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cooking for 300
alexandra
10/25/06
im cooking for 300 i need to know how many pounds of rice , beans and macaronni salad and a meat (beef) marinated its a mexican dinner. T
ellen
10/25/06
Use the plan for 100 tables to make your first estimate, then send it in and I will check it for you. All these foods are covered.
dana
11/17/06
cooking for 350-400
I am planning a fundraiser for about 350-400 people. We are having a taco bar and nachos. We figure we will need 100# of meat. What can I expect for shredded cheese, sou cream, tomatoes, and lettuce??
Thanks in advance for your help, Dana
ellen
11/17/06
If it is regular hamburger, 100 pounds will cook down to about 75 pounds, which is 150 cups. You will have PLENTY. You could reduce by 1/3 if you offer refried beans and rice as sides. For the toppings, salsa,, etc, you use the same quantities as a baked potato bar, which is posted in Big Pots already.
Tracy
11/18/06
cooking for 200
how much do i need to purchase for 200 people
spagetti/ sauce / salad/ bread
amounts (lbs, oz, loafs) of each item listed above
ellen
11/18/06
Already answered. Check the lotsa pasta page and the plan for 100 page.
Denise Atkinson
10/03/07
A friend who dabbles in catering for friend's weddings has new challange. He has been asked to cook enough squash for a guest list of 300. What is the best squash to choose when preparing for such a crowd? Many of us know how to come up with a cassarole size dish but this is far cry from a serving size of 300.

Hope you can help.

Thanks Denise

ellen
10/03/07
A summer squash casserole is great. Basically, you need 8 9x13 casseroles for 100. The ones below can be made ahead and frozen. See these two, either of which serves 25, to use for quantities:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/oamc/squash24.html

anna
02/20/08
Cooking BBQ chicken for 300 people, how many pounds of chicken would I need. (Leq quarters)
ellen
02/23/08
about 240 pounds. Chicken comes wholesale in 40 pound cases. and it takes 80-83 pounds of quarters to make 100 servings.
linda gorski
02/26/08
I am making a spinach salad for a ladies church luncheon. The plate will include spinach salad w/ toasted walnuts, red onion, dried cranberries, and white balsamic vinaigrette and a 1 cup serving of chicken salad with a croissant. The vinaigrette is a basic vinegar, olive oil, and sugar recipe. I am having trouble determining how much spinach per person and how much vinaigrette will be needed for the 300 servings. Suggestions?
ellen
02/26/08
Spinach salad takes a lot of spinach, and you MUST make sure it is very clean.

For each eight plates, you need 1 cup of dressing, 3/4 to 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup nuts, pound ready to serve spinach. If you would go for a poppyseed dressing, you would be even more pleased with the interst in your salad.

frances
02/27/08
cookin baked/fied chicken, green beans / wild rice, rolls/ lemonade @ lemon cake @ cookie
plus i need to make a budget for next 9 months,
i have a menu just need help on planning how much food to order for the next 9 month please help
ellen
02/28/08
Frances, what kind of menus, for how many people? How often? 3 meals a day for 9 months? More info, please.
Donna
04/10/08
How many #10 cans of beans to serve 100
Serving beans with tri-tip and chicken for 1000+ at a Civil War Re-enactment, how many cans of beans do I need to purchase?
ellen
04/10/08
Donna, it takes 3 gallons , which is 4 #10 cans, plus fixings, for each 100 people. If you start from scratch, that is 8 pounds of dry beans, approximately.
lisa
07/23/08
how many pounds of chicken for 200 people
lisa
07/23/08
how many pounds of chicken needed for 200 people
how many pounds of chicken for 200 people
ellen
07/23/08
See the plan for 100 list, choose the type of cuts/whole y9ou will use, double it for 200.
G. Thomas
10/07/08
How many pounds of chicken would I need to serve 200 guests? Also how many can of stringbeans would I need for 200 guest?
ellen
10/07/08
See the plan for 100 list, choose the type of chicken (halves, pieces, quarters) you are using, double for 200.

4 #10 cans makes 1oo servings of green beans. For 2oo, I use 9. My bewtter green bean casserole is MUCH more tasty than plain canned green beans- you need 3 1/2 times the recipe to serve 200.

bobbie
11/17/08
my church is having a fundraiser luncheon - soup, sandwich and salad bar. I am in charge of putting together the salad bar. we plan on between 250 and 300 people. how much packaged salad should I get and also the salad extras:
cottage cheese - cauliflower- broccoli- eggs- cheese- croutons - bacon bits- cucumbers - green pepper - muchrooms - cherry tomatos
ellen
11/17/08
Bobbie, all covered in detail in the salad bar article.
lynn
11/19/08
cooking for 200
we are making potatoe salad for 200 people. How many pounds of potatoes do I need.
ellen
11/19/08
There is a whole section of potato salads for 100 with some great recipes. I allow about 35-40 pounds raw per 100 when it is the only side salad- 3 1/2 to 4 gallons per 100 prepared.
Bev
12/03/08
Cooking for 125
I'm in need of determining amounts for 125 people. Thanks
Chicken quarters (baked); Macaroni and Cheese; Rice pilaf.
ellen
12/04/08
Bev, you don't say if the mac and cheese and rice are served at the same meal. Chicken quarters are covered in the plan for 100 page, you want 1 1/4 to 1 1/3 the amount for 100. I allow 10 9x13 pans of carb side dishes per 100.
SYLVIA
01/06/09
cooking for 200
need to cook spanish rice for 200 people. i like to use comet-2lb 10oz box. how much ric do i need to by. for a 1/2 cup serving
ellen
01/06/09
I would make 7-8 pounds dry per 100 people- 3 boxes is just about 7 1/2 pounds.
mary
01/07/09
cooking for 150
we are cooking enchiladas rice and beans hep me with ow much meat and cheese to get
ellen
01/07/09
See the recipe in basic budget entrees for 100 on the big pots page, for enchilada casserole for 100. Get 1 1/2 times the amount.
Rene
01/11/09
cooking for 125
I am doing freshly squeeze lemons how many do I need and how much chicken do I need the parts are legs, wings and thighs.
ellen
01/11/09
What are the lemons for? Lemonade, marinade? You need about 75 pounds of these less meaty parts for 100 people,so nearly 100 for 125 people.
LaToney
01/21/09
She's getting married and here's the menu,
Station#1:Baked Chicken breast,Rice pilaf and rolls. Station#2:Seafood Dressing/with gravy, green beans and rolls Station#3:Roast beef, roasted small red potatoes sliced and rolls.
Tea and Water. To by served buffet style,the guestlist is at (300). Please help, how much food and tea will I need, and how much help must I consider getting.
ellen
01/21/09
LaToney, this is a VERY difficult estimate, especially if you have not asked for an RSVP and entree choice on the invitation, as the division of entrees is a complete shot in the dark, and with 300 invitations you may have anywhere from 150 to 400 guests. I need some additional information:

What time is the wedding and the reception?

Are you having the food catered or are you thinking about trying to do it yourself? This is a complicated menu for a do it yourself plan.

Is there an additional table for salads, fruits and vegetables? The menus as listed are incomplete.

Is there an appetizer table?

What is your recipe for seafood dressing? Some are mostly seafood, others have more ingredients, and it makes a difference.

Helpwise, you are looking at 4 fulltime in the kitchen, 2 servers minimum at each station PLUS 6-8 servers PER 100 guests to setup, bus/serve and cleanup the event.

For the beverages, see the beverage planning tables. If you plan cake, you will probably want to add dinner coffee service to the iced tea.

You are looking at at least $20 per guest for this menu.

LaToney
01/22/09
Ellen thank you for the response.
The wedding time is 5:00pm and reception will at 7:00pm.
There will be appetizer served will pictures are being taken. This well be done as a gift from her co-workers.
My duty will be to supply or have the meal and drinks catered.
My seafood dressing made with corn bread,shrimps, craw fish tails, lump crab meat, bell peppers, onions, eggs and other spice/seasoning. My wish is to do it myself as my gift to her and my new son, they love daddy's cooking. If I have to hire a company to do I at less wanted to know roughly my cost both ways.Thanks again I love your website.
ellen
01/23/09
Hi, LaToney,

If it were me and I had a bit of loose in the budget, what I would do is:

Make my orange chicken dijon, which can be made ahead and frozen, and stays moist on a buffet, instead of baked chicken breast. Make the seafood dressing myself. Arrange to have a catering company supply the roast beef (steamship round, medium rare, if you aren't doing fillet or prime rib), with rolls and horseradish sauce. If you are expecting 300- wish you had an RSVP- you would want about 100 chicken, 100 seafood stuffing, and 150-200 beef.

The sides could be done by you, but are also usually reasonable from the caterer.

Let them supply the help, setup, and take down. MAKE SURE you have it in the contract that you will be supplying certain dishes and that they do the setup and service on those.

Do read the "Wedding reception menu ideas" thread and do read the wedding dinner article.

If the budget does not allow, then see if there is a local culinary arts program, maybe at the junior college, and hire from there for cooks and helpers.

ellen
01/23/09
By the way, if you are willing to share the large quantity seafood stuffing recipe, I would love to post it. It sounds great.
rachel
02/16/09
cooking for 70
how many pounds of macaroni and cheese do I need for 70 people?
ellen
02/16/09
There are directions for mac and cheese already posted:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/macche25.html

waheeda pahad
02/18/09
making a gareek salad for 300 peopl
Hi

I have to make 31 platters of Greek Salad, with the following ingredients :
Lettuce (mixed leave in a bag)
Butter lettuce (loose heads)
English Cucumber
Feta Cheese
Res Onion
Rosa/Cherry Tomatoes

How much of each do i need to buy?

Thanks!

ellen
02/19/09
This recipe is already on site.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/salads1100.html

Go to the bottom of the page.

Jen
03/10/09
cooking for 200
I am cooking rice pilaf and asparagus wrapped in bacon for 200 guest how much should I buy of each and what is the serving size?
Laura Mayer
03/19/09
cooking for 250
We are having a dinner at our school and serving tri-tip, rolls, salad and rice pilaf for 250 people. About how much rice pilaf should I plan on cooking?
ellen
03/20/09
Jen, 14 pounds dry rice and 50 pounds asparagus.

Laura,18 pounds dry rice.

Tami Holcomb
03/27/09
cooking for 250
we are having a hamburger fundraiser-meat is provided. I need to know how many heads of lettuce, onions, and tomatoes needed for 250 burgers. Also, how many packages of pinto beans should I cook?
ellen
03/27/09
See the sandwich event page for the condiment table.
Betty
03/31/09
cooking for 150
I need to know how much chicken salad to prepare for a salad luncheon I am helping with for 150 people. Recipe is chopped chicken, grapes, celery, chopped pecans, mayo, salt and pepper. There will be 3 other salads on the plate in addition to this one. Thanks for your help.
ellen
03/31/09
Go to the sandwich event page and use the reception level quantity for the chicken salad to allow 1/2 cup of this salad per person.
John
03/31/09
Cooking chicken marsela for 75-100 people how much chicken is needed?
ellen
04/01/09
look at the plan for 100 list- decide if you want quarters or pieces and go by the indicated weights.
Jesse
04/01/09
cooking for 450
How many pounds of baby carrots should I use for cooked carrots to serve 450 in a buffet-style meal? The 450 are made up of whole families, so it includes adults, teens, young children... (Also serving chicken, potatoes, salad, bread, and following appetizers) It isn't exactly a self-serve meal as there will be servers stationed in the buffet. Thanks!
ellen
04/01/09
About 22-24 pounds per 100. Don't overcook them.
dee bellotti
04/10/09
cooking for 150
oven baked polenta and asparagus how many lbs of polenta and how many lbs of asparagus
Dolly
04/17/09
How many #10 cans of baked beans will I need to feed 300 people?? Thanks for your help.
ellen
04/17/09
Dee you posted twice, I think, see the other post.

Dolly, see the bbq and picnic sides list, use 3 times the amount for 100.

denise
04/24/09
cooking for 125
need to know how much brisket to cook and also steamed red potatoes for 125 people
ellen
04/24/09
See the thread how much brisket to feed 130 people, currently dated 4/17. For potatoes, 35 pounds per 100, so around 44-45 pounds.
Cyndi
04/27/09
How much taco meat do I need for 180 people at 2 each?
ellen
04/27/09
1 pound for each 4 people.
Connie Cox
04/28/09
How much beef is need to make Italian beef for 350 people. It will be served on hamburger buns.

Also how much turkey for the same type of sandwich, if we offer an alternative to beef.
How much pasta salad and cole slaw?

Thanks so much

ellen
04/29/09
Connie see the plan for 100 page at the last section for the sides.

You need about 120 sandwiches for 100 people if it is self serve. 1 pound raw boneless makes 3 good buns. Turkey is the same by weight, see the turkey yield tables in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots for the yield of various cuts of turkey.

The sandwich event page includes a table on sandwich condiments per 100 people.

Allison
05/01/09
cooking for 100
How many lbs of pinto beans for refied beans and how much rice for mexican rice for 100 people
Michelle
05/09/09
I am cooking an itlian buffet for our church, I am serving salad, meatballs, sausage, spaghetti, chicken broccoli ziti, and rolls. I found your pasta and big pan helpfull but I am still unsure how much to cook of each dish. I don't want to run out but I don' want way to much either. Thank you Michelle
ellen
05/09/09
Allison, 8 pounds dry each per 100.

Michelle, you have to tell me how many people!

Linda
05/12/09
cooking for 400
I'm making pinto beans for a fundraiser, how many pounds of beans do i need to buy for 400 plates
ellen
05/12/09
32 pounds dry for a side dish, up to 40 pounds dry for a main dish.
Linda
05/14/09
What is the amount of dry beans do i put in a pot to cook and how long do i cook the beans. I need 400 servings (side dish) My beans always overcook.
Linda
05/14/09
cooking for 400
What can i do for my pinto beans to be pretty red and not dark black when done cooking?
Thanks for your help...
ellen
05/14/09
You need 32 pounds of dried beans. Soak overnight before cooking, drain, use fresh water to cook and check them after 2 hours.

See this page for bean help:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/beans100.html

Shelbra
05/20/09
cooking for 120
How many cans or ounces of green beans would you suggest to feed about 120 adults and what easy recipe do you have?
ellen
05/20/09
See the recipe for Improved green bean casserole for 60 in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots and make 2 recipes.
Keith
05/27/09
cooking for 100
I am having a wedding, and plan to cook prime rib, how many pounds of prime rib would i need?
ellen
05/28/09
Bone in raw prime rib, 1 pound per person.
Helen Duplessis
05/30/09
cooking for 180
could you please tell me how many lbs of chicken wings are need for a 180 people
and how many lbs of green beans i would need.
ellen
05/30/09
If this is wings as a main course you need at least 1/2 pound raw pieces per person. The green beans are on the plan for 100 page- you need to check for fresh vs. canned or frozen.
Kimberly
06/03/09
Wedding Recption for 400
I am preparing the meal for a wedding reception/dance that 400 were invited to attend.

