least
Hush Puppies- 3 per person
Cold Slaw- 3-4 gallons per 100
Potato Salad- see the plan for 100 page
Garden Salad- see the plan for 100 page
Cornbread- 2 pieces per person

I would add mac and cheese for an entree for people who don't eat meat. 6-8 pounds dry pasta per 100, plus sauce.

ina
09/13/11
I am cooking ham to serve at a church homecoming meal. There will be around 300 people attending. How many pounds of ham do I need?
ellen
09/13/11
Check the plan for 100 table and order 3 times the amount for 100. If there are plenty of side dishes, you can reduce the amount of meat by 10%.
Selena
09/18/11
I am trying to feed 100 people for a BBQ. I have 80 pounds of spare ribs and 40 pounds of chicken leg quarters is that enough meat to serve 100 people?
ellen
09/18/11
Yes. Have a good time. Cut up some of the quarters after they cook, as some people will take both.
Cheri
09/25/11
Hi -- we are feeding 120 high school marching band kids lunch after a football game. Our menu is hot dogs and macaroni and cheese and a fruit. How many hot dogs will we need? Thanks.
ellen
09/25/11
about 2 each for everyone and 1 extra for the boys. One pound dry mac per 6.
Mary
10/04/11
Hi - We're thinking of serving pulled BBQ sandwiches, either pork or chicken, for a church event for about 200 people. How much meat would we need. Thanks.
ellen
10/04/11
About 35 pounds raw skinless boneless per 100.
Linda
10/04/11
I am having a family reunion/anniversary celebration and will be serving approx. 100 people. We are going to have a choice of brisket, pulled pork, and teriyaki chicken on skewers. My problem is figuring how much of each when you are serving an assortment.
e
10/05/11
When you serve an assortment of desirable meats, people eat more, and many take some of each. This is how I would figure this combo, using all these:

brisket, 2 pounds raw well trimmed per 5 people
pulled pork,2 pound ready to eat per 4-5 people (5 if sandwiches, 4 if plated)
teriyaki chicken on skewers,3 ounces boneless skinless chicken per person.

Doreen
10/15/11
Greek ribs how many ribs per adult. potatoe casserole, vegetable, salad and bread part of the meal.
ellen
10/15/11
Lamb ribs? 3-4 per person.
Jayne
10/17/11
Hi, I am having a Halloween couples potluck in which I am providing the main course. We expect all together there will be 15-17 people. I plan on making beef aju from a 4 lb chuck roast in one crockpot and pulled bbq chk in the other with 5 chicken breasts. These will be served on french sandwich rolls. I am not sure this will be enough. Should I make an extra crockpot of increase poundage on these recipes?
ellen
10/18/11
This is an OK amount if the chicken breasts are the large double breasts. If they are the split breasts, throw in several more, or some thighs, which are juicier and chicken-y-er than the breasts for this job. You could alternatively do a second chuck and have some left for your family the next night.
joe
10/18/11
50 people coming can you help me
I have 50 people coming to a party, they want wings, how many pounds do i need, what sould i charge. they also want suages and peppers how many pounds should i get and what should i charge, they also want a garden salad how many of heads do i need. they also want a open bar for a hour. can you help me out

joe

Ron
10/18/11
Hi Ellen, I'm cooking for a church fundraiser.
I'm making chili verde, rice, beans and shredded
Lettuce on the side. These will be pick up to go.
How much will I need of each?

How much should I serve of each? I don't want to
Be stingy and I don't want to run out.
Can you please help the most I've cooked for is
70 people. I do believe we are at 200 orders. If not 250
The final count isn't in yet!
Help I have butterflies when I try to figure it out.

ellen
10/18/11
The numbers I give on site are for self-serve/ buffet for 100, which means they will make about 110 plates.

I make 8 pounds each dry rice and dry beans for 100.

For shredded lettuce, about 9 pounds per 100. It is traditional to dice in a bit of tomato- about 4 pounds per 100.

For the stew, about 10 ounces (1 1/4 cup) per person for generous servings. A quart per each three. So make a small batch, all measured/weighed ingredients, measure the volume, and simply multiply.

You could make and freeze the beans ahead, or use canned refried...

ellen
10/18/11
Joe, for pro pricing, you need to discuss on the pro boards:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

For wings, about 1 pound per 3 for appetizer, or 1 pound for 2 if part of the main course.

For sausage, 1 pound per 4 for sandwiches or if other entrees are offered, plus equal weight peppers and onions combined. 1 pound per 2-3 if plated as the only entree.

Salad, see the plan for 100 page, use 1/2 the amount for 100.

You can't provide an open bar without a liquor license. They can use the beverage planning guide to buy their liquor and you can provide a bar tender.

Trisha
10/20/11
how many pounds of potatoes to buy for 80 people for mashed potatoes?
ellen
10/20/11
See the plan for 100 table, do 4/5 the amount for 100.
Allison
10/22/11
Hi! I'm hosting a children's birthday party to include 15 adults and 5 kids. I'm planning to make an Italian Beef recipe in my slow cooker for sandwiches. How many pounds of beef roast would you recommend for our party? Thank you!
ellen
10/22/11
Assuming all are beef eaters, 7 pouover.nds boneless would be plenty- probably leave some left
Frank
11/06/11
How many lbs of sugar cure ham feed 10 people and how many lbs of turkey for 10 people
ellen
11/06/11
For the same meal? A 10 pound whole turkey and 3 pounds of boneless ham.
Jennifer
11/13/11
I am trying to figure out how many pounds of turkey we need to buy for a children's ministry event. The kids will probably get one piece of turkey each (so basically not a lot). Approximately how many kids will 12 pounds of turkey feed?
ellen
11/14/11
1 pound whole turkey, 2 kids or one adult generously. 1 pound turkey breast, boneless, 4 kids or 2 1/2 adults, normally.
Brenda
11/15/11
How many pounds of raw turkey should I cook for 40 people?
How many pounds of sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole for 40?

How many pans of dressing for 40?

Thank you.

ellen
11/15/11
Use the planning and shopping article in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots. If you want to post your estimate, I will check it.
Susan Wight
11/15/11
I'm serving 16 people for Thanksgiving. What size of a turkey should I order (bone in)?
ellen
11/15/11
16 would be perfect, and is at the top of the easy to handle sizes that have the best white meat. Larger, and the meat gets coarser.
Nancy
11/16/11
What size turkey for 19 adults and 5 kids? Same for Kielbasa, and Ham. They are all being served at the same meal.
ellen
11/16/11
For this combo, I would do a 16 pound turkey, a 5-6 pound boneless ham and about 3 pounds of sausage. There will be some left.
Amy
11/19/11
If I'm making a roasted chicken for 6 people how many lbs should it be?
ellen
11/19/11
1 pound per person is plenty-
Tammy
11/23/11
Cooking time
I was wondering how long it takes to cook a Pork Shoulder Roast(Boneless) weighing-1.42kg. What temperature would you recommend cooking it at? Thanks!
ellen
11/23/11
Treat it like a top round roast, see the roasting table in the beef article.
Jocelyn
11/23/11
15-17 pound turkey
Hello, I would just like to know how long you think it would take to cook a 15-17 poind turkey? Trying to prepare for my Thanksgiving dinner. So, any educational or professinal guesses would help a lot.
Thanks!
mike
11/24/11
how long do I bar B Que (indirect method)a 18 pound turkey
ellen
11/24/11
Jocelyn, see eatturkey.com.

Mike, not my area, try some of the good BBQ sites.

Eve
11/24/11
Christmas Banquet Prep
Hello. I'm re-sending this request again as I cannot find it anymore. We are going to have our Christmas banquet and this time, we are expecting around 200 adults and 25 children under the age of 12. I would like to know how much to prepare for the following: Your earliest response is so much appreciated as the banquet is in three weeks. Thank you very much.

Turkey and stuffing
Ham
Meat Pies
brocolli casserole
mashed potatoes
carrots casserole
green salad
desserts

God bless.

Fran Williams
11/26/11
feeding 16 how maney pounds of mashed potatoes
feeding 16 people how maney pounds of potatoes do i need to make mashed potatoes
ellen
11/26/11
Eve. STOP posting, this is the 5th time you have posted. If you are serious, email me at the contact at the bottom of the page.
ellen
11/26/11
Fran, about 8 pounds.
Zimbogirl
11/28/11
Urgent please........ need to feed 40 people with roast beef and roast chicken. Cooked and sliced, served cold buffet style. Will roast whole rump. How many kgs rump and how many chickens.? thanks if you could let me know soonest I would be most happy.
ellen
11/28/11
I would do about 12-14 pounds raw rump and 6 chickens.
Kelsey
11/28/11
I'm having our Christmas work party at my house for appoximately 20 people and 9 kids. I was thinking about doing beef brisket and baby back ribs. How much do you suggest I buy of each?
Zimbogirl
11/29/11
Thank you so much for your kind generosity in helping out with quantities. Have a great Festive Season and a very Happy and Healthy 2012.
ellen
11/29/11
Kelsey, a 10-12 pound full brisket and about 15-18 pounds of ribs.
Melissa
11/30/11
I'm make beef short ribs- Flanken style for 10 people (2 are kids). How many pounds do I need?
ellen
11/30/11
This has so much bone, I Get at least 3/4 pound per person; and for some leftovers, 1 pound would not be too much.
Hazel Maala
12/05/11
How many person can eat uncooked beef in one kilo?

