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Pasta buffet for 200
I'm planning a pasta lunch buffet for 200 people, about half of the people are college students. The host wants Caesar salad and bread. Alfredo and Marinara pastas. Separate dishes of lemon chicken, meatballs and sausage and peppers. Mixed roasted vegetables. Roasted potatoes.
People will be there for about 2 hours, no appetizers will be served. Where can I find how much to plan this menu as a buffet?
I saw the $99 party planning service. Is this you, an endorsed ad or a regular ad? It sounds like I'll need it but I want to find out who'd be helping. Thanks!
That's a google ad, I just ask for a donation. Maybe I should charge...

Anyway, for 200 people, you need 4 people in the kitchen, 12 out front to set up, serve and clean up the buffet and dining area. For 200 people you need 3 lines, or 2 double side lines, to serve. In addition, with the college students, you might plan for 225-250, depending on how many are men.

You need total max about 36 pounds pasta, and this usually splits 2/3 red and 1/3 white, unless there are mostly ladies, when it is more even. A baked pasta, presauced and heated in the oven is the easiest to serve choice- loose, it can get gummy- read the spaghetti page thoroughly.

Caesar salad- use the plan for 100 page

bread-12 pounds per 100, 2-3 pounds butter per 100

Alfredo and Marinara pastas. 20 pounds pasta for marinara, you need about 6 gallons sauce. Alfredo, use the Alfredo style sauce on this site for the 10 pounds pasta. Take a look at this dish for inspiration:

lemon chicken, about 32 pounds chicken
meatballs, 30 pounds meats
sausage and peppers, 25 pounds sausages equal weight veggies.

Mixed roasted vegetables- 28 pounds ready to cook per 100.
Roasted potatoes, not necessary- you can do some sliced sweet or white potatoes as part of the roasted veg.

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