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Max
06/18/07
I am trying to have a fajita party for 50-60 people, I am not sure how much meat and cheese/sides I will need. Any help would be great. Thanks
Tammy
06/18/07
We are having an annual meeting and we are expecting about 300 people. We were going to make a fruit salad out of raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew, and strawberries but we have no idea how much fruit to get. Any ideas?
Thanks
ellen
06/18/07
Max, for party/dinner mixed beef and chicken fajitas, most caterers allow 5 ounces cooked lean boneless beef and 3 ounces cooked checken. You buy about 2 pounds bobeless raw lean beef for 5 persons, about 1 pound boneless skinless chicken for 4 persons. The toppings are about like the baked potato bar toppings- see the button at the top of the cook talk page.

Tammy, everything yuu need to estimate the fruit salad is at the fruit tray page, button at the top of the cook talk page. If you want, U will check your estimate of you post it.

jessie
06/19/07
having luncheon for about 100 about how much ap chicken should i purchase for chicken salad
ellen
06/19/07
1 pound bone in raw whole chicken makes about 1 cup meat (1/2 pound meat). There is a quantity recommendation on chicken salad for 100 on the plan for 100 page.
juan
01/29/08
I,m having a party for 300. The menu will be white rice, navy beans and chicken leg quarters. How much of each of the ingredients I'm going to need. Thanks.
Jan
07/30/08
how much fruit should I buy for 300 people for a fruit salad? (cantalope, watermelon, blueberries and pineapple)
Thanks
Jan
ellen
07/30/08
Jan, even for this large a group, fruit trays are easier to assemble and refill. Fruit salads get picked over and get droopy. See the article on fruit trays (button at the top of the main cook talk page) for advice on quantities fruit selection and substitutions. If you are buying pre-made fruit salad, the amounts are there for both meals and receptions, also.
Jennifer
08/05/08
Hosting a kosher brunch for 25. How much lox should I order? For that matter, how much egg salad (lb), tuna salad (lb), bagels (pc), cream cheese (lb), quishes (pc), blintzes (pc), fruit salad (lb), breakfast potatoes (lb), juice and of course, lox (lb)would I figure per person? Everything to order is either by the pound or by the piece. Thanks for any input!
ellen
08/05/08
Jennifer you want about 1 1/2 pounds food per person.

Did you look at the breakfast plan for 100 chart? for 25, you want 1/4 the amount for fruit salad, potatoes, juice; if you think it will be 30+, use 1/3. Go light on the breakfast potatoes if they are potato knishes.

Per person:
1 each knishes and blintzes
1 1/2 bagels and 3 ounces cream cheese- you will have some left, but that is better than running out
1/3 cup each tuna and egg salad
3 ounces lox
You must also have capers and sour cream with the lox, and sour cream and applesauce with the blintzes.

dodie
10/28/08
Want to make a fruit bowl for a group of 100-125. Want to use strawberries, fresh pineapple, cantalope, watermelon etc. How much do I need to purchase
dodie
10/28/08
Want to make a fruit bowl for a group of 100-125. Want to use strawberries, fresh pineapple, cantalope, watermelon etc. How much do I need to purchase
ellen
10/29/08
See the fruit ray page for complete informatio- already posed. If you wish to post your shopping list, I will check it for you.
pam
11/20/08
How much sauce do I need to feed 70 people spaghetti for dinner. I was going to make 2 large 18 qt roasters.
ellen
11/21/08
See the guide for a spaghetti dinner for 50-60 and increaase the sauce by 1/4 to 1/3. Larger amount is for thicker sauces or for heavier eaters.
robin
11/21/08
3 meats for 100
i cater on the side and really have never had any problems because i've submitted the menu for my bid. they however want roast beef, baked turkey and baked ham for 100 people. i've came up with amounts but need reassurance. they are middle aged people and it's an evening meal. thanks! robin
ROBIN
11/21/08
3 meats for 100
forgot to tell you, it is buffet style
ellen
11/21/08
I would aim for 4-5 ounces ready to eat beef PLUS 2 ounces ready to eat turkey PLUS 2 ounces ready to eat ham per person. You have to have extra because you can't run out of the first choice on the first round. Also, be SURE that it is written in to the contract that you are serving per person, or they may expect you to leave them all the remaining/left over meats (unless you are selling them trays or pans, in which case they do keep the remainders).
Tiffany
11/25/08
How much whitefish, whitefish salad, lox and baked salmon for around 30 people?
ellen
11/25/08
2-3 ounces lox per person. 4-5 ounces ready to eat salmon per serving (that's about 2 pounds raw for 5 people. I don't know how you are serving the whitefish, if it is baked/etc, it is like salmon; and the salad, 1/2 to 2/3 cup is an entree serving. I can't help on how many of each type you want, that depends on the taste of your particular crowd. You want about 36 servings total for 30 people, especially with multiple entrees.
Cathy
11/25/08
I'm hosting a pancake breakfast for 200 people.
How many gallons of orange juice will I need toserve 200 people? Thank you
ellen
11/26/08
See the beverage planning table for oj and coffee.
Diane
01/14/09
I am making a fruit tray for 60 people with grapes, pineapple, and clementines how much of each do I need? Thanks so much.
ellen
01/14/09
See the fruit tray page and look at the tray for 25. I would change it up by using 2 3-4 pound pineapples, about 4 pounds seedless grapes and about 6-7 pounds of clementines for each 25 people. Use several colors of grapes and consider using some strawberries for color, add a mint leaf garnish.
TJ
01/14/09
I am trying to figure out how much pasta salad and broccoli salad I need to fix for approximately 150 people. The party is planned for 3:00pm. Other people are bringing items as well. There should be about 10-15 other dishes to choose from as well.
ellen
01/14/09
I would make enough of each for 75 people, people will take smaller servings with several choices, and it is after they have eaten lunch.
TJ
01/15/09
How many pounds do you think it would take to feed ~75 of those items?
ellen
01/15/09
See my many pasta salads and slaw recipes for 100, use 3/4 the amount. For example, for broccoli slaw, sub the broccoli for the cabbage to check the amounts.
Connie
01/15/09
I am making barbeques for 25 people. How much hamburger will I need? Thank you
ellen
01/16/09
Assuming you mean sloppy joe/ loose meat type sandwiches, about 7 pounds.
Sue
01/25/09
I want to make the frosted grape salad for approximately 300 people. Does anyone know how many one recipe feeds. thanks
ellen
01/25/09
What is the recipe?
ellen
01/25/09
If this is the one with grapes and jello mix, 1 pound of grapes makes 4 servings.
Paul
01/25/09
I am making chicken soup for 300 how much ingredients do I need
Paul
Rita
01/25/09
How much mints or nuts for 300?
Self catering a wedding reception and wonder how many pounds of mints and/or nuts to buy for 300 people.
ellen
01/26/09
Soup amounfs are listed in the plan tor 100 list. See some of the soup for 100 recipes for guides.

Mints/nuts. Its on the plan for 100 tables; 6 pounds either per 100.

mike pediman
01/27/09
i am making coleslaw for the knights of columbus fund raising and have 23 orders at 16 oz per order, can you help me on how much
i would need to make your butermilk coleslaw
much help needee thank you
ellen
01/27/09
You need to start with 1 pound shredded for each pound finished, as it shrinks a bit.
mike j
02/05/09
How much per serving
how much of chile would you serve per serving if you had 100 lb of chile meat and needed to feed 300 people.
ellen
02/05/09
Mike, you have more meat than you need to do generous portions of chili for 300 people, though this depends a little on the recipe. See the chili recipes on the chili page for help.
Faye
02/12/09
I am making spaghetti sauce for 120 people. How many quarts or gallons do I need to feed this many people?
Faye O
ellen
02/12/09
If you look at the lotsa pasta page, there is a dinner for 50-60. You can use this as a quantity guide.
ileen
02/15/09
I need a recipe for coleslaw dressing for 150 lbs coleslaw.
ellen
02/15/09
20 pounds slaw veggies makes enough for 100. Here is an interesting dressing:

Dressing for 15 pounds
1 1/3 cup mayonaisse OR plain low-fat yogurt
1 1/3 cup canola oil
3 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup honey, or more to taste
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons caraway seed
1 cup fresh dill weed, chopped
1/2 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper

At least one day ahead, combine dressing ingredients and whisk until well blended. Taste for balance, adding extra vinegar or honey if needed. Chill.
In a very large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, onions, celery and parsley. Mix well. Chill.

nicole
02/18/09
I have to have enough mints and nuts to feed 300 people. Do you have any suggestions?
ellen
02/19/09
It is already posted in the plan for 100 lists. 6 pounds of nuts or mints for each 100 people, if used as a table garnish.
Walt
02/19/09
pancake mix
Ellen - how much pancake mix do we need to feed about 200 people (at 4 pancakes each)? thx
ellen
02/19/09
Ah, the famous pancake mix question! Just in time for Shrove Tuesday.

The mix you plan to use has a serving size and weight on it. If the serving size agrees with your planned size, use this, adding 10% if your numbers are pretty firm. The mix makes better pancakes if prepared and refrigerated the night before. There is a breakfast planning table for 100. Button at the top of the main cook talk page.

lyn
02/19/09
need to know quantities of milk, bread, cereals i need for 36 persons for weekend Fri night - Sun dinner.
ellen
02/19/09
Figure it out using the plan for 100 lists. If teens count as 50. Otherwise, 2/5 the amount for 100.
Cathy
02/23/09
I am planning my sons graduation. We are serving tacos in a bag and fresh fruit salad for 150 people. I need to know how much ingredients to buy for the fresh fruit salad (strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, honeydew melon) as well as the toppings for the tacos in a bag (lettuce, cheese, olives, tomatoes, onions, ) THank you very much
Lisa
03/01/09
How much to prepare of each 200
I would like to know how to figure how much of each entree to prepare 200 for a wedding reception. I have been asked to fix Chicken breast,Roast Beef and Veggie Lasagna?
Is the 34,33,33 method a good one? If not how much of each?
Thank You
Lisa
Karen Ann
03/01/09
How much smoked salmon/white fish do i buy for my appetizer buffet table ... 50 people.
ellen
03/01/09
Cathy, see the fruit tray page for specifics on the fruit salad amounts. There is also a recipe for "out of the trash bag walking taco salad" that will give you amounts to serve 25- link at the top of the texmex page.

Lisa, No, especially if it is buffet/ self service. You need to count on 5 ounces ready to eat bee PLUS 3 ounces (1 small) chicken breast PLUS 2 ounces veggie lasagna for EACH person, if you want to be sure to have enough and that everyone gets their first choice. Almost 2/3 of the people will take roast beef plus something else on self service.

Karen Ann, you need 1 pound for each 5 people, assuming other items are also offered.

ANGELICA
03/01/09
How much macaroni do I need to buy to make a side dish for 50 people
ellen
03/01/09
See the mac and cheese for 25 recipe on big pots.
Kathy
03/05/09
How much chicken breast
I am cooking the chicken breast for a pot luck wedding reception, the menu is chicken breast, baked beans, rice pilaf,green bean cass,salad rolls, fruit trays, baked potato
ellen
03/05/09
You don't say how many people? 7-8 ounces raw skinless boneless per person. Consider twice baked potatoes or mashed, both can be made ahead and reheat better or they could just be omitted with that nice rice pilaf.
Mildred N Nice
03/06/09
How much fresh pineapple,honeydew,cantaloupe,red grapes and white grapes do I need for 150 people?
ellen
03/06/09
The fruit tray page has total quantity amounts for various sizes of servings of these fruits. Check it out.
e
03/18/09
I'm coordinating a Safety Lunch and I need to know how many lbs of cole slaw I need to get for 85 people.
ellen
03/19/09
about 16 pounds.
Harry Fresch
03/25/09
Hello,
I am having a spaghetti dinner for a fundraiser and we would like to see 200 people show up, how many gallons of sauce wuld I need?
ellen
03/25/09
Look at the dinner for 50-60 on the spaghetti/ lotsa pasta page.
Karen
03/27/09
how much baked ham for 50 people
ellen
03/27/09
See plan for 100 list, use 1/2.
Geraldine
03/30/09
How much turkey ,potatoes, carrots, and turnips
looking to see how much food will be needed to feed 250 people for hot turkey ?
ellen
03/30/09
Covered in detail in the planning and shopping for large holiday dinners article in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots.
steve
04/01/09
I am cooking for a retirement party of 200 people.They want ribs and brisket. I am planning on baby back or saint louis cut ribs and briket flats. They also are having sides catered in. How much of each should I buy?
maritza
04/02/09
how much white rice for 300 people. how to cook it in the oven?
ellen
04/02/09
Steve, it depends somewhat on the age of the crowd, the length of the party and whether alcohol is being served but 1/2 pound EACH raw ribs and raw brisket is about the minimum.

Mariyza, about 22 pounds. Preferably get converted rice (uncle Ben's) or basmati for the best texture and hold. The method is explained under baked rice on the recipebox page.

Kelsey
04/07/09
I am tring to plan a dinner party for 85 people. They want a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Including: sliced carrots, Mashed turnip, mashed potato, dressing, cranberry sauce, and dessert. I was wondering how much of each would I need. Thank you.
ellen
04/07/09
See the article on planning and shopping for large holiday dinners at the top of the big pots page in the holiday cooking section. It has everything you need to know about amounts for a large turkey or turkey and ham dinner.
taylor
04/07/09
i am having a party and i am expecting 175 people. i need to know how much:
-potato salad
-greenbeans
-dip
i will need.

we are also serving fruit and cheese trays. how much fruit and cheese will i need?
thanks!!!

Dana
04/07/09
My church has to fix a lunch for about 200 soldiers during our Military Appreciation Weekend. We are planning on roast cornish game hens, rice salad with fresh veggies, bread and dessert. I am planning on 1/2 of a hen for each person. The big question is how much rice salad should I fix? I have a great recipe for Waldorf salad with rice or a rice with fresh veggies and a lemon vinaigrette. HELP!
ellen
04/08/09
Taylor, all these foods are covered on the appetizer planning page and the plan for 100 tables. There is also a discussion of how much the time of day affects the amounts you need. You use 1 3/4 times as much as you would use for just 100 people. Make your estimates. Then if you want to post it, I will check it for you.

Dana, If you have no other starch or vegetable, you need one cup per person. I would add at least a fruit salsa or spiced apple or peach, this is a light menu for mostly men.

ceri
04/09/09
I'm having an engagement party and doing all the food my self its a buffet style party and i need to know how much food to get for every one there will be about 300 people there that i am catering for.
this is the food i am making.

A selection of open sandwiches topped with:
Ham and Tomato
Tuna and Cucumber
Egg Mayonnaise
Cheese and Tomato

Vol au Vents:
Chicken in White Sauce
Prawns in Seafood Sauce
Ham and Mushroom in White Sauce

Savouries:
Quiche Lorraine
Ham and Mushroom Flans
Cheese and Onion Flans
Pork Pies
Sausage Rolls
Scotch Eggs

A selection of:
Cocktail Sausages
Pickled Onions
Cheeses, Nuts and Crisps
Salad to Garnish

A selection of desserts:
Various flavoured Cheesecakes and Gateaux.

A selection of:
Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Savoury Rice and Tuna Pasta Salad

A selection of seafood:
Mussels, Prawns and Crabsticks.

thank you

ellen
04/09/09
Ceri, a party this size with this extensive of a menu usually requires at least 4 chefs, a commercial kitchen with at least 4 ovens and 18 servers. What do you mean you are doing it yourself? Please write further.

Also, I assume you know it is not legal to prepare food for sale in the home kitchen? And that you need a legal contract and event/liability insurance for this party?

As I have explained several times on site, this site is for family cooks, and not for professional (paid)caterers, so I don't do estimates for catering. I recommend chef2chef.com for pro caterers.

ashley
04/20/09
Ellen, I am preparing a cookout for a bachelor party for about 20 guys in there mid 30's. I am trying to figure a cost scale, as well as how many pounds of ribs I will need to cover every hungary man. I will also be providing grilled chicken and other light sides. how much of a profit is too much? any help would be great!
ellen
04/20/09
I would allow 1 pound ribs per person plus one piece or quarter of chicken; you will have some left, but everyone will get their fill and their choice. Caterers usually make food 30% of their cost and expect about 6-8% net profit- you have to pay your help, buy equipment and supplies as well, etc.
lucy
04/21/09
i am making some appetizers. it's going to include pesto sauce, peper jack chese slices, avocados, b/s chicken brst, flour , and sour dough bread. i need to know how much to of the ingridients to buy for a party of 350 people.
Charlotte
04/26/09
We are doing a surprise party for my mother-in-law for her 70th. It will be a cold fork buffet for 50. We are doing baked ham, chicken drumsticks, sausages, a vegetarian option, new potatoes and a selection of salads. I am also going to poach some salmon but am unsure of the quantity to provide per person. I would to poach the salmon whole.
ellen
04/26/09
Lucy, I can't figure out what you are making and whether this is the only appetizer. Off the cuff, you want 1 ounce of bread, 1 ounce of cooked chicken, 1 teaspoon of pesto, 1 tablespoon of avocado, 1/2 ounce of cheese for each bite. You have to write more info if you want help.