Thanks

ellen
12/05/11
If this is raw, boneless meat or ground meat, 8 for a party-size entree.
Madre
12/06/11
How do I measure amounts for a Seafood Chowder per person? I am going to cook for 20!
ellen
12/06/11
Allow 1 1/2 cups per person, if it is the main course, 1 cup if part of a larger meal.
Kerri
12/06/11
We are serving a mixture of bbq pulled pork, chicken, and beef to a crowd of 50-60. How many pounds of meat should we order?
ellen
12/06/11
order 1/2 beef, and order about 16 pounds in case there really are 60.
Heather
12/07/11
What is the Rule?
I'm serving turkey dinner for 180 people. How many pounds of potatoes do I need for mashed potatoes for this group?
ellen
12/07/11
About 80 pounds unless there is also dressing and yams.
David Toler
12/10/11
What simple Breakfast idea's for 25-30 Men
I am kicking around the idea of helping a local men's shelter provide Sunday Morning Breakfast for about 25-30 residents what idea's do you have about types of dishes to serve and how much of each item would I need?
ellen
12/10/11
Fruit for sure, juice, and coffee.

An egg casserole with potatoes and ham or bacon in it.

Toast or bagels or sweet rolls.

If winter, add oatmeal and toppings, about a gallon.

Theresa
12/11/11
Quantities for meat and potatoes
I'm having a Christmas dinner & dance for 85 people and would like to know how much meat do I need if I'm having spiral ham and turkey. As well how many mashed potatoes do I need if I'm not having dressing? Thank you fo your help!
ellen
12/11/11
Theresa. covered in some detail in the planning article in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots. 5/6 the amount for 100.
Pat
12/12/11
Im buying ham for a church dinner. 250 people, about 1/3 (80) children, 1/3 (80)teens and 1/3 (80)adults. I was thinking spiral cut hams. How many pounds or hams would I need for this crowd? Thanks for you help!
Jay
12/13/11
i purchased 4 ten pound fully cooked turkeys.and one 20lb ham. This is for a xmas party for around 50 adults and perhaps 6 kids. We will have other pot luck items.Is this an adequate amount for modest portions?
ellen
12/13/11
The children and teens will just about balance each other out, so count as 250 and use the table for 100 for meats. 2 1/2 times the amount.
cay
12/14/11
directions,please, for roasting a 14 lb. boneless new york strip roast.
ellen
12/15/11
Instruction 1: invite me for dinner.

Instruction 2: buy a good meat thermometer. Can be instant read or insert and leave- just be sure you know which.

Instruction 3: Read the beef roasting article, then go to Alton Woods "Good Eats" site and read his. You can then make your roast perfectly to your taste of doneness, but I hope that won't be more than medium rare.

Laurie Embry
12/22/11
Ellen, I'm having a birthday party with 65+ people. I'm fixing lasagna, green beans, corn, tossed salad, bread, ham, and a beef roast with scalloped potatoes. How much of each should I prepare? The beef roast is 21 lbs. How should I cook it, and for how long?
ellen
12/23/11
Hi, Laurie,

For the roasting, see the answer right above.
scalloped potatoes, start with 15 pounds potatoes.
lasagna, 6 9x13 pans

green beans,
corn,
tossed salad,
bread,
Use 2/3 the amount for 100 on the plan for 100 page.

ham, 8-10 pounds

Terri
12/29/11
Ellen I am doing chicken alfredo for 7 I am struggling with how much chicken, parmesan, cream and pasta...Help please!!!!
Terri
12/29/11
That was 70 not 7
ellen
12/29/11
Oh yes, a bit of a difference.

You need 3/4 the pasta for 100, depends on main dish vs. side dish, for example, on the spaghetti page. There is a recipe for Alfredo style sauce for 100- do 3/4. Add 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast per 4 for a meaty sauce. Steam or saute-

True Alfredo doesn't hold. The recipe above will.

Drew in Ottawa, CAN
01/07/12
Hello, We are Having a few family members cook for our wedding reception we are trying to calculate how much meat to buy them to cook. We are serving 3 meats buffet style.

135 GUESTS

GOAT
CHICKEN
PORK

HOW MANY POUNDS PER MEAT????

THANKS EH!

ellen
01/07/12
Hi, Drew, tell me what is the local preference for these- most of which, least of which, and how they will be cooked, and I will give you an estimate.
Drew from Ottawa CAN
01/07/12
The order of preference is Chicken, Pork, Goat.
The dishes are Jerk Chicken, Stewed Pork, and Curry Goat. These are all Carribean dishes.
ellen
01/07/12
I would do 1 medium chicken per 5 people PLUS 1 pound raw boneless pork per 5-6 people and 1 pound boneless goat per 6 people. This will allow everyone to have their first choice. There will be some left, but less than you think.
Nicole
01/12/12
I am having a 1st Birthday party for about 75 people (about 55 Adults & 20 Kids) I am having meatballs, baked ziti, roast beef, pasta salad, potato salad, and a green salad. I need to know how many lbs of each I should make? Thanks
ellen
01/12/12
Nicole, assuming all the kids are preschoolers, I would count this as 2/3 of 100 for the salads, see the plan for 100 page. 5-6 9x13 pans for the dry ziti, 12 pounds each meatballs and roast (chuck, for Italian beef?).
Jeri
01/12/12
Hello! Our baseball league is bbq'ing for opening day. We expect 800 families will be there, all ages. We will be serving tri-tip, chicken and hot dogs. Can you recommend how much meat we should buy?
Nice blog! Very helpful!
ellen
01/12/12
800 families== ??? people? and what age baseball league? I need some help on the number to make any kind of estimate.
michelle
01/14/12
I have five people coming for dinner...i am making skirt steak with potato and vegetables. How many pounds of skirt steak do I need to feed five?
ellen
01/14/12
3 pounds would be plenty
Gisel
01/23/12
What is the Rule?
I need to buy popcorn supplies for a Quinceañera. How many pounds of popcorn will I need for 150 people?
Gisel
01/23/12
Out of the 150, 100 are kids. It is a Cirque theme, so there will be finger foods served along with a Taco Bar. The popcorn will be a snack available at the popcorn stand throughout the evening. The party is 5 hours long.
ellen
01/23/12
In general, 1 ounce of popcorn makes 2 1/2 cups. I would buy my popcorn from someplace where you can return unopened bags, and I would get about 1 ounce per person (10 pounds). If you think they will be really heavy eaters, get a couple of extra pounds.
Penny
01/23/12
how much to make for a reception
I am going to be cooking for my daughters reception of 175 people. I will cook BBQ brisket. Chicken tenders and meatballs. The meat is not the big problem. The salads are. Pasta salad, cole slaw, 3 bean salad, baked beans, potato salad, green bean casserole, tomato cucumber salad and a fruit salad. I have no idea how much of each to make. We will also have buns incase someone wants to make their meat into a sandwich which is pretty popular in this area. We planned different salads because we don't want tons of one kind left over. We also will be having out of town guests and these salads will be great with brats burgers and dogs over the next couple days if there are left overs. If not we will move to plan B.
ellen
01/26/12
Basically, you need to end up with a total of 18-20 gallons salad sides for this group. This is a possible way to break it down.

Pasta salad, start 6 pounds dry pasta to make
cole slaw, 25 pounds=3 gallons
potato salad, 5 gallons
tomato cucumber salad, 3 gallons
3 bean salad, 3 gallons

baked beans, 5 gallons
green bean casserole, everybody like this, do for about 150 (3 times my better green bean casserole, for example.)

fruit salad, do fruit trays, prettier, easier, keep better and the leftovers ar more usable. See the fruit tray page, do about 150 people worth.

Alex
01/27/12
Wedding luau in Indiana serving 135-150 ppl. Kalua pig (whole pigs for roasting) and shrimp- how many pounds of shrimp should I get and how many pounds of WHOLE hog should I order? I am serving typical accompaniments and salads. Thank you!
ellen
01/28/12
1 pound per 3-5 people, per 5 if it is appetizer, per 3 if it is an entree service. you need 200 pounds whole hog with head for 150 people.
Anais
01/29/12
how many pounds of chicken will i need for chicken nuggets i will be making for a birthday party for 25 kids and how many pounds of rice will i need for 80 people for the party in general.
ellen
01/29/12
The kids will eat about 6 nuggets each. I make 8 pounds of rice as a side dish for 100, 12 as a main dish.
Bonnie
01/29/12
Hello Elle. We are hosting a Super Bowl party for 25 to 30 College Seniors. I've seen a recommendation of 6 to 8 pieces of wings per person and I think 8 to 10 may be better with kids of this age. But since I'm buying frozen pre-cut bags of wings I need to know how many lbs I need to buy. The menu is pre-dinner-chips, guacamole, salsa and bean dip , antipasto, cocktail franks, Main course- Buffalo wings with blue cheese and ranch dressing, carrots, celery, mozzarella sticks, loaded potato skins , green salad and some sort of dessert. Thanks in advance for your help
ellen
01/29/12
Hi Bonnie, you are right and you need at least 1/2 pound per person, and as a main course, I would go with a full pound. They would get a kick out of adding mac and cheese along side this menu, (or LOTS of potato skins) and it would ease the demand on the wings a bit-
Leslie
01/31/12
Hi - I am having 25 adults for a superbowl party. I will be serving subs and not sure how much ham, turkey, cheeses to get? The guests will be bringing appetizers so there will be lots of those.
ellen
01/31/12
Leslie, go to the sandwich page and use 1/4 the amounts for the teen hoagie/sub for 100 estimate.
Ryan & Pat
02/07/12
Hey Ellen,
We are catering for a 400 person wedding - smoking choice ribeye roast and sliced pork butt buffet style. Sides are salad, potatoes reggiano, veg to be determined and rolls. What would you recommend for total precooked meat weight for the beef and pork?
ellen
02/08/12
General experience is 5 ounces ready to eat beef and 3 ounces ready to eat second meat for party self serve. I don't know what your smoking weight loss is, it varies from 20 to 50 percent! Do one of each, weighed before and after, so you can calculate your raw need.
Sherrie T Price
02/11/12
Rehearsal Dinner for 50
Hi Ellen we are having our son's Rehearsal Dinner approx 50 guest we are having

Ham (Spiral)
Potatoes (#10 cans )
String Beans (#10 cans)
Yeast Rolls
Iced Tea/Lemonade
Grooms Cake

I am also thinking about adding sweet potato casserole to the menu also.

