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Buffet dinner for 300
I'm making a buffet dinner for 300 and appreciate your website and all the info I'm gleaning here. Guests will vary in age, it's a retirement dinner. Menu is
Creamy baked chicken breasts
bushels of blessings surprise (whatever veggies roll in that week will be used, likely squash, eggplant, tomatoes, so maybe a ratatouille type thing)

My questions: How do I figure out how many servings of chicken and how many servings of meatballs I need?

I'm rethinking a bit and wondering if a roast beef instead of the meatballs and pasta would be a better choice to go with the chicken? Then just serve a rice dish as a starch and our veggie surprise. What is your input?

Would a roast beef be a whole lot more than meatballs and pasta, assuming I make my half beef/half turkey meatballs and cut the pasta, which I know is pretty cheap? Do you have a good recipe you can link here?

We have a commercial kitchen to do the prep and plan to do much ahead. We have a commercial kitchen at the venue to reheat and complete prep. We have access to free help for the kitchen and buffet lines. I want to be as prepared as possible.

Thank you for all your help. I can easily calculate quantities for salad, rice, pasta and meatballs from all the info you have here.

Creamy baked chicken breasts, 100 pounds, small pieces 3-4 ounces; take a look at the wedding chicken and chicken marsala recipes on this site.

Meatballs, 30 pounds per 100, 2 gallons gravy/sauce per 100

meatballs, if you used a Swedish meatball type sauce, you can serve over rice, not needing the pasta.

Roast beef, even pot roast, is very costly for buffet service.

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Event is this week. We made changes to the menu and I'm just hoping I can execute it all. We've had staff promised and pulled, budget changed to almost nothing, and are hoping and praying for the best. Sticking with the chicken, changed to pork roasts, potatoes, corn, veggies, salad and rolls. I think we are good with quantities. Thanks for your help.
Good luck!
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