Charlotte, OK If this was me, and about half the guests are your mom's age, I would count this as just 50, and not add for extras- elders don't eat as much. I would do 1 drumstick per person, PLUS 3 ounces ready to eat salmon (about 9 pounds whole) PLUS 2-3 ounces of sausage PLUS 3 ounces ready to eat ham PER PERSON; you will have some left, but the problem with serving this many entrees to 50 people is you need to have enough that everyone gets their first choice, and it doesn't even out the way it does in a larger group. You can make a pasta or vegetable dish that will serve as an entree for vegetarians and a side for everyone else, this simplifies the entree issue a bit.

paulette
04/28/09
How much raw broccolli for vegetable dipping trays is needed to feed 60 people?
ellen
04/28/09
about 12 pounds as purchased to make about 2 ounces per person.
Angela
05/09/09
I am having a spanish club party for about 30 people. The meat is being taken cae of by someone else. I am providing the sides. Approximately how much rice, beans, guacamole, salsa and chips? I was thinking

4 pints beans
4 pints rice
4 pints guacamole (all in 13x9x5" pans)
3 pints salsa

Please help.

ellen
05/09/09
You are short for 30 people unless they are very light eaters. A serving of rice is 1/2 to 3/4 cup, beans 1/2 cup, guac 1/3 cup, salsa 1/4-1/3 cup. Following minimums:

4 pints beans- 8 pints
4 pints rice- 10-12 pints
4 pints guacamole (all in 13x9x5" pans)- 10-12 cups
3 pints salsa- 4-5 pints
chips, 3 pounds corn chips minimum

missy
05/11/09
I am having a christening party for 60 people I will be serving chicken drumsticks and thighs fried rice plain rice, fried plantain fried beef, salde chesses and ham sandwiches for the kids about 15 out of the 60.
ellen
05/12/09
Missy you can use my tables for 100 by taking 2/3 the amount for 100. You will need about 14-15 pounds of plantain and your two rices should start with a combined dry rice weight of 5 pounds of rice. Salad is covered in the plan for 100 list, cheeses are on the appetizer page and you should expect that most of the kids wi want chicken.
Polly
06/05/09
How many pounds of cole slaw do I need to feed about 75 people?
ellen
06/05/09
You need about 2 1/2 gallons of slaw or slaw made from 15 pounds of cabbage plus add-ins.
Olivia
06/10/09
How much pancake mix?
How much pancake mix do I need to feed 50 people at about 3 pancakes each? Also, we are planning on usiing ham. How many pounds of ham should I use?
ellen
06/10/09
Look at the breakfast planning page. Use1/2 the amount for 100.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/bfast100.html

E
07/10/09
How many pounds of baked beans to feed 130 people
ellen
07/10/09
11 pounds dry beans. 4-4 1/2 gallons cooked
Louise Monk
07/14/09
Dear Ellen: I am planning a family reunion for 60 people we are serving Cold turkey and Ham with potato, pasta and ceasar salads also coleslaw. rolls and sweets. Could you please help me with the quanities that I need and any suggestions you have to offer ( more salads and if so what kinds)

Thank You

Louise

ellen
07/14/09
The items besides the meats, just use the tables and use 2/3 the amount for 100.

You want 4-5 ounces turkey and 3 ounces ham for each person, this gives everyone their first choice.

cindy
07/20/09
chicken salad for 75 people, i am preparing it myself, how much raw chicken should i purchase?
Sheila
07/20/09
How much rigatoni for 150 people
cooking for 150 for a benefit dinner, having rigatoni, how much sauce do I need and how many pounds of rigatoni do I need to cook
ellen
07/20/09
Cindy, extensive info on chicken salad for parties at the sandwich event page. 1 pound raw whole chicken makes 1 cup meat. 1 pound boneless skinless makes 2 cups meat.

Sheila, all I know about pasta events is already covered on the pasta event page. If after reading you can't figure it, write back, but also tell me if this is a main dish with meat and cheese or a side dish.

Melissa
07/21/09
Hi, I'm having a birthday party for my daughter and it's my first time throwing a party so I'm clueless! At the very most we will have 39 people but 12 of them will be children ranging in ages from 1-10. I plan on serving pizza, breadsticks, salad, and maybe fruit pizza and cake, of course. I think I read on here that you estimated 1/2 pizza person but of course the children won't eat that much. Do you think 15 pizzas would be enough? Also, how many breadsticks do you think I will need. And what about fruit pizza? I was thinking 5-6 because I think one is supposed to serve 8 people.
Thanks!
ellen
07/21/09
You need 1/3 the amount for 100 for this party. Figure 1 pizza for each 4 kids and 1 for each 2 adults. You don't need both fruit pizza and cake, but if you do have te fruit pizza, 3 would probably be plenty.
Krisette
07/21/09
How many lbs of salmon do i need to feed 75 people...also how many lbs of ribs? thank you
ellen
07/22/09
See the plan for 100 page for fish. Amount depends on whole fish, fillets, pieces/nuggets, etc. For ribs, depends on what kind; beef or baby back, at least 1 pound per person. Meaty regular spare ribs, 3/4 pound per person is enough.
Janet
07/23/09
I would like to know how much bread to order for a party of 300 people.
The breads are a variety which consist of the following:

Filone
Ciabatte
Focaccia
French Bread

Thank you so much!

Bob
07/23/09
How much should I buy to feed 35 people marinated boneless chicken breasts and grilled sirloin tips?
ellen
07/23/09
Janet, about 12 pounds per 100, you decide how to divide it.

Bob, cateres allow 5 ounces cooked beef PLUS 3 ounces cooked chicken per person. That is 2 pounds raw boneless lean beef for 5, plus 1 4 ounce breast per person.

Hollie Jane Olson
07/25/09
How much salmon do I need to feed 200 people
I am cooking for 150-200 people for a cocktail-appetizer party and am wondering how many pounds of salmon I need to make appetizer-bite sized one inch cubes??
ellen
07/25/09
about 1 pound for each 4 people will give you 3 cubes each.
Debbie
07/28/09
I am helping to prepare snap beans and boiled red potatoes as fixings for a wedding rehersal supper (pig pickin). How much will it take to feed 65 people?

Thank you,

ellen
07/28/09
About 24 pounds raw potatoes and about 15-18 pounds of snaps.
melika
07/31/09
how much rice would i need to cook for 300 persons i'm having a b-b-que
ellen
07/31/09
about 24 pounds dry.
david
08/05/09
how many pounds of coleslaw for 75 people?
ellen
08/06/09
made from 15 pounds of cabbage. Or use 3/4 of any of my slaw for 100 recipes.
Ruth Anne
08/06/09
I set up menus for a dinner that serves about 60 people. How many quarts of macaronia salad would I need to have? Thank you
ellen
08/06/09
2-2 1/2 gallons- 8-10 quarts.
anglo
08/07/09
How many gallons of fbeans too feed 300 people
I am having a fund raiser for 300 people.
How much potato salad will I need. How many gallons os beans
ellen
08/07/09
See the plan for 100 page, make 3 times the amount for 100.
krista
08/10/09
how many pounds of 4 0z. chicken do i need to feed 250 people: and how many pounds of ribs to go along with that..for a golf outing, i cannot run out of food please help.
ellen
08/10/09
1 piece of chicken per person PLUS 1/2 pound regular ribs or 3/4 pound baby back or beef ribs per person.
bebe
08/10/09
How many pounds of rice to make spanish rice for 200 people? And how many pounds of beans to make pinto beans for 200 people?
ellen
08/10/09
These recipes are already on site, you basically need 8 pounds dry of each per 100 people to make side dish servings.
Kim
09/08/09
How many pounds of chicken will I need for a party of 100 people.
mary sue
09/08/09
How many pieces of chicken are in 33lb bags? Leg quarters.
Brooke
09/08/09
How much pasta should I buy for italian salad fo45
How much uncooked pasta should I buy if I am making italian salad for 45?
ellen
09/08/09
Kim, it depends on the cut, see the plan for 100 table.

Mary Sue, about 4-5 in each 3 pounds, depending on whether the backbone is trimmed off or left on.

Brooke, 3 pounds, or 1/2 of any of the recipes for 100.

krista
09/20/09
how much flank steak to feed 240 people;they are having chicken also?
Jalene
09/20/09
We are having a meal that will include green beans. We intend on purchasing the gallon cans and using bacon, onion & seasonings for flavor. How many gallon cans of green beans should we plan on purchasing to feed 350 people?
ellen
09/20/09
Krista, because it is popular and shrinks, you need to allow 1/2 pound per person, even though you also have chicken.

Jalene, the large cans do not contain a gallon! 4 cans is three gallons, which is the minimum for 100 people, if there is another vegetable; if it is the only vegetable. I allow 5 per 100. So you can figure it and remember the catering rule- always round UP if you have a fraction.

Bethanne
10/09/09
How to serve taco salad to 200 people
How much of the following do I need to make taco salad for 200 people:
ground beef
lettuce
chopped tomatoes
shredded cheese
nacho chips
sour cream
ellen
10/10/09
See the walking taco salad for 25, use 8 times.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/texmex1.html

KK
11/10/09
preparing a meal for 300. we are serving roasted red potatoes...how many lbs of potatoes do we?
ellen
11/10/09
about 110-120 pounds.
kyndal
11/13/09
My after school program is having a thanksgiving potluck for 100 children and approximately 15 adults. I am donating the turkey since I am the director of the program. How much raw turkey do I need? And if I want to slice it and place it in gravy, how much gravy will I need. Thanks
rosie
11/13/09
having a party, i volunteered!! I need to know the following for 100 persons:
1.how much ham for ham biscuits?
2.how much of each if serving champgne for mimosas, fruit tea, and coffee?
3.how much passion fruit for the mimosas?
4.how much shrimp & grits for "shrimp & grits"?
5. how many of each? cinnamon rolls, muffins, danish,& mimi croissants?
thank you so much. I need to know asap.
ellen
11/13/09
Kyndal about 55 pounds whole raw. 1/4 cup gravy per person would be plenty with this many being kids.

Rosie, I can't do the food unless I know the whole menu. It sounds like a brunch, but could be a reception?
coffee per the breakfast coffee on the beverage page. Mimosas, allow 1 cup per person. Fruit tea? Iced or hot? If iced, it will be mostly used by folks who don't drink mimosas. 3 gallons should be enough, plus plenty of ice.

rosie
11/16/09
Here is the full menu.would you please give me the amounts of each that I would need for 100 persons
ham biscuits, shrimp & grits, spinach fritata, turkey bacon, turkey links, cinnamon rolls, muffins, danish, mini croissants, red roasted potatoes, fruit bowl with canteloupe, pineapples, strawberries & grapes, mimosas, fruit tea, coffee. thank you so much. we dont need to go anywhere else because you have it all in your site. Thanks again.
ellen
11/16/09
ham biscuits, if these are pre assembled, you need 1 per person plus 10 percent. If you are serving the biscuits and ham separately, which I suggest, I would do 2 smallish biscuits per person (and skip the croissants) plus 2 slices of Canadian bacon or 1 1/2 to 2 ounces (2 little slices) ready to eat ham per person.
shrimp & grits, people will eat all the shrimp you offer. 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds grits (depending on whether your guests are grits eaters), at least 12 pounds of shelled, head off, tail off shrimp
spinach fritata, 8 dozen eggs
turkey bacon, 2 slices per person
turkey links, 2 small per person
cinnamon rolls, muffins, danish, mini croissants;
get the smallest ones, about 90 each small rolls and mini muffins, 120 small Danish, skip the croissants and use the good biscuits as discussed in the ham biscuit section. Have honey, butter and jam for the biscuits

red roasted potatoes,
fruit bowl with cantaloupe, pineapples, strawberries & grapes,

ellen
11/16/09
25 pounds of potatoes, unless there are a LOT of men
See the fruit tray for 25, use 3-4 times the amount.
Donna
11/17/09
I need to feed 250 people about 3 oz. of turkey. I plan on purchasing real turkey to cook and cut off the bone. How many pounds of turkey will I need.
ellen
11/17/09
This is about 1/2 the usual holiday size portion. You need 2 pounds raw whole for each 5 people for this size portion.
rosie
11/18/09
may I start over....I now have 150 persons to feed.I will use the same menu from 11/16/09 minus the mimosas, cinnamon rolls, and danish.
I am making the biscuits and filling them with ham. I need to know how much ham I need to buy to fill 150 biscuits and what kind of ham to buy.
I need to know how much fresh spinach or how much frozen spinach (I dont know which one I will use yet) I would need to make spinach fritattas for 150 persons.
How much of each Muffins and croissants for 150 persons. These muffins will not be mini or jumbo but regular size. Same with the croissants.
How much clean uncooked shrimp will I need for the shrimp and grits for 150 persons, this recipe also has cheddar cheese, how much will I need? The shrimp & grits recipe also has bacon in it, how much bacon will I need for this dish for the 150 persons. Thank you again and sorry for the inconvienience.
Gloria Gladu
11/18/09
Which type of ham would you serve: Shank end or butt end.

How many pounds of ham would I need to feed 75 people?

Gloria

ellen
11/19/09
Gloria, Shank is easier to carve, usually a bit less expensive. Bone in raw weight, about 35 pounds minimum.

Rosie, I am puzzled. For 150 people you just use 1 1/2 times the amount for 100 people; for example, you would want frittata with 12 dozen eggs. The amount of spinach depends completely on the recipe you are using for th 12 dozen eggs, andf I don't have your recipe. Same for the bacon in the shrimp recipe. Multiply your recipe to get the right amount of shrimp, and you get the right amount of bacon.
I think you are making a mistake keeping the croissants and eliminating the Danish and cinnamon rolls, the quality of the latter two is usually better than the quality of commercial croissants, and people like them better.
You can use any kind of ham. Country ham (Smithfield type) is the fanciest, but for the extra the trouble and expense is not that much better than a good regular ham. Do get "ham" or "ham with natural juices" and avoid the ones that say water added.

Brooke
11/25/09
what is the difference?
What is the differnce between light and dark brown sugar? Does it really matter if you use light if a recipe calls for dark and is one healthier than the other?
ellen
11/25/09
There is a bit more molasses in dark brown, they are interchangeable, and whichever you use, just back it tightly into the cup.
Straight out ya mama
12/05/09
Ellen,
I am catering an event for 150 people and i need to know how much food i need to cook:
It's a breakfast and i am serving eggs, sausage.muffins, bagles,fresh fruit,coffee,juice,milk,cereal etc. all the things needed for a not so messy breakfast. I know how to cook all these things already i just need to know how much i need?
ellen
12/05/09
Look at the breakfast planning page for 100 and
use 1 1/2 times the amount for 100. The beverage planning page will help with the coffee, tea, juice.
Phylura
12/07/09
I am serving egg salad sandwiches,chicken salad sandwiches, and cucumber sandwiches at a tea for a church fundraiser. I need recipes that will serve 120 people.

Also a recipe for scones would be appreciated also.

Thanks

ellen
12/08/09
Look at the scone recipe and the tea party and sandwich pages on site. All this is already covered.
Kim
01/15/10
Mimosas for 25
Hi I am planning on serving mimosas at a brunch for 25 women. Can you give me an estimate of how many bottles of champagne and OJ will be needed. Might you have a recommendation for an appropriate decent champagne that will not kill my budget?
ellen
01/16/10
You want about a pint per person, and most people mix 3 parts oj to 2 parts sparkling wine (quart of oj to bottle of wine) A splash of peach schnapps or orange liquor is mighty tasty in there. Consider using Freixenet Cordon Negro, extra dry is sweeter than brut; at about $12 a bottle, the Wall Street Journal calls it a great buy. I would put away 9 -10 bottles from someone who will accept returns of unopened bottles.
Diane
01/30/10
I am planning a luncheon for about 100-110 Adults with:
bagels
Lox
Whitefish salad
tuna salad
fruit salad (to purchase already made) - how many pounds?
hummus/veggie platter - to purchase already made - how many pounds?
mixed greens

How can I figure out quantities for each item?

ellen
01/30/10
These figures are for served, if buffet, add 10%.

Bagels; size varies a LOT. 2 smallish or 1.3 great big per person. 1.5 if several flavors.

What about cream cheese? 2 oz. per person

Lox about 1 pound for every 8 people if it is a lox-loving crowd.
Tuna/ whitefish-I can't help with the split but you want a total of about 7 gallons
Fruit 1 pound every 4 to 5 (usually 4)
hummus, 1/4 cup per person
veggies, see veggie tray page; 2-3 ounces ready to eat per person
greens- see salad section at the top of plan for 100 page

Susan Butler
02/01/10
How much turnips and potatoes required to feed 130
How many pounds of potatoes and turnips do I need to feed 130 people. Thse would be mashed turnips and potatoes. 2 scoops of poataoes and one scoop of turnips.
Thanks, Susan
Amy
02/01/10
How much shrimp and grits
hello, we are having cocktail party 75 people. Need to know how much shrimp and grits to do. We are having other meats, appetizer.
ellen
02/01/10
Susan: 45-50 pounds potatoes, half that much turnips.

Amy, 1 pound raw shrimp per 4 people, 1.2 cup cooked grits per person.

