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How much food for 250 ppl
Amber burdick
My friend is getting married in sept and the bridal party is cooking the food for 250ppl. The bride wants fried chx white and dark potatoe salad baked beans Mac n cheese mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls. Could u help me figure out how much food we need?
Yes, but you need to get back with her and talk about a few things first.

A party this size requires 3-4 people in the kitchen and 12-15 out front day of, to set up, serve and clean up this party. Most will not be able to attend the wedding, they will be working.

I never recommend fried chicken at this size party unless it is purchased and delivered; if made ahead, it is soggy or dried out, and may not have been kept safely cold; if made on site it is messy, requires 2-3 cooks and commercial size fryers. There are several delicious chicken recipes on this site that can be made ahead, frozen and safely heated day of.

Also I strongly recommend an 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 easily serves 100 guests. You would need 2 or 3.

Talk this over with your friend and then write back with your decisions, and I will help you with the food plan.

Could u tell me how much we would need of each item - baked beans Mac n cheese mashed potatoes and gravy potatoe salad? Also how much pie filling for 230 mini pies
I def will talk to her about the appetizer
So not to sure exactly what we r going to do for the app, but if we did like meat chz and crackers how much would be needed?
I can't help with the pies, there are several different sizes of minipie crusts, suggest you get one, fill with dry rice, and measure. Ten just multiply.

baked beans- 3 gallons, 4 #10 cans, per 100
Mac n cheese- 8 pounds dry pasta per 100, 1 quart sauce per pound, 1/2 to 1 pound cheese per pound

mashed potatoes
potato salad
Since you also have mac and cheese, consider adding only 1 potato dish. 45 pounds of potatoes per 100, do one or split between two. If gravy, 1 cup per 5.

Recommend you add slaw (2 1/2 gallons per 100)or a salad (see plan for 100 page) and possibly a green veg (22 pounds ready to cook per 100) to this heavy meal.

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Keep costs down, meat not necessary. Suggest:
fruit trays (2 deluxe trays for 100, fruit tray page, plenty).
8 pounds cheese and 6 pounds crackers per 100. Some can be logs or spreads.
Dips and chips or bread bites,
1 pound chips/bread per 12
1 pint dip/salsa per pound
6 gallons punch or lemonade
Ok so for the appetizer not really sure which direction we r going with it but how much would we need if we did meat chz and cracker?
Thank you so much!!!!
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