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Cook Talk

Wedding for 225
Mary Beth
Any information is helpful! We are having a family friend who cooks for church handle the salad, mashed potato bar, green beans, grilled chicken and rolls. However I really would like to have a second meat option - we would have to cook it ourselves though. We are getting a great deal with catering being a friend!
We are curious what a good second meat option would be for us being on a budget - pork tenderloin? How many lbs would we need to cook (especially if chicken is another option).
We are also making our own lemonade, sweet tea and coffee. How many gallons of each do we need to accommodate this many people?
Thank you thank you for any help you can give us!
Mary beth, rather than a second meat option, please consider a appetizer plan, and here is why:

A self-catered buffet is a real challenge to the organizers, and things don't always come together as smoothly as hoped. By planning and setting up an appetizer area or "nibble table" which is ready when the guests begin to arrive, the cooks and servers have time to complete the arrangement of the dinner buffet. This is especially critical if there are children among the guests, or there is a wait before dinner, as at a wedding reception.

This does not have to be complicated. Three items, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient. Typically, include a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread; or you can go with a dinner theme such as TexMex with chips, salsas, Texas caviar and guacamole; Italian with bruschetta or antipasto; maybe shrimps or other cold seafood, if budget permits.

One appetizer service area is right for each 100 guests.

If you do decide on a second meat, be aware that most choices will knock the chicken to second choice. With this menu, something in pieces with a good gravy or sauce would be an economical option; maybe a gulyas (see or a fine beef stew.

lemonade, sweet tea and coffee
For 225 people, please add an unsweetened option.
If you do lemonade with the appetizers, 8 gallons per 100

Tea and coffee see the beverage planning page; do dinner coffee and have at least 1/3 the tea unsweetened.

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