Mimi
02/09/10
I am going to make fruit salad for my daughter's wedding reception. I will use strawberries, red grapes, green grapes, granny smith apples, figi apples and canned pineapples chunks, how much of each fruit will I need if I am planning on 125 guest?
ellen
02/10/10
See the fruit tray page. Cut the apples into pineapple juice to prevent browning.
Darlene
02/17/10
I am planning a wedding reception for 180-200 people. I have never planned a party this large before. I don't know how much I need of each item or if I have planned too many or too little choices. I plan to serve the following:
6 different appetizers
Pulled pork sandwiches (entree)
A hot chicken/sausage pasta dish (entree)
Pasta salad
Potato salad
Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Rolls and bread sticks
Chips
Fruit punch
Relish trays
fruit platters
trish
02/19/10
we are making a spinach salad with strawberries and almonds. how much spinach will we need for 200 people
ellen
02/19/10
Darlene this is a perfectly OK menu. 2 bites of each appetizer per person. 1 pound ready to eat pork for each 5 people PLUS 3/4 cup casserole per person (not all will eat it, but a fair number will take both). ALL the rest of the foods are on site and in the tables. Make your estimates. If you want to post them, I will check them for you.

Trish, you have to allow a half pound of fresh spinach per person for a large luncheon salad, or 1 pound for each 3-4 if it is the only side salad.

Lee Kopcak
02/23/10
i am having a shower for 50 people having a salas bar. how much do i need to purchase
ellen
02/24/10
Use 1/2 the amount for 100 for greens. How many and what kinds of toppings, soup, bread, dressings? Write back.
Sharon
03/06/10
I am planning a party for 275 people. I am serving a BBQ dinner, but would like some snacks too. How many grapes and strawberries would I need. I also would like to serve cheese cubes and dried sausage with crackers. Can you give me an idea on how much of each I would need? Thanks
ellen
03/07/10
Use the fruit tray page as your guide to all things fruity. Allow 12-14 pounds of chees, 8-10 pounds of sausage and 6-8 pounds of crackers per 100 for the other stuff.
Debbie Giesbrecht
03/10/10
How much pancake mix, syrup and sausages do I need to feed 100 people.
ellen
03/10/10
Already discussed on the breakfast planning page.
nancy
04/14/10
Dance for about 200 teens-was asked to do ham biscuits. Would I plan 1 0r 2 per teen or more, and how much ham .5 oz or 1 oz. per biscuit. Biscuits are sm. about 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
ellen
04/16/10
2 per teen for sure and 1 ounce of ham. People this age seem to eat by inhaling...
tony
04/19/10
We are having 300 people serving split bone in chicken breast with tossed salad and macaroni salad as well. Need to know how many pounds of chicken and about how much macaroni salad.
tony
04/19/10
I just submitted the 300 people with chicken we are also giving dinner rollls as well.
ellen
04/19/10
Tony, each of these is covered in specific in the plan for 100 tables- the chicken table is very detailed- if that is not sufficient, write back.
denise
05/18/10
how much grapes,cantaloupe and honeydew to feed 275 people?
ellen
05/18/10
See the fruit tray page, it depends on whether it is salad or trays and what else is being offered.
Kitty
05/18/10
Please Help, having a 50th Wedding anniversary cookout at 3:00 for about 50-55 people and I am not sure on the side quanities. For main course we are having hamburgers, hotdogs and cocktail meatballs. For sides macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw, cauliflower/pea salad, broccoli salad, baked beans and deviled eggs. Also serving appetizers while they wait for the couple to arrive. How much should I make of each side?
Diane
05/26/10
How much sweet corn will I need to feed 220 people for a wedding reception served with mashed potatoes and turkey?
ellen
05/26/10
Diane, About 50 pounds.
ellen
05/26/10
Kitty,

macaroni salad, from 3 pounds dry macaroni
potato salad, 15 pounds potatoes
cole slaw, cauliflower/pea salad, broccoli salad, you need a total of about 30 pounds- your guess on how to divide

baked beans- 2 gallons
deviled eggs- start with three dozen eggs

Karen McConnaughey
06/19/10
Pot Luck for 100
My team is helping to host a pot luck. We are supplying all non-alcoholic beverages, plus plates, napkins, plasticware, etc. Everyone is bringing their own alcoholic beverage and a dish. I came up with this list:
Appetizer
Salad
Main Course
Veggies
Potatoes/rice, etc.
Fruit
Bread
dessert

But I really don't know how many to add for each dish. Is 5 too little and 10 much too big. Can you give me a rule of thumb for this?

Thanks. Great site!
Karen

ellen
06/19/10
I may have to make a page about this, it comes up fairly often...

One thing you want to do, is try to keep costs about the same for everyone. You do this in part by dividing up the various categories differently, for example, meat/ entree for 6, but veggies or potatoes/rice for 10. Thus, you end up with different numbers of sign up slots under different categories.

I also help people out by putting examples under each category.

Here is a sample:

POTLUCK SIGN UP SHEET FOR 100 PEOPLE

Appetizers- 6 items- 16 servings= example 1 1/2 pounds cheese or 1 quart dip plus 18-24 ounces chips, crackers breads
Salad or veggie tray- 8 items- 12-16 servings= example 2-3 pound veggie tray with dip or 2 pounds salad with dressing
Main Course-16 items- 6 to 8 servings= example large whole chicken or 2 pounds meatloaf or 2 impossible pies or quiches
Veggies 6 items- 12 to 16 servings= example 9x13 casserole or 3 quarts/3 pounds veggies
Potatoes/rice, etc. 8 items- 12 servings= example 9x13 casserole or 3 quarts rice pilaf
Fruit- 10 items- 10 servings= example 12 inch fruit tray, 10 pound whole watermelon
Bread 6 items- 16 servings= example 2 loaves French bread, 16-20 rolls or biscuits plus butter or spreads
dessert- 8 items- 12 servings= example a 2 layer cake, 2 small pies, 9x13 cobbler or cake, 24 small cookies or bars.
Specialties- 10 items= please indicate item and amount- remember, everyone will want to try some!
Ice, Non-alcoholic Beverages, Paper goods will be supplied by the hosting team. BYOB for alcoholic drinks.

Michelle
06/24/10
Hi, I'm having a wedding with about 350 people. Can you tell me how much pesto sauce I would need for that?

Thanks!

ellen
06/25/10
Michelle, is this a side dish of pasta or the only main dish for 350? Need more info. Also helpful to know the rest of the menu...
M.
07/10/10
Ellen,
We are having a summer, outside, cocktail party for 130 people -4 hours. Serving tenderloin with dinner rolls/ lettuce & horseradish sauce; turkey/ cheese pinwheels; veggi pinwheels; cheese platters; veggi platters; sweet tray. Would like to add smoked salmon with cocktail bread... how much salmon would you suggest? Any thing else you would add?
Thanks for your help,
M.
ellen
07/11/10
One pound for each 5-6 people is just about right for the fish for most groups.
Pat
07/11/10
Fall wedding reception at 4 p.m serving 125.
Pre reception:
Cheese & Fruit
Chex Mix
Actual reception:
Chicken salad puffs
Silver Dollar angel ham biscuits with champagne mustard
Mini potato skins with horseradish sauce
? Mini crab cakes with caper sauce
Sausage balls
Vege spring rolls
Vege tray
Broccoli Salad
Pasta salad
Wedding cake
Groom's cheese cake
Orange blossoms
Mexican wedding cookies
Macadamia and white chocolate chip cookies
Grasshopper brownies
Chocolate fountain
How much of each will need and how much chicken will need to make the chicken salad
Thank you so very much for your help
ellen
07/12/10
Pat this is a DIY site. That means you need to take a stab at estimating your party using the various tables and articles, post it and let me check it. Most of the foods you ask about are in the tables.

You need about 16-18 ounces of edible food per person for this mid-afternoon reception.

Charlie
07/20/10
I am fixing food for a wedding for 174 guest.
We are doing 2 open faced chicken salad sandwiches per person. How many lbs. of chicken salad will I need?
ellen
07/20/10
See the chicken salad discussion on the sandwich page.
Jennifer
07/21/10
How many pounds of grapes to feed 100 people
How many pounds of grapes do I need to serve 100 children at camp, if I allow 3 oz/per person? Do you agree with this serving size? This is not a fruit tray; only grapes will be served.
ellem
07/22/10
Of it is kids for a dessert it is OK, you would do more for a snack. You want 20 pounds.
Patty
07/24/10
THis is for a wedding...190 people. Meat is already estimated and bought. It is BBQ. We will have Potatoe salad and Macaroni salad provided for that many people. We want to know how much fruit, baked beans, and cheese & crackers for hors duerves we should buy.
Thank You!!
ellen
07/24/10
Use the plan for 100 tables and the fruit tray table, make twice the amounts for 100; all these foods are covered. If you want, post your estimates and I will check.
Linda
07/25/10
How much country ham to fill 500 small biscuits?
How much country ham to fill 599 small biscuits for wedding reception?
ellen
07/25/10
scant 1 ounce per biscuit.
Marnie
08/10/10
How much salsa should I order for 100 people for an after party.....mostly teens.
ellen
08/10/10
Assuming it is for a dip with chips? About 2 gallons.
Pam
09/21/10
I'm helping with a fundraising auction. We are having "heavy" appetizers. I need to make white chocolate candies to put on the tables. How many pounds should I make for 400 people?
THANKS!
ellen
09/22/10
About 2 ounces per person if there are other sweets
Tanise
10/04/10
How many mini croissants for 150
Dear Ellen, I am catering a wedding reception and need some real help. This is a first for me. I can cook but have never cooked for more than about 30. We are guessing 150 people for the reception and there are few items that I need help in determining the amounts. Can you please help me or give me a web site where I can find the answers? I appreciate any help you can give.
-Mini Croissants (half with pimento cheese and half with chicken salad)(how much of each of the sandwich spreads)
-Homemade ranch dip (how much buttermilk, mayo, and how many pkgs of Ranch dressing mix)
-Homemade spinach dip (how many boxes frozen spinach, cups sour cream, and boxes of Knorr's dip mix)

Thanks again for your help.

Chris
10/04/10
We are having a team feed for our middle school boys and girls cross country teams. We have 26 kids and I'm responsible for bringing sauce to feed half (13 kids). I will be putting small 1" meatballs into the sauce. Could you recommend how much I need to make. It's not like it can't be frozen if not used, but I really don't want to go overboard.
ellen
10/04/10
I would make 6 meatballs per person (that's a lot, but kids really like meatballs), 3-4 quarts of sauce.
Chris
10/06/10
Thanks for the help with sauce and meatballs!!!
Toni
10/27/10
I am preparing a community Thanksgiving Dinner and plan to feed up to possibly 300 people...How much???
Turkey
Dressing
Gravy
Corn
Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Banana Pudding
Thanks a million!
ellen
10/27/10
Tony, go to the Big Pots Holiday cooking section at the top of the page and use the article called, "Planning and shopping for a community feast." All these foods are covered. But read the article on hospitality first, please.
Allan
11/01/10
How much pizza to feed 65 people ?
Ineed to feed 65 people at a union meeting.I'll be serving pizza.How many should I order?
ellen
11/01/10
Assuming that there is not much other food and is mostly men, allow 3 people per large pizza. If there is salad, bread, etc, 4 people per large pizza.
chelly
11/04/10
i need to know how many pumpkins rools will serve 150 people...and how many pecans ,flour,sugar,eggs,pumpkins(cans)i need to buy...please and i need to know if pumpkin rolls freeze well or if i need to make them the day or days ahead and refrigate...thank you
ellen
11/04/10
Chelly, these recipes dffer a great deal, but most serve 6 to 8, so you would need 12 to 18 rolls. Whether they freeze depends on what type of filling. Write back. Maybe include your recipe.
Georgia
11/09/10
How many people would 1 pound of salmon feed?
ellen
11/10/10
smoked, 5, steaks 2-3, fillets about 4
Crystal
11/10/10
How much fruit should I buy?
Hi! I am planning on having a chocolate fountain for a birthday party. I am going to have 75 people attending and I am planning on serving strawberries, bananas and gram crackers. How much fruit should I but?
ellen
11/10/10
See the article on chocolate fountains.
Melinda
11/11/10
Savory:
Butternut squash lasagna, similar to the one I made the other night
Roasted winter vegetables (carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes)
Green salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts and cranberries.
Chilled penne with Asparagus, smoked salmon. Light lemon, poppy seed dressing.
Snack items, passed on plates:
Smoked Salmon and chive tartines
Moose empanadas (small)
Sweet:
Chocolate cake
Fruit tarts
cupcakes
cookies

There will be dontated trays and such, plus 2 ovens and commercial kitchen.

Melinda
11/11/10
I volunteered to cook a buffet dinner for an arts dinner. I need a little help with amounts, as I have never made food for 150-175 people.

thank you!!

ellen
11/11/10
Snack items, passed on plates:
Smoked Salmon and chive tartines-2 per person
Moose empanadas (small)2-3 per person
This is not enough appetizers. For 175 persons, it is usual to have 4-6, total of 6-8 bites per person for 1 hour

Chilled penne with Asparagus, smoked salmon. Light lemon, poppy seed dressing.chicken. 6 pounds dry pasta per 100. I would not repeat the smoked salmon, I would use shrimp or
Butternut squash lasagna, similar to the one I made the other night- see lasagna guide on spaghetti page
Roasted winter vegetables (carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes)- 22-24 pounds per 100. With the 2 pastas and the butternut squash, I would probably use a green veg, nut this dish; very starchy meal
Green salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts and cranberries. Fine. 14 pounds greens per 100.

Sweet:
Chocolate cake 1 small serving per person
Fruit tarts-1 small per person
cupcakes- about 60 not chocolate
cookies- 2 per person
People usually take some of all the desserts.

Dinner level coffee- see beverage planning page

Emily
11/12/10
What is the ratio of mixed nuts by the pound to 10 people?
melinda
11/12/10
Would you suggest skipping the root veggies, and using green veggies? Things I have access to are broccoli, asparagus, and zucchini. Or, should I rely on the green salad as a green?
The hostess loves roasted veggies, which is why I was trying to work that in. Perhaps I should eliminate the pasta salad?

Thank you so much for your help.

ellen
11/13/10
Emily, about 6-7 pounds per 100.

Melinda, yes, skipping the pasta and doing the roasted veggies would be fine, both are starchy. The salad is elegant, leave it. If skipping the pasta, have the asparagus.

rachel
11/21/10
i am having about 20 people over fro thanksgiving and im making my cranberry sauce. about how much sauce should i make for each person, in cups or in tablespoons? some people i know wont eat any while others like myself devour as much as possible
ellen
11/21/10
When I make for 100, I use 8-10 bags- If you make 2 (24 ounces), you will have plenty.
trina B
12/02/10
I am catering a soup supper for 110 men. I am making chicken noodle soup and chili. Also making ham salad sandwiches and pimento cheese sandwiches how many of them. Also can u tell me how to charge for this?
ellen
12/02/10
Trina, as I have said before this is a site mostly for home cooks and volunteers, and I recommend the pro catering sites for paid caterers:
chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

In most states it is not legal to prepare food in your home kitchen for resale.

I would make the sandwich fillings in bowls and serve the bread and condiments in baskets and let the men make their own sandwiches; it is VERY difficult to judge how many of each with this selection and once you make them up, if not eaten they are wasted. Use the guidelines for tuna/chicken salad for sandwiches to figure your quantities on the sandwich fillings and condiments, do not forget the mustard!

You need crackers, etc with the chili, see the recipe for help on these.

You also need 2-3 helpers on site, at about $80 each to set up, clean up and keep filled, unless you are just dropping off the food.

Usual catering charge for this meal, assuming beverages and cookies or something for dessert, about $11 per person- 3-4 times the actual food cost.

I would make 1 batch (serves 80-90) of church social chili and 4 gallons of rich, heavy veg and noodle chicken soup.

Lisa
12/08/10
How much ground beef is used to feed 80 meatloaf
How much ground beef is used to feed 80 meatloaf
ellen
12/09/10
see the plan for 100 table, use 4/5 the amount for 100.
Becky Turner
12/17/10
Assorted Roasted Veggies
I'm fixing dinner for 40 people; they are having chicken curry with all the condiments and rice, green beans with tzatiki sauce, and
assorted roasted veggies (baby Yukon potatoes,
beets, butternut squash, baby carrots, eggplant, baby corn, parsnips, and brussels sprouts - what number of cups per veggie should
I plan for, and also, how many green beans (in cups) per person should I allow?

Thanks for your prompt reply!
Becky T.

ellen
12/17/10
You only want about 10=12 pounds total weight mixed edible veggies for this size group with this menu. About 8 pounds green beans.
Betty Bond
01/09/11
I need a menu and the amounts to serve breakfast to 65 senior citizens. Can you help me? Thanks, Betty
Pamela Whitlock
01/16/11
I need to know how much selfrising flour would it take to make pancakes for a hundred people
ellen
01/17/11
Betty, use 2/3 the amount for 100 on the breakfast planning page, less 10% for the fact that seniors eat less. The menu should include scrambled eggs, bacon or ham.

Pamela, you want 1/2 cup flour per person.

