(Closed) Buffet food numbers…help!

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Does your caterer give some guidance? They usually have formulas they use to determine amounts of food.    Do your friends/family tend to be big eaters – if you’ve gone to another buffet wedding or elsewhere, do they go back for seconds?  Are they younger men who’ll eat more than older women?  Will they be drinking heavily?  

I don’t know your crowd, but my crowd would probably eat slightly less veggie lasagna, and slightly more steak.  Many eat chicken at home a lot so they may opt for something different at a buffet.  Your crowd may have more vegetarians, or people who try to avoid red meat. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You have to think about your specific guests – for instance, I had a handful of vegetarians, so I upped my veggie dish amount slightly because I knew other people would want it too and I wanted enough for those who couldn’t eat the meat, as well.

Keep in mind, many guests at a buffet like to try a little of everything, so you would be smart not to assume that someone will take chicken or steak – some people will take both even if they can’t finish their plate.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

There are a lot of vegetarians, in our family. Plus some that don’t eat meat, unless they prepare it, in their own homes. Both my daughters’ weddings had about 13% of the guests request the vegetarian entree. I’d cut the steak in 4 oz. servings – I think 8 oz. would result in a lot of waste. The steak serving size is a lot larger than the other entrees.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

llevinso:  I don’t think most people will ask the servers to cut the steak in half – they won’t think of it. I think the idea of having the steak served in 4 oz servings like 2XMOB suggested will be better. Even if people do request the 8 oz cut in half, that will slow down the buffet line, which you definitely don’t want.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Our caterer plans for everybody to have one of everything on the buffet. I would see if your caterer can cut smaller portions to account for this, and then just serve double portions to those who choose only one entree. 

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