The kids wanted to have Brisket Sandwiches, Calico Bean(which have hamburger meat in them), Potato Casserole(with corn flake topping) and then they have sheet cakes and peanuts for dessert.

I visited with them and convinced them that the bean and potato combination was pretty heavy with the brisket sandwiches so I suggested the Calicobeans only with potato chips, a relish tray and a vegetable platter to accompany the sandwiches.

Do you think this is suffient for an informal meal? I keep dobting myself and think I need to make either a pasta salad or a vegetable salad of some sort?

What is your opinion?
I have already prepared 220 lbs of brisket and frozen it, it will be served sliced for sandwiches. Do you think that is enough? I can certainly cook 4 more trimmed briskets if need be.

I plan to serve Calico Beans which have pinto beans, baked beans and navy beans plus hamburger meat in them.
We will also have potatoe chips, a veggie platter

Kimberly
06/03/09
Wedding Reception for 400
Sorry about the above message. The last paragraph and partial sentence should have been deleted. Thank you
ellen
06/04/09
You have plenty of meat. If it is a dinner meal, you could serve both the beans and potatoes and add a light cooked vegetable dish (grilled veggies, sqash, green beans, etc), this is more party-ish than the chips. If you do a veggie tray, consider a fruit tray instead, prettier and more popular. The relish trays are a good idea.
Carol
06/05/09
cooking for 75
How many lbs of hamburger meat do I need for 200 enchaladas?
Linda Binion
06/06/09
cooking for 60 to 75
Hi Ellen, I need to know how many pounds of asparagus do I need for 60 to 75 people. I plan to either steam or grill them. Thank you.
ellen
06/06/09
I would use about 30 pounds raw. YMMV.
Celia
06/15/09
I have been asked to cook Fajitas for 300 people, how many pounds would I need?
ellen
06/15/09
Beef, chicken, or mixed? What sides? Write back.
mkerin
06/16/09
cooking for 60
How much baked beans and potato salad do I need for 60 people in addition to chicken.
Thank you, mk
ellen
06/16/09
Use 2/3 of the amount for 100- see the last table on the plan for 100 page.
Margo
06/16/09
cheese for 125 plus
We are planning a 90th birthday party for my Mom. Being gifted with living close to, and having an employee discount for, the local dairy cheese store, I am supplying the sliced cheese. How many pounds would I need to fee 125 plus people?
ellen
06/17/09
For sandwiches, 2 ounces sliced per person, for appetizer, about 3 ounces. If appetizer, consider some logs, balls or spreads as part of the weight.
Dulce
06/17/09
cooking for 200
Hi Ellen,
We are having a Belizean wedding reception for 200. We are having rice & beans, turkey, ham, dressing and pibil (pig cooked underground). Also will have snacks. Receptions should start around 5;30. How many pounds should we allot for each item?

thank you for your time.

ellen
06/17/09
dulce, you want about 1 1/2 pounds total edible food per person counting everything. You want 16 pounds dry rice, the same amount of beans if it is a separate dish. Use the proportionate of beans as you would for a home recipe for that much rice if it is a mixed dish of rice and beans together.

Meats, since you have the other meats, the least pig you would get is about 10 ounces raw per person- if it were the only one, you would ant at least a pound. 3 ounces cooked ready to serve weight EACH per person for both the turkey and ham. Dressing, see the planning article for large holiday dinners at the top of big pots, where dressing and many other side dishes are discussed.

yoyo
06/18/09
cooking for 450
i am cookong chicken drumetts for a ceremony. how many pounds of chicken will i need?
ellen
06/18/09
If it is an appetizer, 1 pound raw will do for 3 but if it is a main meat, you need at least 1/2 pound raw per person.
Antonia Moralez
07/06/09
cooking for 350-400
i plan on cooking for 350-400 people the menu is tri-tip,rice,baked beans and salad.i guess my question is how many lbs. of ea. will i need.
val
07/06/09
I'm making fajita bar for 400,beef chicken peppers, onions salsa,beans,sour cream,cheddar cheese,lettuce,chips. How much do I need?
ellen
07/07/09
Antonia, 1 pound raw for each 2 people for party size meat portions. All other items are already covered in the plan for 100 lists.

Val, quantity fajitas and all the side dishes are discussed many times over on fajita and other threads, take a look. You need to add rice and beans to the menu if you do not want to go broke on the meat. You also need tortillas, not just chips.

Teen
07/07/09
cooking for 350
How many pounds of canned corn would i need to feed 350-400 people for wedding reception?
ellen
07/08/09
4 #10 cans per 100
Lisa
07/08/09
cooking for 60
How many lbs of rice and beans will I need to cook?
ellen
07/12/09
8 pounds dry each for side rice and side beans for 100, so you need about 5 pounds dry of each.
Bobby
07/14/09
cooking for 200
Can you please tell me how many brisket to serve for 200 people for a wedding. I have purchased 12 large briskets, which equal approximately 140 pounds of uncooked meat.
ellen
07/15/09
If these are well trimmed, you need 1 pound raw for each 2 people; if untrimmed, you need about 2 pounds raw for each 3 people. So you either have too much or just enough, depending on the trim.
Diana
07/20/09
cooking for 900
Need to serve 900 people at a bingo event. How many lbs of bagged corn would I need to purchase? It is for a portion for each person. We are also serving sausage and fruit.
ellen
07/20/09
Do you mean frozen corn? See the vegetable section of plan for 100, make 9 times the amount.
Donna
07/21/09
how many dainties do I need to make for 340-350 people for a rehearsal dinner and midnight lunch for a wedding?
ellen
07/21/09
If you are talking little sweet bites in a dessert type buffet, please look at the dessert planning page- it will give you LOTS of info.
Donna
07/21/09
Yip that's what I meant (sweet bites). But how many do I need for 300 or more people.
ellen
07/22/09
The article gives amounts per 100 with plenty of extra advice; you would use 3 times that amount.
Denise
08/01/09
cooking for 150
I'm preparing two side dishes for a Wedding Reception.How many pounds of fresh or whole frozen Green Beans, and fresh Carrots will I need to use to feed 150 guest?

Thank you.

ellen
08/01/09
About 35 pound fresh of each or 32 pounds frozen.
Anita
08/18/09
cooking for 250
We will be feeding 250 teachers, coaches and staff for a Teacher's back to school luncheon. We are serving baked chicken, Idaho instant potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad with ranch dressing and strawberry/chocolate cake. Please help me with how much of each to purchase. Consider LARGE portions. Thanks.
ellen
08/18/09
Can't help with the instant potatoes except to tell you that for large portions, divide what the package says it will make by 2.

Chicken depends on what pieces- see the plan for 100 page, meat section for all you need to know. Add 10% if it is self serve. Green beans, rolls, and salad and dressing are covered in detail in other sections of the same page.

See the beverage planning page for help with iced tea. Since you are having cake, also make the dinner portion of coffee and decaf.

A full sheet cake is 18x 26 x 2 inches and will cut about 100 moderate pieces, a slab cake is 3-4 inches and serves more (depending on thickness). You might consider 2 sheets and something sugar free, like sugar-free fruit pie.

Julia
08/28/09
How many pound of pinto beans do I need to cook for 150 people?
ellen
08/28/09
As a side dish, 8 pounds dry per 100, as a larger dish,10-12 pounds per 100.
Brenda
09/09/09
cooking fo 60
How many pounds of chicken sald will be needed tof eed 60 adults. The chicken salas will be served on croissants.
ellen
09/09/09
See the guide on quantities for chicken salad on the sandwich event page. Use 2/3 the amount for 100.
Courtney
09/09/09
At my wedding reception I'm cooking soup. How many pounds do we need?
Courtney
09/09/09
there will be 300 people
ellen
09/10/09
Hi, Courtney,

Soup is usually measured in gallons, not pounds. When I am using it as a main course, I allow 12 ounces (1 1/2 measuring cups) per person, about 8 1/2 to 9 gallons per 100 people. Plus breads, side dishes, beverages and desserts, of course.

mary
09/10/09
cooking for 900
making a pasta salad.need to know how many pounds I need to use for 900 people company cook out.
Jennifer
09/11/09
Hello Ellen,

My church is doing open faced roast beed and turkey samdwiches for a ladies jubilee. We expect around 300. I have looked over your portions for 100 and let me see if I have this right. I need 30 gallons of potatoes and 13 roast and 13 trukey breast. Are I in the ballpark?

ellen
09/11/09
I would plan for 3-4 ounces thin sliced ready to eat beef PLUS 2 ounces thin sliced ready to eat turkey per person to estimate; that is 2 pounds boneless raw beef for 6-7 PLUS 1 popund boneless breast for each 4- add another 10% if it is self service. Having 2 meats you need more, and you need enough to give everyone her first choice.
For your potatoes, just start with 35 pounds per 100.
Katie
09/18/09
cooking for 150
I am doing a Por Roast Dinner fundraiser for 150. How many small read pototoes and carrots per person will I need?
Diane
09/18/09
we are planning a wedding reception soon
we are serving ham and turkey buns
fruit salad and pasta salad
along with chips, pickles
and baked beans
how many buns do i make for 350 people?
how many pounds of salads?
how about pickles and chips?
thank you so much
ellen
09/18/09
Katie, about 50 pounds of potatoes and 30-35 pounds carrots.
ellen
09/18/09
Diane, this is a site where I expect you to use the tables to make an initial estimate, then you can post it and I will be glad to review it for you. These are the articles/ buttons you need. The buttons are at the top of the main cook talk page.

Plan for 100 page
sandwich event page
beverage planning page
fruit tray page
dessert plan page

Linda
10/07/09
I will be making rice and beans for a dinner party for 40 people. How many pounds of beans and how many cups of rice do i need ? The main dish will be carne asada and corn tortillas.
ellen
10/08/09
I make 8 pounds dry of each for 100 people.
Jennifer
10/09/09
I'm planning a school Thanksgiving dinner. I want traditional ham & turkey. Last year we had 200 people. How do I figure how much ham/turkey?
ellen
10/10/09
Go to the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots and use the article and tables on planning and skopping for large community dinners.
Gail
10/25/09
cooking for 100
I am going to cook Pork Loin Boneless for 100 people. What is the rule of thumb..how much meat per person?

Also what is a good way to cook meat the day ahead, possibly BBQ, and reheat after the 4 pm wedding? Thank you

Corrinne
12/02/09
cooking for 27
I'm cooking pork tenderloin, rice pilaf and green beans for a sit down dinner party Saturday and wondered how far in advance can I make the green beans and rice and can I store them in my warming drawer without drying them out of clupping up the rice? Thank you so much.
ellen
12/03/09
Hi, Corinne, not sure why you are on the cooking for 300 thread.
These two items aren't too great done ahead and reheated. If you will use the baked rice recipe, you can do it in the oven and then turn down the pan (which should be tightly covered) to 180 for up to an hour. The green beans, if you are doing whole fresh, need to be steamed right before they are served. If you feel you MUST make ahead, consider doing a half recipe of the better green bean casserole for 60 on my holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. Or blanch and serve cold.
Linda
12/09/09
I need to make beans for a fundraiser for about 300 servings. How many pounds of beans do i need to use?
ellen
12/10/09
Side dish, about 24. Main dish about 36 dry. I have quite a few beans for 100 recipes on site.
dee
12/29/09
I am doing my daughters wedding reception and really need to know how many POUNDS of fresh green beans i would need for 490 people...
also how many POUNDS of new potatoes....
Help!! Thanks so much!!
ellen
12/29/09
Dee, you use 5 times the amount for 100 for each of these items as listed in the plan for 100 tables. But you also need at least 8 kitchen staff and 30 servers to set up, serve and clean up a party this size, yes even buffet service, plus 10 serving lines if buffet (50 people per line) to accomplish service in a prompt fashion, 10 and 20 gallon pots and at least 3 ovens (commercial type kitchen) I do not recommend self catering a party this size if you are not experiences in serving 200 or more.
dee
12/29/09
Thanks so much Ellen....I am having a hard time finding the plan for 100 tables...
My sorority is cooking the meal so hopefully there will be enough people!
ellen
12/29/09
Go to the main cooktalk page and see the buttons at the top- it is in the upper left. So is the article on "wedding dinners" which you might also read.
Heidi
01/24/10
I'm trying to save money on my wedding by having my family cook the reception dinner. We are planning on having chicken breast, roast beef, bake potatoes, and green bean casserole. I have to keep the food cost to about $5 per person. Do you have any tips for how to prepare the chicken and potatoes for such a large crowd?
ellen
01/25/10
Heidi, you don't say how many people. but I do not recommend that an inexperienced team take on a wedding reception dinner for more than about 125, so the first thing is, limit your guest list. The second is, read the article on wedding dinners, the section on timing; if you have the wedding at 1 pm or 7-8 pm,you can have a great reception for about 1/2 the cost of a sit down meal.

That said, I suggest you skip the beef entirely, tender beef is very expensive and pot roast is not very festive. Use the Orange Dijon chicken recipe on the site or another which can be made ahead and frozen. Make a rice pilaf (cheaper and easier than potatoes), 2 vegetables; a relish platter or antipasto vegetables and a cheese platter; one of my salads that hold, such as the Greek salad. Have dinner service coffee (see the beverage planning page).

Jean
01/31/10
I am preparing a salad bar for 300 ladies, how much lettuce would I need. Also, how much of other toppings, such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.
ellen
01/31/10
You don't say whether this is a side salad bar or a main dish salad bar, and there is quite a difference in amounts.Please write back and tell me, also whether soups, desserts, breads and sandwiches will be part of the bar.

In a full meal self service salad bar, the average person takes 14-18 ounces by weight and that includes the dressing, usually 2+ ounces, cheese, tuna, chicken, etc. as well as the greens fruits and veggies. If you outline your plan, I can help.

One 3x8 table set up for buffet or salad bar serves at most 30 people so you are looking at 10-12 tables just for serving if you want to feed all these folks at the same time.

Here is a general discussion on food bars:

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

This will help you decide on quantities per serving:

www.salisbury.edu/dining/pdf files/Salad.pdf

Jean
01/31/10
The salad bar is in conjunction with a bowl of soup and muffins. I also will have a cake buffet. I just wonder the amount of "extras" to prepare. I will be using tomatoes, celery, carrots, cauliflower, peas, etc.
carolyn
02/10/10
I'm cooking for 300 people no children. I'm serving Chicken in Cream Sauce, Shellfish Gumbo,Rice, Mash Garlic Potatoes,and Tossed Salad. How much of pounds of each would I need.
ellen
02/11/10
Jean, go to the armed forces recipe page (link is in the middle of the big pots page. Enter "relish" into the search.