Wendy Sowala
03/20/11
I am planning a post-wedding brunch for 35 people. Bagels, lox, egg salad, fruit plate, biscotti, orange juice, champagne, tea and coffee. How many bagels? How much lox? How much egg salad? How much oj?
ellen
03/21/11
Per person: 2 bagels, 3 ounces lox, 1/3 cup egg salad, 6 ounces ready to eat fruit (do 1/3 of the fruit tray for 100) 2-3 biscotti, 1/2 cup orange juice or 1 cup if you are making mimosas, 1/2 bottle champagne unless they are very light drinkers. Tea and coffee, 1/2 the amount for breakfast coffee on the beverage planning page. You need cream cheese, 1 pounds per 6-7 people, and 2 or three good jams and jellies.
Strange as it may sound, some chocolate truffles, 2 per person, would be a very nice addition.
Kristy
03/24/11
I'd like to know how many toasted pecans we would need for a wedding reception inviting 300 people.
ellen
03/24/11
20 pounds if all 3 hundred are actually expected and it is the only nut offered.
Liz
04/07/11
How many pizza's to serve 65 people?
Besides veggie trays and fruit trays with dips, bread sticks and cake, plus the pizza's is there anything else that would go will with this.
ellen
04/07/11
An antipasto tray or Italian appetizer platter, if you wanted to go a bit upscale. There are a few on the site.
Eddie
04/17/11
We made 100 lbs of lamb stuffed with pesto how would you make the gravy . Ours had way to much oil and broke apart.
ellen
04/17/11
Did you try to use all the dripping? That would have too much far and would be sure to crack. You need to measure the fat and add the flour according to the amount, cook it together and add the broth.
Angel
04/22/11
How many pounds of spanish rice do i need for 250
how many pounds of spanish rice do i need to feed 250 people
ellen
04/23/11
8-12 pounds dry rice per 100 is what I start with, the lesser amount for side, the larger amount for a big serving under stew, rice, etc.
Jessica
04/28/11
We are doing the food ourselves for our wedding. We meats will be Fried Turkey and Baked Ham. The guest list is at about 190.

How much should we get for everyone to have either Turkey or Ham?

ellen
04/28/11
Jessica, do NOT fry turkeys the day of your wedding. If you must have this meat, make ahead, store and reheat according to the safe directions in the holiday cooking section at the top of Big Pots.

That said, you want to start with 3/4 pound whole raw turkey per person PLUS 1 pounds boneless ready to cook ham per 4 or 1 pound ready to eat per 5.

Keren
05/23/11
I'm planning a graduation open house for 100 (11:00-2:00). Please confirm amounts or edit as necessary. Any additional menu suggestions/comments would be appreciated.

bagels - 100
cream cheese - 1 oz/bagel
lox - 2 oz/person
hummus - amt? (for folks who don't like cc and lox)
sliced tomatoes - amt?
sliced onions - amt?
capers - amt?
coffee - amt?
lemonade - amt?
sparkling water - amt?
cookies/bars - 2 per person
whole strawberries - amt?
whole grapes - amt?
(I'm avoiding fruit salad so folks won't need forks.)

ellen
05/23/11
Hummus- about 6 quarts, cheaper to make at home
sliced tomatoes - amt? Consider oil-packed dried, tastier and neater, 1 ounce per person
sliced onions - amt? 1 ounce per person. Slice night before, soak in sugar water overnight for crispness and mildness
capers - amt? 2 1/2 cups

coffee - amt? use the breakfast coffee if mostly adults, dinner coffee if more teens
lemonade - 6 gallons. Have a gallon or 2 of light/sugar free, also; Minute Maid makes a good one
sparkling water - amt? 2 liters per 8-10
cookies/bars - 2 per person- I would do 4, people love dessert, unless there is also cake
whole strawberries - amt? 1 quarts per 8
whole grapes - amt? 1 pound per 5-6
You might add frozen melon balls or fresh melon chunks on toothpicks for color.

Beth
05/27/11
I am planning a high school graduation open house with two other families. We aren't sure on the number of people, but are guessing up to 300. There are other parties that day so not everybody will necessarily be eating a full meal. The open house runs from 1:00-4:00. We are serving pizzas but also have a fruit tray, veggies, popcorn and cake. Each pizza has 10 slices. We are planning on ordering 50 pizzas for a total of 500 slices. Do you think this is enough?
ellen
05/28/11
Yes, that is probably enough pizza.
Marie
05/29/11
I am planning to serve rice and beans as sides to a taco bar. Reading your site has got me questioning my estimates. How much raw beans and rice do you think I will need for a gathering of almost 150? Thanks!
ellen
05/29/11
I generally allow 6-8 pounds dry rice and 8 pounds dry beans per 100, if they are sides for tacos and normal eaters. Teens, maybe a bit more.
Jeanette
06/02/11
I need to know much ingredients to make home made rolls for 300 people this the recipe I use all the time
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
1 cup warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
Dissolve:
1/4 cup warm water
t tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 package dry yeast
Blend butter, sugar, salt and egg then 1 cup warm water. Add 1 cup flour at a time to mixture to blend well.Place in a well grease bowl and cover and let rise then punch down and place in refrigerator. set out dough to rise about an 1 hour before rolling. Then roll out dough and cut out rolls and let the rolls rise about 1 hour before baking. Bake 400 degree or 425 degree it may vary depend on the oven. COULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS PROJECT. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
ellen
06/03/11
Jeanette, how many rolls do you make from your 4 cups of flour (which is basically just about 1 pound) and are you going to make these in batches and freeze them or make them all day of?
Mary
06/05/11
I'm having a graduation brunch for 125 people. The menu will be omelettes, crepes, ham, & cheesy potatoes (9 x 13 pans). Also, bagels, muffins, a fruit tray, veges/dip, cheese & crackers and cookies & cupcakes.

Do you have suggestions on how much of each? It will run for 3 hours.

Thanks so much, Ellen!

ellen
06/05/11
please let me know how ypou are serving the omelettes, their size and kind, what kind of crepes and what fillings. You want 1 pound sliced ready to eat ham per 6, 12 pans of potatoes.

Fruit tray- see fruit tray page
Veggie tray, consider relish tray instead, 1 1/2 times my relish tray for 60.
1 bagel and 1 1/2 ounce cream cheese per person. one muffin per person, unless they are mini.

One of each kind of cookie (make them small- 3 bites) for each person. 1 cupcake per person plus 10%.

About 10 pounds of cheeses, consider having mostly balls/logs/spreads. About 10 pounds of crackers, probably have some left over.

Consider a few baskets of sliced artisan breads, 4 pounds whipped butter.

MARY
06/06/11
Thanks Ellen. For the omelettes, we're serving them made-to-order with a variety of fillings, probably 2-3 eggs per omelette. The crepes will be fruit-filled.
Victoria
06/06/11
We are getting married and want to offer nuts and mints along wit our wedding cake. How many pounds of mixed nuts should we purchase to serve to our 300 guests?
ellen
06/06/11
Mary, anticipate 100 omelets and 1.2 crepes per person, but think hard about an egg casserole dish or baked scrambles eggs with toppong on the side.

Victoria, 6 pounds each nuts and mints per 100

Bear
06/15/11
I am having a family cookout and will be smoking and grilling meats. I am having the following meats : Pulled pork, pork ribs, split chicken breasts, chicken quarters, and kielbasa for the main dinner. We will also be smoking wings for everyone to munch on during the day if they would like. We will be feeding between 30 to 35 people. How much do I need to purchase?
ellen
06/15/11
Bear, this is a very small group for this many entrees, which makes it hard to estimate, so here are a couple of questions:

Do you expect to serve 2 meals per person as it seems to be an all day event?

Do you mind if there are leftovers in order to make sure all get their main choice?

What are the sides? Heavy sides mean less meat.

What is the adult/ kid split (kids are preteens and younger)?

Is alcohol being served.

Write back with this info and I will give it a try.

Bear
06/16/11
Yes, their will be left over's for people to take home with them. So I guess to make it a little easier figure 70 people if this helps. We always over cook when we have get togethers. The children was not counted in the total people as I had read somewhere that 3 young children equal about 1 adult so therefore I didn't count any children under 12 cause the ones over 12 eat like horses.

We will have the following:

Appetizers - veggie tray, wings, chips.

Sides - Corn on cob (2 per), baked taters (1 per), cole slaw, macaronni salad.

I figured on getting just 5 lbs of kielbasa as I will smoke some of it early and slice up to put out with the appetizers.

No alcohol will be served as we are holding this in a public park and they do not allow it.

This is what I figured. 4 butts, 30 breasts, 30 quarters, 4 large slabs of ribs as not everyone eats ribs, and about 5 bags of wings.

Thanks for your help

ellen
06/16/11
Even with 2 meals, you could cut the chicken pieces to 20 and 20. You will have plenty of meat.
Bear
06/16/11
Ok, that sounds good. So am I about right on everything else? Again, Thank You.
ellen
06/16/11
Everything else is ball park, I am assuming at least 20 pounds ribs.
Syble
06/17/11
How much pasta do I need to boil for about 150
Hi I am having the end of the year party before My daughter goes to college in July, The majority wants my fetuccine with chicken or sauage and I am not sure how much pasta (bow tie) I will need can you help me?
ellen
06/18/11
Check out the spaghetti page. You want something in the range of 1 pound dry for every 4-6 people, depends on the rest of the menu.
J.V
06/29/11
grad party for 350 people. how many pans of each?
We have planning our graduation party for my son in 2012. So as of August 2011 we have 1 year to save and start picking up things. Well we decided that we and famiy will help us make food, so a semi-potluck. Anyways, i have appointed everyone to a certain dish, but i don't know how much pans each to make. for example, my mom is making chili, should i tell her make 3 pans? I understand that if we have 7 main entrees, we should not have to worry about making so much food of each item. But yet we don't want to run out as well.
ellen
06/29/11
J.V. Great planning ahead. Yes, there is a mix with 7 entrees, but you need to tell me what the menu is before I can advise on how much of what- so write back.
Barbara Kanter
07/06/11
Party for 70 Adults
It's a BQ and I'm supposed to make the dips and bruschettas.

I want to make the following items:
guacamole (I ordered 25 avocados)
Bruscetta (100 pieces of bread)

How many cups of cups of salsa? How many bags of Chips? Do you think I rationed enough of the other stuff?

ellen
07/06/11
Hi, Barbara,
I usually allow 2-3 pieces of bread per person, unless they are quite large.
The guac is OK, assuming you are adding tomatoes, etc.

Dips, 1/3 cup per person if only one, 1/4 cup of each if more than one (for 70, I would have 2-3, one creamy). 6-8 pounds potato chips or 8-10 pounds totilla chips per 100; you want about 3/4 that.

Viva fiesta.

alma guerra
07/06/11
Party of 120
the menu is pasta spaghetti, lasagna, and chicken alfredo how many trades do I need. Thank you.
ellen
07/06/11
I would do 60 alfredo, 80 lasagna cut into 120 pieces, and about 40 spaghetti. When you do 3 entrees, you have to allow extra for choice.
Alyson
07/26/11
Plates??
My sister is having an appetizer wedding that she is doing for herself...how many plates do we need to order? They will be for apps and desserts for 220 people. She thinks 500 will be enough...I said at least 600 if not more? Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks!
ellen
07/26/11
Alyson, the usual serving for a short (less than 2 hour) party, not over a mealtime is 10-14 pieces/bites per person-
oh I just realized you may be talking actual physical plates, not servings; 2 plates per person at the hors d'ouevres table, 1 1/2 more at the dessert tabel, or 2 if there is both cake and dessert buffet.
Cassandra Simmons
07/29/11
how many gallons of sweet tea would i need for 300 people
ellen
07/29/11
Is it the only beverage? Check the beverage planning page, add 1-2 gallons unsweet for those of us who can't drink sweet tea.
sweetmama
07/29/11
having a breakfast for 75 - 80 people. how many bagels with trimmings on side (butter, jam, cream cheese) should I buy. Also having, fruit platter (2), vegetable platter (1), finger sandwiches (3 platters), 40 cupcakes.

Thanks!

sweetmama
07/29/11
Forgot to mention that I ordered 40 to be cut in half.
ellen
07/30/11
This menu is a little light for this many people for breakfast, especially for protein, and you will probably run out of fruit. Also, if you are ordering cupcakes, you need to order 1 per person. I would skip the cupcakes and get muffins or pastries (mini Danish, for example).

I order 13 dozen breakfast bread for 100 people, counting 1/2 a large bagel as 1 bread.

For other ideas, see the breakfast planning page

Frannie
08/10/11
Hi, my daughter and I are helping to cater a breakfast for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. There will be approximately 200 at the survivors breakfast. The fruit is already taken care of. We are planning on making blueberry and banana crunch muffins, sweet pecan rolls, lemon honey pound cake, and 2 different coffee cakes. We'd like some advice on the amount of each item. Also, we need to provide tea and coffee, also. Thanks for the help !!!!
Barbara
08/10/11
My friend's husband is throwing her a surprise birthday bbq--chips and dips, etc for appetizers, then hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken are the main part of the meal. I'm bringing a side dish, a yellow squash casserole (yellow squash, onions, eggs, cheddar cheese and crackers are the basic ingredients) that my friend used to love when my mom would serve it at my family bbqs and am trying to figure out how much to make. I don't know what the other sides will be--other friends are bringing but think there will be at least 1 or 2 other sides, plus possibly corn on the cob. There will be about 24 adults and 12 kids, but apparently there will be mac & cheese as a side for the kids, as that's usually something kids like and he told me not to count the kids, though obviously if some kids want to try the squash, they're not gonna be stopped. So do I make a single half-chafing rack-sized foil pan, or do I make two of them? I attempted the math and figured that the pans that are around 2 1/2" deep hold about 16 cups.
ellen
08/11/11
Frannie, for beverages, see the beverage planning page.

The large number of choices makes calculating amounts much more difficult, and not knowing the coffee cake flavors doesn't help, so these figures are ball park. Make/cut everything small! People want to take several, and they will, and a lot gets wasted if the pieces are large:

blueberry and banana crunch muffins, total 250

sweet pecan rolls, 160 small

lemon honey pound cake, and 2 different coffee cakes.
Cut these small, 1/2 slices on the pound cakes. 300 pieces max total

ellen
08/11/11
Barbara, I would do about 9 pounds raw squash.
Barbaraq
08/11/11
Thanks, ellen. The single recipe calls for 2 pounds of squash, 1 onion (no size specified, so I'll sorta eyeball it), 2 eggs, 2 handfulls of bacon crackers and gets topped with the cheese after the rest of the stuff is cooked and mixed together. I was thinking to multiply by 5 (but maybe not the cheese topping, since there won't be 5x the amount of surface area), so I guess I was pretty close. I just don't know how many tins that will fill, so I'll make sure to have a few on hand and I guess I will learn by trial as to how much the ingredients collapse. By the way, I only found your site yesterday--it is so interesting and has so much helpful information. Cooking for 25 or 50, depending on what it is, okay. But 100? 300? Yikes!
ian
08/15/11
we're throwing a baby shower (more like a bbq starting at 5pm so we'll be serving dinner). we're looking to serve for our main options spinach and cheddar quiche, sliced pork (1 lb feeds 5 people), sliced roasted beef (1 lb feeds 5 people), and chicken salad. how much should i serve of each?
ellen
08/15/11
Ian, how many people are coming to the shower? And what is the rest of the menu? Is the meat for sandwiches or plates? Write back.
Allyson
08/15/11
How much breakfast wedding
How much bacon and sausage should I buy for a breakfast served wedding for 180 people? I figured 2 sausage links per person but how many ounces/pounds of bacon should I buy? Also, we are making biscuits and gravy, how much gravy should I make?
Amanda
08/15/11
I am making taverns (loosemeat sandwiches) for 50-60 people. How many pounds of hamburger will I need?
ellen
08/15/11
Allyson, all covered on the breakfast planning page, even discusses thick versus thin bacon.

Amanda, around 14 pounds raw.

Wes
08/16/11
I was asked to prepare hors d'oeuvre for a party of 350 people with a budget of only $200. I was thinking of the following items. Please tell me if you think I should have enough with these quantities and if $200 is enough. There will also be an open bar and full dinner and desert.
1. Momos (Nepalese chicken dumplings) - 700 pieces
2. Mango salsa - 4 gallons and tortilla chips
3. fruit or veggie tray (quantities per your website's suggestions).
ellen
08/16/11
A secret for cheap hors d'ouevres is home-baked breads, such as herbed flatbreads. You can use frozen dough (Rhodes is reliable, and the 100% whole wheat is tender and tasty). Thaw, bang the loaf out flat onto a medium size cookie sheet, pound/press in the toppings (Italian herb plus Parm, sumac and lemon peel herb, seeds and pepitas with a little chili, lots of possibilities), bake. You end up with a colorful assortment. When baked, slice lengthwise down the middle, then into sticks. About 1 loaf per 20, at about $1 per loaf.

Momos are delicious, but very labor intensive. Are you donating your time?

Wes
08/16/11
Yes, we're a volunteer organization and this is one of our 5 parties that we have throughout the year. I'll have to recruit a few folks to help for this many people. Thanks for the quick reply!

