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Cook Talk

Sweet 16 for 140 people
Tammy Robinson
We are cooking for my daughters Sweet 16 .. This is what we are planning
Chicken parmesian 20 lbs
Sausage and peppers 20 lbs
Sweet and sour meatballs 20 l bs
Ham with pineapple 20 lbs
Chicken nuggets - 4 big bags from costco
Mac and cheese - 4 trays
Potatoe salad - 20 lbs
Rice 4 trays
Tossed salad 4 trays
Dinners rolls - 150

All main dishes lbs are just the meat
Trays for other stuff is half trays..

Is this enough??

You have more than enough meat, you could leave out one of the 5 and still have enough, and need to expand the side dishes-
A half tray is just 12 servings

Mac and cheese - 4 1/2 trays; at least 4 full trays, and 5 might not be too many if there are a lot of guys
Rice 4 1/2 trays, at least 3 full trays

Potato salad - 20 lbs- I usually do at least 35 pounds per 100
Tossed salad 4 1/2 trays- you can do this yourself, easy and inexpensive- see the plan for 100 page and do 1 1/2 times the amounts for salad and dressing.
Dinners rolls - 150- 18 pounds plus 4 pounds butter

Consider adding 2 items- a veg, cold be hot or cold, 30 pounds and an appetizer selection, 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 see fruit tray page, deluxe tray for 100 would be sufficient), a cheese tray (8 pounds per 100, 6 pounds crackers per 100) and an attractive dip or spread (about 8 pounds chips per 100, with 1 pint dip per pound); 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. Consider 2 for teens, as they tend to swarm.

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