Sherrie T Price
02/11/12
Wedding Reception for 130
Hi Ellen our Son's Reception will be for around 130 we are having the following

Cake
Punch
Sausage Balls - Honey Mustard
Cocktail Weenies - BBQ Sauce
Meatballs - BBQ Sauce
Chicken Salad Sandwiches Quartered
Peanut Butter Cracker dipped in Chocolate
Nut Roll
Lady Fingers
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Peanuts
Butter Mints

can you help me with what we need thanks in advance.

Sherrie T. Price
02/11/12
Wedding Reception for 130
also we are having Cheese Ball & Crackers
ellen
02/12/12
Sherry, what time is the reception and how long will it last? Affects amounts. Would you consider adding fruit trays, maybe veggie trays also? The menu may be a little light.
Sherrie T Price
02/12/12
Wedding Reception for 130
Hi Ellen the Wedding is gonna be around 4 pm & yes I had thought of the Fruit & Veggie Trays I do normally have them at my parties, the I will probably have also have cream puffs & chocolate eclairs. Ok so if I have

Cake
Punch
Sausage Balls - Honey Mustard
Cocktail Weenies - BBQ Sauce
Meatballs - BBQ Sauce
Chicken Salad Sandwiches Quartered
Cheese Ball - Crackers
Peanut Butter Cracker dipped in Chocolate
Nut Roll
Lady Fingers
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Cream Puffs
Chocolate Eclairs
Veggie Tray - Dip
Fruit Tray - Dip
Chips - Salsa
Peanuts
Butter Mints

Does this sound better & do you have any more suggestions that are on the simple side the, have you had a chance to look over the menu I am having for the Rehearsal Dinner I asked you about & I am having Cowboy Beans instead of sweet potato casserole for that menu Thanks in advance.

ellen
02/12/12
Sherrie, about the rehearsal dinner, I would gussie it up a little:

The cowboy beans are a good addition

Use my better green bean casserole for the green beans, much tastier than plain canned green beans.

Consider making scalloped potatoes, creamed potatoes, or mashed potatoes instead of canned potatoes- very well liked, and provide a main dish for people who don't eat ham. 22 pounds of potatoes

You need at least 25 pounds bone in ham.

Add a raisin sauce or even better fried apples for the ham.

ellen
02/12/12
Sherrie, the difficulty you will run into with a 4 PM wedding, is that people will be really hungry when they get to the reception, and many will eat a dinner's worth of food.

Cake see discussion on dessert planning page
Punch see beverage planning page

Sausage Balls - Honey Mustard 4 per person
Cocktail Weenies - BBQ Sauce 1 pound per 5
Meatballs - BBQ Sauce- 1 pound per 5
Chicken Salad Sandwiches Quartered- 1 per person
Cheese Ball - Crackers 22 pounds cheeses and 10 pounds crackers

About 200 pieces total of the below mix
Peanut Butter Cracker dipped in Chocolate
Nut Roll
Lady Fingers
Cream Puffs-130
Chocolate Eclairs-130

Veggie Tray - Dip 1 1/4 times the amount for 100, see veggie tray page
Fruit Tray - Dip1 1/4 times the amount for 100, see veggie tray page
Chips - Salsa 12 pounds chips, 1/4 cup salsa per person, and consider adding a second, creamy dip, same amount

Peanuts-8 pounds
Butter Mints- 8 pounds
Chocolate Covered Pretzels about 2 per person

Sherrie T Price
02/12/12
Rehearsal Dinner for 50
Ellen,
I want to explain my menu a little if it was up to me I would spice it up more like your suggesting but my son & most of their friends will not eat that kind of stuff, if it was up to my son he would have a pig picking or a weenie roast,(LOL)I will season the string beans & potatoes very good, I am also doing the frozen yeast rolls sister schubert's they come in a pack of 30 from Sam's Club how many packs would you serve.
Also does my reception menu sound better since I added more to it it was hard coming up with things these folks would eat.
Thanks again
Sherrie T Price
02/12/12
Wedding Reception for 130
Ellen

Thanks so much this will really help so much I always tend have to much food & with us the grooms family having to do the entire wedding we can't afford to over do everything about this wedding so thanks so much for your help

ellen
02/13/12
Allow 2 of those rolls per person and have plenty of real butter.
Raj
02/15/12
Ellen,

We are having a dinner party and I will be making an Indian dish with boneless chicken for about 30 people. How much boneless chicken will I need? Keep in mind that we will have a couple of other dishes along with the chicken.

ellen
02/15/12
1 pound boneless per 5 is fine with other dishes.
Amber Mead
02/16/12
How many pounds of boneless beef chuck pot roast do I need to make 6 gallons of chili?
ellen
02/16/12
See the church social chili recipe on the chili page.
Dell
02/19/12
planning wedding for 70 guest want to do smoked boston butt. how do we figure how much we need to figure on
ellen
02/21/12
Shrinks a bunch and has bone. I would plan of 1 to 1 1/4 pound raw per 2 people. Don't forget a non-meat dish that can serve as an entree for the non-pork eaters-
pat
02/23/12
I`am looking to open a deli & sub shop , if i were making your average meatball parm on a 8" sub how many ounces should a meatball weigh ? Using 4 meatballs per sub .

Many Thanks ,
Pat .

ellen
02/23/12
Pat, post this to the pro boards:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

M. Allen
02/27/12
Hello Ellen, I am cooking grilled chicken quarters, hot dogs and burgers for 600 ppl. How much of each will I need... I am thinking that everyone will not eat each meat but most will definitely eat chicken. I also plan to chop the chicken with my cleaver into leg and thigh sections once cooked. Please advise. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
ellen
02/27/12
This depends on whether it is a buffet/ all you can eat, or a plated dinner; also what kind of crowd. What's the story?
mary
03/04/12
Hello Ellen, I am planning a wedding and am planning on serving a hispanic type of meal which is chuck roast in a red sauce and beans, rice, macoroni salad, i am also planning on having a salad bar i need to know how much meat i will need for 200 people and also how much pasta, thanks for the help.
ellen
03/05/12
40 pounds boneless per 100 for the stew if it is the only meat, as Mexican stews don't have much vegetable in them. 5 pounds dry pasta per 100 since you also have the rice.
Sue
03/07/12
I am hosting a St Pat Pub Night at our Church and am making an Irish Stew with carrots, potatoes and onions for about minimum of 60 max 8o servings. How much stewing beef would I need and I also use a third amount of stewing lamb. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
tracy
03/08/12
How many pounds of top round would I need to serve 70 people? There will also be another meat served.
ellen
03/08/12
For 80 people, standard stew type vegetables added, about 30 pounds lean boneless, no leftovers. Mixture is up to you.
sally
03/11/12
how much corn beef for 25 people.
how much per person
ellen
03/11/12
12 pound raw trimmed per person, minimum.
jeff
03/19/12
I am planning a bbq luncheaon after our children's baptism. The pork bbq is sold by the gallon....how many pounds of meat are in a gallon?
ellen
03/19/12
Approximately 1 cup per person=1 gallon per 16. This is generous. The gallon weighs about 8 pounds.
Frances Fomai
03/19/12
I'm hosting a track meet feeding 3,000 people. 1400 of them will be youth athletes from ages 5-18. The rest are parents and other relatives. We have one other food vendor selling sandwiches and baked goods. We are planning to sell hot links, hot dogs, hamburgers and chili cheese nachos. How much will I need for each item?
ellen
03/20/12
Frances, post to the pro catering boards:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

Laurehj
04/10/12
Hi! We're planning a reception for 240 ppl. Will be grilling chicken and hamburgers. Salad and other side dishes will be made as well. I am wondering how much of each meat we should get. Any ideas?
ellen
04/12/12
Laurehj, this is discussed on the plan for 100 table. I usually get 1 piece of chicken plus 1 burger per person, expect to have some-not too much- left over.
Brenda
04/14/12
Serving 60 - how many bags of chips and what size bags to buy.
Brenda
04/14/12
Wanting to have apples and bananas out for a party of 50....how many should I buy?
ellen
04/15/12
Brenda, about 1 1/2 ounces chips per person, more for teens. Apples and bananas don't usually get heavily eaten at parties, about 30 each, not large.
marge
04/15/12
I am cooking for 70 people.making spaghetti and meatballs...how much ground beef do i need for 2 mballs per person..also I make my own sauce and need to know how much. tomato sauce, tomato paste. or puree I would need to make the sauce.....I use country style ribs to have flavor in the sauce thanks
Deanna
04/15/12
I am making french dip sandwiches for a 100 people. How much beef roast will I need to cook?
ellen
04/16/12
A nice fat sandwich takes at least 4 ounces raw. If there are seconds, or it is self serve, I allow 1 pound raw per 3.
ellen
04/16/12
Marge, I allow a minimum of 4 ounces raw per person and I use lean burger, if you use regular allow a bit more. I make at least 1 quart thick sauce per pound of pasta. I like ribs cooked in my sauce, too.
Gene
04/24/12
Preparing a meal for 65 - baked boneless ham, mashed or roasted red potatoes, frozen peas, frozen corn and salad. How much do I need.
ellen
04/24/12
Gene all the foods on this menu are on the plan for 100 table, use 2/3 the amount for 100.
Chelle
05/02/12
I am preparing chicken and beef kabobs for about 130 youth. How many pounds of raw meat will I need?
ellen
05/02/12
What else is being served before and with?
Cathy
05/03/12
Hi Ellen: Having a Wine and Food pairing for my daughters shower for 65 women. I will be making Tomato/basil foccacia bread, hot pepper cheese-raisins-wheat thins, macaroni and cheese, Chicken salad with canteloupe and Chef salad with herbed pita points; raspberry cheesecake and canolis; each coarse served with an acompaning wine. Each guest will be served a tasting portion and then they will be able to help themselves to larger portions after the tastings are done. I am having difficulty calculating how much pasta to cook and how many pounds of boneless skinless chicken to buy. Any rule of thumb to go by? Thank you.
ellen
05/05/12
6 pounds dry pasta, 14 pounds boneless chicken would be about right.
Trenjad
05/17/12
Serving 100-150 people for wedding reception
I am serving between 100 for a wedding reception, I have 24lbs of Regular wings, 160 hot wings, 18lbs of meatballs with other items such as pasta salad, red potatoe salad, ambrosia salad,cheese/cracker trays, vegetable/fruit trays and pizza rolls for the kids, do I have enough and what else should I serve
ellen
05/17/12
What time is the wedding? How long will the party last? Is it buffet style? Is there dessert beside cake? Also, 100-150 is too big a range for estimating, I will give you for 100 but you must increase by another 1/2 for 150. I need more information; write back.
trenjada
05/27/12
the reception is at 2:30pm, I am also having Devil Eggs and pasta salad
ellen
05/27/12
OK, this is a reception slot, so you don't need as much food as for a full meal. For 100 people:

24lbs of Regular wings,
160 hot wings, these will run out, you could almost double without having too much
18lbs of meatballs- go 20

You want at least 2 serving lines, or one double-sided. Put the meats last on the lines.

pasta salad, red potato salad, ambrosia salad,cheese/cracker trays, vegetable/fruit trays, deviled eggs

pizza rolls for the kids everyone will eat these- expect at least 300

Heather
06/08/12
I am making spaghetti and meatballs for my son's graduation I was wondering how many pounds of hamburger I should get to make the meatballs...we have 220ppl invited....I am also having walking tacos...Thanks!! :)
ellen
06/08/12
I would make 1 pound of meatballs per 5 minimum.
DeeDee
06/21/12
I will pay you if you can tell me how much food I need if I share our menu with you. We are having a party and we are looking at 160 people for lunch and probably 75 for dinner. My husband is freaking out that we are going to run out of food and I promised him we are not (but inside I'm freaking out too) It is a very important party with work associates and clients. We would rather send food home with everyone then run out!!! Please help me!!!!
DeeDee
06/22/12
I searched your website and this is what I came up with.

RSVP's (about 25 kids....50 if you add the 16 and under)

Planning for 200?

Lunch 200 servings:

hamburgers 200
turkkey burgers 50
vegie burgers to order
hotdogs (on a hotdog cooker all day...self serve hotdog bar) 100

Pulled pork "Have no idea how much"?????

Potatoe salad: 4 gallons
Pasta (Italiano) salad 4 gallons
Baked Beans 3 gallons
corn salad w/red peppers and onions(fresh of the cob)100 ears of corn 2 gallons ??

cole slaw 2 gallons

spring salad ???? gallons and weight are hard.

jello mold 2 tupperwares
jello trifle 2

grilled chilled asparagus 2 gallons
fresh fruit 3 gallons

Quinoa salad (gluton free) 2 gallons
brocccolie/nuts/yogart salad 2 gallons

This is 28 gallons (without the salad) for 200 people (1 gallong/10 people) should have enough food? but in the right amounts????

cookies and brownies for dessert served at the same time as buffet (how many???)

We are serving two meals but feel that most people will be there for lunch and those with young kids will go home.

Dinner: (100 people?) Pasta Bar/meatball subs

Penne pasta: 8 lbs dry pasta
Read sauce: 3 gallons (half with meatballs, half without)

Alfredo sauce 1 gallon
Pesto sauce 1/2 gallon

meatballs 20 lbs (3-4 per person)

Spinach salad (for 50) ???
ceaser salad ???

Garlic toast 12 loafs of pre-made frozen

grilled veggies (zucchini, peppers, eggplant, anything else????) one full chafing dish

fresh bread rolls for meatball subs for 100 and some will only eat the pasta. How many rolls???

chocolate fountain: Strawberry s, bananas pound cake, marshmallows, ????

ellen
06/23/12
Lunch 200 servings:

hamburgers 200- 160 plenty
turkey burgers 50
veggie burgers to order
hotdogs (on a hotdog cooker all day...self serve hotdog bar) 100

All OK

Pulled pork, 35 pounds

Potatoe salad: 4 gallons-need at least 6 to 8
Pasta (Italiano) salad 4 gallons- OK, none left
Baked Beans 3 gallons per 100
corn salad w/red peppers and onions(fresh of the cob)100 ears of corn 2 gallons ??- you need 2-3 gallons per 100

cole slaw 2 1/2 gallons per 100

spring salad ???? gallons and weight are hard. see plan for 100

jello mold 2 tupperwares
jello trifle 2
17 small jellos or 8 large per 100- this is very short

grilled chilled asparagus 2 gallons per 100
fresh fruit 2-3 gallons per 100

Quinoa salad (gluton free) 2 gallons per 100
broccoli/nuts/yogurt salad 2 gallons per 100

This is 28 gallons (without the salad) for 200 people (1 gallon/10 people) should have enough food? but in the right amounts????

cookies and brownies for dessert served at the same time as buffet (how many???)
see dessert planning page

We are serving two meals but feel that most people will be there for lunch and those with young kids will go home.

Dinner: (100 people?) Pasta Bar/meatball subs

Penne pasta: 8 lbs dry pasta- at least 12
Read sauce: 3 gallons (half with meatballs, half without)-

Alfredo sauce 1 gallon-2
Pesto sauce 1/2 gallon

meatballs 20 lbs (3-4 per person) if you really expect 100, do 25

Spinach salad (for 50) ??? 4 pounds spinach plus trimmings
ceaser salad do for 75, 3/4 plan for 100???

Garlic toast 12 loafs of pre-made frozen

grilled veggies (zucchini, peppers, eggplant, anything else????) one full chafing dish- need 20 pounds, green onions nice, flat carrot or sweet potato strips

fresh bread rolls for meatball subs for 100 and some will only eat the pasta. How many rolls???
12 pounds bread for 100

chocolate fountain: Strawberry s, bananas pound cake, marshmallows, ???? see chocolate fountain article

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donna
06/25/12
I am planning a graduation party for 75 with chicken wings and baby back ribs as the meat offerings ..how much of each should I make? I will also be having a fruit salad, antipasto and tortelini salad (? amount on this one too) ..thanks
ellen
06/26/12
These are two of the more expensive meat entrees; I allow 1/2 pound minimum of ribs per person. I allow 1/3 to 1/2 pound wings per person in addition; people eat both and they eat a lot of both, and young people eat the most.

Tortellini salad, depends on the add-ins, but about 1 pound tortellini, fpr each 5 people.

Donna
06/26/12
ok then I think I will stick to just the wings (as my kids are telling me that ribs are "messy" as lots probably won't eat them so.." ) ...and if I read you correctly , i'd need approx 25 pounds of tortellini salad? even if I have antipasto and the fruit salad, would it still be the same amount? (and how much of the other two should I plan?)...thanks so much in advance
ellen
06/26/12
OK. You will need at least 1/2 pound wings per person. I would also add legs- much better buy for chicken- at least 1 per person. Because you don't have bread or another starch, people will eat more of the pasta salad.

The fruit, see the fruit tray page. The antipasto, depends on what is on the platter, but you usually plan at least 2 ounces each of meat and cheese and 1 ounce each of the other items- peppers, pickles, artichoke bites, etc.

Cyndi
06/26/12
Graduation party for 300. I want to serve. Penne with meatballs, sausage with peppers and onions- how much do I buy???
ellen
06/26/12
It depends on the time, length of the party, and what else is being served. More info, please.
Jamie
07/09/12
I am having a party for 100 people. Serving red chile (cubed beef) & beens. I need to know how many pounds of beef to buy, plus beans? Please help.
ellen
07/09/12
About 30 pounds raw beef and 8-12 pounds beans.
Jess
08/10/12
I am trying to serve 100 people. Serving ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken quarters and wings. About how much would I have to buy of each?
ellen
08/10/12
Too many choices for 100 people. Skip the wings entirely, they are way overpriced these days.

If you have ribs, almost everyone will want some, at least 50 pounds raw.

Do 60 chicken quarters and cut some up.

Skip the hot dogs, do 1 pound good sausage per 6.

About 60 burgers, but if you do ribs, you will have some burgers left over.

Betty
08/13/12
If I'm cooking up chicken leg quarters for 90 - 100. How many pounds would I have to buy?
ellen
08/13/12
You need about 80 pounds, 1 quarter per person, and cut some up after cooking.
Dick
08/14/12
Ellen,

I'm preparing a small BBQ for roughly 12 adults and 4-6 kids all under 10. I'm grilling tri-tip, and I want to make sure I'm interpreting your rules correctly. I plan on purchasing 3 3-4 lb tri-tips. Assuming they all RSVP, I'll try to go right up to 12 lbs uncooked. Less than 100% RSVP, I'll go with 10-11 lbs.

Is there anything I'm missing?

ellen
08/14/12
No, that looks great- you may have a little left, but that is not a bad thing!
Kecia
08/14/12
I'm having a party for 25-30 people and I'll be serving 3 appetizers (bruschetta, stuffed mini tomatoes, and spinach dip), salad, roasted potatoes, asparagus, and 2 entrees (braised short ribs and chicken marsala). How much of each do I need and how much punch will I need also?
ellen
08/15/12
3 pieces each appie and 1/4 cup spinach dip plus 1 1/2 ounces bread or chips per person.

Salad, roasted potatoes, asparagus, see the plan for 100 page, use 1/3.

braised short ribs and chicken marsala, if buffet people will take both, 1 pound raw boneless chicken per 4, PLUS 1 pound short ribs per 2-3 , depends on whether it is the big bone ones or the flanken cut ones.