CaROLYN:
Chicken- recipe with 35 pounds boneless skinless per 100
Gumbo- 1 cup per person, 6 1/2 quarts per 100, plus rice
mashed potatoes= 35 pounds raw per 100
salad- see the plan for 100 page. first section

hillary
02/17/10
cooking for 200
Hello. I need some guidance and direction. We have a Blue and Gold Banquet coming up and are planning for 200 people to be in attendance.

We simply are providing Taco Salad with Root Beer. We have a limited budget so we want to make sure we have enough but not excess.

Could you help me determine how much of each ingredient below we should have available for people to build their own taco salad?

Hamburger Meat (70 lbs be enough?)
Lettuce (20 heads or 10 lrg bags pre-cut)
Chips (10 lrg bags)
Tomatoes (24 cups)
Cheese (24 cups)
Sour Cream (4 lrg tubs )
Onions (5 cups)
Olives (9 cans, sliced)
Salsa (4 lrg containers)
Kidney Bean (15 cans)
Ranch Dressing
Catalina Dressing

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

ellen
02/17/10
See this recipe for help with quantities:

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

Renee
02/19/10
cooking for 150
How many gallons of soup do I need for 150 women and young ladies(age 12 to 18)? I want to use 2 soups-chicken noodle and chicken with white and wild rice. Would split the quantites in half. We will also have salad and rolls.
Thanks!
tinker
03/06/10
cooking breakfast food
How much would I need to feed 200.

bacon
eggs,
hashbrown potatos
chicken wings

ellen
03/07/10
Renee, I would normally make 10 1/2 gallons for 150, but with 2 soups, I would make 7 of each- one will probably run out, the other you will have some left over.

Tinker, except for the wings, it is all covered in the breakfast planning table. I would allow 3 to 6 pieces of wing per person depending on the hunger of the crowd.

d boree
03/26/10
How many pounds of red potatoes that will be roasted do I need for 140 people and if you are cooking pork loin and a chicken breast in sauce that also has stuffing and cheese in it how much of each meat raw weight do i need to prepare? Thanks
ellen
03/27/10
About 50 pounds of potatoes if that is the only starchy side dish. You need one chicken breast per person (you can split into 2 pieces if they are VERY large) PLUS 2 pounds pork loin for each 7 people to insure that everyone gets their first choice.
Earnie
04/05/10
how many lbs of sweet potato(for candied yams) and fresh collard greens do I to feed 300 people?
ellen
04/06/10
collards are in the veggie section at the end of the plan for 100 page. Yams are the same as regular potatoes, 35 pounds per 100.
Tina
04/07/10
Hello, would like to know how many 7lb cans of sting beans would I need to feed about 350 people?
ellen
04/08/10
3 cans per 100 if that is drained weight, plus one for the pot.
Gaylene
04/09/10
Hello, I am cooking for my son's wedding, 310 people. We are serving ceasar salad, marinated vegie salad and coleslaw. How much lettuce do I need for the Ceasar, how many pounds of vegies do I need for the marinated salad and how many pounds of cabbage do I need for the coleslaw. We are having about 13 differnt items on the menu including the salads. Thanx so much for the help.
ellen
04/09/10
I would do enough for 200 of each, se the pln for 100 tables.
Heather
04/21/10
I am feeding 300 ladies at a reception. I have a few items that I am serving that I am not sure how much to have to serve. This reception will be around 9:30pm.

Chicken Salad - how much would I need to serve on mini croissants. And should I have one croissants per person?

Mixed Nuts - how many cups should I have to feed the 300?

Punch - how many gallons?

Ranch Dip for carrot sticks, celery sticks and chips - how many cups?

Heather
04/21/10
How many gallons of fruit salad would you need to serve 300. I am planning on serving about 1/2 cup to each lady.
ellen
04/22/10
Hi, Heather,

Did I read this right, the food will be served at 9:30 pm? If the ladies had dinner before whatever event they are attending, you will need a lot less food (about 1/2)than if they will be starving from no dinner. Please write back and confirm.

Heather
04/22/10
Yes this will be at 9:30 pm.
ellen
04/22/10
Ok. If they had dinner, you will need about:

Chicken Salad - how much would I need to serve on mini croissants. And should I have one croissants per person? See the sandwich page and use reception level amounts. Allow about 12-13 croissants for each 10 people.

Mixed Nuts - how many cups should I have to feed the 300? 4-6 pounds per 100. How about a Chex mix type crunchy and some pretzels instead? More popular and nice with the sandwiches. 1/4 cup per person.

Punch - how many gallons? See the beverage planning page. I would consider dinner level coffee also, if this is the end of a busy day.

Ranch Dip for carrot sticks, celery sticks and chips - how many cups? See the veggie tray page

Danny
04/28/10
I'm planning a cook-out for 300 or more people I need to know how much I should plan to spend.
Keisha
05/05/10
Wedding Reception for 350
I am expecting 350 at my wedding reception. My family will be preparing the sides as the chicken & rolls will be bought from a local restaurant. The sides are italian green beans, rice pilaf, pasta salad, and potato salad. Can you tell me how many gallons of green beans will I need to purchase to feed 350? Also, how many bags of rice and how many pounds of pasta/potato salad to feed 350. Thanks in advance.
ellen
05/08/10
Danny, you can get a nice bbq catered in for about $12 per person (not counting food or dessert), for beef, pork, chicken. For an inexperienced party giver, you will spend 1/2 to 3/4 that yourself. You need 6 people to man the grills for a 300 person bbq.

Keisha,
italian green beans, frozen, ready to cook, 23 pounds per 100
rice pilaf, 8 pounds dry rice per 100
pasta salad and potato salad to feed 350; make each for 200- total 70 pounds raw potatoes (about 100 pounds made salad) and 12-14 pounds dry pasta- easy to make at home- see my recipes for 100.

carolyn
05/16/10
1 cup mayo
1T. Lemon Juice
2 big cans chicken
1 apple
1c grapes
1/4 green onions
1tsp greek seasoning

I need to use this receipe to make for 300 people

ellen
05/16/10
You need about 18 gallons of chicken salad for meal size portions for 300 people, less if it is sandwiches, which I presume it is not because of the grapes. Make one recipe and measure it, I have no idea how big your big can of chicken is, then multiply to get 18 gallons (1 gallon=16 cups).

FOOD SAFETY ALERT; MUST be kept cold under 40 degrees from making until serving, Put in ziplock bags or shallow trays to store; NO MORE THAN 2 inches thick layer.

Brooke
05/17/10
I'm planning a wedding reception. My menu is green beans, red herb potatoes, toss salad, dinner rolls turkey and roast beef. My aunts are going to be cooking the food. How much do I need to buy to feed 300 people?
ellen
05/18/10
Use the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots, go to the planning and shopping article, and treat the beef as ham. Make an estimate, post it, and I will be glad to check it for you. If you expect 300, plan 20 servings at least of a non-meat item that vegetarians can use as an entree.
nancy ranck
05/27/10
Wedding reception for 400 people.
Pulled pork sandwiches
boneless pork loin (smoked)
green beans, small red potatoes, vegetable tray plus cheese trays.
Thank you. Nancy
ellen
05/28/10
Nancy, this is primarily a DIY site, and I ask my readers to use the tables and articles to make an estimate, post it, and let me check it for them. Your items are covered except for the combo meat, and this is what I suggest for this; sandwiches for 250, sliced for 200, thin sliced so if people take some of each, it is OK.

For 400 people, you would need 8 serving lines (can be 4 two-sided lines), and at least 5 people in the kitchen, plus 24 servers to set up, serve, and clean up. You will need a couple of beverage serving areas.

If you expect 400, plan at least 40 servings at least of a non-meat item that non-pork and vegetarians can use as an entree.

trudy
06/06/10
cooking for 150
how do I cook the rice? can I cook it in the oven in a chaffing pan. what do I add to make it a pilaff. how much water to rice ratio and for how long and can I cook green beans the same way?
ellen
06/07/10
Yes you can bake rice in an oven in the chafing pan and then transfer to the chafing pan. See the recipe for baked rice on the recipe box page.

Green beans are better on the top of the stove, steamed or simmered.

Latasha Wilson
06/23/10
I am having a family member cook for my reception but i have to purchase the food and need to know how much to purchase for 300 people.

The menu
fried chicken
rigitoni
salad
rolls

appitizers
veggie tray
fruit tray
pep and chz tray

wedding at 3 rec at 5

debbie
06/23/10
cooking for 70
Son's wedding rehearsal dinner. BBQ brisket & pull pork sandwiches. Green beans. Cheesey potatoes made with frozen hash browns. Graham Cracker Pudding. Homemade Icecream.

I figure 1/2 pound of meat per person.
I think 2 gal. green beans.
Please tell me if I'm figuring wrong.

Cheesey potatoes??? How many cake pans will I need?
Pudding?
How many containers of icecream do we need to freeze?
Thank you for your help.

ellen
06/25/10
Latasha, use the charts to make a first estimate, post it, and I will be glad to go over it for you. You probably need to add vegetables- could be hot or cold, marinated- the plate will look pretty empty with just the chicken and salad on it.

Debbie, this is a nice size party and the meat is right on. I would do my better green bean casserole for 60, holiday cooking section at the top of the big pots section- much tastier than plain.
Cheesey potatoes??? See the recipe at the bottom of the festive family brunch page.

How many cake pans will I need? For what?
Pudding? 1/2 cup per person because you also have ice cream
How many containers of icecream do we need to freeze? 1 cup per person minimum, people love home made ice cream.

Lynne
06/29/10
I'm grilling 300 burgers for a youth camp next week. They must be completely cooked so there's no danger of illness, yet I hate serving dried-out, charred, hockey-puck burgers.

Any suggestions to keep the burgers safely hot, but moist, would be greatly appreciated!

yolanda
07/13/10
cooking for 400 seniors
how much rice and pasta do i use to cook for 400 seniors?
Jody Clingan
07/14/10
I'm cooking in roasting pans.How many electric roaster fulls would I need for cabbage & noodles? Baked beans? Pasta salad? Fresh cut up fruit? I'm cooking for 300. Thank you, Jody
ellen
07/14/10
Yolanda, seniors eat lighter o starches, I use 6-7 pounds dry rice per 100, 29 pounds of potatoes, 7-10 pounds of pasta (side dish or entree?).

Judy, A "full" 16 quart roaster holds 12-14 quarts or 50-60 peoples' worth. You better have a LOT of electric circuits. Why is the fruit in a roaster?

Erica Jarreau
07/26/10
We are cooking for a banquet and I would like to know how many pounds of boneless pork loin that I would need to feed 300 people, we will side that with green beans and rice dressing. Thank You
ellen
07/26/10
See the plan for 100 table and use 3 times the amount.
Bob
08/02/10
Ellen, I am having a Hog Roast for approx. 300, I will have 2 hogs, I believe I will need 24# of dried Navy Beans for my Boston Baked Bean side, but I'm not sure how much cole slaw I will need. I will be buying the shredded slaw in 5# bags, and the slaw dressing in 1 gal. jars, just not sure bhow many I will need, Thanks.
sylvia
08/03/10
cooking for 100
how much mexican rice,refried beans ,taco,tostada bar
ellen
08/03/10
Bob, About 20 pounds of slaw per 100, and 3 quarts of dressing. You need 400-450 pounds of hog for 300 if it is whole hog and the only meat.

Sylvia, see the taco bar page and the plan for 100 page.

karissa
08/04/10
I need a recipe on how to cook green bean casserole for 300 people
ellen
08/04/10
Go to the better green bean casserole for 60 at the top section of big pots. Make 5 times.
Linda
08/10/10
cooking for 400
My meal is for a charity banquet. What is the cheapest, but a good meal to serve?
ellen
08/11/10
The least expensive meals on the site are the taco or texmex buffet, the baked potato buffet (which is good for a luncheon, with soup added) and any of the budget entrees on the big pots page. However, if you need a dressier dinner, look at the orange dijon wedding chicken
Anne
08/16/10
Im making corn pudding for 300. My recipe call for: 2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2TBS. Flour
2TBS. Sugar
1TEA salt
1TBS butter melted
how much will I need for 300
ellen
08/16/10
This makes about 4 servings. However, it does not do well in very large pans Please consider the corn pudding or any of the other corn side dishes here:

www.ellenskitchen.com/turkey/cornsides1.html

Which will hold much better.

jod
08/22/10
i need to cook taco salad for 250 to 300 people how much of everything should i use?
ellen
08/23/10
See the walking taco salad recipe for 25-30, and do 10 times the amounts. 12 if it is self serve.
karen
08/30/10
i need to know how much cole slaw,potatoe salad and bake beans i need for 400 people.
ellen
08/30/10
See the plan for 100 table, get 4 times the amount.
lesieli
09/22/10
cooking for 900
cooking for 900 for a luau fundraiser, how many lbs of beef do i need for teriaki beef and how many pounds of chicken wings, how many lbs of rice
ellen
09/22/10
2 pounds lean boneless beef for each 5 PLUS 2 pounds chicken wings for each 5, if these are the only meats.
bob
12/01/10
Ellen, i'm cooking an all you can eat PANCAKE breakfast for 300-350 and just not sure how many 5# bags of pancake mix to purchase.
ellen
12/01/10
Hi, Bob, For all you can eat, allow 1 pound of mix per 5 people- folks eat more. See the breakfast planning page for more help.
lily
12/05/10
I'm making dressing for 300, the recipe I have is for 6 servings. How do I multiply it? 4 cups cornbread, 2-1/2 cups white bread, 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, 1-1/4 cups cerlery, 3/4 cups onion, 1/4 cup butter, 3 tbsp veg. oil, 2 tsp sage, 3/4 tsp seasoned salt, 3/4 tsp pepper, 3 lg eggs
ellen
12/06/10
Per 100 servings, you need 400 servings
3 pounds each celery and onion
3 1/2 pounds white bread
about 7 pounds corn bread
5 quarts chicken broth
10 eggs
salt, pepper, sage or poultry seasoning to taste
about 3 cups each butter and oil
Kimberly
12/06/10
I "volunteered" to help with a dinner at my church & have been asked to supply 40 lbs of green bean casserole! What are the proportions that would make that possible?
ellen
12/07/10
If this is the classic, you need about 24 pounds of beans, the rest is the rest of the recipe.
Jae
01/10/11
I volunteered to with dinner at my church & have been asked to prepare sandwiches, coleslaw, and potatoes salad for 300 people. How do I know how much food is needed and how many serving per person. Thanks for your advice.
ellen
01/10/11
The potato salad and the slaw, you just do 3x the amount for 100, shown on the plan for 100 table, and there are also several recipes for each for 100.
The sandwiches, it depends on the type or types of sandwiches, what is the event, who eats them )kids are different from teens, are different from ladies, etc). Write back and tell more.
josie torres
01/25/11
cooking for 200
hello
How much food is needed for 200 people and I would like to serve brisket with potato salad and charro beans? thanks for your advise.

thank you

deb
01/25/11
we are cooking 120 lbs of fajita meat for an anniversary dinner. how many pounds of bell peppers and onions do I need for grilling.
janice
01/26/11
making a chicken casserole with ritz crackers topping for church fellowship for 300 people
i am using chicken breast how much chicken do i need ? ritz crackers ? cans of cream of chicken and i am putting noodles in it can you help me please thank you
ellen
01/26/11
Josie, use the plan for 100 tables and the BBQ and brisket page to estimate Post if you would like me to check it.