The flatbread is a great idea. What would you accompany it with? I'm thinking olive oil dip, tapenade, or sundried tomato dip.

I could also do samosas, which is also labor intensive but less expensive being the filling is potato rather than meat.

ellen
08/16/11
Any of those dips would be great.

Yes, samosas are a good choice. Chutney dip.

I also cut the loaves into 24 pieces, roll in cinnamon sugar, put 24 in a 9 inch pan, drizzle honey all over. Serve with cream cheese spread with a good fruit jam- sour cherry, apricot, etc.

wes
08/16/11
Cream cheese & fruit spread - another excellent idea!

I make ricotta and would serve some with that also.

My homemade hummus will do the trick as well.

paige
09/09/11
How much would 10 kg of pinneaples cost
how much would 10 kilograms of pineaples cost????
ellen
09/09/11
Fresh fruit vary in price by season and location, you will have to check locally.
stacy
10/02/11
how many bagels you make with 50 kilos of flour ?
ellen
10/02/11
A pound of flour makes 8 large bagels (16 halves), so 50 kilos=110 pounds= about 880 large bagels.
Sharon
10/04/11
Having a Thankgiving dinner for 25, would like to do platters of roasted vegetables, how much of each. Carrots, brussel sprouts, winter squash, parsnips.
ellen
10/05/11
See the vegetable discussion in the planning and shopping article in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots. If you want to post an estimate, I will review it for you.
Quentin
10/06/11
How much chicken and ingredients would I need for a nine gallon chicken stew? How many bowls of stew would that be? Thanks
ellen
10/06/11
9 gallons, to be served over rice (as opposed to having rice or potatoes cooked in) easily serves 100 people. For this You want about 12 really large whole chickens (up to 16-18 smaller), cut 10 pieces per chicken.
ANTOINE
10/08/11
for bacon and tomato potato skins i wanna know the costing for 100 people
the ingredients is
6 large potatoes
2 tsp cooking oil
1 tsp chili powder
2/3 cup chopped bacon
1 medium tomato
4 oz cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
ellen
10/08/11
Antoine, that recipe uses abou 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of potatoes and will serve about 10-12. I can't cost an item for your area- prices differ across the country.
imani
10/09/11
how many dozen dougnuts can 25 pouns of sugar make?
ellen
10/09/11
25 pounds is about 50 cups or 12 1.2 liters. figure it out using your recipe.
Joan
10/09/11
At my daughter's wedding reception, for which my church's ladies group is preparing food for 110 people, our menu is:
Baked halved chicken breasts
Pulled BBQ pork sandwiches
Green beans with cottage ham or jowl bacon
Roasted, herbed small red potatoes
Corn pudding
Tossed salad
Dinner rolls (with the chicken)
Buns or Kaiser rolls (for the pulled pork)
Wedding cake
Tea, Coffee (& decaf), lemonade
How many people do you think will take both the chicken breasts and the pulled pork?
How many lbs. of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts should we purchase?
How many lbs. of pork roast should we purchase for the pulled pork?
How many buns for the puuled pork?
How many dinner rolls for the chicken?
How many do you think will take both the pulled pork and the chicken?
ellen
10/11/11
Baked halved chicken breasts- 1 pound raw per 4
Pulled BBQ pork sandwiches- 1 pound raw per 4
Green beans with cottage ham or jowl bacon- 24 pounds per 100
Roasted, herbed small red potatoes- 30 pounds per 100
Corn pudding-1/2 cup per person plus 10%
Tossed salad- see plan for 100 page
Dinner rolls (with the chicken)- 1 per person
Buns or Kaiser rolls (for the pulled pork)- 1 per person
Wedding cake
You can save some money here by having a dessert buffet with a smaller cake
Tea, Coffee (& decaf), lemonade- see beverage planning page
shakila
10/11/11
How much bacon do i need on a pizza
im making a pizza i was wonderin how much ham do ineed
ellen
10/11/11
depends on the size of the pizza- about 4 ounces for a medium.
Dee Dee
10/14/11
How much ham salad and potato salad should I buy to feed about 50 people. Other people will be bringing finger sandwiches and other food also
Maureen
10/14/11
I need to make a Large tray of Cavetelli and Broccoli. How much of each should I use?
ellen
10/14/11
2 gallons of potato salad- you may have some left. The ham salad depends on the other food- at least 1 gallon, not more than 1 1/2.
Yvonne Fagnano
10/16/11
Hi there!

oh my i need help!! cousin getting married...doing food ourselves. i would just feel better if i could confirm my amounts with someone...this is what we are having

Ham 88 lbs
Pasta 22 lbs
Ricotta 44 lbs
4 Cheese 22 lbs
Lettuce 37 lbs
Potatoes 50 lbs
Green Beans 50 lbs
Cheese 24 lbs

It's a few weeks away so I do have time to adjust

thank you so much if you can help!

ellen
10/17/11
Yvonne, how many people and what time of day? How long is the party? How is all that cheese used? Write back.

Here is a note from an upcoming article which you may also want to consider:

Before the Buffet; Why You May Need an Appetizer Table
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, including a fruit tray, a cheese tray and an attractive dip or spread, plus a punch, or two if one is alcoholic, are sufficient.

One appetizer service area is needed for each 100 guests.

alicia
10/17/11
I am in charge of a pot luck for the gymnastics team there will be 85 people attending-
11 families from level 4,
9 families from level 5,
and 5 families from level 6

I don't know how to assign dishes, last year level 4's brought a main dish, level 5s brought a side, level 6's brought a dessert...but our numbers were completely different. (coaches bring drinks, cups,plates, etc)

help?

Yvonne Fagnano
10/17/11
Hi Ellen,

I'm so sorry, I was driving to work this morning and realized that i totally didn't tell you how many people. Number of People will be 175(approx)

She wants the Ham and Baked Ziti as the Main dishes. Crackers and Cheese as appetizers before hand and the rest to be sides with the dinner...I'm terrified of running out of food, yet I don't want to over spend...

thanks again! :)

ellen
10/18/11
175 people

Crackers and cheese- 24 pounds cheese- OK part can be logs/balls or spreads; 12 pounds crackers
Add fruit tray- 1 deluxe tray for 100 would be enough- and one dip or spread1/4 cup per person plus about 12 pounds of chips

Ham 88 lbs- OK
Pasta 22 lbs- dry weight, OK
Ricotta 44 lbs- OK, but too much for this much ziti
4 Cheese 22 lbs- OK
Lettuce 37 lbs- too much- see the salad section of plan for 100, use 1 3/4 times the amount for 100
Potatoes 50 lbs- OK. with the pasta, you may have some left
Green Beans 50 lbs- too much- 40 is plenty

Hope that helps. Expanding the appetizers is important.

ellen
10/18/11
Hi, Alicia,

In my experience, gymnasts eat like adults, so I would just count this as 85 people.

I would have level 4's bring a main dish for 8, level 5's bring a side dish for 10-12 and level 6 bring a dessert for 16. Explain that each of these is essentially a 9x13 dish or approximate equivalent. Have a few coaches and anybody who wants to bring extra, bring extra dessert- these always disappear fast.

rose
10/19/11
How much lox and onions for a 100 people
where can i get recipes for imitation crab meat salad and chicken salad
ellen
10/19/11
Rose, the manufacturers' websites have pretty good recipes for the surimi/ crab legs, and there are chicken salad recipes on this site.

Lox, 3 ounces per adult, equal volume approximately of sliced onions. Slice, crisp overnight in the fridge in sugar water, drain.

Sallie Tiedeman
10/20/11
We are renewing our wedding vows on our 50th anv. we will be feeding around 60 ppl... We are serving chicken Brest with wild rice How meany brest do we need... We also are serving Pork Tenderloin with apple chutney and need to no how meny pounds of tender loin we need to buy... other then a strewberry spinich salad what other salad would you suggest..
ellen
10/20/11
Congratulations, Sallie,

For 60 people, buffet service, I would cook about 24 pounds pork and 15 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast.

A really good slaw, such as an Asian slaw, would be a nice second salad.

Janette
10/25/11
How many pounds of potatoes required for 2 scoops of mashed potato & how many pounds of turnip for 1 scoop of mashed turnip to feed 50 people.
ellen
10/26/11
25 pounds of potatoes, about 12 pounds of turnips
Yoly
10/26/11
Going to decorate caramel apples for 40 kids. How much nut topping do I need? If I cant find the nuts chopped, how many peanuts with shells? Thx
ellen
10/27/11
For heavy nuttiness, about 10 cups of chopped nuts.
Sandra
10/27/11
How much turkey, ham, and roast would you serve for 150 people buffet-style?
ellen
10/28/11
All self serve, not Thanksgiving, roast for 100, turkey and ham for 40 each. Yes, it is more than 150, but people take more and usually some of each, when there are several entrees.
Theresa
10/28/11
How much - frozen string beans
Cooking for 35 - string beans, smoke turkey with potatoes. Is nine pounds of frozen with several potatoes (less than five pounds diced enough?
ellen
10/28/11
7-8 pounds is actually enough.
Kathy
10/29/11
How many 18 lb tukeys do i need for 80 people?
ellen
10/29/11
60 to 80 pounds, the larger if it is self serve or no ham is also being served.
Kelly
11/04/11
Serving soup in a bread bowl (mixed chili, broccoli and cheese and clam showder) for a christening. Expecting about 40 people. How many gallons of soup/chili? thanks!
ellen
11/04/11
This is a very small group for 3 soups, to make sure you have everyone's first choice, you have to make too much. Consider cutting back to chili and one other and doing 2 gallons of each. With 3 you still have to do 2 gallons of each...
Sharon
11/06/11
Ellen. When planning a function with open faced buns how much filling and how many buns per person do I need? I traditionally use egg salad, salom salad and shaved ham?
ellen
11/06/11
It depends somewhat on the mix of the crowd, the sides (soup? salad? dessert?) and the size of the buns. If it is ladies and the buns are the size of the bottom of a hamburger bun, 1 per person plus 1/4 more.

If smaller buns, or bigger eaters, 2 per person.

1/2 cup total filling per person. How to split it varies by crowd and region, but often abut 1/4 egg, 1/4 salmon, 1/2 ham...

Ann
11/07/11
A free community meal is planned for the Monday after Christmas. We anticipate about 150 people. How much jellied cranberries do we need (canned) and also canned carrots/peas?
Darla
11/08/11
I am helping with a community Thanksgiving dinner and need to know how much gravy to make for 250 + people? I want to use Swanson's chicken broth to make the gravy because the turkeys are going to be pre-cooked.
ellen
11/08/11
Darla, Ann, both covered in detail in the holiday cooking section at the top of big pots- see the shopping and planning article and the gallons of gravy article.
cheryl
11/09/11
cheesecake
how many cheesecakes does it take to feed 34 people after a big meal.
Pat
11/09/11
Hi!, I need to bring Orange juice for more than 50 people on a camping. How many gallons of juice do I need to buy?
ellen
11/09/11
Cheryl, about 8 pounds.

Pat, check the breakfast planning page.

Eve
11/15/11
We are doing a church Christmas potluck dinner for 200 adults and 50 under the age of 12. Please advise how much of the following we need to prepare:

Turkey and stuffings
Ham
Meat Pies
Mashed Potatoes
Vegetable casserole
Green Salad

Thank you very much.

donita
11/15/11
How much oxtail do I need to serve a party of 10
I was asked to cook oxtail for a party of ten and would like to know how much do I have to purchase per person.

Brown Stew chicken for 40 people bone in and bone out.
thank you

ellen
11/15/11
Eve, count the kids as 2 kids=1 adult for this meal. Use the planning and shopping for large holiday meals article at the top of Big Pots, count it as 225 for calculations.

WIth the 3 meats, I would do 1/2 pound whole turkey PLUS 1/4 pound ham PLUS 1 small piece of meat pie for each adult serving. When there are several meats, people take more, and often some of each.

ellen
11/15/11
Donita, Oxtails have very little meat, almost 1 pound raw per person. For the chicken, see the discussion about various parts on the plan for 100 page and calculate 4/10 of the amount for 100. Always round up.
Sandra
11/16/11
I am having a 50th birthday party and would like to know how many lbs of boneless chicken breast are needed for 70 people, tuna for tuna salad for 40 people, drummettes for 100 people? I am having both jerk and hot wings.

Also, how much tea as I am having a full liquor bar??? Thank you

ellen
11/16/11
Beverages don't change much, see the beverage planning page.

Chicken for 70- 24 pounds
tuna for salad for 40- about 7 pounds (1 giant restaurant size can)
Drumettes for 100- about 50 pounds (people tend to eat about 6).

destiny
11/19/11
I am planing on making regular butter-milk pancakes for Christmas breakfast. The thing is, is that I wanted to try and bake them the size of pizza (off the movie "Bucky") but I have no idea how long to bake them or if butter-milk pancakes would be best for this idea. what do you think would be best?
ellen
11/20/11
You use the big, warm griddle, not cold. Buttermilk is fine.
aussie
11/20/11
Catering for a farm style rustic wedding for 174 guests . Anti pasta as a starter buffet style. Please supply quantities and food suggestions.
ellen
11/20/11
See the discussions about antipasto platters and antipasto (marinated Italian style veggies) on this site. Quantities and whats are discussed.
Rene'
11/21/11
Ellen,

My son is getting married in March of 2012 and he wants cheesecake for the groom's cake. How much/many cheesecakes do I need to serve for 200 people?

Chris
11/21/11
How much orange juice does it take to serve 145
How much would it take, i am having a breakfast for lunch at my house and i dont want to spend too much. thanks
Chris
11/21/11
How much orange juice does it take to serve 145
How much would it take, i am having a breakfast for lunch at my house and i dont want to spend too much. thanks
ellen
11/21/11
It takes 22 pounds of cheesecake to make dessert for 100 people.
ellen
11/22/11
Chris, see the breakfast planning page, but warning, people drink mare at lunch- eaith have another choice, or get more.
tim
11/22/11
55 people for cream corn and i dont know how many cups i would need.
ellen
11/23/11
You need to start withabout 12 pounds of kernels. Usual serving is 1/2 cup and you want about 1/2 servings per person.
Susan
11/28/11
I'm making chicken salad on mini croissants for a friend's wedding this weekend - 100-125 people. Which is best, boneless skinless or bone-in, and how mnay pounds will I need. THANKS!!
Jill
11/30/11
Ellen,
Preparing a Christmas Breakfast for church 80 women, I will be having 2 breakfast casseroles(egg) one has potatos in it, how many pounds of homefries should I prepare? Just to add to that I will also have a blueberry french toast casserole, fruit salad, as well as buttermilk biscuits.(just to let you know how starchy the meal really is! Also any suggestions on winter fruit? awesome site btw!!
Sharnel
11/30/11
I am having 124 guests at my wedding and it will run from 2.00 p.m. until midnight. I am having trouble trying to figure out how many drinks (both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks) I would need. For the non-alcoholic drinks I was planning on buying the 3L just juice bottles and 2.25L of coke etc. As for the alcohol we will be purchasing 24 packs of beer, mixed vodka drinks and burbon & cola & also wine bottles. If you could help in any way I would really appreciate it. Even if you have some sort of system or calculation I should use when adding this up that would be great. Thank you.
ellen
12/01/11
Susan, you want chicken breast for this party sandwich; boneless skinless1 pound per 5 people, gently steamed or poached and finely chopped, plus finely chopped celery

Jill, are these separate from the casseroles? Because it is all ladies and dressy, they won't eat too much in the way of a separate potato side dish; 1 pound raw per 5 is actually fine, assuming there are some additions to the potatoes. If you mean just in the casserole, no more than 10 pounds.

Sharnel, count this as 2 parties (or 1 party for 250) and use the beverage planning page.

If you want to post your estimate for review, please start a new thread.

kylie
12/06/11
I am making christmas dinner for my family i was wondering how many potatoes and turnip i would need
ellen
12/06/11
Kylie, how many people?
MsB
12/07/11
We are having a buffet for about 32 to 40 of my sons college age friends. He wants a full meal.

Beverages;asst sparkling waters, a seasonal cocktail,wine and beer

Apps; assorted cheese and crackers. assorted meats, crudités, hummus, pita, latkes, apple sauce, sour cream and lox

Main course; roasted garlic and bacon mac and cheese, roasted lemon shrimp, salad and bread

Dessert;pizzelle, crispella, assorted candys, hot chocolate with candy cane

My question is how many pounds of pasta and how many pounds of shrimp do you suggest I use. The mac and cheese is very rich. When I make this dish just for my family of 4 with only salad and bread we only eat a half a lb.

Thanks in advance

MsB
12/07/11
OH! Another question I forgot to ask. Hubby is allergic to fish and my son broke his finger so a lot of the clean-up will be left to me. I have enough regular plates for everyone but would have to wash them without any help. We had thought of renting plates but I still would need to scrape and rinse them. So we've decided to use disposable plates. I'm just not sure if white plastic plates, chinette or if I can find them in a dinner size the clear plastic plates would be the sturdiest for standing and eating. What is your opinion?
ellen
12/07/11
40 college age guys are the equivalent of 50 normal eaters. 6 pounds of pasta, minimum.