Cassie
08/16/12
I'm have between 45-55 people over for a bbq, we are serving chicken and sausage and I'm buying everything from Costco. Somone told me to get frozen wings and drumsticks instead of breasts to marinade and put on the BQQ. They come in 10 lb. bags of each and the wings are a little over $10 more per bag.

The sausages come in 3 lb packs. How much do you think I should get of each?

Byron
08/30/12
At are wedding we are serving Kabobs....Chicken and Steak. How many pounds of meat is needed to feed 130 people?
ellen
08/30/12
Cassie, I would skip the wings, do 2 legs per person (that is usually about 8 ounces bone in)PLUS 15 pounds sausage. Sorry I missed this earlier.

Byron, 1 pound raw beef per 3 PLUS 1 pound raw boneless chicken per 4.

Brenda
09/03/12
I having a party and I want to serve tri tip and pork tenderloin. The pork tenderloin is over 2 pounds. How much tri tip do you think I will need? I'm serving three sides (potato salad, pasta salad, and beans) and rolls.
Brenda
09/03/12
Sorry forgot say there will be 14 people at the party.
ellen
09/03/12
I would do 6-7 pounds raw- which will cook down to about 5.
Charnelle
09/18/12
Chicken wings portion.
Hi,
I am having a small party of about 5 kids, and 8 adults. How many pounds of chicken wings do I need?
Rosetta Dillard
11/11/12
I am having a party for 70 people and it is heavy appetizers. How many pounds of Shrimp and beef tenderloin do I need?
ellen
11/11/12
Charnelle, if this is the only meat, about 7 pounds.

Rosetta, depends on the time of day and what else is being served; both these are VERY popular. I would go with at least 1 pound shelled shrimp per 5 and 1 pound raw tenderloin for 3.

Pam
11/22/12
What is the Rule?Fajitas for party of 40
my husband and I are giving a Rehearsal dinner with fajitas, We need to know how much beef, cheese onions and peppers we will need?
ellen
11/22/12
See the fajita page:

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

Peter
12/16/12
Hi Ellen - love your website - we are hosting holiday office "pot-luck" party for 50 people at our home (all adults, 7 pm), we are responsible for meat. There will be many side dishes. We are thinking a spiral ham, meat balls and cold cuts (roast beef and roast turkey). I apologize if you have already answered this, but,how big a spiral ham would you get, how many pounds meat balls, how many pounds cold cuts.
ellen
12/16/12
This is what I would provide for 50 people:

spiral ham, bone in, about 15 pounds
meat balls, 1 pound per 5
cold cuts, roast beef and roast turkey, 1 ounce each per person (3 1/2-4 pounds each), plus 1- 1/2 ounces sliced cheese

Dora
01/16/13
I am doing appetizers for 200 people. What do you suggest servings should be if I am doing wing drummettes, meatballs, spinach dip, and veggie tray?

Thanks

ellen
01/16/13
Dora is this an hour before a meal or an end of work happy hour- it makes a huge difference. Write back.
Nitosha
03/11/13
I am planning on doing a Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner for 15 adults and 3 kids? How much should I buy? About 5 of them eat way too much...
ellen
03/11/13
Do 9-10 pounds of corned beef, if you have a little left that is OK.
teresa
03/20/13
how many pounds of drummets will feed 150 people
ellen
03/20/13
Appetizers, 1/2 pound raw per person; entree, up to a pound.
JOE
03/30/13
Rotisserie/spit,...50 lbs raw whole lamb,how many servinds will yield...How about a 75 lbs raw whole pig,how many servings will yield.How much coals for each.Both will be served with tatoes,(tatoes cooked in oven,separate)
ellen
03/30/13
Can't help about the charcoal. Headless whole meat animals, allow 1 pound at least per person.
kate
04/20/13
do you have a peach cobbler recipe to feed 300 using canned peaches
ellen
04/20/13
Four basic approaches:

Pastry top
Biscuit top
Cake top
Crumb top

What are you looking for?

ellen
04/20/13
You might just look at this offsite recipe and the comments- you would need 30 9x13 pans for 300 servings.

allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-peach-cobbler-2/

Christy
05/17/13
I'm having 18 people for a cookout. I have chicken breast, about 24 small pieces that are cut up, 14 thin pork chops and I will cut in half to make 28 halves, 24 lamb chops and a 3.5 lb beef brisket. Will this be enough meat for everyone? There are 2 girls under 10. Thank you for your help.
ellen
05/18/13
I would not cut the pork chops, they will overcook way too quickly, and not everyone will want one anyway..

That is enough meat. Enjoy.

Chloe Mays
05/22/13
Hi there,
Wondering if I am BBQ-ing boneless skinless chicken thighs for 40 people, how many pounds of raw meat should I purchase? Will also have other meat available to eat like sausage and burgers.
Thanks kindly for taking the time to answer.

Chloe

ellen
05/22/13
1 pound per 3 is plenty, so 12-14 pounds- depends on how much of the rest you plan.
baker
05/27/13
I am cooking for about 160 - 200 we will be serving curry goat, baked chicken, meat balls with bell peppers, rice and peas, white rice salads

How much goat meat should I serve and how much chicken and meat balls?

ellen
05/27/13
Baker, where are you and what is the event? Goat is popular some places, an oddity others. Thanks.
baker
05/27/13
We are in Toronto,a Church group 85% of W.I. back ground not a oddity for us, so much better than hot dogs, I would say.
So what is the answer to my question?
ellen
05/27/13
I always try to get folks to do something besides hot dogs, not only are they not good, but they also are the number one choking hazard for toddlers.

160 - 200
I am doing 200

curry goat, 45-50 pounds meat
baked chicken, 140 pieces, 16-18 chickens
meat balls with bell peppers, 35 pounds

rice and peas,
white rice salads
you need 24 pounds rice divided between the 2 rice dishes, about 16 for the entrees and 8 for the salads, about 10 pounds dry peas

baker
05/28/13
Ellen thanks you confirmed my thoughts on the goat however I would have been off on the Chicken, this is a great help.
TJ
05/29/13
Hi Ellen, I am doing roast beef and chicken breast with a starch, veggie, and salad for 50 people. How many pounds beef and what is a good cut of beef that is not very expensive? Also oven roast or slow cooker?
ellen
05/29/13
Beef doesn't come in "not very expensive" anymore. Top round roasted very slow and low for the roast beef; crock pot is fine, too.
25 pounds raw beef, plus 1 pound boneless chicken per 4.
Julia
05/30/13
I am having a birthday party for 34 adults and 24 kids(ages 6-15). Is two 6-ft heros, 10 lbs of popcorn chicken, 4lbs of salad, 4lbs macaroni salad, and 4 lbs potatoe salad enough?
ellen
05/30/13
You may have sandwich left, each one serves 24-30. I would double the potato salad maybe go 6 on the macaroni salad.
TJ
05/31/13
I purchased the top round and had them cut it into two large pieces. You said to roast it "very slow and long." How low should I set the oven and how long should I leave it in if I want a medium well roast beef?
ellen
05/31/13
See the beef roasting article in Big Pots. Hope the pieces are the same size...
jess
06/18/13
I'm hosting a graduation party for 40(ish) people and am planning on serving meatballs and sausage & peppers with sub rolls with side dishes of spanish rice and beans, pasta salad, garden salad, and chips. How much sausage/meatballs will I need?
ellen
06/19/13
5 pounds 1/2 ounce meatballs, 8 pounds sausage and equal weight veggies.
Kelly
06/20/13
I am fixing BBQ chipped ham sandwiches and sloppy joes for my son's graduation party. 40 people. Wondering how much meat I need. Was thinking one full crockpot of each, but still not sure on what it takes to fill?? Please advise. Thanks, Kelly
Dina
06/20/13
how much meatloaf and fried chicken for 60 people
ellen
06/20/13
Kelly, I would do about 6 pounds boneless ham and 10 pounds ground beef, which last is rather more than 1 crock pot. Sandwich trimmings and rolls, see the sandwich page.

Dina, you posted twice, see the other one.

Debbie
06/24/13
I'm doing a graduation party for 70 - My menu will consist of the following:
10 lbs of 1 oz meatballs with sauce
Veggi platter
Chips/Dips
Pepperoni/Cheese/Crackers
Salt Potatoes - Perhaps 15/20 lbs
3 types of deli meat
3 types of sliced cheeses
Rolls
I was going to do 5 lbs each of the deli meat and 3 to 5 on the cheeses. Am I going overboard
Georgie
06/24/13
Hello, I'm making fancy kebabs for about 90 people. Having pitas, lamb, green salad and tzatziki, and from your website I'm thinking 6-8oz lamb a person, 2 pittas, about 1oz tzatziki and 1oz salad, please can you let me know if this is about correct? Thanks so much (I'll ask about cooking the lamb elsewhere!)
ellen
06/24/13
Debbie, nope, these are teens, and they eat a lot- don't forget your good bread/rolls and condiments. A fruit tray would be great with this...
ellen
06/24/13
Georgie, The lamb and bread are good, but people usually eat 4 ounces of salad (see the recipe for Greek village salad on the salads that hold page) and I allow at least 1 cup tzatziki per 4. Also an ounce or two of good olives I would add the lemony Greek style potatoes- it will fill up any heavy eaters.
Carl
06/27/13
I'm cooking garlic/herb crusted roast beef for 200 guest(using beef chuck roll). It's being served with a 6 oz portion of boneless chicken breast, roasted potatoes, green beans, & corn. How many lbs. of raw beef will I need?
ellen
06/27/13
OK, with the full portion of chicken, you 2 pounds raw for 5 to at most 6.
tina
07/07/13
I'm hosting a memorial (my son) cook-out for about 75 people we are having Spare Ribs, Chicken Legs and Pulled Chuck Roast Sandwiches as our main meats... there will be plenty of side salads/dishes and hot dogs as well. I am not sure how many of each of the different meats to get.
Barbara
07/18/13
I am making chicken tacos for 60 people. How much chicken should I buy? How many heads of lettuce, onions, and tomatoes?
ellen
07/18/13
Tina, I regret that I missed your post.
ellen
07/18/13
Barbara, all the info/ numbers on the taco-potato bar page apply, just do 2/3 the amount for 100. 1 pound bone in chicken makes about 1 cup picked out meat.
stephanie
08/09/13
How may shish kabobs would one serve per person for dinner?
ellen
08/09/13
For a party, 1 pound per 2-3 people; for a regular family dinner, 1 pound per 3-4. Number of skewers depends on how small you cut the pieces.
Gina
08/21/13
Carnival birthday party, 15 children 20 adults. How much hot dog chili should I make. I have a recepie that calls for 5 lbs ground beef. will that be enough? Or way too much?
ellen
08/21/13
Way too much. Half should be plenty- kids don't usually eat a lot of chili-
Samantha
08/28/13
I am planning food for my wedding. We are doing a pasta bar with meatballs, chicken, and sausage... How much of each for 300 people??
ellen
08/28/13
Samantha, unless you are planning to hire a lot of help, or going with baked pastas (lasagna, ziti, baked spaghetti, etc), a pasta bar is not a practical idea for 300 people.