Deb, you need an equal weight of onions and peppers, split between the 2. This is enough for about 300 people...

Janice, per 100, about 30 pounds of chicken breast, 5 pounds of crackers and 12 pounds of noodles. About 2 1/2 to 3 gallons of gravy/soup per 100, I would make my own gravy.

LACEY
01/27/11
what would be a good meat choice to feed 300 people?
ellen
01/27/11
Lacey, this depends completely on the budget, the event and the service area (kitchen and dining room). More information, please
kayla
02/04/11
wild rice hotdish
I am trying to plan a wild rice hotdish feed for a fundraiser.. We are hoping for 300 approx. How much wild rice should need?
ellen
02/04/11
Kayla, wild rice is usually served in a blend with other rices. Cooked separately, usually, then mixed. You might check out this site:

www.wildriceexchange.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=41

Cheryl
02/16/11
cooking for 350
Hi Ellen, Cooking stuffed chicken breast for 350 confirmed guest. Breasts stuffed with wild rice, broccoli & mushrooms. Served with Mushroom cream sauce. How many lbs. of each are needed. Already priced 40lb cases of breasts. Thks
ellen
02/19/11
Need 1 pound boneless skinless per 3 people.
Cheryl
02/25/11
cooking for 350
Thanks Ellen. If I figured correctly that's basically 117lbs of bnls/sknls breasts. How many pounds of rice, broccoli and mushroom would I need to stuff that much chicken? Thks
ellen
02/25/11
Depends on the size of the pieces, but you want to end up with about 1 cup stuffing per person, which is 1/2 pound total.
leisa
03/07/11
cooking for 180
I'm cooking green beans, mash potatoes, and mac n cheese for 180 people how many big cans of green beans, and how boxes of macaroni do i need for 180 people?
ellen
03/08/11
9 #10 cans of green beans, 50 pounds potatoes and 10-12 pounds dry pasta plus sauce if it is all for the same meal.
Raquel De La Rosa
03/29/11
cooking for 450
We are having a fundraiser, I need to know how much rice and beans do we need to buy for 450 plates?
Raquel De La Rosa
03/29/11
cooking for 450
We are having a fundraiser, I need to know how much rice and beans do we need to buy for 450 plates?
Dee
04/01/11
appetizers for 150 - 200
We are having a fund raiser and serving appetizers. Pepperoni/cheese tray, wings, sweet/sour meatballs, salsa and chips etc. How can I figure out how much I need.
ellen
04/02/11
First, how long an event and what time of day. What beverages will be served? Second, you need more definite numbers.
DIANE
04/06/11
how many roasters full of cabbage and noodles for 300, will be a side dish along with chicken and baked potato also how many green beans
Pam
04/06/11
We are doing a wedding reception for 350 ppl. We are having sliced beef with a variety of buns and italian pepperoni salad. How much of everything are we going to need?
Pam
04/06/11
I forgot to ask about party cheesy potatoes. How many pounds of frozen country potatoes or hashbrowns,cheese,sour cream, and soup do you think we will need?
ellen
04/06/11
Diane, green beans are on the plan for 100 table. For the cabbage and noodles, with potatoes also, I would do 12 pounds dry pasta and about 22 pounds cabbage.

Pam, cheesy potatoes quantities are discussed on the family brunch page at the bottom. For the rest, I need the full menu and time of day.

Betty
04/08/11
cooking for 300 to 400
How many 9X13 pans of Enchiladas will I need?
How many crock pots of beans will I need?
How much spanish rice will I need?
How much Fried Chicken?
How many Mashed potatoes?
Marilyn
04/08/11
need quantities of lettuce,hamburger,tomatoes,salsa,sour cream & shredded cheese to feed 300 people
Marilyn
04/08/11
the previous question for 300 people was to make walking tacos - thanks
ellen
04/09/11
Betty, I need the full menu, and whther it is buffet.

Marilyn, see the taco salad recipe on the site fo 30, you need about 10 times the amounts.

cheryl
05/07/11
Iam have a party for 300 people wanted to do bbq, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad can you please help with how much i need to buy of each to feed everyone.this is my first big job don't want to mess it up thank you
susan
05/10/11
party for 70
I am having a luncheon for 70 women. How much pasta for the pasta salad, organic leaves for the salad and quantities of ingredients for a greek salad ? I will have mini bagels and lox as well.
Thank you for your help !!!!
ellen
05/10/11
Susan, take a look at the salad tables, and the Greek salad recipe for 100 under salads that hold in big pots. Make 2/3 the amount for 100 for each of the salads.
Katy
05/18/11
One of the sides for my 300 person wedding reception is a green salad with straberries, walnuts, and feta but i do not know the quantities for each of the ingredients. Thank you so much for your help!!!
ellen
05/18/11
Per 100, about 12-15 pounds lettuce, 5 quarts strawberries for a pretty heavy showing, 1-2 pounds walnuts, 4-5 pounds feta. This assumes it is the only green salad.
AM
06/08/11
Making sloppy Joe's for 900 people. Nice-sized buns. Please let me know approx. how many pounds of raw burger would I need to purchase. Thank you!
ellen
06/08/11
See the plan for 100 table, do 9 times the amount for 100. Pay attention to percent of fat; regular burger loses almost 1/3, 80% loses about 1/5 weight when cooked. Sometimes the leaner meat is a better buy, even though a bit more per pound.
Trixi
06/27/11
It is a buffet. I am making pulled pork on dollar size buns. I would like to know how much pork tenderloin I should buy? There will also be also turkey for the buns. A few crock pots full. We are having meatballs, cheesy crock pot hashbrowns, pasta salad, & chips & vedgies. I am also making Italian pasta salad. Olives, tomato, italian dressing,peppers, onion, mozz. and pepperoni. How many bags of rotini should I buy? Thank-you
ellen
06/28/11
Just to make sure, is this for 300? Is it being served buffet style as a dinner? And are the meatballs appetizer, or one of the entrees (how many pounds)? Also, I would do 18 -20 pounds total dry pasta for both pasta salads, so you will have to decide how to divide it up. Write back.

By the way, I use pork shoulder for pulled pork, as tenderloin often cooks up too dry.

Trixi
06/28/11
cooking for 300/
Thank-you Ellen! It will be approx. 300 or so. Yes, it will be buffet style. Graduation party. We are thinking about having 14 lbs of meatballs as an appetizer. How does that sound? They are cocktail size. There will be one salad, that will be Italian. Dry pasta 18 to 20? How much pork shoulder shall I purchase? Thank-you for your time! Trixi
ellen
06/29/11
OK. For appetizer meatballs, you need at least 1 pound per 6-8 people- I usually do 1 pound per 5- or else skip it- you would run out.

Yes, 18-20 pounds pasta for the 1 salad.

Pork shoulder, boneless, 1 pound raw per 4 to maybe 5, depending on how much turkey.

Happy graduation and good luck with he next step!

anna
06/30/11
chili for 240 to 300 servings
i am planing on making 3 types of chili each about 100 servings.... i have been getting conflicting information on how big a serving size is and how far in advance the cooking can be done.... any advise?
ellen
06/30/11
Read the chili page. One important things about chili, because it is such a dense food, if you make it ahead, you must rapidly chill it by putting into shallow pans (2 inches or less), in refrigerators or freezers or ice baths. If you leave it in the big pot, it will spoil in the middle before it chills.

If it is served, about 6 gallons of each if you think they will be equally popular. If self eserve, with seconds allowed, about 7 gallons.

Cassandra
07/12/11
cooking for 70
I'm having soup, salad and bread for the main course of my wedding. Soup will be served in crockpots and we're having 3 kinds of soup. How many crockpots of soup will I need of each? How much salad and bread as well?
chelse
08/01/11
I am cooking for 300 and I want to know how much pork meat to cook or any type of meat to cook? Also how much mac salad to cook?
ellen
08/01/11
Cassandra, how you divide this depends completely on what three soups you choose. The amount is about 6 1/2 gallons for a single soup, but you will need more with three kinds in order not to run out of any flavor. So write back, what kinds of soup.

Chelse, use the plan for 100 tables and do 3 times the amount for 100. These are calculated for buffet/ self service.

Mary
08/21/11
cooking for 100
I'm making BLTs, Chips, Potato Salad, Bake Beans, and Ice Cream Floats for 100 people. I need to know how much bacon, lettuce,tomatoes and the rest of the menu would I need. I know for the ice cream floats I will need ice cream and soda. Please help ASAP
ellen
08/21/11
Chips, Potato Salad, Bake Beans, are covered precisely in the plan for 100 tables.

bacon, lettuce,tomatoes for the sandwiches:
Most people use 3 slices of bacon, this is 24 pounds thick sliced or about 18 pounds thin sliced. About 12 pounds of tomatoes per 100 sandwiches, 5-6 pounds of lettuce and 2 1/2 pounds of mayonaisse. 12 pounds of regular sliced bread. If it is self serve, you may want to make about 120 sandwiches.

Ice cream floats, allow 1/2 cup ice cream and 8 ounces chilled soda per float. Have some diet sodas for folks who can't have regular.

jolee
09/08/11
how many lemons and limes do i need for a party of 130 (drinks)
ellen
09/08/11
Jolee, depends on what kind of drinks/ cocktails are being made, for example, many summer drinks such as gin and tonic, require a wedge, while martinis don't. 80 small per 100 guests is plenty.
Lauren
09/15/11
BBQ Dinner Fundraiser for 300
How many pounds of TriTip of Potato Salad of Baked Beans would I need?
ellen
09/15/11
This is a very expensive meal for a fund raiser! You need 1/2 pound raw tri-tip per person, potato salad and baked beans are covered on the plan for 100 page.
Brenda
09/21/11
We are having a wedding reception for 300 @ 4:00 pm, I was planning on doing 125 lbs. of potatoes, 16 - 8x13 trays of summer squash mix, and 50 lbs. of carrots along with veg. platters and pepperoni and Cheese platters, could you tell me if I am planning enough of the potatoes, carrots and squash.
ellen
09/21/11
Assuming you also have a meat entree? I would increase the squash to 20, carrots to 60, otherwise OK.
Brenda
09/22/11
Yes, I do have a meat entree, Prime Rib and Chicken. Thanks for your help.
Ana
09/27/11
planning on making chicken breast for 150 and roast beef for 150...how much of each will i need? Also making noodles..can i make them in a roaster or slow cooker? if so how long will i need to cook it for? Dinner is served buffet style at 545pm..thanks for any help:)
ellen
09/28/11
Ana, are these both for the same meal or 2 separate meals, and what else is being served? No, you can't do noodles in a slow cooker; you would have tyo do some kind of pasta casserole.
gerald drysdale
10/04/11
starting camp miners (50)men 25 day 25 night
can you please help me out no idea how procede just right place right time new 40year mine
ellen
10/04/11
Not clear on the question. Miners eat a lot. I would count them as 1/3 of 100, using my plan for 100 tables. Are you trying to develop a menu for 25 days? Will these be round the clock shifts or daytime only?
PrincessDOP
10/09/11
Hello...love all I've read!
Here in my country rice is measure derica cans which is 4 1/2cups(tins) in a derica. I'll want to know the quantity of rice needed to make fried rice. I guess per person it should be 1 1/2cup with veg salad served by the side,it is for 500guest.
Thanks for being there!!
ellen
10/09/11
4 1/2 cups is approximately 2 pounds. I use 12 pounds to make fried rice for 100 people- about 6 derica cans, I estimate. Should make nice generous portions.
THERESA
10/10/11
How many lbs of green beans or large can's if cooking for 300 people?
Also, how much corn and mashed potatoes? I want to get the beaded potatoes that you just add hot water to but I'm not sure how many bags to buy. Could you please help me? Thanks
ellen
10/11/11
Use the plan for 100 tables. I don't do instant potatoes, but I can tell you that you need about double what the bag says.
Jenny
10/18/11
Hello, I am cooking for 150 people onsight in another state. Do you have any recommendations when your home kitchen is far away?
We are planning on taking a portable kitchen of 5 gas burners but since I am new to this I was not sure if there was such an aparatus as a large boiling container that is portable like a bar-b-que cooker. Any help would be most apreciated. Thanks!
ellen
10/18/11
Jenny, what is the menu and what are the facilities at the place you are going? The biggest issue is usually food safety and cold storage; it is possible to rent a van that is refrigerated.
InspectorJon
10/18/11
We use a turkey deep fryer to boil water in the 28 quart pot that comes with it. The one we got also came with a strainer that fits inside the pot. This is useful for steaming/boiling vegetables.
Victoriap
10/20/11
I'm getting married and we are cooking brisket ,mashed potatoes,potatoe salad, and baked beans. How many pounds of each do I need to purchase? Thanks so much :)
ellen
10/20/11
Thanks Jon.

Victor, you don't say how many people? All these foods are covered in the plan for 100 list and the bbq and brisket page. Make an estimate, post it, and I will be glad to review it for you.

Les
10/25/11
Serving 400 people buffet served not self serve. How much time should be set aside for food service?
ellen
10/26/11
Experienced caterers set up one serving line for each 50-70 people with large crowds, in order that all may be served in about 45 minutes. Allowing eating time for the last served, you want an hour and a half from start of service to end; longer if it is a formal party, such as a wedding dinner. But you need to get everyone served much quicker than that.

One thing that speeds things up, is to have breads, salads, and beverages on the table, possibly also dessert, if it is a single dessert.

Julie H.
10/29/11
cooking for 100
wedding reception for 100-130 folks. 4 soups, vegetable, taco, potato broccoli, and chicken noodle; mixed salad, dressed; rustic breads. How much of each soup, how much salad, how many loaves of various rustic breads?
Julie H.
10/29/11
cooking for 100
PS...there will be a few appetizers served prior to the soup buffet...didn't know if that would make a difference in soup, salad, and bread quantities. Also, any suggestions for appetizers to accompany a soup buffet?
ellen
10/29/11
Julie, the bread is easy; 12 pounds per 100, plus 3 pounds whipped butters.