Shrimp gets inhaled at parties. Get at least 1 pound per 3 shelled, and 1 pound per 2 would not leave a lot of leftovers.

Geneva Cunningham
12/08/11
I'm cooking soup for 100 people and I would like to know how many squash and pumpkin I need. Also I'm doing a salad consisting of avocado, red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, courgettes and plaintain - How many of these do I need.
Kind regards, Geneva
ellen
12/08/11
You need about 25 pounds ready to cook pumpkin or winter squash- add some for seeds, peel.

For the salad, total of about 30 pounds of everything but the avocadoes, those you must do to taste- and depends very much on the size.

Geneva Cunningham
12/08/11
Thank you for your reply. I'm cooking pumpkin and squash soupp so is this 25 pounds each or 25 pounds for both
ellen
12/08/11
25 total.
ellen
12/08/11
By the way, when I make this, I often bake the huge squashes whole- takes a long time, seems to enrich the flavor, makes them easy to peel
Miriah
12/13/11
i am making spanish cream for my spanish project and i don't know how much to make? we have a class full of like 25 to 30 people how much should i make?
ellen
12/13/11
Here is the recipe for 4:

Spanish Cream
*Spanish Cream*
Serves 4

Light and delicious.

16 fluid ounces of milk divided (2 cups)
1 envelope of powdered gelatin (3 tsp)
2 large free range eggs, divided
2 1/2 ounces caster sugar (aprox. 1/3 cup)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

To serve:
tinned fruit or jam

Measure out 4 ounces of milk into a small bowl. Stir in the gelatin. Set aside to soften.

Place the egg yolks into the top of a double boiler. Whisk in the sugar and then the remainder of the milk. Place over simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, with a metal spoon, until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in the softened vanilla and then pour into a large beaker and put into the fridge. Chill until partially set. (about 45 minutes)

Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Remove the partially set mixture from the fridge. Fold in the egg whites until completely mixed in. Pour the mixture into 4 serving dishes. Return to the fridge and chill until completely set. (about 4 hours)

Serve along with a topping of tinned fruit or jam.

Irene
12/16/11
Hi Ellen: How much of cole slaw salad do I need to feed 50+people?
ellen
12/16/11
Start with about 10 pounds of grated veggies.
bill
12/16/11
turnip
how many turnips for 40 people
ellen
12/16/11
double post, see the other one.
Lisa
01/04/12
Hi, how many bags of caramel would I need to make about 90 caramel apples? I will be using small apples.
ellen
01/05/12
You do not want to do it this way, it would take 11 pounds and those wrappers take forever. Either get the sheets of caramel made especially for apple use (Kraft makes them) or bulk caramel (www.daffyapple.com/c-5-bulk-caramel-for-caramel-apples.aspx) or cook up your own caramel- it takes a candy thermometer, but it is not complicated and is way cheaper.
lorraine
01/05/12
i'm catering a baby shower for 75 people. The menu consists of Fried Chicken (parts), Meatballs, Sting Beans, Potato Salad, Salad and Rolls. What do you suggest I charge per person?
ellen
01/06/12
This is a site for family and volunteer cooks, I suggest pros post on these sites:

chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

dawn
01/14/12
I am throwing a surprise 30th birthday party for 25-30 people at a pizza place. I plan on having 4 cater size salads (two house, two Cesear). I'm not sure how many 16" pizza pies to order? Beer, wine, and cake will also be served. Please help!
Donna
01/16/12
Having a small wedding in the AM. How many donuts, Cinnamon rolls, and assorted danishes would you recommend for 65 people? Thank you
ellen
01/17/12
This would be plenty:

MUFFINS,VARIETY,BLUE,BAN,CHOC, BRAN, CHEESE, 5 lbs
DANISH,PASTRY,VRTY,FRZ,MINI 5 1/2 lbs
DOUGHNUTS,CAKE STYLE,VARIETY, 2 lbs
DOUGHNUTS,VARIETY,GLAZED,FRZ 2 lbs
PASTRY,FRENCH,VARIETY,MINI,FRZ 3 lbs

I suggest you get mini's, and consider donut holes instead of full size donuts. You can substitute mini bagels for some of the other items. If you have really good pecan or cinnamon rolls, almost everyone will have one.

May I strongly encourage you to add fruit and cheese trays, and possible a big bowl of ice tucked full of fruit yogurts? And have butter and cream cheese (about 2 pounds each).

quanda
01/17/12
How much do 1lb of cornishhens cost
im feeding a party of 7 people and i need to know how much does 1lb of cornishhens cost
ellen
01/17/12
Check you local market, prices vary a lot. Some markets sell 2 frozen in a cryovac package at a slightly lower cost. Thaw in the refrigerator.
Janis
01/22/12
We'are having an 80th birthday party for 33 adults and plan to order sandwhich platters and cold salads how much should we order? If we order a shrimp platter hoe many shrimp should be on the platter?
Thanks!
ellen
01/22/12
I never order less than 1 pound shrimp per each 5 people. For the rest, check the plan for 100 list and the sandwich page and get 1/3 the amount for 100. Basically, you want to end up with 4 gallons total of side salads.
Lynda
01/24/12
How much for A Wedding Reception for 60
I'm helping self-cater a wedding in May for approx. 60 people and am planning on making hot roast beef, rosemary chicken, and some kind of white fish in a wine sauce with sides. How much fish should I get and any recommendations on the best white fish to get? I am stuck between cod and tilapia. Also, any recipe tips for cooking a fish for that large a party? Thanks!
ellen
01/26/12
With these entrees, I would only make 15-20 servings of fish, about 30 of chicken, 40 of beef, cut some of the chicken quarters into pieces, as many will take a piece of chicken with their beef. People take more, and some of each when there are several meats.

You want a baked fish dish with a sauce. Creole tilapia, or some such. I like cod better but it is more expensive.

Kel
01/29/12
Homeade Chex Party Mix
Hi! Great site! We are making homemade Chex party mix at the Groom's request for a wedding reception. We are going to put it in a Super large serving bowl near the bar and let people help themselves filling it up as needed throughout the night. Since this is salty and people tend to eat a lot of it..(It's super popular in our family and we make it as Christmas gifts) we know it will be a hit but we don't know how much to make for 160 people. Is there some kind of formula we could use? We are making a test batch this week to see how much one batch yields and just curious if you could give us some advice as to how much to make. If we have extra it won't go to waste but we want to have enough for all. Thank you so much in advance! :)
ellen
01/29/12
If there are other appetizers/munchies/crunchies, 1/2 cup per person.
Donna
01/29/12
chocolate truffle
How many people will 1.5 pounds of chocolate truffle mix feed? thanks
ellen
01/30/12
Is this a dessert, tea party item, gift, what? More info, please.
Sara
01/30/12
Hey Ellen,
I'm holding a bbq wedding reception and having the meat smoked professionally and doing the side dishes ourselves. To feed 125 people with four sides total- green beans, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, and corn how many quarts/ pounds would I need of each side? We will also be serving rolls but just intend to make about 150 of them.
ellen
01/30/12
Hi, Sara,

Here are the amounts for 100, you need 1/4 more:
green beans, 22 pounds
baked beans, 3 gallons
cheesy potatoes, very popular, 2 full roasters, see the festive family brunch page at the bottom
corn, 22 pounds shelled, or 1 piece per person on the cob

If the rolls are good, you might make a few dozen more, and don't forget the butter- about 3 pounds per 100.

Maria Conner
01/31/12
I am cooking for 80 people at our marina Club for Valentines. I am making Spanish rice with chorizo, and chunks of chicken breast and some seafood for decor.
I am also making Tri Tip with mushroom sauce
I make this a lot but not for 80 people. Christmas I did 5 Tri Tips and ended up with 2 whole one's left over and a little of the cooked. I had 20 people. How many tri tips for 80 and how thick.
Also how many pin wheels for 80 should I make. I have 4 other Hor d'oeuvres, tomatoes and cheese on a stick, cram puffs with curried chicken salad inside Thanks
Maria Conner
01/31/12
I am making Tri Tip with mushroom sauce
I make this a lot but not for 80 people. Christmas I did 5 Tri Tips and ended up with 2 whole one's left over and a little of the cooked. I had 20 people. How many tri tips for 80 and how thick.
Also how many pin wheels for 80 should I make. I have 4 other Hor d'oeuvres, tomatoes and cheese on a stick, cram puffs with curried chicken salad inside Thanks
ellen
01/31/12
2 pinwheels per person. 1/2 pound tritip per person.
ellen
01/31/12
Oh with the other dish, allow just 1 pound tritip per 3.
Barbara
02/06/12
Trying to fix spaghetti for 120 people. How many jars of the Super Chunky Mushroom Ragu Spaghetti sauce would I need? Also, how many boxes of noodles would I need?

Thanks!!

ellen
02/08/12
1 quart sauce per pound for light saucing, more for wet. 1 pound pasta per 4 for really hearty servings; about 14 total for moderate.
Sugie
02/09/12
For 60 people, I am preparing a salad trio meal: green salad with grilled chicken breast, pasta salad, fruit salad, and rolls. How many ounces of each salad should I prepare? How many ounces of dressing for the green salad?
ellen
02/10/12
I would use the salad table on the plan for 100 page. I would do 2/3 the amount for 100 for the greens, 4 ounces chicken breast per person, 2 ounces tuna per person made into salad and 2 rolls. Dressings for the greens are covered in the table.

For the fruit, consider sliced fruit trays instead of fruit salad, people like it better. Use the fruit tray page- 2 of the trays for 25.

Amanda
02/13/12
i am hosting a baby shower with 50 people..how much rigatoni should i make..i am also having a meat tray, veg tray, deviled eggs, potato salad, tossed salad and cake also
ellen
02/13/12
5 ppunds of rigagtoni (5 9x13 pans) would be plenty.
Lulu
02/16/12
How many pounds of banana pudding do I order for 200 people? Thanks!
ellen
02/16/12
50 pounds
Cathy
02/22/12
Hi Ellen, I am planning a party and there are 62 people confirmed with 10 un-confirmed. How much do I need of the following:
Meatloaf
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes OR Red Potatoe Salad
Gravy
Baked Beans
Pasta Salad
Green Salad
ellen
02/22/12
Using the plan for 100 tables, do:
50 people of meatloaf (1/2)
3/4 of each of these:
Mashed Potatoes OR Red Potato Salad (22 pounds)
Baked Beans
Pasta Salad
Green Salad

1/4 cup gravy per person

70-75 pieces of chicken

There will be some left, but not much.

Julie
02/23/12
Hi Ellen
How much apple juice (in litres) for 6 people? And also will half a bottle of wine be enough for the same? (all sober females)
Cathy
02/23/12
Feeding 150 people and need to know how much loaves of bread to purchase.
ellen
02/23/12
Julie, 1/2 bottle per person, fine; or 2 1.5 liters for the 6; 2 liters apple juice for a good glass each and a little extra.

Cathy, I always get at least 12 pounds per 100. Bread is cheap.

eric
03/12/12
i have a client who wants me to serve Hind Beef leg ..instead of Prime Rib....How much will it take to serve 200 pp...and how would i prepare it?
thx eric
ellen
03/12/12
This is basically a bone-in steamship round, which cooks about 2 minutes a pound faster than boneless. Look for steamship round recipes- not one here.
Linda Kington
03/14/12
I am catering an event where the bride wants 3 different types of dip: salsa, guacamole, fruit salsa. How do I decide how much of each to prepare?
ellen
03/14/12
1/4 cup of each per person. A bit less salsa if it is very spicy.
Sherri
04/16/12
Hi Ellen my daughter is getting married in July and there will be 450 people coming I am doing the food myself which consists of BBQ boneless skinless chicken thighs, green beans with bacon and onions, pasta salad, Caesar salad, rolls mashed potatoes, probably Costco rolls. I have cooked many community dinners but 150 people at the most. Can u help me out with how much I need for each? Thank you so much!
Miranda
04/17/12
How much for a Taco Salad Bar
Ellen:

I am planning a Taco Salad bar. We will have about 60 people. How much taco meat, lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion, sour cream, salsa, hard/soft shells, shoud I have?

Thanks!

ellen
04/20/12
Sherri, you need at least 5 people in the kitchen and 25 servers with an experienced manager to set up. serve and clean up day of, unless you want to completely miss being the mother of the bride. And that does NOT include the shopping, food prep before etc. Please consider having some of the items at least dop off catered.

You also need an appetizer/ nibble table- actually 4 areas- for this size group.

BBQ boneless skinless chicken thighs, -2 per person plus 10%
green beans with bacon and onions, 30 pounds fresh or 24 pounds canned frozen per 100
pasta salad, 6 pounds dry pasta per 100
Caesar salad, 4 times the amount on the plan for 100 list.
rolls (10-12 pounds per 100) add butter(2 pounds per 100)
mashed potatoes, 40 pounds raw per 100

ellen
04/20/12
Miranda, use the taco bar amounts, use 2/3, and allow 3 ounces of greens/lettuce per 100. Everything else is on that page.
alexa
05/02/12
I am planning Loose Meat sandwiches for 70 people - how many lbs of ground beef should I buy?
ellen
05/02/12
See the Sloppy JOes for 100 recipe on this site, use 3/4.
robert
05/16/12
High School Senior Breakfast for 275. Fresh link sausage, bacon, eggs, grits, biscuits AND home made cinnamon buns from scratch. Please, how much bacon and sausage?
ellen
05/16/12
This is covered in the breakfast planning page. Basically with teens, you need someone to serve the bacon and sausage or some will take a whole plateful- plan on bacon plus sausage for everyone and you will have enough. 15 pounds small links per 100 plus 16-18 pounds bacon per 100.
gabe
05/25/12
how many pounds of rice to make 400 plates as a side
ellen
05/26/12
About 8 pounds per 100 for single side portions.
Margie
06/12/12
How much salad for 100 people
I am planning a wedding reception for 100 people. So far we have tri-tip and chicken, potato salad and chinese chicken salad being catered. I want to add brocolli salad, macaroni salad and a mixed fruit bowl. Also some easy finger food to have before the bride and groom arrive. How much more salad do I need and any suggestions for finger food? Thanks so much.
ellen
06/13/12
broccoli salad, about 20 pounds total
macaroni salad, 6 pounds dry pasta to start

some easy finger food
fruit bowl- convert to fruit trays, see fruit tray page
cheese and crackers- about 12-14 pounds of cheeses, some can be rolls or logs, 6-8 pounds crackers
one or 2 nice dips or spreads- per person1/4 cup each for 2, 1/3 cup for just one- 1 pound bread or pita or pita chips per 10

Eileen Flegel
06/14/12
I am planning a pancake breakfast for 250 people. We are having pancakes, sausages, and hashbrown casserole. How much syrup, whipped cream and strawberries would i need. Would i plan on 4 sausages per person if it is self serve.
ellen
06/14/12
Syrup, 1/4 cup per person; strawberries, 1 quart per 8-10; whip cream, assuming the cans, 4 tablespoons per person. Have someone serve the sausages, if you can, people can get pretty greedy about them.

Consider adding scrambles eggs in the roaster; not everyone eats a lot of carbs, and they are not expensive. About 30 dozen eggs.

Deanne
06/14/12
How many english cucumbers do i need for sliced cucumbers for 300?
Thank you
Deanne
ellen
06/14/12
Double posted, please see the other one.
Cheryl
07/14/12
How much soup appetizer for wedding.
I am making a family recipe of Italian Holiday soup for my daughter's wedding. She is expecting about 220 guests. There will be other appetizers, soup served in coffee mugs, then full dinner and dessert afterwards. How much soup will I need to make to cover the 220 people?
ellen
07/16/12
At least 8 gallons.
Veronica
07/27/12
i want to make a cantaloupe & honey dew mixture for 300 people how many of each should i buy
ellen
07/27/12
Get 2 pounds whole total for each 7-8 people.
andrea
08/08/12
I'm catering for a friend. She is having 100 people. She just wants appetizers for 2 hours. I need to know how many of the following. She wants food served for 2 hours (10:30pm -12:30am)

mini crab cakes
meatballs
chicken skewers
stuffed mushrooms
mini cheesecake, lemon blossoms, mini chocolate cake

ellen
08/08/12
At this late hour, you will have a fairly light eating urge to deal with. Here is what I would do:

mini crab cakes- people love these, do 2 per person, 3 if the budget permits
meatballs- 1 pound per 5
chicken skewers- 1 pound raw boneless per 4
stuffed mushrooms- 2-3 per person, depends on size

I would add one bready/starchy, 3 bites per person

mini cheesecake, lemon blossoms, mini chocolate cake- one of each per person, plus some extra chocolate

I would serve dessert level coffee with the higher decaf amounts, unless it is a very young crowd.