For 300 people you need at least 4 serving lines, and for anything involving choices, 6 is better.

You need 2 servers at each line just to reheat the pasta; that is not counting the 4 cooks and the approximately 15-18 it will take to set up, serve, and clean up a party this size.

In addition, you need appetizers and side dishes, beverages and desserts (have you priced a 300 piece wedding cake? You don't want to do that...)

You can write me at the contact email at the bottom of the page, or start a new thread, but this idea needs a lot of work. Suggest you read the wedding dinner article- button is at the top of the cook talk page, on the left- and write back.

Darin
09/06/13
I was put in charge of a workplace cookout for around 180 employees. Management wants us to grill 1/2" to 3/8" ribeyes for sandwiches. How many should I order?
phoebe
09/16/13
I am wanting to have country style boneless pork ribs for my wedding. How much do I need to order in lbs for about 30 people?
ellen
09/16/13
Phoebe, 15 pounds would make party size servings. Unless you are certain that there are no non-pork eaters or vegetarians, be sure one of your side dishes would serve as a vegetarian main course.
ellen
09/16/13
Darin, you are talking about 85 pounds of rib eyes... and do have a vegetarian option, at least a dozen servings, not everyone eats beef or meat any more.
Lily
09/20/13
Having a Sweet 16 party for my daughter with approx 60 guests. I'm planning on serving Chips/dip, veggie tray, crackers/cheese,fruit tray, regular fried party wings, bbq party wings, man n cheese, potato salad, rolls, and punch. I don't have a clue on how much food or punch to buy or order...please advise. Thanks!!!
Lily
09/20/13
sorry ellen...forgot to mention meatballs too!
ellen
09/20/13
Hi, Lily,

Assuming these are mostly/all teens, I would use quantities for 75 normal people (3/4 of 100).

Chips, 1 pound per 10
dip, 1 pint per pound
veggie tray, see veggie tray page. Consider using some of the items from the classic relish tray
crackers, about 5 pounds
cheese, about 8-10 pounds, some left, some could be logs, spreads, or rolls. Some sliced that could be used as sandwiches for any vegetarians

fruit tray, see fruit tray page. Watermelon as the backbone makes an economical and popular backbone for the selection.

meatballs, 1 pound per 4
use rolls that can make meatball sandwiches or sliders
regular fried party wings, also price tenders, you need 1 pound tenders per 3 or 1 pound wings per 2; here is a great crispy recipe that is done in the oven:
www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/oven-fried-chicken-tenders/46a69e4d-4c31-485b-9d43-67d40b353f2e

You will need dipping sauces, 2 ounces each Ranch and BBQ per person
bbq party wings, suggest you switch to legs, very popular, much less expensive, 2 small per person
Tough to do fried anything for this size group, and expensive to buy outside. That's why the suggestions

mac n cheese, 7 pounds dry pasta, 1 quart sauce per pound, 1/2 to 1 pound cheese per pound
potato salad, 3 1/2 gallons
consider adding 2 gallons cole slaw

rolls, as above, about 1 pound per 4
butter, 3 pounds

punch, 8 gallons

beverage page- has info about plates, etc.

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support this site.

Kathy
09/23/13
Hi -- we are doing a bq dinner for 200 people about 40 will be children -- baby back ribs (for taste), pulled pork, fried chicken, baked beans, slaw, potatoe salad, corn bread muffins and carrot and celery sticks -- So far I have 80 lbs of ribs (about 390 riblets total), 53 pounds of bone in pork butt, and was figuring 250 pieces of mixed fried chicken pieces. Was going to plan on the 1 gallon to 10 person ratio with 4 relish pieces per person. Does the meat sound okay? This is a church event to raise funds for missions for will include all ages of peoples -- going to be Nov 2nd and serving for dinner.
ellen
09/23/13
baby back ribs (for taste), 80 lbs of ribs (about 390 riblets total)- plenty
pulled pork, 53 pounds bone in raw- plenty, you will have enough for about 160 sandwiches- 160 buns, 2 gallons pickles, 8 pounds thin sliced onions
fried chicken, 250 pieces- plenty- I would actually suggest just 200

baked beans, 6 gallons
slaw, 5 gallons
potato salad, 8-9 gallons

corn bread muffins- 2 per person, 3 pounds butter per 100

carrot and celery sticks -- about 3 ounces per person

chris
09/23/13
The event is a wedding with 150-200 possible.
how many lbs of raw pork butt to be smoked for pulled pork and how much brisket for the second meat?
ellen
09/24/13
Chris, if you have brisket and pulled pork on a buffet, brisket will always be the top choice for most of your diners, not the second choice. Also, 150-200 is too big a range; you MUST get the family to make a firm estimate, or else supply for 200, as it is ALWAYS the caterer's fault if things run out, even if he/she made exactly what the family requested.

If I were estimating this I would estimate for 200:
100 pounds raw brisket
40 pounds raw boneless pork butt

You can see that for 150 you would do 75 pounds brisket, 30 pork, a big difference.

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

Joanie
10/01/13
Hi - This page is great! Thanks for this service. We are having a luau style party for 60 people and having 3 hams, a hawaiian carrot side and a rice side. I'm also planning a teriykai chicken stir-fry with onions, peppers and pineapple. How many pounds of boneless/skinless chicken would you suggest as an alternate main dish?
Richard
10/22/13
how much lb of uncooked chicken breast for 60 people
ellen
10/22/13
Joanie, about 12-14 pounds.

Richard, if this is the only meat, 2 pounds skinned, boned raw for 5.

Julie
11/21/13
Hi Ellen - thanks for putting together all the valuable information on your site - it's been a valuable resource for me.
I'm doing a Christmas dinner for 75 adults - turkey, dressing, potatoes, carrots, green bean casserole, roast yams and gravy. (plus desserts). This is not going to be a buffet - we'll be plating in the kitchen and serving. I imagine we should have a little extra in case some of the guests request seconds. How much turkey will I need to cook? I'm hoping to get larger birds, say 20 lbs each and I understand these yield more than the smaller 14 lb birds. I don't want leftovers. I sure appreciate your advice. Thanks
ellen
11/22/13
Nice classic menu, easy to plan and serve. The shopping for this specific menu is covered here:

ellenskitchen.com/turkey/planshop.html

And the items are exact. One pound raw sweet potato makes 12 ounces cooked.

For the desserts, check out the dessert planning page, beverages are on the beverage planning page, do plan dinner level coffee for dessert.

"I'm hoping to get larger birds, say 20 lbs each and I understand these yield more than the smaller 14 lb birds."
I don't recommend any bird over 16 pounds, they have coarser, less delectable meat, and are much harder to handle. If you use the info for cooking a lot of turkeys, you can do 4 16 pounders (3 ahead and 1 day of if you want a whole one to carve) and have plenty of top quality meat for this party.

If this saves you time, trouble or money, please, make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

Julie
11/22/13
I appreciate your quick response and thanks for the reminder about larger turkeys having coarser meat - I actually knew that and switched to smaller birds a few years ago. I'd forgotten why. I'll definitely look for 16 pounders and will check out your other suggestions as well - and yes, I'm definitely happy to make a donation to support your site! Thanks again.
Kay
11/23/13
I cooked 170 pounds raw turkey roast for school.
How many pounds is this cooked? I need this for my production records.
ellen
11/23/13
Kay, I don't know what cuts, how long/dry you cooked them. You can use the turkey yield tables to make an estimate, but the most accurate way is simply to weigh them.
Cass
12/11/13
I have a recipe for picadillo which I've only ever made for myself or myself plus one; I've never paid attention to how much was dished out or left over, and I don't know how many servings it is supposed to yield! It calls for 1.3 lbs. ground beef plus onion, green pepper, raisins, etc. It is served with rice. About how many portions, in your experience (dinner party) do you think that recipe yields?? I'm thinking 4, but I really don't know ... thank you SO much!!
ellen
12/11/13
plated (you serve) you can get 4 servings, but if it is buffet/ self serve, 1 recipe for each 3 persons.
Cass
12/12/13
thank you!! :)
Janice
12/16/13
Feeding Cub Scout pack main meal Ham and Turkey Breast. Total so far 50 children and 40 adults.

How many turkey breast do I need and how many spiral ham? We really don't want to much left over.

ellen
12/16/13
OK, Cubs are 10 and under, so they count as 1/2 an adult for food planning purposes. So first, figure you adult portions.