When you make 4 soups for 130 people, you have to make too much (quite a bit left over) because there is no simple way to predict how many will take what; it is affected by region, what meal it is, even the weather. In addition, if it is for a winter soup, you might consider trading out the taco for a split pea soup.

I would make 3; for example, a vegetable-rich and not too thick vegetarian pea or lentil soup and a vegetable-rich chicken noodle, and a creamy one. For 130 people, 4-5 gallons each chicken noodle and creamy, about 3 1/2 pea/lentil.

This meal would benefit from a cheese platter, such as 12 pounds of logs, spreads, and slices' and consider fruit platters.

ellen
10/29/11
You should add several quarts of great jams and preserves to the bread tables (you need 2 lines, soup serves very slowly).

Also,a specialty platter such as stuffed grape leaves with feta, black olives and pepperoncini rings would be very nice. Aetna brand dolmas, which come 60 per can for about $8 and are available at Restaurant Depots, would be a great chyoice- 4-5 cans.

Nicci
11/18/11
Thanks for all the helpful information! Planning a taco salad for 300 people, will have 2 tortillas per person and want to use "chips" as a base for the taco salad (instead of the crunch taco shells you suggest on the taco salad page). How many lbs of chips do we need?
ellen
11/19/11
I buy 2 ounces per person and have some left over.
betty
12/07/11
cooking for 250
my menu is chicken breast in alfredo sauce..but i dont kno how many pounds to buy? I am also serving mashed potatoes but i dont know how many boxes to buy? I am also serving veggies but dont know how much i need?...Help plzz
betty
12/07/11
cooking for 250
my menu is chicken breast in alfredo sauce..but i dont kno how many pounds to buy? I am also serving mashed potatoes but i dont know how many boxes to buy? I am also serving veggies but dont know how much i need?...Help plzz
Carroll Newcomb
12/07/11
I need to do rice for 300 for a luau. I have two commercial ovens available... How best to proceed?
ellen
12/08/11
Betty, Use the plan for 100 table, use 2 1/2 times. The potatoes I don't use, but the Army suggests about 8 pounds dry to make large servings for 100.

Carroll, do the rice in roasting pans, using the baked rice pilaf guidelines.

kiki
01/04/12
cooking for 125
Hello, I'm cooking chicken legs & thighs, plus rice, frozen green bean, and salad and rolls. Please help on the quantity.

thanks,

ellen
01/05/12
All covered in the plan for 100 lists, use 1 1/4 times .the amount for 100
denise
01/05/12
How many crab clusters should I order for 200-300 people. (blue crab,king crab and med. shrimp and med. scallops)
ellen
01/06/12
About a pound per person.
Julie
01/11/12
I am having a luncheon for 300 women. We are planning a 'cafe rio' menu (burritos w/ pork loin) for the cilantro lime rice, it will either go on their burrito or as a side (however they wish). I am trying to determine how many pounds of rice to cook.
ellen
01/11/12
I would cook 8 dry pounds per 100.
varney
01/12/12
glazed carrots for 300 people
ellen
01/12/12
plan for 100 list, veggie section.
mark
01/15/12
How many pounds of tri tip should I bbq to feed 300 people?
ellen
01/15/12
Very popular meat! 125 if you serve 150 if self serve.
Paula
01/30/12
We are having a fish fry and was wondering how much fish and baked beans for 400 people.
ellen
01/30/12
Look at the plan for 100 page, use 4 times the amounts.
Vanessa Alirez
02/10/12
cooking for 200
im getting married and i am cooking beans, rice, chili, and barbacoa for around 150 to 200 people and i dont know how much to bye please help. i figured about 50 pounds of beans, 30 pounds or rice, i have no idea about the chili, and i have no idea about the barbacoa....
ellen
02/10/12
25 pounds of beans, 20 pounds of rice.

See the chili page for discussions about the chili recipe and amounts- if you expect 200 people, you will make chili for about 150. You want at least 1 pound of cooked barbacoa for each 4 also. You need some appetizers, I suggest fruit trays, cheese and crackers and chips with salsa and/or guacamole. You also need some kind of green salad, and tortillas, of course.

Elizabeth P.
02/16/12
HELP!!!!! Daughter is getting married and we are expecting about 150-200 guests. We are on a very tight budget. Please help with your suggestions.
Very grateful. God bless.
ellen
02/16/12
Have the wedding at 1 or 2 pm and you cut the food needs in half. Possible?
alexis
02/18/12
cooking for 350
How many lbs of ground beef would I need to make 350 burgers?
ellen
02/18/12
About 115 pounds for biggish, 90 for regular.
rose
02/19/12
menu for an Italian gourment dinner for 300 people
ellen
02/21/12
Rose this is a do-it-yourself site; I charge $50 per hour for from-scratch consults. You need to figure a budget, propose some items and amounts, and then I can work with you.
Sugie
02/22/12
cooking for 60
I am preparing a salad bar for 60 with prepared salads:tossed green salad with grilled chicken, two pasta salads(one with crab), crisp pea salad, french bread and butter, dessert (have).
My questions are:
--green salad-4 oz chicken each? how many
oz croutons?
--Pastas: will use 5 1lb dry pasta each,
estimating 1/2 cup servings each
--Pea salad. starting with 5 12 oz bags frozen
peas, 1/2 cup servings
--French bread/butter (5 loaves? 2lb butter)

Am I close? Your suggestions?

ellen
02/22/12
You are doing well. Here are my suggestions:

--green salad-4 oz chicken each? how many
oz croutons?
1 ounce croutons, chicken is raw weight, 4 ounces greens
--Pastas: will use 5 1lb dry pasta each,
estimating 1/2 cup servings each, I would do just 3 pounds dry pasta for each
--Pea salad. starting with 5 12 oz bags frozen
peas, 1/2 cup servings Ok if there is a fair amount of add-ins
--French bread/butter (5 loaves? 2lb butter)
At least 8 pounds. Butter is OK

I would add 3 pounds of crackers. For dressings, use the guide on the plan for 100 page.

Check out this article for more ideas:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/saladbar100.html

You would do 2/3 for 60.

Dolores Balsamo
02/29/12
Doing a Spaghetti and Meatball fund Raiser for 350 people. What quantities would you suggest for the following..
Spaghetti
Meatballs... beef, pork and veal + ingredients garlic, breadcrumbs, oregano, parsley, cheese, eggs,
Salad
Garlic Bread, how many loaves
ellen
02/29/12
Go to the spaghetti page, use the guide on the bottom for spaghetti dinner for 50-60; will serve 50 buffet style or 60 if you are plating it for the diners.
Pattie Anderson
03/01/12
dainties for 200
I'm planning a Victorian Tea wih 25 tables how many dainties would I need if I have only 4 or 5 different kinds?
ellen
03/02/12
Lovely party. Have you read my different tea party pages?

If this is mid afternoon people eat about half or less of what they eat over a luncheon, so timing matters.

Also the type of items matters. Many people will eat on the average just 1.5 scones, but 2-3 minitarts.

Plan at least 12 small items per person. If you write back the menu, start a new thread, and I can be more precise.

cecilia
03/03/12
I'd like to know how many people does two pounds of cooked spanish rice serve
ellen
03/04/12
2 pounds of cooked rice is about a quart, this depends on how many vegetables are stirred in. Most people take about 3/4 of a cup per person.
sheilah
03/16/12
cooking 3course meal buffet for100
i need to know how many plates and utensils we need for a 3 course english buffet with a crowd of a 100people
ellen
03/16/12
Assuming disposables, 2 dinner plates and 2 dessert plates, 2 forks, 2 spoons and a knife. 3 napkins. 1 extra fork or spoon on the dessert table, whichever goes with the dessert. 2- 3 glasses.
Janelle
03/17/12
chicken stew in 18-22 quart pot
How much chicken and potatoes would you need to make a chicken stew in an 18 or 22 quart cooking pot? And about how many people will that feed? Thank you.
ellen
03/17/12
A cup and a half is the usual serving for a stew, and you can't fill that poy all the way full; a roaster or electric roaster, which is the same size, is easier to cook a stew in.

When full it serves about 60 people.

So the amounts depends on what kind of recipe, whether the chicken is bone-in pieces or boneless. Tell me more.

Sheila
03/29/12
I am having a gradution party for 300. I plan to serve taco salad as a side dish. The recipe is as follows:
1 LB hamburger browned and seasoned taco
1 head lettuce
Grape tomatoes
8 oz. Thousand Island Dressing
1/3 cup sugar

Can you help me determine how much I will need? Thanks.

ellen
03/30/12
Look at this recipe, and expect it to make a side salad for 40

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

Mercy Madigan
04/01/12
When cooking the rice in the roaster oven do I use the same amount of liquid to rice ratio as I would for smaller amounts. (I am doing the 7 cup) full roaster. How long does it have to cook?
ellen
04/04/12
Basically the same. Bring the water to a boil before adding the rice unless it is brown rice, then turn down to cooking temp. Brown rice, put into cold water, bring to a boil and boil 6-8 minutes before turning down.
Anna V
04/17/12
Hi, we are making tacos out of grilled skirt steak for 290. How many pounds of meat do we need?
Trudy F.
04/18/12
cooking for 400
Our church is having a dinner. Need to know how many pound of cucumbers to purchase to feed 400 with 3 1/2 oz servings. The cukes will be peeled
ellen
04/20/12
Anna, at least 1 pound raw per 3 if it is the only meat. Can go to 1 pound per 4 with rice and beans.

Trudy, Regular size cukes, 1/2 per person-

david
04/23/12
cooking for 300 buffet
Hi Ellen,
Could you please help me?I need to cook for 300 people and I need to cook PORK loin Vegetarian Lasagna and Greek salad could you please tell me how much food should I need?
Thank you

David

ellen
04/24/12
Posted twice, see the other one.
Sarah Kemmers
05/30/12
cooking for 175
In Canada.
Serving pulled pork on a bun for 150-200 people at a band fundraiser. How much meat do we need? What's the cheapest way to do this??
ellen
05/30/12
The cheapest way to do it is probably to do pulled turkey or dark meat chicken.

If no, use pork shoulder, allow 1 pound bone in raw per 3 or 1 pound boneless for 4.

Ginger Hansen
06/19/12
cooking for 240
I am planning to prepare green leaf salad for 240 people. The guests will first be served hearty appetizers. The rest of the menu is roasted baby potatoes, dinner rolls and prime rib roast. HOW MANY CUPS OR POUNDS OF GREENS DO I NEED FOR THE LEAF SALAD???
ellen
06/19/12
Do 2 1/2 time the amount for 100 on the plan for 100 page.
Kathy
07/20/12
cooking for 400
recipe i have calls for 1/3 cup plus 2 tsp. in for 300 how much do i need for 400 servings
Kathy
07/20/12
sorry that is for vanilla
ellen
07/20/12
1/2 cup
Connie
07/31/12
cooking for 150
I will b serving 150 guests shredded chicken that we will be smoking in big 55 gallon barrels I need to know how many chickens or pounds of chicken I will need
ellen
07/31/12
Sandwiches or plates? Self serve or servers? Rest of menu? Write back.
Michelle
08/11/12
I have recently been hired to be a catering manager and in this my boss asked me how much it would cost to put gumbo into his restaurant. so basically i know how to make gumbo but i need to know how much a pound of gumbo should cost me and what all i will need by weight for gumbo by the pound
ellen
08/11/12
Michelle, there are many gumbos; seafood, shrimp, chicken and sausage, green herb. You need to select and price your own recipe, understanding that the food cost should be just 1/4 to 1/3 of the menu price.

See the pro pages:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

April
08/30/12
I need to cook enough baked potatos for 300 people for a benefit dinner what do you suggest? And how do i cook that many?

Thanks april

ellen
08/30/12
See the potato bar page for all I know about large amounts of potatoes.
ginger
09/05/12
how many greenbeans do I need and minute ricefor a wedding party of 300?
also If I am serving cornbread and homemade biscuits, how many do I need to make of each for 300 people?
thanks
ellen
09/05/12
green beans fresh, 26 pounds per 100.

Minute Rice, can't help. Regular rice baked (see recipe box page) is easy, better quality; 8 pounds per 100 for a side dish, 11-12 under a main dish.

One large square cornbread and 2 moderate biscuits per person.

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Justin
09/18/12
Doing a wedding reception for 300
Menu- BBQ Chxn Thighs (boneless)
Justin
09/18/12
String Beans and House salad (potatoes already taken care of). How much Chxn and String Beans will I need?
ellen
09/18/12
40 pounds raw boneless chicken meat per 100.
24 pounds ready to cook string beans per 100.

If this saves you time, trouble or money, please consider a donation to support the site.

Carolee
10/17/12
how many pounds of potatoes do I need to feed 300 people. We are having mashed potatoes and gravy with turkey. How many pounds of turkey per person
ellen
10/17/12
Carolee, there is an article devoted to planning and shopping for large community turkey dinners in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots- check it out-
Denise
10/21/12
cooking for 400
Should I make a fresh green salad or use a packaged salad to feed 400 people.
ellen
10/21/12
Depends on how much help and time you have, and how much refrigeration. Most situations with this size group, the cooks use pre-packaged, pre-washed restaurant supply greens.
Rita
10/27/12
Hi...I am cooking a spaghetti dinner with meat sauce, for a fundraiser. There will be salad, garlic bread and dessert. We are expecting 300 people. How many 10lb cans of tomatoes, dry spaghetti and ground beef would I need approximately.
ellen
10/27/12
Rita, look at the dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page. Serves 50 if buffet, 60 if you are plating it.
colleen ndoro
11/19/12
how much chicken, rice, beef snd csbbages should i use for 300people
ellen
11/19/12
For what kind of dishes? What kind of event? What else is being served?
christine Tervort
11/21/12
how much chicken will i need to serve 300 people a chicken croissant sandwich that has grapes celery, cashews, mayo and green onions and chicken.
ellen
11/22/12
Assuming just 1 sandwich per person, 1 pound boneless per 5 people, or a bit less with all the add-ins.
judymatthews
11/23/12
cooking for 400
I am cooking sausage and chicken gumbo for a bazaar, need to know how much to make for 400 people at 12 0z. servings. thanks
ellen
11/23/12
You need 25 gallons. Make an extra gallon for a bit of slack.
kathy
12/27/12
cooking for 150
I'm making wingetts, deviled eggs, meat balls and finger sandwiches both ham and turkey. how many packages of bread, how much ham and turkey and how many meatballs will i need? help!!!!!
ellen
12/27/12
For what function, for what guests for what length of time and what else is being served? Write back.
Dusty
12/31/12
cooking for 400
catering breakfast bacon, sausage, grits,eggs, pastry. how much will i need. please help.
ellen
12/31/12
Look at the breakfast planning page. For 400, you need 4 times the amount for 100, less 10%. You also need coffee and fruit or juice, as well as a cereal option, and most folks now also include yogurt. What is the event and do you realize that if it is buffet/ cafeteria style service, you need at least 6 lines to serve all in a timely fashion?
Sharon
01/09/13
cooking for 275
Will be cooking 50 lbs. of fresh carrots for a buffet supper. Would it be best to partially cook these the day before or early in the day and reheat? Not sure what to do.
ellen
01/09/13
Partially cooking most things including meats and vegetables, is not safe, because the temp the first round gets high enough to encourage bacterial growth but not high enough to kill it.

