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How to Calculate Mixed Meat Entrees for 150
Stephanie
03/30/14
Hi Ellen, thank you so much for this site; it's been such a help to me! It's been my #1 food reference for since I started planning!
I'm self-catering my own wedding for 150. Serving as meat entrees: pulled pork and fried chicken. I visited the page, but I'm still confused on how to calculate amounts of each. Should I have enough for each person to get a serving of each? How much of each? Thanks for your help!
ellen
03/31/14
For this menu, 1 pound ready to serve pulled pork per 5 PLUS 1 piece of chicken per person, and be sure to have a side dish that can serve as a vegetarian entree for those who don't eat either meat.
Stephanie
04/03/14
Any suggestions on a good vegetarian side? Pasta salad?
Also, would two buffet lines be sufficient for 140-150 people? Thanks for your help!
ellen
04/03/14
Please tell me what else you are planning to serve?
Stephanie
04/03/14
And for the buffet lines, can people serving themselves from both sides of the chafer (to create 2 lines), or have two separate chafers per item?
Stephanie
04/03/14
It will be pulled pork (sandwiches) and fried chicken main dishes. And baked beans, cole slaw, southern succotash, potato salad, sweet potato biscuits and corn muffins. Also, maybe wedding soup.
ellen
04/03/14
Make at least part of the beans meat-free. Add 2 gallons egg salad?
Stephanie
04/04/14
Thanks so much for the reply! My last question (I hope), concerning the buffet lines: in order to have two lines, can I have people serving themselves from both sides of the chafer, or do I need two separate chafers per item?
Thank you again for all your help!
ellen
04/04/14
2 sides of the same chafer is fine- you just need to be sure you keep swapping the trays (you put the new one in, then put the last of the previous on top- do NOT fill the existing tray.
Stephanie
04/05/14
Fantastic! It will save me a lot of money not having to buy/rent two chafers for each dish. I plan on using the disposable aluminum dishes made for chafers for the refills, and two girls on vigilant watch for tray replacement. Thanks again for all your help!
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