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Trying to determine quantities for a wedding dinner for 400. (Have lots of good kitchen helpers) Menu is:
BEVERAGES-- Lemonade, Water, Coffee, Hot Tea;
RELISH TRAYS ON TABLES-- Baby Carrots, Black Olives, Dill Pickles;
SMALL SNACKS PRE-DINNER-- Tortilla Chips, Salsa, Goldfish Crackers, Pretzels, Cheese Cubes-Cheddar, Pepper Jack & Colby Jack;
DINNER BUFFET --
Baked Potato Bar: Potatoes, Butter, Sour Cream, Chili, Bacon Crumbles, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Salsa, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Ranch Dressing;
Sweet 'n Sour Meatballs;
Spiral Sliced Ham;
Salad: Spring Greens, Feta Cheese, Craisins, Walnuts & Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing;
DESSERT -- Sheet Cakes, Ice Cream
I've read a lot of information on your site. It is very helpful. Not at all sure on meat quantities when with the baked potato bar. Also not at all sure on the ingredient quantities for the salad.
First, a caution. This level service is a huge amount of work, I would look at a manager, 5 in the kitchen and 20 out front to set up, serve and clean up this party. Those people will not be at the wedding, they will be prepping the party. Also it requires 6 serving lines, or 3 double sided serving lines in addition to the dessert area, the beverage area, and the appetizer area.
In addition, I would put the bread baskets, the salad tables cleared.plates and the relish trays all on the tables before the people come, so they will have something to do while they wait their turn in line.
Plan ahead for trash cans and bussing stations to keep the serving tables and the dinner tables cleared as needed.
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