Better options:
Julienne (cut in matchsticks) and steam day of. As fast as trying to reheat
Casserole- put "carrot casserole" in a google search. There is a huge range of choices, from cheesy to puree to sweet.

Lynne
01/17/13
cooking for 400
we are having a fundraiser and i volunteered to make the desserts. i need 400 servings of cake or cookies. how many cake mixes would i need to make?
ellen
01/17/13
1 cake mix makes 12 to at most 15 servings.
kimberly
02/03/13
hi Ellen, i have to plan a standard recipe for school. I don't know how to get started and the teacher wants the quantity of the ingredients, no method. I don't know how to adjust the menu and i'm confused! please help! thank you!
ellen
02/03/13
What food or recipe?
gale
02/05/13
cooking for 375
how many pounds of tomatoes, cuke all diced do i need to feed 375? how much lettuce would i also need for the green(iceburg).
ellen
02/05/13
Use the plan for 100 table, do 3 1/2 times the amounts for 100 for both salad items and dressings.
Maria Mejia
02/07/13
how much to charge to make spanish rice for 400
How much to charge to make spanish rice for 400
ellen
02/08/13
Maria, this is a site for family and volunteer cooks, and I don't do pricing. Post on the pro boards;

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

Patty
02/11/13
We are preparing a fundraiser for 300 people. It will be a Mexican Buffet. Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Bean and Cheese Burritos, pork tamales, green salad, black bean salad, fruit and a nacho bar for appetizers. I need advice on how much chicken enchilada casserole and burritos are needed.
ellen
02/11/13
You need 2 enchiladas per person, 1 small or 1/2 large burrito, 2-3 tamales.
Patty
02/11/13
If the enchiladas are casserole style is there a number for how many pounds of chicken I will need?
Diane
02/26/13
cooking for 100
Ingredients for seafood gumbo for 100 people & approximate cost
ellen
02/26/13
As mentioned above, I don't do pricing on this board.

Go to thhis site for really terrific, authentic creole and cajun recipes:

www.gumbopages.com/food/gumbo.html

Val
03/04/13
BBQ for 400
My organization is gna be having a BBQ chicken plate fundraiser. How much chicken(quarter leg), rice, beans, potato salad, bread would I need to make 400 plates?
ellen
03/05/13
Val, use the plan for 100 list, multiply x4, but then decrease 10% because you will be plating the dinners, so no one will come back for seconds.

This is over a quarter ton of food, be SURE you have adequate refrigeration lined up, and have everyone read my food safety article.

Heidi
03/12/13
Hello,
Having about 300 guests for wedding, we are serving Ham (thick slice, not for deli sandwiches)& Broasted Chicken, I am also doing Cheesy Potatoes, Corn, Coleslaw & Dinner Rolls. We are Having the Banquet Hall doing the Chicken & Ham, But we are doing the side dish items. How many Nescos of each would we need for 300 people? We were planning on doing 5 Nescos of each Potatoes & Corn. & appx 60 lbs of coleslaw. WOuld this be accurate?

Thanks so much!
Heidi B

ellen
03/12/13
Heidi, right amounts, but I don't know of any building that will run 10 roasters. Each one takes a 20 amp circuit.

Ham, boneless, 100-120 pounds
Chicken, 1 piece per person

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Simon
03/15/13
Easter buffet party for 300
I am goining to organize an Easter buffet party.
It takes about 2hrs and the budget is $20 per head. Can you give me some suggestion about what should include and the amount of food? Thank you.
ellen
03/15/13
Ample budget. What are your cooking facilities, how much and what kind of help? Do you have to pay the help from this budget? What kind of storage? Are you baking, or will everything be bought? More info, please, and I suggest you start your own thread. Also, look at the festive brunch for 100 for ideas.
Ochuko G
04/07/13
cooking for 100
Gud day.i nid ur help on d ingredients dat wil make my Jollof rice irrestible.
I wil b cookin D jolof rice for 100 persons@my resturant.hw many cups of rice do i nid?also hw many fresh tomato,pepe,n Tinned tomato n sweet corn do i nid.pls let me knw.THANKS
ellen
04/07/13
This is a very informative page on jollof rice, with very good links. It tells how to do the tomatoes separately, ahead, and has tasty variations.

www.allnigerianrecipes.com/rice/nigerian-jollof-rice.html

I use 5 kilos for 100 for large servings.

Shannon
04/24/13
If we are making beef and noodles for a fundraiser, how much beef should we use? If we do canned beef, how many cans? If we buy roasts and cook them ahead of time, how many pounds should we get and what kind of roast? We are serving mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll also.
Shannon
04/24/13
I am sorry, we are trying to plan for 300 people.
ellen
04/24/13
You need to end up with 4 ounces cooked ready to eat met per person.

So, estimate canned beef by drained weight. If you cook it yourself, chuck roast, top round (leaner) or top sirloin, and 1 pound will cook down to about 10-11 ounces. Cook low and slow to reduce shrinkage.

12 pounds noodles per 100.

deborah
05/15/13
High school reunion picnic.... 300 or more kids included.. light meal, hotdogs, hamburger, salad, etc.. What else do i need to make this meal more enjoyable .. the cost and how much to charge.... being reasonable..... i need this info like yesterday... Thanks..
ellen
05/16/13
Again, I repeat, I do not do costs. Most caterers charge 3 to 4 times the food cost, this covers staff, equipment rents, etc.

These items are covered in some detail on the plan for 100 page. Trimmings amounts for the sandwiches are on the sandwich page. I would definitely add fruit trays (see the fruit tray page); pasta or potato salad (many recipes for 100 on this site); a dessert buffet or maybe an ice cream sundae bar would be a fine choice, all are covered on this site.

Have sliced cheese, about 8 pounds per 100, for the sandwiches and non-meat eaters (in 300 people there will be some). Consider some big bowls of swirled peanut butter and jam, use creamy, not crunchy.

yvonne
06/06/13
cooking for 350
ellen, I'm cooking for a church dinner and the menu is Roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn, and also soup chicken soup. I just want to know how much pounds of beef and chicken I would need for this menu Thank You very much
audrey
06/07/13
cooking for 150
Hi im cooking for a wedding we invited aprox.110 but figure word of mouth may have more people attend. I was just wondering how many pans of enchiladas and spanish rice we would need to make. We are going to use the big aluminium roosting pans.
ellen
06/07/13
Yvonne, the biggest problem with this menu is, there is nothing to eat for anyone who does not eat meat. Would you consider a vegetarian soup?

chicken soup, You need 6 1/2 gallons per 100; it takes 20 cups (10 pounds boneless) chicken meat per 100. But consider a bean, tomato or cream soup without meat as an alternative.

Roast beef, 50 pounds per 100. Top rouund is the least costly
mashed potatoes, 45 pounds per 100
corn, 22 pounds per 100

Need rolls, butter, salad?

audrey
06/11/13
hi we decided to use the 19x11x3 i know they are a little bigger than that, how many of them would we need to feed approx. 110 people, we will also be serving rice, posole, red chili, tortillas, dinner rolls, fruit trays, veggie trays, sweets and possibily salad. i just want to make sure we make more than enough for everyone to get seconds if they want.
Lisa
06/12/13
Hi, I am helping with a large fundraiser 500 people. We are serving bbq chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and sausages as the proteins (choice of one per plate). Baked beans, corn on the cob and rolls. How much of each (protein)do you think will be necessary. This will be at night and alchol will be sold.
ellen
06/13/13
You will have some left. No way to get very close on this one, unless you are willing to run out. Arrange for either committee members to buy, or arrange to donate to local feeding programs well befor ethe date.

Do 300 chicken, 150-200 sandwiches, 30-40 pounds sausages

peggy goodman
06/19/13
cooking for 125 -135 people
I need to know how much of each ingredient i need to make squash casserole and corn bread casserole.
ellen
06/19/13
As side dishes, you get 12 servings from a 9x13 pan, so you are looking at at least 8, up to 10 of each. Do you have a favorite recipe?
Sue A
06/27/13
I am providing fresh green beans for a wedding 130 people, I have 28 lbs (a case) of beans, is that enough? Also probably two large comercial roasters of wild rice casserole, do I need more?
ellen
06/27/13
Sue, the beans are very close- I would add 4-5 pounds more.

2 roasters is about 100 people, is this the only starch?
If this saves you time, trouble, or money, consider a donation, maybe a dime per person, to support this site.

Sue A
06/27/13
Thanks Ellen, no it is not the only starch, it is a casual wedding at a beautiful summer camp in the north woods, so hot pork or turkey sandwiches, wild rice casserole, green beans and potato salad, chips, pickles etc...so there are a number of other starches. Thanks for your advice!

Sue A

ellen
06/27/13
That should be OK rice then. You are welcome.
Gera
07/17/13
I am doing all the cooking for a wedding for 120 people I am thinking about chicken picata, pork tenderloin in teriyaki, rice pilaf , salad and fruit it will be a buffet so how many pounds of chicken and pork would you suggest or should I just stick with one type of meat? Oh i will also be serving a veggie this will be determined by what looks best when I go shopping
ellen
07/18/13
cooking for 120
2 types is good and with 120 people you need to plan for a vegetarian choice in addition.

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

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

One appetizer service area One serving area is needed for each 100 guests.

chicken piccata, 1 pound raw per 4 plus
pork tenderloin in teriyaki, 1 pound raw per 3
rice pilaf, 8 pounds dry per 100
veggie, 24 pounds ready to cook per 100
salad, see the plan for 100 page for amounts for salads and dressings
Maybe a marinated bean salad (chick peas, white beans?) of some kind to act as a short stop entree for the non-meat eaters? 2 gallons

add bread and butter- 14 pounds good rolls, 4 pounds butter

Move fruit to the appetizer table. Use the fruit tray page

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

ivete Viegas
07/22/13
how much pounds of cornbread mix do I need to make cornbread for 300 people.
ellen
07/22/13
You need to end up with around 36-40 pounds of cornbread, so it depends on whether it is an all in one mix, with just water added, or you are adding eggs, oil, etc. Which is it?
Suzi
08/13/13
Hello! We are serving Hawaiian Haystacks at a ward party. We are planning on 300 people (adults & children) How many pounds of chicken would you recommend and also how much of each of these items would you recommend?

Rice
Chow mein noodles
Chicken Gravy
Crushed Pineapple
Cheese
Slivered Almonds

ellen
08/14/13
Hi, Suzi,

This is a fairly fequent inquiry on this site. Use the search this site feature in the left column, put in "Hawaiian haystacks" and it will pop up all the discussions. If you still have questions after reading through, start a new thread and write back.

Suzi
08/14/13
Great, Thanks!
Lisa
08/24/13
How many #10 cans of green beans do I need to feed 300? Also how many large cans of crm of mushroom soup? And how much french onions? Thanks for your help.
ellen
08/24/13
Use the recipe for ellen's better green bean casserole in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. 5 times the recipe for 300.
nevia mejia
08/26/13
cooking for 125
I'm doing a banquet event order for 125 people and I want to know able how much quantity for each item estimate: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dry Yeast
Honey
Basil leaves
Mozzarella
White Pepper
Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
Roma Tomatoes
All Purpose Flour
Rice Vinegar
Mushrooms
Carrots
Cucumber
Zucchini
Coriander leaves
Shrimps (21-30 count)
Fish Sauce
Lime juice
Chili Sauce
Cornstarch
Baking powder
curry powder
Canola Oil
black beans
red bell pepper
green onions
cilantro leaves
red wine vinegar
jalapenos
whole grain mustard
Garlic
Fresh dill
Parsley
lemon juice
artichokes
Onions
eggplant
green bell peppers
rosemary
thyme leaves
Butter
Parmesan cheese
dried oregano
goat cheese
paprika
cream cheese
buttermilk
sour cream
eggs
tomato salsa
sugar
pesto
sun dried tomatoes
provolone cheese
scallions
panko bread crumbs
sesame seeds
red pepper fakes
soy sauce
sesame oil
chicken tender
sweet potatoes
greek yogurt
ginger
brown sugar
coconut milk
peanut butter
lamb racks
beef stock
anchovy
worecestershire sauce
onion salt
garlic salt
celery salt
liquid smoke
wishbone italian dressing
beef brisket
David
09/23/13
How much will it cost to cook Jollof Rice for 300.
ellen
09/23/13
David, I don't do costs. They vary too much from region to region and from store to store.

Nevia, I don't do pro estimates on this site, post to the pro boards, chef2chef.com or cheftalk.com and you must give your recipes, not just items.

Michel
10/02/13
hello ellen
I need to cook for 300 staff (staff mill) how many rice I need and beenz how many brest chicken I need and how many beef I need how many pasta...
ellen
10/02/13
Michel, the plan for 100 tables on this site work for 300, you just multiply the amounts for 100 times 3.
Rhonda
10/09/13
I am feeding 300 people and need help with the amounts to purchase for the following,,,
pork chops
green beans
slaw
corn on cob 1/2 ears
boiled and seasoned potatoes....
ellen
10/09/13
pork chops- 1 pound per 3 unless they are thick sliced
gravy, 1 cup per 4
Please make a couple of boxes of vegetarian patties to cover the folks who don't eat pork; with 300 people, there will be some.

green beans, 24 pounds ready to cook per 100
slaw, 2 1/2 gallons per 100
corn on cob 1/2 ears, 110 per 100
boiled and seasoned potatoes, 40 pounds raw per 100, 3 pounds butter per 100

Rolls. 12-14 pounds per 100, butter 3 pounds per 100

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

lydia
10/10/13
How many pounds of musrooms would you need to buy for stuffed mushrooms for 175 guest?
andrea
10/10/13
cooking for 250
I am making 250 tri tip sandwiches. How many pounds of meat should go into the sandwhiches and how many pounds of tri-tip do I need to purchase for all of these sandwiches. I will be charging $7.00 per sandwhich.....
andrea
10/10/13
cooking for 250
Here is my email address for the above question forgot to include it
ellen
10/11/13
Lydia, it depends on the size of the mushrooms, for example, large portobellos are 4 per pound, but each serves 1. Most mid size, 2-3 per person, 1 pound serves about 6.
ellen
10/11/13
Andrea, it is quite dangerous to set a price before pricing ingredients- most tri tip sandwiches would of for about $9, using a specialty roll at about $.80 wholesale and 1/4 raw pound tritip, and condiments and supplies (bags, napkin, etc.)

