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Cook Talk

Reception For 200
I have family and friends doing the cooking for my wedding reception, but need to know how much food to purchase. We are having grilled salmon, chicken skewers and shrimp skewers. We can catch all the salmon we want here in Alaska so not worried about that, but how much chicken and shrimp should I buy? We will have a couple pasta salads and a couple of green salads to accompany this, as well as some appetizers/finger food.


In the face of unlimited salmon- can't even imagine this- I would make 1 skewer per person each of the chicken and shrimp. 1 pound boneless chicken will make 5 skewers; Allow 4 shrimp per skewer, or 3 if quite large, so pounds depends on the size shrimp you buy.

For weddings, I strongly encourage an appetizer plan, and here is why:

Why You May Need an Appetizer Table
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 serves about 100 guests.

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