Juvna
11/02/12
How many people will 1 gallon of guacamole feed?
I have 70ish guest attending my reception and the catering place is providign 1 gallon of guacamole. How many people will 1 gallon feed?

thank you!

ellen
11/04/12
One cup serves at most 5 unless they are VERY polite, so you have about to right amount for 70 people. It would not hurt to have a second dip- queso?
jenna
02/25/13
i want to make spinch strawberry salad. for my wedding and i need to know how much to make/buy. ingrediants: spinich, sliced straberies, feta cheese, candied pecans and poppy seed dressing. were having about 190 guests can you help me?
ellen
02/25/13
Look at this thread. You need three times the amount for 60. About 6 pounds of crumbled feta.

www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/40025.html

There is also a really good poppyseed dressing right on this site:

www.ellenskitchen.com/turkey/fruitsal.html

It is the second recipe on the page

Kim Howerter
03/15/13
feeding 130 people french toast breakfast How many 1.5 oz sryup packets should I have on hand
ellen
03/15/13
250, and a couple of pounds of powdered sugar in shakers.
ellen
03/15/13
By the way, get 3 bottles of sugar-free syrup as well.
Lisa
03/18/13
We are throwing a birthday party with about 50 adults and 10 kids at 1:00pm. We are ordering the deli meat tray/rolls from a local place and side salad too. Our family is cooking the rest. We are going to have small tray of chicken nuggest and french fries for the 10 kids

Questions: how much deli meat (a platter to feed 50?)should we order and also how many of each item should the family make? would 2 large trays of each be enough? We are using disposable chafing trays with the metal racks.

Deli meat/cheese platter with rolls
Garden salad
Macaroni and Cheese
Pierogies
Sausage and peppers

ellen
03/18/13
Since the menu has some entrees besides the sandwich platters, what I would do is:

Deli meat/cheese platter with rolls- use the reception level plan on the sandwich page for 1/2 of 100, add extra rolls since people will want them for the sausages also.
Garden salad- about 6 pounds
Macaroni and Cheese- 4 to 5 pans (4-5 9x13 dishes)
Pierogies- sizes vary so much! 1 large or 1.3 small per person- maybe some left
Sausage and peppers- 1 pound sausage per 5-6

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Brenda
06/03/13
How many pounds of chex mix, nuts and cheddar fish cracker mixture for 300 people? We will also have a M&M bar with the mixture.
ellen
06/03/13
Brenda, what is the event and what else is being served? What is the age of the group? All these things matter.
Chereese
06/26/13
How much of each for 150 people?
Drummettes 50lbs
Pulled pork 50lbs
pasta salad 40lbs
Ya Ya grits ???
Shrimp???
Bacon???
Chereese
06/26/13
^^ This will be for my reception
The shrimp and bacon will be for the Ya Ya grits
ellen
06/26/13
If the grits are the only starch, you need more. A really nice way to serve these is in the 8-9 ounce clear cups with the shrimps already portioned on. Would that work for you? Otherwise you need quite a bit more shrimp, as people just love it and gobble it.

You have plenty of meat. You need veggies, starches, fruit , some of this could be appetizers. Write back, start a new thread!

Katie
07/09/13
So glad I found this forum! I am thinking of making shrimp and grits for 100 men. Could you give me some estimates of how much grits to broth ratio and lbs of shrimp to serve this many? My recipe also has red bell peppers, cheddar cheese and Monterey jack cheese, canned diced tomatoes and green onions. My main worry is the grits/liquid ratio and lbs of shrimp. Thanks!!!
ellen
07/09/13
The grits to liquid ratio changes very little, as you need to do several batches.

Shrimp, at least 1 pound per 4, and 1 pound per 3 is even better, if this is a main course.

Here is a favorite note on cooking grits from foodservice.com:

Boil 1½ cups of water with salt and a little butter. (Use milk and they are creamier!)
Add 5 Tbsp of Grits.
Reduce to a simmer and allow the Grits to soak up all the water. When a pencil stuck into the grits stands alone, it is done. That's all there is to cooking grits.

The army uses 4 gallons of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 4 1/2 pounds of quick-cooking grits to make 100 2/3 cup servings. 100 men might eat double that, if they were at all hungry and it was the main dish...

And here is a charming note from tristate.localfoodservice.com:

bring the water to a rapid boil and whisk in grits until I get a "reaction", or very slight thickening response, then quickly hold off on the H2O, otherwise you will end up with sheetrock mudd, or a great medium for sculpting. ;) At this point, unlike Grandma with her spoon prepared to stir for three hours, whisk like heck to assure that there are no lumps. If it thickens too quickly, add a bit more water, but not too much. Let simmer for about three to five minutes, reduce the heat, and slowly add a lot of butter. This could be anywhere from two to four sticks to four pounds....depends on how you feel about coronary health. You're going for a nice smooth texture with a slight gloss. After the butter is incorporated, begin whisking in heavy cream (or half & half if you're skeered) until the grits smooth out even more. Now it is safe to add the cheese. I have experimented with every form of white cheese from provalone to mozarella...go with something a bit sharper. A nice sharp white cheddar is good, and yes, as Steve said, regular cheddar works well......I just like to preserve the nice white color of the grits. Add as much as you think is necessary, then add another handful. At this point, you can graduate to a spoon...otherwise your forearms will look like Popeye.

Karin
07/12/13
Hi Ellen,
I've read thru quite a bit of your helpful advice. I'm kind of coming to a conclusion, but want to run it by you first. I am making shredded chuck roast with onion soup mix and shredded chicken breast with BBQ sauce for sandwiches for a rehearsal luncheon. I'll also have a pasta salad, veggie and fruit platters, cookies and bars for dessert. For 35 people, I plan to buy about 15#s raw chuck roast and about 10# raw boneless skinless chicken breasts. Does this sound sufficient? Even if there are leftovers, that's ok. I just don't want to be short. Thanks for your help :)
ellen
07/13/13
Posted twice. See the other one.
Janet
08/13/13
n/a
Can you tell me your idea of how Red Robin Catering (Larkspur, CA) makes their Pandora party sandwich loaf?
ellen
08/14/13
According to their brochure, this is:

"PANDORA RYE LOAF
Large rye loaf filled with cocktail sandwiches
$46.00
Filled with
Ham & Cheese - Monterey Cheese - Cheddar Cheese
- Danish Ham
Ham Salad - Cream Cheese & Stuffed Green Olive

Can you tell me more about how it is put together and which filling you are trying to duplicate.

Grayson
09/30/13
How much for a small teacher staff of 35?
How much pimento cheese and chicken salad for 35 teachers/staff?

I want to take breads, chips, pimento cheese, chicken salad and brownies for dessert.

This is for a small private school. 35 teachers and staff total.

ellen
09/30/13
Sounds like a tea party!

Take 4 slices of bread per person;
1/3 to 1/2 cup chicken salad per person (lesser amount if rushed or all ladies, more if relaxed or mixed)
1/4 cup pimento cheese per person
take a quart of mayo, 2 pints of tiny sweet pickles. Deviled eggs would be very nice with this.
1 pound chips per 12- a quart of salsa would be good for this
2 modest brownies per person

4 gallons tea, juice, lemonade

Phyllis Laske
01/16/14
I am planning a lunch for 125 ladies. We plan on serving pulled pork sandwiches and a green tossed salad. How many pounds of pork shoulder will I need for this crowd? We plan on cooking the pork in crock pots. Also if you have a good and easy recipe for Bar b que sauce, we would appreciate it.
Thank you,
Phyllis and the girls
ellen
01/17/14
Hi, Phyllis,

125 ladies for BBQ sandwiches.
pork-1 pound raw per 3
sauce- takes about 3 quarts per 10 pounds
table sauce- 1 cup per 6
onions- 7 pounds per 100
pickles- 1 gallon per 100

How about some good slaw? 3 gallons

Green salad, see plan for 100 table do just for 100 in you have slaw, or times 1 1/4 if the only salad.

I would definitely add chips here- allow 1 pound per 10-12. If dip or salsa, 1 pint per pound.

Sauce? Too many choices! See this excellent article:
www.seriouseats.com/2012/07/barbecue-sauce-recipes-regional-styles-kansas-city-memphis-carolinas.html

Sabrina
01/30/14
I've been asked to make spinach dip for 30 people, and I estimated $20 for the ingredients, but how much should I charge to make it?
ellen
01/31/14
Don't know how much per person you are making, but 2-3 dollars per person is perfectly reasonable for this job, if it includes the chips and bread.

By the way, if this saves you time, trouble, or money, please consider a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support the site. Thanks.

Nadine
03/07/14
Hi Ellen,

I need to prepare a fruit salad for 30 people (picnic party).

I saw you refer to the 'fruit platter' earlier for greater amounts of salad.

Can I still use a normal salad bowl, or rather settle for the platter idea for the number of guests.

ellen
03/07/14
You can do a salad, but the platters keep better, look better, and are easier to eat- also the leftovers are more usable. If you do decide on a salad, there are some recipes on the fruit tray page- use 1/3 the amount for 100.
Pat
04/21/14
150 people wedding reception
How much country ham is needed for 450 tea biscuits?
ellen
04/24/14
It just takes an ounce- about 28 pounds boneless.
Bobi Graves
04/26/14
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for 200
Menu
Pancakes
Syrup
Sausage patties (50 lbs)
Orange Juice
Coffee
I would appreciate quantities and a recipe for pancakes.
Love your site.
ellen
04/26/14
Bobi, this is is covered on the breakfast planning page, coffee on the beverage planning page. You have plenty of sausage.

Any good all-in-one buttermilk pancake mix will do fine, amounts are discussed.

Michele
06/03/14
We are hosting a retirement reception and would like to know how much to make given the menu we have put together. We expect around 300 "drop ins" who will greet, snack, and leave. Here's the menu:
Finger sandwiches - Egg salad, pimiento cheese, cream cheese and marmalade
Fruit/Veggie/Cheese trays with assorted crackers, chips and dips
Mini cream puffs
Home made cookies
Sheet cake
Mini meatballs
Nuts
Punch & bottled water
Thank you!
ellen
06/07/14
posted twice, see the single post.
Dillon
06/08/14
Hi, Ellen! I am making three spreads for a open house where 150 people will be coming by over several hours. How much should I make of each spread? I will be serving them with crackers, grapes, and nuts. I was thinking 9 pounds of almonds, does that sound right? And how many pounds of grapes? Thanks so much!
Dillon
06/08/14
A little more information about what I am thinking.... 9 pounds almonds, they will be herb roasted (blanched and peeled) 12 pounds of seedless grapes, and 2 quarts of each spread... not sure about cracker quantities. These are the quantities I have come to but I am not sure if they are correct. Thank you!
Dillon
06/08/14
sorry for bombarding, but i just got an email that it will be 125 people, now.
ellen
06/08/14
When the surges come and also how much food you need, depend on what day of the week and what time- for example, on a week night, many come starving from work.

Basically, this looks like a fairly dull presentation. Can you liven it up a bit?

Totals needed if it is NOT over a meal time:

Dips; 1/4 cup per person of each dip up to 4
Chips, etc; 1 pound per 12
Crackers; 6 pounds per 100
Cheeses, including logs and spreads, 1 pound per 10-12

Grapes, 1 pound per 10, seedless, several colors
Add strawberries, about 1 quart per 20
Fruit dip? 1 pint per 12-15

Nuts 6 pounds per 100 minimum- this is a very light service- they might take more

Talk to the hosts about adding meatballs or little smokies, or sausage bites (10-12 pounds per 100 plus 3 quarts sauce) or some other protein oriented bite- 2 bites per person.

If this is a paying gig, please make a donation, maybe a dime per guest, to support the site. Thanks.

Dillon
06/08/14
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help. The event is for a friend so I am not charging what I would normally change, and I normally never do anything this big, but because she wanted something really simple I decided to do it. I just donated to the site! I hope get the support you need from all of us you have helped!
Les
07/31/14
How many pounds of coleslaw do I buy to feed 65-70 people? About 10 kids 5-13years of age.

Thank you

ellen
07/31/14
about 14 pounds, a little more if there is no other green salad.
Cindy Stanley
09/17/14
How much country ham
HOw much country ham will you need to put on 200 tea biscuits/
ellen
09/19/14
About 14 pounds, 1 ounce per biscuit.
Becky Grant
10/14/14
Turnip/Carrotts
how many turnips and how many lbs. of carrots do I need to buy to serve 150 people
Lisa
11/04/14
How many pounds of squash, and how many pounds of zucchini, and how many pounds of potatoes do I need to feed 90 people? I am wrapping them in tin foil and placing on a large outdoor grill
ellen
11/05/14
Veggies for 90
About 18 pounds of each squash and 35 pounds of potatoes for 100. Suggest you parboil or partially pre-bake the potatoes.

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Stephen
11/06/14
Looking to serve a breakfast brunch to approx. 125 people. How much scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns (cubed potatoes), juices and coffee would be needed?
ellen
11/07/14
Go to the breakfast planning page, use 1 1/4 times the amounts for 100. If you want me to check your amounts, just post it- you can start a new thread.
mokgaetji
12/01/14
how much chicken avocado salad should I make as a starter for more than 200 guests??
bmw
12/02/14
How much broccoli dip for 60 people
How many packs of knorr's veg soup mix to use to make enough broccoli dip for 60 people
ellen
12/02/14
mokgaetji, 1/2 cup per person, amounts of each ingredient depend on your individual recipe.
ellen
12/02/14
bmw, you need to plan for at least 1 gallon (16 cups) of dip. Figure out how much 1 pack makes, and multiply. It appears that one pack makes about 1 quart.
karen
01/09/15
I am planning a baby shower for my nephew and wife in late January. We plan on (1) each mini croissant filled w/pimento cheese and the other filled with chicken salad. I plan on making both myself but don't have a clue how much I need for 25 each, again using mini croissants. Any advice you can give is GREATLY appreciated.
ellen
01/09/15
Mini croissant size varies from bakery to bakery, but 1 cup of filling makes 3 to 4 sandwiches. Take a look at the really good and unusual potato, pasta and slaw salads on this site for some interesting side dishes.
Gladys Dobson
02/08/15
How many pounds of each vegetable to buy for turk
I need to make turkey soup for 100 for a Church supper. How many pounds of potatoes, carrots and turnips do I need to buy?
elle
02/08/15
This recipe might act as a guide. If you don't want a tomato-ey broth, use chicken broth instead.

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/beefsoup.html

Note that you need 2 times the recipe for 100.

Lisa Love
02/18/15
Hello Ellen, I preparing tuna salad which consist of eggs, relish, red onions and mayonnaise. How many cans of tuna will I need to feed 150 people?
ellen
02/18/15
Is this plated salad or sandwiches or buffet and what else is being served? Write back.
dodo bird
02/24/15
my name is ralph
ellen
02/24/15
And your question is?
Jakes
03/02/15
Amount of filling for 300 spring rolls
Please let me know how many pounds of (cabbage, carrots, spring onions, and sprouts) do I need to make 300 spring rolls?
Jakes
03/02/15
Amount of filling for 300 spring rolls
Please let me know how many pounds of (cabbage, carrots, spring onions, and sprouts) do I need to make 300 spring rolls?
ellen
03/02/15
Jake you posted twice. see the other one.
Jakes
03/04/15
hi
Hi, where can i look for the response.
I apologize for posting the question twice.
ellen
03/05/15
www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/51267.html
Jackie
03/08/15
How much will it cost to feed chickenand dumplings
I need to know how much will it cost to feed chicken and dumplings to 35 people. w
ellen
03/09/15
Jackie, I don't do costs, too much regional variation. Take your recipe, multiply it to 32, take it to the store and estimate it based on your local prices.
Denise
03/10/15
How many donuts and bagels will feed 60 people for breakfast?
ELLEN
03/12/15
What else is being served, and is it buffet service? What type crowd? Write back.
Mary
04/07/15
Dessert question? Daughters wedding 300 guest.
Having large cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and chocolate covered strawberries. How many of each to serve to 300 guest? Also just to let you know this a backyard wedding at our home. so as far as an ending time....time is unlimited. The actual reception is to begin at 4 and end at 8ish 9. but not sure how many folks will be sticking around. for leftovers.
Thank you,
ellen
04/07/15
2 strawberries per person. The cupcakes depend on how many different flavors in each size. Please write back.
Melissa
05/08/15
There's 20 women eating and this is the menu:
Cabbage and lettuce wraps
Spinach salad
Salad
Green salad
I'm to bring the spinach salad (most likely a raspberry, walnut, kiwi, red onion salad). How much do I make? We're at a retreat so leftovers likely won't be eaten but I don't want to skimp out either! TIA! :)
ellen
05/08/15
This is a lot of salad with no carbs- hope there will be at least some good rolls or that the mystery salad is pasta or potato.

I would start with1 1/2 pounds spinach and add in the rest. Consider omitting the onions or put them on the side.

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RC
05/21/15
Early morning breakfast
Looking to serve 200 people donuts and muffins in the early morning. Will also be serving juice and coffee - trying to figure the appropriate # to people ratio for both food and drink.
ellen
05/23/15
For juice and coffee see the breakfast planning page.

Suggest you consider donut holes or even bagels instead of straight donuts- people don't eat as many donuts now.

For the muffins, mini muffins are the optimum choice.

Is this a second breakfast or "instead of breakfast"? It affects amounts. Write back.

