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Wedding reception of 70
Having a reception in a couple weeks for my wedding. There is approx 70 people coming. We are making pulled pork and meat balls to go with coleslaw and a mash potato bar. We are also going to have rolls so if people want to make sliders they can. My question is how many pork roast should I use? And how many pounds of ground meat for the meatballs to feed everyone? TIA
pulled pork, 30 pounds. Shoulder makes better pulled pork than loin.
3 quarts pickles
5 pounds sliced onions
5 rolls or 12 slider rolls per pound
meat balls, 10 pounds small, 3 quarts sauce

coleslaw, 2-2 1/2 gallons

mash potato bar. you can use the potato par article for topping amounts and ideas, 3/4 the amount for 100

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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