Cook the tritip, chill it, then slice it for best slicing and juiciness.

jody
10/11/13
cooking for 200
im cooking veal marsale for 200 people how much veal do i need, HELP
ellen
10/11/13
Look at the chicken or veal marsala recipe under wedding chicken on the Big Pots page, and use 2 x the amount for 100.
Tiffany
10/29/13
cooking for 350 people
I'm cooking 3 bean chili for a wedding of 350 guest including the bridal party. How many 20lb bags of beans of pinto,black,& kidney. gallon cans of tomatoes,chili powder,garlic powder,cumin,bell peppers should I use to accomplish this before Sat nov 2. I already have onions and brown sugar kosher salt and a couple of other specialty seasonings.

Thank you

ellen
10/29/13
Tiffany, is this a side dish or a main dish and what else is being served? More info please, and you could start a new thread.
Victoria
11/01/13
I am serving about 450 children, teens, and adults.
We are planning 100 pounds of ham/turkey.
200 pounds of vegetables.
30 pounds of rice.
40 dozen pieces of bread.
480 pieces for dessert.
I can't figure out how much beans to make.

I have never done anything like this before. Is this going to be enough, and am I forgetting something? Thank you so much!

ellen
11/01/13
Not enough food, especially the meat, unless half are under 10 years. Please look at the shopping for large turkey dinners article at the top of big pots. Take a look, make a new plan, and write back. Maybe a new thread?
Beth
11/11/13
Hi Ellen,
My daughter's graduation party is scheduled for June 2014. We our having the party at a local hall with about 300 adults invited. My mom, my sister and myself are planning on cooking the food for the party. Would you be able to tell me how many lbs of ham, turkey, rigatoni, mash potatoes, gravy, stuffing, macaroni salad and toss salad, dinner rolls and a simple vegetable dish (you might recommend). THANK YOU so much!!
ellen
11/11/13
Beth, a dinner this size takes about 4-5 people in the kitchen and 18-20 servers up front to set up, serve, and clean up this size party.

It also takes 4 to 6 serving lines.

The ham and turkey, mash potatoes, gravy, stuffing, macaroni salad and toss salad, dinner rolls, see the estimates on shopping for large community dinners and the plan for 100 lists. Add about 8 pounds of butter.

The rigatoni depends on whether or not there is meat.

See the veggie tables and recipes in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.

Write back.

NANCY MEJIA
11/14/13
We are cooking for 300 people. How many turkeys and ham would we have to purchase?
ellen
11/14/13
See the shopping for large community dinners article link at the top of the big pots index. Write back if you need more help.
Penny
11/19/13
We are cooking taco soup for 300 people, how much of the following would we need: chili beans, black beans, tomatoes & corn, ranch dressing mix, taco seasoning mix and ground beef? Thanks in advance for the help!!
ellen
11/20/13
Hi Penny,

I found the recipe you are probably starting from, so I can give you the increases, and I have a few questions first. Are you willing to make your own taco seasoning? Are you willing to make your own Ranch dressing mix? Both these are easy to do and will save you a lot of money.

Also, are you going to top with tortilla strips or cheese or soiur cream? Also, is it the main course or one of several choice?

More info please, write back, and you could start a new thread labeled taco soup.

Sheryl
11/29/13
Wedding reception of 300 people at about 6:30 pm. How much do I need of these items?
Shredded chicken sandwichs? How many pounds suggested?
Buns? How many and 4" or 3"?
Green Beans?
Cheesy Potatoes? How many roasters?
Raw Veggies? How many pounds?
Frozen Fruit Lush (already know amount on this)
ellen
11/29/13
Hi, Sheryl, I posted the chicken info under your other post.

300 people requires 4-6 serving lines, 4 people in the kitchen/ handling food and at least 18 out front to set up, serve, and clean up the party. Most can't be part of the wedding, as they need to be setting up during the service.

Also, as it stands, this is an incomplete menu for a wedding dinner for 300 people. You seriously need 3 appetizer serving areas ready when the service ends, and here is why:

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

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

One appetizer service area is needed for each 100 guests.

Now, about the rest of the food.

Green Beans? 24 pounds (4 #10 cans)per 100
Cheesy Potatoes? How many roasters? 4 roasters, and each one requires a separate circuit (usually means different rooms) or they blow the fuse. Recipe and amounts at the bottom of the breakfast plan page.

Raw Veggies? How many pounds? Use the veggie tray page. I would do salad for at least 200 and raw veggies for 200.

You need sandwich trimmings including pickles and onions if you are doing pulled chicken, see the table on the sandwich planning page.

Food for 300 people is over a quarter ton of food, please make sure you have storage and help adequate for the party.

cheryl
12/17/13
cooking for 200
hi ellen...I am preparing chicken leg quarters for 200 people...how many lbs should I purchase? is 1 case enough at 40 lbs ? or should I get 2
ellen
12/17/13
Cheryl, 8 pounds is at most 10 quarters, or 50 quarters per 40 pounds. If you plan to serve a quarter per person, you need 4 cases. Glad you asked!
Emma
01/24/14
I'm cooking for a luau and wanted to know how much pork I would need thinking of cooking. buttstock to make kalua pig also how much chicken to do chicken long rice?
ellen
01/24/14
A 5 pound pork butt serves 8 people.

Chicken long rice (chicken rice noodle soup) id usually made with dark meat these days. 3 pounds quarters, skinned and boned, or 1 1/2 pounds skinned, boned, thigh meat and 8-10 ounces rice noodles serves 8.

You can do a bit less with 300 people, there is about an 8% savings with this large quantity.

Bremda
02/07/14
We will be serving 400 brisket plates, how many lbs of charro beans, rice, and potato salad will I need
ellen
02/07/14
If cooking from scratch, 8 pounds each dry beans and dry rice per 100, each cooks up to about 3 gallons per 100; about 160 pounds potato salad.
Gloria
02/12/14
cooking for 400
How many pounds of beef do I need to make t o feed 400 people?
ellen
02/12/14
Gloria, what kind of beef (pot roast, meatloaf etc) and what side dishes. Write back, please.
Deon
02/25/14
Making ceasar salad for 300. How much chicken do I need and how much romaine.
ellen
02/25/14
100 people, entree portions, you need:

10 pounds lettuce
3 pounds croutons
5 pounds each tomatoes and/or cukes, if added
Parm cheese, grated, 1 tablespoon per person- 7 cups
1 pound raw boneless chicken per 4, grilled and sliced (generous, can be per 5 if less chicken is needed)
2 1/2 quarts thin dressing

You simply multiply. Hope this helps.

peg lewis
03/09/14
cooking for 200
how much green bean casserole will I need for 200 people. would like recipe that has bacon and onion in it
ellen
03/10/14
You need 6 1/2 gallons. That's 8 #10 cans plus add-ins, if you use canned beans.

For these old fashioned smothered green beans, you would use at least 3 pounds of bacon ends and pieces and 2-3 pounds onions, finely chopping the onions and cooking them down before adding to the beans. Some people also use up to a cup of sugar.

Veronica
03/11/14
Hi there,

I am cooking for 300 people. Menu is pulled pork sliders, mini chicken tostadas, asian noodle salad, clam chowder and flatbread (all are mini size including clam chowder). It is a buffet. How many lbs of pork for sliders, 75lns? How many lbs of chicken thighs for mini tostadas, 50? all are mini portions. Thank you!

ellen
03/11/14
A buffet this size takes about 5 people in the kitchen and about 18 out front to set up, serve and clean up. It also takes 4 to 6 lines or 2-3 double lines.

Also, I need to know what time is the event and how long does it last. If it is over a mealtime, people will eat a meal's worth, even if it is all mini servings. Write back.

Veronica
03/12/14
Thanks for your response! I am actually a chef but a personal chef so I know how to cook Im just totally lost when it comes to amounts. I have worked many events and at restaurants but I have never done the purchasing for the large crowd. I have 30 people on my food team so man power isn't a problem. Food with be served from 630-730pm and then dessert which is being donated by a local bakery after. It is advertised as heavy appetizers. The auction coordinator said I should plan on 300 people (although it is most likely 250) and she only want 400 sliders and 400 tostadas so that is what I will do per her request and that's what they are paying me for.
Amounts for pork for sliders (there will also be slaw in the slider) would be great! Also, I am using boneless skinless chicken thighs for the 400 tostadas which will also have refried black beans, avocado mango salsa and chipotle crema on them. THANK YOU so much!
ellen
03/12/14
OK, an hour is good for the food, will reduce amounts some.

pulled pork sliders, 1 pound ready to serve will make 12-15, depending o the size of the bun and how much slaw you put on. You want about 1 pound raw meat per 15 people(the sauce makes up the lost weight), and about 7 quarts fine slaw per 100 sandwiches. The Lexington slaw on this site is traditional.
mini chicken tostadas, 1 pound raw boneless, will make 15 easily
Asian noodle salad, this is a hard to eat choice for this menu, requires a fork. Can you get them to switch to steamed dumplings, 2 1/2 per person? If not, about 6 pounds dry pasta plus add-ins for 100. Either a rice salad or a potato salad would go better with the menu- the Nepalese (golden) or Russian potato salad (bright pink) on this site would be attractive.
clam chowder- shooters usually hold 2 ounces. Make sure the potatoes and onions are diced VERY small. Talk to them about a smooth soup- vichyssoise, tomato basil, corn puree with red pepper, carrot ginger, etc.
flat bread, 1 pound per 10.

I would strongly encourage them to add a dip/relish/salsa, such as corn and black bean, Texas caviar, antipasto vegetables (good recipe this site), etc.

Since this is a paid gig, please make a donation, a dime or quarter per guest, to support this site.

Maria
03/23/14
How much do I need of the following to feed 300?
Grits
Shrimp
Crab cakes(pre made)
Heather
03/23/14
Doing wedding buffet for 270 invited, so guessing need to cook for about 200. I will be doing pulled pork, and chicken of some sort. sides are rigatoni and parsley potatoes. and corn/green beans.
My question is about the pasta sauce and potatoes. I will be purchasing sauce in #10 cans, as well as the new small potatoes in #10 cans. Approx how many cans would be needed. and pasta as a side, would you prepare less as listed in lotsa pasta info?
ellen
03/24/14
For 200, you would want, for combined pasta and potatoes:

1 #10 can potatoes per 16
Pasta, 1 pound per 12, about 1 quart sauce per pound (a #10 can hold just over 3 quarts.)

jessica
03/31/14
resturant
hi, for many years i have been contemplating to open a resturant. I am now ready to do so. I have many family recipes passed down to me, but am sure how much of each dinner items i should cook . among many other things as i am just starting out. i have chosen to open my resturant in florida . anyway... if i was offering a full menu how much roast beef would i cook to make sure i had enough to put 3 good sized slices on each plate and have enough to get through the day without running out. this just being one example... i hope you can help me.any advice would be so appreciated. i know this is what i want to do and very excited to hear from you. thankyou so very much
ellen
03/31/14
Dear Jessica,

If these are the questions you are asking, you are not ready to open your restaurant.

This is a VERY tough time to open any food business, because prices are unstable and rising, and good help is very hard to find.

New restaurants generally do not make a profit for 2 years, even when run by experienced managers. Do you have the cash reserves to pay 2 years' bills?

Pros tell us you should work in somebody else's restaurant for 5 years before opening your own restaurant or catering service. You need to understand basic book keeping, as well as small business management. You need to manage employees, payrolls. You have complex state and federal taxes to deal with, as well as state and local health codes.

If you have eaten at a Cracker Barrel, you can see the size portion that sells for $11. They use whole boneless chuck. Have you done any marketing surveys on food desires and price ranges in your area? This, not just your recipes,should determine your menus.

Do go read the pro boards;

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com
foodservice.com

Study, read, do more prep. Find that job if you have not done so.

Crystal
04/02/14
cooking for 100 Friday
We are serving homeless and the menu will be chicken casserole, mac n cheese, rolls, green beans. Can you please help me with how much of ingredients I will need to make the casserole(cream of mushroom, cream of celery, chicken broth, pepperidge farm dessing with corn bread) also how much of mac n cheese, green beans. This will be a blessing if you could send to my email, because I am not sure if I will be back on before the Friday.
ellen
04/02/14
Crystal, I apologize, but my site does not store emails, just verifies that they are real.

Do 10-12 pounds dry pasta, 1 quart sauce per pound, 1/2 to 1 pound cheese per pound. Larger amount if seconds are allowed.

24 pounds fresh.frozen green beans, or 4 #10 cans

18-24 pounds chicken meat (40-45 cups)
7 1/2 pounds dry stuffing mix

15 standard cans of each of the soups- about 10 pounds each if you can find larger cans

1 gallon plus 1 quart chicken stock

14 cans evaporated milk

I would add dried parsley, about 1 cup, and maybe some other veggies (frozen corn, mixed veg, etc.)

Andrea
04/13/14
Hi Ellen,

I am cooking a BBQ buffet meal for 300. Along with pork loin and chicken thighs (with two types of BBQ sauce), I am serving 7 sides. If I understand your charts right, I need 30 gallons of sides for 300 people, is that right? The sides are: potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad, coleslaw, broccoli salad, Greek salad, & fruit salad. I am planning that the 3 starches will make up 15 gallons, and the remaining 4 sides will make up the rest. Does that work? Also, how much BBQ sauce should I estimate for basting and extra sauce for the buffet table? thanks so much.

ellen
04/13/14
Hi, Andrea,

This is what I would do if it was my party:

potato salad, 12 gallons
pasta salad, 4 pounds dry pasta per 100
baked beans, 9 gallons
coleslaw, 7 gallons

Not counted as sides
broccoli salad, 6 gallons
Greek salad, do for 200, use the recipe on this site "hortaki"

fruit salad, 3 gallons per 100

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

Andrea
04/13/14
Thank you Ellen, that does help. I am cooking 150 lbs of pork loin, 75 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. I was thinking 3 gallons of bbq sauce for each meat. Do you think those amounts work?

(PS, I tried to make a donation but pay pal gets hung up. It is asking for my province, but not giving me an option to put in a CDN province.)

ellen
04/13/14
I allow 1 cup per 5-6 for table sauce. You might check some of the grilling sites for cooking sauce amounts.

