Post # 1
My Fiance and I decided to have our dinner buffet catered with Cuban food (since it is our fave and it goes with the Florida theme) but I dont know how many servings of each protein to get.
We are having 145 quests total.
Here are the meats:
Puerco Asado (Shredded Pork) – FI’s fave
Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef in a Tomato sauce) – my fave
Chiccarones de Pollo (Chicken in a garlic sauce) – because Fiance says we have to have chicken even though I dont like chicken. lol
Then we are having a full salad bar (Ruby Tuesday’s style).
So for 145 guests, how many servings of each meat should I have? It will be set up buffet style.
Post # 3
One more thing… so there really arent any cuban vegetable dishes out there according to the restaurant we are having cater our wedding. All their meals are served with salad and bread.
Do you know of any hot vegetables that would go good? Do I even need one since we are doing a large salad bar?
Post # 4
I am not certain how much a serving is for cuban meats.
The general rule of thumb is 1/2lb of meat per person.
I would say figure 60-70% of people for each dish to allow for 2nds/indecisive people…. You will have leftovers, but if it’s something you like then great!
PS> I dont think chicken is necessary when you already have a “white” meat (pork).
Post # 5
@bridget.sutter: I agree on the chicken… and used the whole “white meat” angle on my Fiance but he didnt bite. I even youtubed the old commercial about pork being the other white meat. 🙂
60-70% sounds like a good measure.. thanks!
Post # 6
Just FYI, a lot of people dont eat pork, chicken is much more universally liked. So I dont think pork replaces chicken as a white meat on your menu. Unless all your guests eat pork.
Post # 7
@bells: thats exactly what Fiance said. :o( you are both right i just dont want to admit it.
Post # 8
I think when having a buffet you need to have a lot more of each item. It wouldn’t be fair to the last people through to only get to choose one thing if the other 2 were big sellers.
Also, buffets tend to have people not taking just one serving of each meat. People are often greedy, and take more then a few pieces of each meat. Or if they really like the pork, they may take a huge scoop of it, leaving less for the rest of the guests.
Post # 9
@andielovesj: the restaurant catering the event is giving us full size servings of each thing… literally it is a plate full of pork, etc. My Fiance can eat like a football player and he can not finish a plate because it is so much food. So really each serving is equivalent to 2 normal servings…
Post # 10
I would say 60 servings of beef and pork and maybe 75 of chicken. That is my guess is because you may have some guests who do not eat beef or pork, but most will probably eat the chicken. Some guests will even eat all three-you don’t want your guests who only eat chicken to run out of it.
Post # 11
Thanks for the help everyone… we went ahead and decided based on the poll results and are ordering 100 servings of each… we have made arrangements with a local homeless shelter to come pick up any remaining food at midnight so if there is extras, at least it will go to help others.
Thanks again, everyone!