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Cook Talk

Graduation party
Carol
02/01/13
I'm having a graduation party for my grandaughter for around 80-85 people. I'm getting most of the food from a restaurant/caterer and making some food.this restaurant I can get any amount of any food I want. I'm thinking of getting baked ham for 45 people, rigatoni 70 people, potato salad 65 people,cole slaw 60 people,boneless chicken 35 people, red skin potatoes 60 people.I'm making
meatball sandwiches 25 people, tossed salad ?
Rolls and butter for 65 people. Please advise
me if that is enough food?
Thank you
ellen
02/01/13
Get the rolls and butter for all 85. Consider tossed salad for 50 (see the plan for 100 page). Otherwise it looks great.
Joann F.
02/12/13
Im having a graduation party in an air-conditioned hall. How long can I leave the food out? The hot food will be kept hot but how long can the cold food stay out?
Please help me.
ellen
02/14/13
Total 4 hours at room temp, including the making time and the serving time. If it is seafood or you want to hold longer, place it in a larger bowl full of ice.

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cris
02/14/13
Need HELP! 150 people

I'm planning to make the food with my sister. I would like to make things simple so we could sill enjoy the day. I would like three entree's, potatoe dish, pasta dish, chips and pretzels. (ages 8 to 75)
Could you help with menu and the amount I would have to purchase.

cris
02/16/13
Sorry, I guess you would need a lot more information. The party is on a friday night from 6 to 10pm. I know everyone will be coming home from work and to the party starving. I know I would like three meats with a potato dish, pasta dish, and fruit salad. Do I plan for 150 people for each meat? Possible dishes I was thinking about were meatballs for sandwiches, chicken fingers, ziti, potato salad or baby red potatoes with parsley. What would you recommend for the third meat baked ham, sausage and peppers or maybe another chicken dish.
ellen
02/16/13
Thank you for the extra info.

Would you consider a little menu tweak to simplify your task? What I would do for this size party is one major festive party casserole such as lasagna or the sausage mozzarella bake on this site on the spaghetti page, or the stack enchiladas or baked spaghetti with chicken in the basic budget entrees. Or possible a taco bar?

Then one meat- chicken or ham is fine, depending on what you choose for your casserole.

A big salad. Beans of some kind, depending on the menu. A vegetable of the green bean or broccoli type.

Definite yes on the fruit, but I would do fruit trays (see the fruit tray page) rather than fruit salad; it keeps better, looks better, and the leftovers are more useful.

Beverages, see the beverage planning page. Desserts see the dessert planning page or the ice cream sundae bar.

Cupcake
04/07/13
Having a graduation party.We're having rigatoni,meatball sandwiches,potato salad, pasta salad, parsley potatoes, tossed salad, rolls & butter & boneless chicken fillets. Can we also have baked chicken(but it has bones in it)?? I know some people won't eat fried food.
Please help me out!!
ellen
04/07/13
You don't say how many people.

meatball sandwiches, 4 inches per person
boneless filets, 4 ounces per person
baked chicken a piece per person (8-9 per chicken)

potato salad, 4 gallons per 100
pasta salad, 4 pounds dry per 100
parsley potatoes, 40 pounds per 100

tossed salad, use the plan for 100 table

rolls & butter 10 pounds bread/rolls, 2-3 pounds butter per 100 because you also have the sandwiches

Cupcake
04/08/13
Party is for 100 people.Serving food from 5 to 7 PM.Is it okay to just having boneless chicken
& meatball sandwiches with rigatoni and all the other sides?
Potato salad
Pasta salad
Parsley Potatoes
Tossed salad
Rolls & butter

Thank you for your help

ellen
04/08/13
Yes, just increase the boneless chicken to 1 pound raw weight per 3 or 1 pound pre-fried per 2-3.
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