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Afternoon wine tasting for 100 guest
Lois
03/13/13
I'm helping a friend with a wine tasting party in her garden from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. She is having white wine, sweet wines, & dry wines. How many pounds of cheese do I need per wine selection? She will be serving fruits & nuts also.

As far as appetizers such as chicken puffs, mushroom pastries, vegetable trays, quiche, cucumber canapes, fruit trays with dip, etc. will 3 of each appetizer be enough for 100 people? She also wants to serve boiled shrimp. How many lbs of shrimp for 100 people. Thank you for your help!

ellen
03/13/13
Lois, this is not a particularly wine-friendly menu so far, especially the shrimp, so the question is, is your friend doing an appetizer buffet with wine, or a wine tasting?

I posted a wine and food pairing list today on the wine and cheese page- it will help with some ideas.

For bites, you need a total of about 12-14 bites per person for a two hour party. Although the shrimps are attractive, they are messy for a buffet and not particularly good with wine. If you must, a shrimp dip or seafood mold is a better choice.

You want at least 1/2 bottle of wine per person.

Lois
03/14/13
Afternoon wine tasting for 100 guest Buffet
Thank you so much for helping us! Now she has decided to just have some pick-up style food to serve with wine, beer, mixed-drinks, & lemonande. She wants mushroom pastries, shrimp dip with crackers, chicken puffs, and deli pin wheels. Would the following amounts be correct for 100 guest from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m?

Shrimp dip = 12 lbs
Crackers = 12 lbs
mushroom pastries 10 per person
chicken puffs 10 per person
deli pin wheels 10 per person
fruit 2 to 3 large trays
Cheese 3 to 4 different types 3lbs each type

Thank you again!

ellen
03/14/13
Shrimp dip = 12 lbs- OK
Crackers = 12 lbs- some left. Get a variety, avoid onion or garlic flavors

mushroom pastries 10 per person
chicken puffs 10 per person
deli pin wheels 10 per person
6 each per person should be enough, increase the cheese and fruit a bit
fruit 2 to 3 large trays- you need about 20 pounds total- select by the wines, not deli trays. Have some dried fruits (about 5 pounds- figs, apricots, raisins and dates), and add about 6 pounds of toasted nuts.

Cheese 3 to 4 different types 3lbs each type
Allow 1 ounce per person per type- that is about 5 pounds per type.

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