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sides for 250
Making side for 250 to go with grilled meat

calico beans
party potatoes
pasta salad

how much of each shall I make

You seem to have posted twice.

A party this size takes 3-4 people in the kitchen and 10-15 out front to set up serve and clean up. 4 serving lines or 2 double sided serving lines.

Potatoes, mashed, etc, I start with 45-50 pounds per 100 people, for 250about 110 pounds

Calico beans, 8-12 pounds dry per 100, you want to end up with 3 to 4 gallons per 100, 3 is usually enough unless there are very big appetites.

6 pounds dry pasta per 100 as base for your pasta salad.

Fruit, see the fruit ray page, two times the amount for the deluxe tray for 100 plus a few extra quarts of strawberries would be about right. It takes about 5 hours to prepare this much fruit.

The menu is very heavy. Consider adding 2 gallons per 100 of some kind of marinated veg salad, such as broccoli-cauliflower, antipasto veg (recipe on this site), etc.

Also, all wedding reception dinners need an appetizer plan, especially with this many, 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 serves about 100 guests.

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I am doing a mostaccioli salad as a side dish for a wedding for 200 guests. The salad includes green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. There will be two other side dishes of baked beans and cole slaw. I would like to know how far in advance can I cut up the vegetables and store in the refrigerator. The wedding is on a Saturday. I would like to cut up vegetables on Wednesday, cook pasta on Thursday and mix all together Thursday. The recipe call for red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and accent.
You can cook pasta and assemble the day before. The veggie tray page tells how far ahead you can cut up various veg and how to keep them crisp. Be SURE not to dress ear;ier than day before, and to cook pasta al dente.
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