Assuming self-serve buffet service, you want 2 pounds boneless raw turkey for every 5 adult portions PLUS 1 pound boneless ham for every 5 (or 1 pound bone in for every 4). This allows some seconds, but not too much.

jessica
12/24/13
How are you supposed to cook a 19.10 pound ham with a bone? How long will it take and what dagree are you supposed to set the oven to ?
ellen
12/24/13
This is a BIG ham and will take something over 4 hours. The good news is, start early and use a meat thermometer; it can safely stand up to an hour before carving once it reaches cooked temp, so you have wiggle room. Here is a great article:

www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/handling-meat/how-to-bake-ham/

Do use the last/bottom chart for timing unless it is labeled pre-cooked.

Lauren Steele
12/29/13
Hello Ellen, how are you. Hope the holiday was relaxing and enjoyed by all. I am doing a banquet for 50 curlers up here in british columbia. I am hoping you can help me with portions for our dinner. I will be serving barbequed back ribs and chicken breasts. 3 salads, greek, ceasar and seafood. baked potatoes.
thanks for any information you can help me with.

lauren

ellen
12/29/13
Hi, Lauren, from what I know about curling, I am assuming these are serious eaters.

barbequed back ribs and chicken breasts. Two ways to go here, either 1 pound ribs and 1 breast per person, or 1/2 pound ribs and 2 breasts (consider 1 breast and one leg quarter, popular and cheaper.)

3 salads,
Greek, great recipe this site,
ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/salads1100.html#greek
Make a scant 1/2 the largest amount, no lettuce
Caesar,scant 1/2 the amount for 100 from the plan for 100 page
seafood, 1 1/2 gallons

baked potatoes come in many sizes, for this group, I would get big ones, by the case, from a wholesale produce supplier. If you are sure of 60 or less, get "60's".
Toppings and help cooking on the taco/potato bar page. 1/2 the amounts for 100, maybe some extra butter.

Don't forget dinner coffee from the beverage planning page.

If this saves you time, trouble or money, please, make a donation, maybe a dime or quarter per guest, to support this site. Thanks.

Phyllis
01/11/14
red skin potatoes
80 people. How many pounds of potatoes? Also, Romaine lettuce for salad. Costco has 6 heads in a bag. How many bags for 80 people? Thanks
ellen
01/11/14
80 people.
Potatoes, about 30-35 pounds if it is the only starch.
Large romaine cuts 8 cups per head, so 1 head per 8, smaller heads can be as little as 1 per 4, which the very trimmed ones in the packs usually are.
natalie
01/13/14
Hi I am planning a wedding for 200 with sliced roast beef for sanwiches and chicken pieces for a chicken marsala. How many lbs of sliced roast beef and chicken do I need?
ellen
01/13/14
Natalie, are you thinking cold sandwiches or hot open face with gravy? Please write back.
Alice
01/15/14
Serving 30 people Brisket of Beef sandwiches for lunch.
I have a 9 lb piece of Brisket, do I need more
Ms K
01/16/14
approx.50 ppl(men) serving pulled pork(30 lbs) and pulled chicken.. How many rotisserie chickens will I need to purchase for pulled chicken?
Ms K
01/16/14
approx.50 ppl(men) serving pulled pork(30 lbs) and pulled chicken.. How many rotisserie chickens will I need to purchase for pulled chicken?
Sue Dargers
01/16/14
How much raw meat to buy
Planning a dinner for 80 people. Serving roast pork tenderloin, fingerling potatoes, mixed green salad, green beans and roll. How much of each to purchase?
ellen
01/17/14
Ms K, 4 is plenty, you have a lot of pork.
ellen
01/17/14
Hi, Sue, for 80 people this is a very straightforward menu, and can be calculated from the plan for 100 lists, but its a quicky, so:

roast pork tenderloin, 40 pounds raw
fingerling potatoes, 30 pounds
mixed green salad, use 4/5 the amount for 100
green beans, 19 pounds
roll, 2 medium per person, 3 pounds butter.

Sue Darger
01/17/14
Thank you so much Ellen, very helpful!
Christina
02/17/14
Planning to feed 150 people. Serving hot dogs and BBQ beef. How many hot dogs do I need and how many pounds of beef do I need to cook?
ellen
02/17/14
Assuming both are going on buns, I usually get 1 dog per person (figuring these are easy to freeze in the package if not needed) and cook 1 pound raw boneless beef (I like chuck for this) for each 4-5. You know if it is a big eating crowd or not. But do have a starchy salad such as potato or pasta (about 6 gallons) and beans (about 4 1/2 gallons), if you have heavy eaters.
Mary
02/24/14
to make pot roast how many pounds of meat would I need to feed a men's shelter of 40 men?
Also potatoes, carrots and onions?
Thank you
ellen
02/25/14
Chuck is a great choice-

About 18 pounds beef,
carrots, 3 1/2 pounds
potatoes, 5 pounds
onion, 1 1/4- 1 1/2 pounds
celery, 2 pounds
tomatoes, 1 quart

Always better if made with beef broth or bouillon instead of plain water.

Danielle
03/05/14
For a wedding reception of 175-200 people, how many pounds of meat you think I will need for pulled pork, beef brisket, and whole chickens that will be roasted and cut into pieces?
ellen
03/05/14
You would enjoy the calculator here:

ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/bbq.html

You need to plan for 200 if you think there might be 200.

Pounds of meat depend in part on the side dishes, since more and heavier sides mean less meat. It is also important, especially with the brisket, that someone serve the first round; when people self-serve brisket, they tend to go very heavy.

OK. Now for the estimate- if this were my party, I would assume that the pulled pork would be a distant 3rd choice. I would plan for 36-40 pounds ready to serve, sauce on, pork. Slider size rolls, about 250. Sliced pickled onions, about 8 pounds. A gallon of dill pickles.

Brisket, at least 80 pounds raw; it is a coarse, fatty meat that shrinks terribly when you cook it. Spicy mustard.

About 25 whole chickens, or 70-80 pounds.

Promise
03/07/14
I am planning a 40th suprise party for 50 people from 9:00pm -12:30pm. Alcohol will be served. I want to know how many pounds of party wingetts do I need and how many pp will they receive.
Also how many pounds of meatballs do I need and how many pp will they receive.

Thanks

Promise
03/07/14
I forgot the shrimp same
ellen
03/07/14
Promise, please tell the whole menu- write back.
Donald Douglas
03/28/14
hello im planning a dinner for 45 people and was wondering will a 3.5lb of mince do for a lasagna to feed them or will i need for mince.
ellen
03/31/14
For 50 people, I use about 9 pounds.

You could do half veggie on purpose, maybe even white for one, red for the other...

Heidi
04/07/14
How many pounds of brisket and chicken do I need for Passover Seder for 30? I am serving both.
ellen
04/07/14
See your other post.
Natasha
04/08/14
If I am serving a combination of boneless pork loin ,boneless chicken and shrimp in a buffet setting how much quantities would I need about 30 adults and 10 kids. Is it a good idea to mix it or just put one main dish like chicken Marsala?
Thank you.
Carole Bird
04/09/14
We are having a light luncheon for 300 people at the end of a dance along with cheese and pickles etc. I need to know how many lbs of cold meat and buns for each person.
Carole Bird
04/09/14
Re the above message Ellen, I need to know asap.
Thanks for your help.
ellen
04/12/14
Natasha, if the kids are under 12, you count this total as 1/3 the amount for 100. If older, you would do 2/5 of 100. If serving all 3, do

boneless pork loin, 6 pounds raw
boneless chicken, 8 pounds raw
shrimp, 6 pounds

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ellen
04/12/14
Carole,

You would use reception level sandwich makings from the sandwich page.

cheese- 21 pounds
pickles- 3 gallons assorted, some bread and butter or sweet
cold meat- 42 pounds
buns- 35 pounds

Per 100, here are full condiments; you would probably use 3/4 this per 100:
7-10 heads of lettuce cored rinsed and broken for sandwiches,
12-14 pounds tomatoes sliced,
one gallon total sliced olives, pickles and peppers,
10 big red or sweet onions (7 pounds) thin sliced and soaked overnight in the refrigerator in water with a few tablespoons of sugar added.
mayonnaise, 2-3 quarts and/or
butter, 2-4 pounds soft
mustard, 18 ounces to 2 1/2 quarts
ketchup, 80-112 ounces
double for French fries
pickle relish, 3 quarts
sauerkraut or slaw on sandwiches, 2 gallons

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Angela
04/18/14
Hi there! I am having a diner party of 6. I am making boneless short ribs but don't know how much to get?! They all have hearty appetites so I would want enough for seconds or leftovers. Thanks!
Meredith
04/28/14
Burgers & Chicken for 60?
Hi Ellen,
Best site I have found, thank you! I'm hosting an open house co-Ed bridal shower for about 60 people. It's from 12-4. The
main dishes will be BBQ chicken and burgers on the grill. How much of each should I buy? I don't know the group well so not sure of ages and appetites...
Thanks so much, Meredirh
ellen
04/29/14
Angela, sorry I missed this earlier, at least 1 pound per person, and 1 1/2 would not be way too much.
ellen
04/29/14
Hi, Meredith

open house co-Ed bridal shower for about 60 people. It's from 12-4. The
main dishes will be BBQ chicken and burgers on the grill.
In this unknown case, I would allow 1 burger per person (condiments are on the sandwich page, use 2/3 of 100) PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person - quarter chicken counts as 2 pieces.
Have some meatless beans or a cheesy side dish for any vegetarians. Or 5 pounds sliced cheeses...

