(Closed) Ordering right amount of food for 60 people — buffet

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Usually you don’t do the math. You tell the caterers how many people you are having and they prepare the adequate amount of food since that is what they do. after all. With a buffet, it’s always better to have too much rather than not enough. So tell each place you are feeding 60 people and leave it at that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

What are the items? That would help determine portion size.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Also, keep in mind that people at buffets are visual. They will almost never dish up a “proper” serving size so you will have some people with a ton of food and others with hardly anything because there’s nothing left. For that reason, if you want specific serving sizes, you need to have a plated meal.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Roast beef, I would do 3oz pp, so 180 oz total, roughly 11 lbs.

I would estimate 1-2 meatballs per person, depending on size.

How big is the sausage, and is the chicken off the bone?

With salad and sides, a full catering tray feeds about 40, a half tray about 20. Each person will take 2-3 portions of sides, so max 180-200 portions of all in total. Add a cushion by adding a variety of rolls, and you should be fine.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ok, so I would do 11 lbs of roast beef total, 1 piece of chicken, 1 meatball, and 1 sausage per person.

I would do a total of 200 portions of sides, 5 full catering trays in all. 1 large basket of 70 rolls and butter, and be sure to alternate the placement. Meat, side, meat, side… So people don’t load up on meat right off the bat.

You will have leftovers, but better safe than sorry.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hahaha, you’re welcome! I do big events at work all the time.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Another way to pad the buffet is to have inexpensive stationary starters like cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, etc. On a table before lunch.

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