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Birthday Dinner for 100
LaTasha Carter

I am planning a 50th birthday party for my mom. I am expecting about 100 people and need to know how many full sized aluminum pans (20x12x2) do I need of each dish. Below is the menu:

Veggie lasagna
Shrimp Penne with Vodka Sauce
Baked Ziti
Baked Chicken
Fried Chicken
Fried Fish
Buffalo Wingettes
Swedish Meatballs
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Yellow Rice
Roasted Red Potatoes
Tossed Salad
Mixed Vegetables
Green Beans
Grilled Asparagus

Will one can of each suffice?

Latasha, this is way too many entrees and too many starches for 100, you need to have no more than 4entrees and 2-3 starches. With too many, you have to make a LOT of extra in order to make sure everyone gets his or her first choice. One of each and you will run out of the favorites long before everyone is served.

Also, this would require at least 3 commercial ovens. Are you renting a commercial space?

Rework your menu, post again, and I will try to help.

Latasha Carter
Thanks Ellen.

Ok if I condense the menu to:

Baked Chicken
Fried Chicken
Buffalo Wingettes
Penne with Vodka Sauce
Yellow Rice
Vegetable Medley
Tossed Salad
And Maybe Meatballs.

Also I will be using commercial ovens. Is this menu ok? Or do I still need to make further reductions? Also, how many large pans of each will suffice?

Thanks so much!

That is better.

One piece each baked and fried chicken- you may have some baked left.
4-6 pieces wingettes. I would skip these and go with the meatballs, 1 pound per 5 people.

Penne with Vodka Sauce- about 8 pounds dry
Yellow Rice- about 5 pounds dry
Vegetable Medley- about 25 pounds
Tossed Salad- see plan for 100 page, but there are a lot of other choices for salad, including classic relish trays on the veggie tray page.

What about good bread and rolls and butter.

Dinner level coffee, see the bevrage planning page.

This menu could use fruit trays or some other kind of relish or garnish, and you might consider gravy- 1/4 cup per person.

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