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chelsey
05/03/14
birthday party
I'm hosting a party tomorrow for about 50 people. I have (full trays) 1 lasagna, 1 mac n cheese, about 90 homemade perogies & carmalized onions, 1 chicken fingers, 2 french fries, 1 kielbasa & saurkraut, 1 sausage & peppers, salad, 2 3 foot subs, fruit platter, cheese/cracker platter, veggie platter, 5 bags of chips/pretzels/cheese doodles, 1 have tray of string beans, a two tier cake, 30 cupcakes, 30 cake pops.. Do you think this will be enough? thanks
ellen
05/04/14
Yes, plenty, probably leftover French fries and sausage.
Tammy
05/18/14
We are hosting a graduation party for about 80 people. We are cooking 20 pounds of grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts, 30 pounds of grilled Italian sausage, 100 rolls, 15 pounds potato salad, 15 pounds baked beans with ground beef and bacon and about 6 pounds summer spaghetti salad. My biggest fear is not enough food. It's an open house from 4-8pm. Should I increase anything? Thank you!
ellen
05/18/14
I would do 20 pounds of potato salad, and add a big tossed salad (see the plan for 100 page) and probably fruit trays. Note that you don't have anything for vegetarian guests and consider adding a gallon of egg salad or a big cheese platter (6-8 pounds sliced cheese), and some sandwich condiments. See the sandwich page.

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Andrea
05/24/14
Wedding reception food
Hi! I am getting married in October with a very casual reception for mainly family and close friends (60-75 people). We'll start eating at around 5:00. We are going to grill hamburgers and brats, with potato salad, fruit/veggie trays, cheese/cracker trays, and chips. Oh, and lemonade/water/coffee to drink. At night we'll do a bonfire with s'mores and hot chocolate. At this point, I'm estimating 75 hamburgers, 75 brats, 6 veggie trays and 6 cheese platters. I'm lost when it comes to the potato salad and chips, though. Any thoughts? Thank you!!!!!
ellen
05/24/14
Sure, for 75 people, 3 gallons of potato salad. 1 pound chips per 12, 1 pint dip or salsa per pound of chips. Consider adding 2-3 gallons of slaw.
Dee
05/28/14
How many people will 13.25 lbs of beef feed?
I'm having a team building event and in charge of finding the caterer. The menu option is beef 13.25 lbs. Half Chicken-3 piece chop @ 26.50 each and St. Louis Cut Ribs 13.25 rack. Is this enough to feed 50-53 ppl?
Ellen
05/28/14
What is the Rule? how many main dishes
Hi Ellen
I am having a graduation party at 2 for roughly 100 people maybe 125. I am planning on ordering chicken broccoli and ziti,sausages peppers and onions,meatballs, chicken parm, plain chicken fingers and rice pilaf. I am not sure how many trays I need most places say trays will feed 30-40 PEOPLE do I get two trays of each?
ellen
05/30/14
Ellen,
chicken broccoli and ziti, 2 trays

sausages peppers and onions, 1 tray, none left
meatballs, 1 tray, none left
You might order an extra tray- 1/2 each, or 2 of one, you know the general tastes of your crowd
chicken parm, 2 trays
plain chicken fingers- 1/2 tray

rice pilaf- 2 trays

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ellen
05/30/14
Dee, I am a little unclear about the amounts you will actually have. Here is a suggestion;

beef 13.25 lbs. If this is cooked weight, with the other meats, it needs to be served the first round- self serve, it could run out before everyone has what they want.

Half Chicken-3 piece chop 9 1/2 chickens

St. Louis Cut Ribs 13.25 rack. 1 rib per person

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Morgan
06/09/14
I am cooking fried catfish, chicken wings, collard greens and mac n cheese for our father's day party. How much of each will I need pre-cooked. Just want to make sure I buy enough.

Thank you

Lorraine
06/09/14
Hi Ellen. I'm having a pool party for 30 people. Here's the menu: baked ham, lasagne,Chicken Marsala, Greek Spinach Pie, potato salad,coleslaw, Greek Salad, fruit salad and many desserts. How much fod do I need? The party starts at 2 pm and will go until about 9 pm. Thanks so much.
Tenise
06/09/14
Hello Ellen I'm serving 100 people for a birthday party... How many pounds wings will I need? Thanks
Casey
06/10/14
Getting married in October and thinking of doing a fish fry. Wondering how many lbs of fried fish per person assuming we will be having approximately 150. Then, what about sides if we did potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, and white beans? Thanks!
ellen
06/11/14
Hi, Morgan, assuming you mean ready to cook? Since you don't say how many people, I am going to try to estimate per person, but here is the caution; as you get above 30, the amounts decrease, slightly to 100, then up to 10%, as the variations even out with increased people. Also assuming there are not a lot of other side dishes and appetizers.

fried catfish, I do 6 ounces per person for filets or nuggets
chicken wings, 1/3 pound per person These have gotten very expensive, I often recommend doing legs instead, about 1 1/2 per person
collard greens, fresh from scratch, 55 pounds per 100; frozen ready to cook, 24 pounds per 100
mac n cheese, 1 pound dry pasta per 8-10. 1 quart sauce and 1/2 to 1 pound cheese per each pound of pasta.

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ellen
06/11/14
Lorraine, 30 people
Lorraine, this is a LOT of entrees for 30 people. That means there will be leftovers

baked ham, , 5-6 pounds ready to serve
lasagne, 2 9x13 pans, 3 if you think they are crazy about it
Chicken Marsala, 6 pounds boneless skinless chicken
Greek Spinach Pie, 1 serving per person or 2 appetizer pieces.

potato salad, 11/2 gallons, possibly some left
coleslaw, 1 gallon
Greek Salad, see the Greek salad recipe this site, cut down for your number of people

fruit salad, consider fruit tray instead, prettier, keeps better and leftovers are more useful. Go to the fruit tray page, do for 25.

many desserts, see the dessert buffet guide for help on amounts

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ellen
06/11/14
Tenise, wings
Tenise as an appetizer at least 1/3 pound per person. These have gotten way overpriced, consider doing roasted or bbq small legs instead, 2 per person
ellen
06/11/14
Chris, fish fry
Casey, glad you are thinking ahead.

I strongly don't recommend a fish fry for 150 people unless you hire an experienced fryer team. This much frying is hot, heavy work, the fish does not hold well, and the chances for burns and other accidents are very high.

If you want to go in a seafood direction, gumbo and a baked fish dish would be an option.

The side dishes are covered in some detail on the plan for 100 tables, you just do 1 1/2 times the amounts for 100.

Anthony
06/14/14
Hello Ellen, We are having a event expecting to have 50 folks attend. We are looking at getting precooked meats at a local BBQ establishment that sells by the pound. We are thinking about brisket and pull pork. So what would you suggest in pounds we should order.
Angela
06/25/14
Hi Ellen, I am expecting 30 people for 4th of July BBQ- I am getting porterhouse. How many pounds would I need? THanks
ellen
06/28/14
Anthony, precooked, get 1 pound brisket per 4 plus 1 pound pulled pork per 6. Plenty. Good rolls, 1-2 per person, depends on size.

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ellen
06/28/14
Angela, this is a deluxe party! If you have someone to cut/slice up the steaks after cooking, at least 1/2 pound per person. If you are cooking separate steaks, 10-12 ounces per steak, 1 per person, less than that,they are so thin they don't grill well.

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Donna
07/05/14
I'm getting married Aug 9 and we were supplying the meat which is Pulled Pork, Boneless Chicken Breast, and Salmon, How much should I get to feed 30-40 people.
I have right now about 12 lbs of Pork Loin
ellen
07/05/14
meat per person- 40 people
Pulled Pork, you have enough, if it is loin, you have plenty to consider doing it roasted and sliced rather than pulled- nicer to eat, and a little more party-ish
Boneless Chicken Breast, 1 pound raw boneless per 4
Salmon, for a summer wedding, chilled poached or steamed salmon is very nice and holds better- 8-10 pound whole, head off. Garnish with dill, capers, mayo?

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michaelle
07/10/14
I am having a fish fry for 35 to 40 people how much do I need of each
fish
hot dogs
Italian sausage
cols slaw
cucumber salad
Pasta salad
baked beans
cake
pie
ellen
07/10/14
cole slaw- 1 gallon
cucumber salad- 3-4 quarts
Pasta salad- 3 pounds dry pasta, some left
baked beans- 1 1/2 gallons

cake- regular size serves 12
pie- regular size serves 6, 10" serves 8

fish- pieces/nuggets, allow 1 pound per 3 fish eaters, or 1 pound per 4 of the total
tartar sauce, 2 1/2 quarts
hot dogs, a few dozen, get good ones
Italian sausage, 1 pound per 5 guests
A bottle each of plan and spicy mustard, bottle of ketchup

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cali
07/15/14
Hello !! You seem to be the queen here ! Please help me out with an estimate for a client.
a party of 100 people . 100 baby back ribs , 50 portions rib eye steak ..... there will be two pasta dishes and salad as well
Thank you kindly
jody
07/17/14
Having a golf outing and following it a gathering at our house. Approximately 50 to 60 people. I am having hot slivered roast beef sandwiches that they can assemble on buns with cheese, peppers and onions. How much meat would I need? Everyone brings a side to share but the sandwich would be the "main course"
Thanks for your help!
ellen
07/17/14
Cali, hi, I don't do price estimates, too much regional variation. You might check at the pro sites, cheftalk.com, chef2chef.com
ellen
07/17/14
Jody,

I would start with 1 pound raw per 3 people, to insure plenty; people can get pretty enthusiastic with self-serve beef.
Do have a vegetarian choice (or at least extra cheese) unless you are sure there are no vegetarians.

Janice
07/21/14
Planning a Rehearsal Dinner for 40 people. Sirloin Tip Roast, Mashed Potatoes,Green Beans, Macaroni Salad and Sister Shubert Rolls. How much of each will I need so as not to run out of food?
ellen
07/21/14
For generous party style meat portions for 40:

Sirloin Tip Roast, 20 pounds
gravy? 1 cup per 3-4
Mashed Potatoes,15 pounds raw
Green Beans, 9 pounds ready to cook
Macaroni Salad, 2 1/2 pounds dry pasta plus add-ins
Sister Shubert Rolls- 2 per person
butter, 1 1/2-2 pounds, some for potatoes

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