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retirement buffet
john
04/30/13
I am having a cold fork buffet for 60 people. Advice tells me to cater for 45. The list is below, can you help with the quantities I have not added. Remembering we are in Scotland and do not eat as big as the US, thanks.

Cherry tomato and cucumber salad
Mixed green salad
Creamy coleslaw
Potato salad
Rice salad
Mini sausages
Mini sausage rolls
Half egg mayonnaise
Beef 2 slice per person
Ham 1 slice per person
Pork 1 slice per person
Chicken portions 1 per person
Pork pie/ terrine 1 each serve 16
Egg mayonnaise sandwiches special request 30
Crisps(potato chips)
Doritos
Salted peanuts
Pakora/bajis/samosas being delivered hot by local indian
Pizza 18 inch mixed pizza being delivered hot
French bread. butter
Dips
Salad dressing
Cheese cakes
Fresh fruit salad
Eton mess
Cheese platter/crackers
Margarets desserts 4 different serve 12 each

ellen
04/30/13
I need a bit of translation. What are:

Eton mess
Margaret's dessert
Are the cheese cakes dessert cheese cakes?

Also, this is a lot of meats. How long is the party? What time of day?

Send me a bit more information.

john
04/30/13
Hi sorry

Eton mess is strawberries, rasperries, smashed up meringues, whipped cream all folded in and topped with a nice coulet.

margarets desserts, one of my colleagues is making
marsh mallow cake
marbeled chocolate cheese cake
raspberry pavlova
one other..... you get the picture

The cheese cakes is more desserts, but probably just onea choux bun cheese cake serving 16.

I could drop the pork, and count 60 beef instead of 90 slices

Aim to eat 8.45 pm

ellen
04/30/13
Thanks. This is what I would do for a non- usa crowd.

I would indeed drop the pork and do the lower count beef.

Cherry tomato and cucumber salad
Mixed green salad
Salad dressing
Creamy coleslaw

Potato salad
Rice salad

Mini sausages (maybe skip these?)
Mini sausage rolls
Half egg mayonnaise- are these what we call deviled eggs? With the egg sandwiches, you could skip.
Beef 2 slice per person- yes down to 60
Ham 1 slice per person
Chicken portions 1 per person- small- 1 piece, or no more than 4 ounces raw skinless boneless- 1 pound per 4 would be plenty.
Pork pie/ terrine 1 each serve 16- cut small-
Egg mayonnaise sandwiches special request 30 OK

Crisps (potato chips)
Doritos
Total 1 pound per 15, you decide how to divide
Dips- 1 cup per 4 for singe dip, one cup per 5-6 for 2 or more dips

Salted peanuts-3 pounds

Pakora/bajis/samosas being delivered hot by local indian- 2 per

Pizza 18 inch mixed pizza being delivered hot- here we cut into little 2 inch squares when being used as, basically, an appetizer

French bread. 6 pounds butter 2 pounds

Eton mess- 1 cup per 3
Cheese platter/crackers- no more than 1 pound per 10- 3 pounds crackers
Margaret's desserts 4 different serve 12 each- fine- cut smaller so people can take several different ones. Same with the choux bun cheese cake.

Fresh fruit salad- consider fruit tray instead, keeps better, looks better, people will eat less and what is leftover is more usable- do for 50- see the fruit tray page.

If this saves you time, trouble, or money, consider a donation, maybe 10 p. per person, to support the site.

With all these choices, you will probably still have some leftovers.

john
04/30/13
Thanks very much
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