If you email me using the contact email at the bottom of the page, I will send you a mailin address. Thank you.

Pat
04/19/14
I am helping a friend with a martini mashed potato bar wedding reception. Just can't figure out how much potatoes to start with. The potatoes will just fill the bottom of a martini glass and has to leave room for the toppings. Can't seem to find the answer anywhere else.
ellen
04/19/14
Use the same weight of potatoes as for the baked potato bar, the toppings are the same, also. It is attractive to offer about 1/5 to 1/4 mashed sweet potatoes with added sweet toppings such as cinnamon butter, raisin sauce, coconut.
Traci
04/22/14
Hi. Our high school prom is this week and I always struggle with how much food to buy. It is three hours long, and we have between 250 and 300 students attend. This year we are serving cookies, rock candy, and chocolate dipped strawberries and pretzel rods. We mix up Crystal Light for a drink. Any suggestions on how much I should buy of everything? Thanks tons!
ellen
04/24/14
Traci, this is not the amount of food I would do for this group; they eat like locusts.

cookies, at least 4 per person
rock candy, 1 pound per 5-6, this is not a favorite candy, I would add another 2-3 ounces per person of assorted bite size chocolate bars.
chocolate dipped strawberries, these will be inhaled and are expensive, you will need about 3 per person; I would do the deluxe fruit trays on my site for 200 and cut the chocolate strawberries to 1 1/2 per person
pretzel rods, 6 pounds per 100

I would definitely add at least sandwich halves, allowing 2 per person; or subs, catering size, 3 inches per person; or something along those lines. Drinking will occur; they need more food.

Heather
04/29/14
Having a Stag and Doe for my son and his Fiancé, we have no idea how many people will actually show up but have sold 400 tickets, so we are thinking around 300. Our menu is:
Pulled pork
Chicken fingers
Swedish meatballs
Chili
Kale salad
Greek salad
Veggie tray
Fruit tray
Buns dessert
Cheese tray
And my contributions are
Baked pasta dish I.e. Rigatoni or ziti
Potato salad
Pizza (24 pce slab) will be bought

How much will I need to make and or buy?

ellen
04/29/14
I answered on your other post.
anna
04/30/14
Hi Ellen.we are having a pasta fundraiser dinner apprx.300 people for my son's soccer team.I am doing most of the cooking.If penne pasta is being used and each bag is 900 grams. we will also be having take out available. how many bags will i need? pasta is the main meal here,with 2 meatballs per person.and salad. how much salad per person? and also how much tomato sauce do i need? I have been donated some homemade tomato sauce(uncooked)24 mason jars. was thinking of buying some extra large cans of tomato puree. how many do you suggest? how much tomato paste,onions/garlic/basil? how much salt to season? etc
ellen
04/30/14
That pasta is about 2 pounds per box.

The best help for you would be the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page, and there are several large sauce recipes on the same page. You also need all the info about precooking and reheating pasta.

For 300 people, with you plating (not buffet), you would need 5 times that recipe.

Hope it goes well.

Connie
05/13/14
Graduation reception for 300(?) taco bar. How much already made taco meat for the 300 -325 people. We ordered 40 pounds and thinking we need much more. Also, how many soft shells and ANY other suggestions would be helpful. Toppings: chopped tomatoes, onion, cheese and sour cream. Do we need lettuce and/or refried beans and sliced olives?
ellen
05/13/14
Connie, complete guide to taco bar for 100, toppings, sides, everything, is already posted on this site. The button is at the top of the main cook talk page. Yes for sure on the lettuce, and having the beans will cut the meat.

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

Sally
05/15/14
I am catering my son's wedding. The menu is as follows:

MACARONI & CHEESE (HOMEMADE)
- How many lbs of macaroni and how many blocks Velveta cheese?
SLAW - How many heads of cabbage?
BAKED BEANS - How many cans pork & beans?
HAM/TURKEY SANDWICHES (ON PARTY BUNS) - How many hams/turkeys (equal amounts) of shaved meat?

ellen
05/17/14
Hi, Sally,

You are posted under feeding 300, so if you are really feeding 300, you need some additional info.

Day of, a party this size takes 3-4 people in the kitchen and about 15 people out front to set up, serve, and cleanup the party. These can't be people who were attending the wedding, as they will be working during the service. You need at least 4 lines, or 2 double sided lines for this many people. Since sandwiches are a slow serve, 6 would be better.

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

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

One appetizer service area is needed for each 100 guests.

MACARONI & CHEESE (HOMEMADE)
- How many lbs of macaroni and how many blocks Velveta cheese? I would do 1 pound pasta per 8 and 1 quart sauce per pound, haven't used Velveeta
SLAW - How many heads of cabbage?-20 pounds per 100 plus add-ins
BAKED BEANS - How many cans pork & beans? 4 #10 cans per 100 plus add ins
HAM/TURKEY SANDWICHES (ON PARTY BUNS) - How many hams/turkeys (equal amounts) of shaved meat?
Usually, it is more turkey that ham. Ready to serve, 1 pound turkey per 6 plus 1 pound ham per 8, and about 2 gallons of egg salad for the none-meat eaters. Also, 1 ounce sliced cheese per person and the other sandwich condiments are on the sandwich planning page.
1 pound bread or rolls per 6
If you don't have fruit in the appetizers, I suggest fruit trays with this meal..

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

Bre
05/26/14
Spinach & Artichoke Dip

How to make a spinach and artichoke dip for 300 people for a wedding?

Bre
05/26/14
Spinach & Artichoke Dip

How to make a spinach and artichoke dip for 300 people for a wedding?

ellen
05/26/14
There are a lot of variations. Are you talking the one that is baked in a flat dish, the one in a crock pot, or a cold dip? Bread or chips? In any case, about 4 1/2 to 5 gallons of dip, depending on what else is being served with it. Write back with more details.
ellen
05/26/14
You might check the recipe at the bottom of this page:
www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/appetiz3.html
Day
05/29/14
I'm making mexican rice bowls for my wedding reception. since the rice, beans, & toppings will be in the bowl, we are just going to give 1/4 cup servings of chicken on top of the rice. We are feeding 300 --How many pounds of chicken should I buy uncooked? Thanks!
fran
05/30/14
having a fundraiser. Plan 500 people. Having a taco bar. How much hamburger, tomatoes, sour cream taco seasoning(for hamburger) lettuce, onions, salsa, cheese would we need to get? Thank you.
ellen
05/30/14
Fran, use the taco bar page. Use my home made taco seasoning to save a bunch of money on that.

Part ground turkey is useful and cheaper for the meat.

ellen
05/30/14
Day that is not enough, they will take more and you will run out. Allow 1/2 cup.

1 pound whole chicken or turkey makes 1 cup meat. 1 pound boneless, makes 2 cups meat.

Kasha
05/30/14
How many jars of 12 ounce Heinz gravy will I need for rice to feed 300 people?
Brooke
06/02/14
I want to make candy corn peanut mix for the tables at my wedding and I'm inviting 450 people. I have no idea what quantity of food to buy?
ellen
06/05/14
Kasha, 1 jar per 4, minimum.

Brooke, see the caramel corn recipe on this site. 1 recipe for 25-30.

liz
06/10/14
cooking for 450 people
How may pounds of roma tomatoes do I need to make salsa for 450 people. Also garlic and cilantro and jalepenos and limes? thanks
ellen
06/11/14
Liz, amount per person varies, depending on whether it is a dip, side dish, garnish, etc.

First, please read this off site article to avoid soupy salsa:
www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/2013/06/27/the-secret-to-perfect-garden-fresh-salsa/

This makes about a quart (1 pound of tomatoes makes about a quart). I plan 1/3 cup per person as a dip.

The other way to reduce soupiness, is to split and roast the tomatoes.

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

Jessica
06/16/14
We are having a fundraiser and trying to prep for 250-300 plates. I need help with how much Spanish rice and how much in pinto beans to make?
ellen
06/16/14
As side dishes, I usually do 8 pounds dry each of rice and beans for 100. These are cheap- you could do 10 pounds per 100 and make those plates look rather generous.
debra
06/16/14
cooking for 200
I need to increase the recipe I have for chicken spaghetti. Please help
ellen
06/16/14
When I need chicken spaghetti or cacciatore for 200, I use one of my baked spaghetti recipes with chicken added. Would that work for you?
Becky
06/24/14
I am planning my daughters wedding reception. It looks like we will be around 325 guests. I plan on doing baked ham. How many pounds of bone in ham will i need to purchase?
ellen
06/24/14
About 160 pounds and you need to plan for about 10 vegetarians.
Lisa
07/07/14
Have a fundraiser for 300 to 350 people. How many small nachos should I prepare for?
ellen
07/08/14
What else is being served, is it free self serve, and how long will they be there? More info, please.
Theresa
07/08/14
cooking for 500
How many pounds of potatoe salad do we need to make to serve 500 plates?
Theresa
07/08/14
cooking for 500
How many pounds of potatoe salad do we need to make to serve 500 plates?
ellen
07/09/14
Typical portion for parties is 4-5 ounces total weight. Almost 2/3 of this is potato, the rest dressings and add-ins.
Dana
07/14/14
Hi Ellen. I'm having chicken fried steak at my country wedding and I need some help determining how many pounds of tenderized steak, pounds of flour, and dozens of eggs that I need to buy. I'm also serving mashed potatoes, gravy, and green bean casserole. Could you please advise me? Thanks!!
Dana
07/14/14
We will have about 300 guests.
Krystel
07/17/14
Hi I want to make potato pie for about 250 person how many pounds of potatoes should I buy?
Krystel
07/17/14
Hi I want to make potato pie for about 250 person how many pounds of potatoes should I buy?
ellen
07/18/14
Dana, chicken fried steak is usually served in large portions; you need at least 1 pound raw, boneless beef for each 3 people, and it needs to be cubed (tenderized at the butcher, or pounded to 1/4 ingh thickness); the alternative is to buy pre-breaded, frozen s.f. steaks at a restaurant supply place.

For each 2 pounds of beef, you need 3 cups each buttermilk and flour, and you marinate in the buttermilk at least 1 hour before cooking.

However, my advice to you is, do NOT even try to do a DIY deep fried dish for 300 people; you are talking at least 5 people in the kitchen who do not go to the wedding and at least 15-20 people out front to set up, serve and clean up this menu. A simmered dish such as Swiss steak or pot roast is practical; a deep fried dish is not.

Hope you can settle on a different entree. Also, keep in mind that with 300 people you need to plan for a vegetarian entree for about 20.

ellen
07/18/14
Krystel, there are a lot of different potato pies, from sweet potato pies, to mashed, layered, puff pastry, scalloped, shredded hash brown; please write back (you could start a new thread) and tell me what kind you have in mind.

See all the images by doing a google search for images under potato pie". Dozens of pictures.

ellen
07/18/14
Krystel, a savory sliced potato pie usues about 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes.
Lisa
07/23/14
cooking for 100
I'm making chicken wraps for 100 people...I was going to buy the fajita chicken that's already cook in the bag...How many pounds should I buy?
ellen
07/23/14
Allowing 1 pound per 6, 16 pounds.
Robin
08/02/14
Hi Ellen, I need 7 1/2 cups of chopped cilantro. How much should I buy? Thanks!
ellen
08/02/14
Weigh it. Parsley weighs about 1 ounce per chopped cup, but cilantro weighs about 2 ounces per chopped cup, so you need nearly a pound.
Lauren
08/23/14
I am cooking for 300, wedding 6 pm sit down meal...menu: either pork loin or chicken breast, Cranberry salad, roasted new potato, steamed veg. and rolls
I saw an earlier post (2009ish) where you suggested doing your Orange Chicken Dijon recipe that can be frozen ...where can I find that recipe? Also, how do you determine the number of pans ( large aluminum throw always) you'll need for cooking chicken breast, roasted potato and veggies? Is there a chart somewhere? Thank you!
diane
08/25/14
how much chicken what I need to make 300 kabobs and how much sausage what I need to make sausage peppers and onions for 300
ellen
08/27/14
Diane you double posted, see the other one.
ellen
08/29/14
Lauren, the wedding chicken recipes are reached from the Big Pots page, about 1/2 way down.

Full tray holds about 20 servings of most entree food, maybe 30 of your veggies and 24 of your potatoes. Hope this helps.

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

ebony
08/31/14
cooking for 100
hi
im planning to have a country/rustic wedding so im planning on having a bbq for the meals I just wanted to know how much meat do I need to feed 100 people there will be about 6 to 8 choices of meat thankyou
ellen
08/31/14
Ebony, this is a fine menu, but 6-8 meat choices is way too many for 100 people, because you have to have enough of each to allow everyone his or her first choice on the first service, and that means way too many meat leftovers and very high costs. To control costs, settle on 2-3, such as chicken, sausage and brisket or ribs.

Then take a look at this page, which discusses how to plan mixed meats for bbq.

ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/bbq.html

Then write back (please start a new thread) with your menu choices and I will help you estimate it.

Pete
09/01/14
cooking for 125
Have been requested to make chicken fried rice for a church function and was wondering how many pounds of chicken would be needed to proportionately complete a dish for 125 people? Thanks,
ellen
09/02/14
You need about 1 pound boneless=2 pounds whole, for each 4 to 5 people.
Tiffany
10/12/14
Cooking for 110
Hi Ellen! I'm having a buffet style wedding. Can you tell me how much of each will I need of each item for 110 guest. Buffalo Chicken(legs), beef lasagna, tossed salad(if I were to buy the bags), and punch? I really wasn't sure what to serve with the lasagna other than salad and dinner rolls. The chicken and a cheese tray is for cocktail hour. Thanks so much!
elle
10/12/14
You need at least one more item on the appetizer plan, why is discussed may times in these threads, I suggest either a fruit tray or an antipasto tray. You also need a entree for vegetarians, which with this menu could be veggie lasagna.

Additions?I would serve a cooked veg such as roasted mixed, which can be done ahead and served room temp. Or a steamed green such as broccoli. You also need a beverage for the meal, could be iced tea, ad I recommend reception level coffee with the cake, see the beverage planning page. Feel free to write back and do start a new thread.

temmy
10/12/14
planning a muslim friends wedding and planning for meal of 300 guest mainly rice and pasta
ellen
10/13/14
Temmy, I need more info o the menu, budget, cooking area, serving (family table, buffet, servers?) And you can start a new thread.
Paula
10/14/14
Planning a baby luau for 300 people,how much lbs of food do I need to purchase.
Kalua pig
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Chicken Long Rice
Squid Luau
ellen
10/16/14
Paula, are you actually in Hawaii? Is this a baby shower? And what other foods will be served? Write back.
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