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Cook Talk

Wedding for 150
Nona Dollins
WE are serving 150 for my daughters wedding.
Our menu is:
small deli sandwiches of turkey & ham
veggies trays
Cheese trays
pickle assortment tray
cracker tray
(we already have our cakes)

How many pounds of these items do we need?

small deli sandwiches of turkey & ham, plan 2 turkey and 1 ham per person if they are slider size, have mayo and mustard available
veggies trays, about 1 pound per 10, 1 pint dip per pound
Cheese trays, 12 pounds cheeses, some can be logs or spreads
pickle assortment tray, use the classic relish tray on the veggie tray page, do 2.
cracker tray, 10 pounds, some can be cocktail bread slices

punch 12 gallons
tea, assuming iced tea, 9 gallons, 1/3 unsweetened
coffee, use the beverage planning page, dinner/ reception level coffee

Please consider adding 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 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 (you could use the one you are already planning) and an attractive dip or spread, possibly with chips; 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 serves about 100 guests.

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