Maria
06/02/15
Hi -
I am doing an hors d'oeuvers menu for a benefit for 200 people (6:30-9PM). My Proposed menu:
ham with biscuits (400 biscuits, 25 lb ham?)
pulled pork sliders (400, 20 lb pork?)
cucumber soup (100 servings)
cold fruit soup (100 servings)
purchased shrimp salad in filo cups (400, 15 lb salad?)
purchased chicken salad in filo cups (400, 15 lb salad?)
deviled eggs (300)
purchased cheese tray (300 servings)
tortellini salad (100 servings)
watermelon feta salad (100 servings)
veggie tray (1200 pieces)
3 dips (2 quarts each)
cookies (600)
Assorted crackers and pita chips
I don't mind having leftovers, but I am hoping you can tell me if I am waaay off base with my calculations.
Your site has been extraordinarily helpful.
Thank you.
ellen
06/02/15
How muchdinner time hors douvres-200
As you have probably read, many of your guests will be eating dinner at your buffet.

ham with biscuits (400 biscuits, 25 lb ham?)
pulled pork sliders (400, 20 lb pork?)
400 is about right, and I don't count on more than 12-15 slider size sandwiches from any ready to eat pound.
cucumber soup (100 servings)
cold fruit soup (100 servings)
What size servings, or are you doing shooters? Some people will want to try both. You could divide the same amount into smaller cups.
purchased shrimp salad in filo cups (400, 15 lb salad?)
purchased chicken salad in filo cups (400, 15 lb salad?)
How big are the cups? A pound is about 2 cups, so 15 is 30 cups or 480 tablespoons. Do the shells hold just 1 tablespoon each?
deviled eggs (300), prob some left, I would do about 240
purchased cheese tray (300 servings), 1 pound per 10-12, some can be logs or spreads
tortellini salad (100 servings), since this is the only carb, go at least 150
watermelon feta salad (100 servings), OK
veggie tray (1200 pieces), OK
3 dips (2 quarts each), OK, maybe 1 extra quart Ranch
cookies (600), OK, not too big, some could be small bars
Assorted crackers and pita chips, 6-8 pounds per 100
Consider a modest fruit tray with strawberries, 1 quart per 12-15, grapes 1 pound per 12, and a few pineapples, 4-5

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Dermot
06/28/15
Hi Ellen,
We are preparing sandwiches for a group called the Common Cathedral in Boston July 4th weekend. The people that run the community support program that hosts the non denominational service says that we need to prepare 150 sandwiches. We wanted to do something other than PB&J and thought that an Italian tuna salad sandwich would be tasty and last in the heat longer. Can you help with a recipe and if not a recipe an approximate amount of canned tuna we will need.
Thank you so much for your help!
Dermot
ellen
06/29/15
Dermot, any salad or chopped up filling spoils fast. What holds is sliced meats, sliced cheeses, falafel, hummus, etc; things that are solid and no mayo. Are any or all of those interesting? How about burritos? They can be kept hot and safe in a preheated ice chest.

Write back.

ELISE
07/21/15
i have to cater a buffet of pork belly and spanish chicken for 62 people. do i cook belly and chicken for 62 per meat or what is the ratio? please help
ellen
07/21/15
I would do about 40 pounds of bone in chicken and 30 of pork belly. Do a bit more chicken if you have doubts about the popularity of the pork belly. Do be sure one of the sides will make an entree for any vegetarian guests.
Megan
08/22/15
How many breakfast sandwiches do we need for 120 people for an after wedding brunch? How much fruit salad should we have?

We are having beers and mimosas for drinks. How much orange juice and champagne will we need?

Thanks!!

ellen
08/23/15
Megan, usually wedding brunches are a little more elaborate. What else is being served, and is it a sit down brunch? China or paper? Kids? What kind of breakfast sandwiches?
ellen
08/23/15
Write back with more info.
Megan
08/23/15
It is a beer garden brunch the day after the wedding. Bagels with cream cheese, fruit, and cookies are being served along with the sandwiches. Not a sit down brunch more like a buffet and plastic plates will be used. Some kids will be there but not many.

The sandwiches are full bagels (not cut in half) with egg, cheese, and a meat on it.

ellen
08/24/15
This is an interesting idea, and there are a few things to consider.

Plan on at least a 2 sided serving line- it will move slowly as people select toppings, etc. Put beverage and desserts on a separate table.

Some people can't chew bagels. Do you want to do some of the sandwiches on croissants or as breakfast burrito roll ups? Maybe make some meatless for any vegetarians or non-pork eaters?

The fruit will be from the fruit tray page and I suggest fruit trays rather than salad, it keeps better, looks better and the leftovers are more usable. The deluxe tray for 100 would be about right- maybe add a couple of quarts of strawberries.

I would include about 4 gallons of pasta salad with lots of add ins, maybe the tri-color rotini for color, 8 pounds dry pasta.

Add nutella and peanut or cashew butter to the spreads, about 6 cups.

Seriously consider adding sliced cheese trays, about 6-8 pounds and egg salad, about 1 1/2 gallons.

A cream cheese and fruit dip, with ginger snap dippers, would go well with the plain bagels.

Plan on about 5 full sandwiches for every 4, 6 if you dont have too much other stuff, and cut some in half- nost kids won't take a full one.

Each bottle of champagne and quart of oj makes about 10 people's worth of mimosas, so you just need to figure how many people. Have seven up or ginger ale to make virgin mimosas for any non-drinkers and kids.

At least 4 cookies and bars per person, not large. People would rather have a wide selection than large pieces. You can put a tray or basket on each table, if there will be tables.

You know you need coffee- see the beverage planning page.

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Tammy
09/15/15
Reception for 40 people
I am preparing pasta salad,chicken salad,croussiants I want to do one more item i don't know what and tea.
ellen
09/15/15
You posted twice, see the other one. I suggest you do egg salad or cheese log, about a quart, for anyone who does not eat chicken.
Greg
09/21/15
How much country time lemonade do I need to serve 400 people?
ellen
09/21/15
What is the event, how long does it last and what other beverages will be available? Write back.
Enid
10/04/15
Ellen: for a buffet lunch after Shabbat services, how how much tuna and egg salad should. I order? Aalso have large tossed salad, noodle kugel,
breads, cream cheese, fruit salad, assorted cheese plate.
.
ellen
10/04/15
Enid, you don't say how many people. Here is my recommendation for 100 from the plan for 100 list:

ion 6:
Chicken, Tuna, Egg Salads
luncheon salad (1 cup serving)
6 gallons
allow 1- 1 1/2 more gallon if self serve or 2 choices

reception (1/2 cup serving)
3-4 gallons

sandwich meal self serve (1 cup for 2 sandwiches)
7 gallons

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Mickey James
10/17/15
How muchSlaw
My church is doing a Trunk or Treat for Halloween, serving hot dogs for 600-700 adults and kids. How much slaw and chili, and chopped onions do I need
ellen
10/17/15
If you are serving, you want 5 pounds chopped onions per 100, 1 gallon hot dog chili per 100, 1 1/2 gallons slaw. If it is self serve, increase onions to 8 pounds, chili to 2 gallons, slaw to 2 1/2 gallons per 100- people take a lot more on their own. More info on the sandwich planning page and also see my hot dog chili recipe here:

www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/43504.html

Jackie Hamlyn
11/30/15
Hi we are serving 100 people. I am wondering how much turnip we will need. We are serving 1 scoup of mashed turnip each.

Thanks'
Jackie

ellen
11/30/15
30 pounds will serve 100 people over 1/2 cup each.

Of course, it depends on the size scoop...

Pam
01/04/16
I am doing a party and the menu consist of chicken salad, devil eggs, ham sandwiches, hotwings, chips, crackers, and juice. How much is needed for 40-50 people.
ellen
01/04/16
when does the party start, how long is it, and what is the age range and male/female mix of the guests ? Write back.
boo
01/27/16
plantains
I have to feed 100 people, there will be other food there. How many plantains should I buy to slice and fry
mary joy gatinao
03/19/16
How much eggs and other ingredients for 70 sandwic
Hi Ellen,

Your advise please. I am task to prepare a 70 pcs egg sandwich (ordinary slice bread), how many eggs and other ingredients do i need? &
30 people for spaghetti, what is the measurements of the ingredients needed?

ellen
03/19/16
Boo, sorry I missed this. For a side dish, with rice .and beans, 1/3 to 1/2 plantain per person
ellen
03/19/16
Mary Joy,

A dozen eggs makes 8-10 sandwiches, depending on how thick you spread it and what else you add it.

Use the spaghetti dinner for 50-60 at the bottom of the spaghetti page, do just over 1/2 as a guide for amounts.

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Sylvia
03/22/16
Turnip
How much turnip do I need for 300 people. Mashed turnip
ellen
03/23/16
About 30 pounds per 100, ready to serve, if these are regular turnip eaters. If this is for a non-turnip eating crowd, do 25 pounds.

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Holly
03/23/16
I am planning to self cater my daughters wedding. It is casual, just family mostly but we have big families so planning on 180-200 people. I would greatly appreciate your advice re my plan. Am I crazy or is this doable? I plan to cook and freeze everything before hand and then thaw in fridge before warming and serving buffet style in chafers. I have hired a couple of people with food handlers permit to warm food and stock buffet on the day of the wedding. I am also renting a chambro food warmer to help with logistics. There are two full size -not commercial - ovens at the venue so I am hoping that we will have enough space to heat it all and keep it warm and safe. i plan to thaw food starting 3 days before wedding in the fridge. Venue has big walk in cooler and two fridges too. We get Venue day before so I plan to move food in coolers to venue.. I plan to have the food warmed in the food pans that fit the chafers. We have several and I will rent more so I can keep food to only 2'" deep so it should warm safely.
Several aunts will bring a variety of salads too.
Does this amount of food seem right? I have used your website to come up with these.I prefer to have too much. Menu I plan to prepare is:
Pulled pork sliders - 80 lbs uncooked
Shredded bbq chicken sliders - 80 lbs uncooked
432 slider buns
Hotdogs (mostly for kids) -60 (8/lb)
Mac n cheese - 20 lbs
Coleslaw - 6 gallons 9how many ponds of cabbage do I need? I plan to make coleslaw the day before.
Your site is so helpful. Thank you so much. I will be happy to make a donation to help defray your costs. You are so generous to share this info.
ellen
03/24/16
Holly, this is possible, yet you have some thinking and rethinking to do, for both quantities and the menu. You are fortunate to get the kitchen the day before, but a whole lot of the work needs to be done before you ever get there. I would allow 3 days just for the shopping.

One of your biggest challenges will be refrigerator and freezer space for safe handling of the food. Remember you are looking at 300+ pounds of food. Also be sure you plan how to preheat the cambro, recalling the it takes up to 20 minutes to bring a gallon of water to the boil.

I am assuming 200 people.

Pulled pork sliders - 80 lbs uncooked- 40-50 plenty, still some left
Shredded bbq chicken sliders - 80 lbs uncooked- 40-50 plenty, still some left
Each pound boneless makes a pound with sauce, and each pound with sauce makes 5-6 sandwiches, or 10-12 sliders. So for 100 pounds total, you are looking at 500 sandwiches- I would do just 40 of whichever is less popular in your area.
Also, since you will need both ovens for the mac and cheese, consider reheating these on top of the stove, allowing up to 2 hours to get to 165 in the middle.
Meatless choice for any vegetarians- at least one crock pot of vegetarian sausages or patties.
PLUS add 2 gallons pickle slices and 12-16 pounds sliced onions for the sandwiches, table sauce for each table (about 1 cup per 8, up to 2 gallons)
For just 80 pounds total meat, you would use 400 standard buns or 800+ slider buns- see why what you have planned is too much?
Hotdogs (mostly for kids) -60 (8/lb)- bad choice for kids- choking hazard. If you want to do something specific, consider chicken nuggets or chicken legs. Do about 200 nuggets or 100 legs
Mac n cheese - 20 lbs, you need 20 pounds dry plus 20 quarts sauce plus 10-20 pounds cheese- comes out to about 10 gallons
Coleslaw - 6 gallons how many ponds of cabbage do I need? I plan to make coleslaw the day before.
Can make 2 days ahead, see the two slaw pages on this site for the crispest, tastiest slaw. You are looking at 50-60 pounds cabbage- see various recipes- suggest one sweeter and one with a vinegar type dressing

At this point, two additions; appetizers and cold starchy dishes.

For the starchy dishes, I suggest either 4 gallons each of 2 interesting salads such as a marinated many bean salad, corn and black bean salsa, carrot raisin salad, antipasto marinated veg, or roasted Italian veg served room temp. All of these are made ahead and do not require heating.OR 6-8 gallons of potato or pasta salad (pasta is easier), 6 pounds dry pasta or 30 pounds potatoes per 100

For the appetizers or nibbles, here is my standard suggestion:
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 the fruit tray page), a cheese tray (8 pounds per 100, some can be spreads or logs; 6 pounds crackers per 100) and an attractive dip or spread (1 cup per 6 plus 6 pounds potato or 8 pounds corn chips per 100); 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. So you would use 2.

Write everything down as you do it or plan it, including volunteer assignments with time lines - who will get how much ice by when?-who will bring the plates cups, napkins by when? Your name should be in very few of these slots.

You can write back. I look forward to your donation. Thank you.

Holly
03/25/16
Wow, what a quick and thorough response. Thank you so much. I was a bit worried it would be too much food128512;but I hate to run out or for people to be hungry. I will save so much money and logistics will be a bit easier with less food to heat up. Now I won't worry there won't be enough. You gave me some great ideas and guidance. I will definitely follow your advice. As I work on planning more I may ask more questions. At this point logistics are my biggest concern. I just made a modest donation. Wish I could do more, maybe after I pay for this wedding. 128521; Good luck on your campaign. You provide an amazing service. God bless you!
Ashley Hunter
05/05/16
Hi Ellen,

I am hosting a conference of 125- 150 people? I have a few questions on the quanity of items?

I want to do unlimted mimosas; how many bottles of champagne and orange juice should I buy?

I also want to do pink moscato wines; how many bottles should I do?

And sodas should I buy?

Also, for deserts, how many dozen of cupcakes, cakepops, brownies, candy apples should I get for that amount of people?

Thanks

ellen
05/06/16
Assuming 150. Please tell me how these will be used? Is this an evening dessert event? Are the mimosas foe a brunch? Are the mimosas and the moscato to be served at the same time. Write BACK.
jimmy
05/24/16
how many pounds of vegetables , meats, and cheeses should i get for a omelette party of 80 people? please
ellen
05/24/16
I figure 6 pounds shredded cheeses for 80, light shreds. , and the rest depends on what kind of veggies and meats, for example, 8 ounce canned mushrooms, once drained, makes 4 people's worth; 1 pound diced onion or bell pepper or chopped broccoli florets makes about 10 omelettes.

The meat depends entirely on what kinds of meat and whether other breakfast meats are being served. Can you tell mre?

Or take a look at the taco/potato bar page, which will help you approximate lots of toppings-

Emil Estopare
10/08/16
How much100
biscuit and sausage gravy
ellen
10/08/16
An excellent recipe for sausage gravy is on this site:

www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/sausage.html
2 biscuits per person

Leah
10/29/16
Hello Ellen! I'm catering a pups awareness luncheon and we are expecting about 100 people. I've decided to make mini chicken and waffles, chicken gnocchi soup and mini Caesar salads. Do you think this is a good menu and how much would I need for each appetizer?? Also, what easy and cheap drink and deserts do you think I should serve??? PLEASE HELP!!!!
ellen
10/29/16
Is this baby dogs or malware?

Anyway, unless you are using frozen waffles, waffles for 100 is not a simple task. I suggest chicken and biscuits instead. Side dishes of a colorful veg and an interesting side dish such as a spiced peach, apple ring, etc.

The soup is fine, it might be you do beef if the main dish is chicken.

Least expensive drink, assorted flavorful iced teas you brew yourself.

Simple dessert, fruit cobbler.

LadyV
11/04/16
doing a fundraising breakfast. Pancakes, sausage (not sure if patty or link is easier), 'fake' OJ, coffee, ice water and applesauce. any suggestions on how to figure per person on the purchase of item? most economical way of doing it all??
ellen
11/04/16
The breakfast planning page has amounts for you for the foods, and juice and coffee are on the beverage planning page. Price frozen concentrate for the juice, fake oj is not so tasty. Consider other canned fruit, such as sliced peaches; applesauce looks messy on the plate and is hard to eat without a spoon.
ellen
11/04/16
Also, price smaked sausage, a pound is cut into 8 pieces and 2 is a serving; sometimes cheaper than patty or link, and qhite a bit easier to cook.
Rhea
03/01/17
I'm planning a prayer breakfast for 60 persons and i'm making muffins. what are the amounts for the ingredients.
ellen
03/02/17
Rhea, what else is being served? 2 mini muffins or 1 1/2 regular size are about right if other items are included.
Jennifer
03/11/17
I am hosting a graduation party, and I am inviting 200 people. I will be having bagels with cream cheese and then ham/turkey and cheese for the option of creating a bagel sandwich. Sides include fruit, pasta salad, and chips. How many bagels do you think I need?
ellen
03/12/17
About 1 1/2 whole bagels per person. 1cup cream cheese per 5-6 people (about 1 1/2 ounce per person, or 1 pound per 10). Cold cuts and cheese, the same as a sandwich meal, so have a look at the sandwich page. You can estimate and then re-post for me to check, if you lie.
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