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Buffet for 50-60 at a fire hall
Hi there,
I'm having a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband. I've never hosted a party of this size or hosted a party in a different location than my house. What do you think are the best dinners that will transport the best. (It's about a 45 minute drive) and what meals that i should prepare on site. The fire house has a fully functional catering kitchen. I'm looking to spend about $300 if possible. I was thinking lasagna or penne vodka, meatballs, salad, rolls. For apps bruschetta, assorted cheeses, fruit...I'm at a loss. How much food do I cook??? The party is in three weeks. Thank you
Firemen cook well and eat well, and I am thinking you would like to give them something a little special. Take a look at the chicken marsala recipe in the wedding chicken section of the Big Pots page- if you think there could be 60, you would do 2/3 the amount for 100. This can be made ahead, frozen, then thawed overnight and reheated at the site. Pasta or a rice pilaf for the starch, 6 pounds dry of either? Maybe a nice broccoli or green beans or roasted veg, which last could be done ahead and served warm or room temp. Your rolls- get good ones- 2 each plus 2-3 pounds butter or 2 pints dipping oils.

For the appie area, take a look at the artichoke olive condite on this site, or the antipasto vegetables, or the antipasto tray. All of which are done ahead and served room temp. 8 pounds cheese would be plenty, 4-5 pounds breads or crackers. Fruit tray, see the fruit tray page and do 2/3 the amounts for 100.

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