Catering amounts help!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bluebombersfan, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have volunteered to cook for my inlaws 40th wedding anniversary this weekend.  My plan was to do pulled pork and beef.  There should be 45-50 people attending.  I am planning for 1lb of uncooked meat per person as I have read in a few other posts.  I will also have potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw.  My question is how much coleslaw, beans and potato salad do I

    provide.  I have cooked for large crowds before but never this many and never such an important event.  I always have a fear of not having enough food!  [​IMG]  any suggestions?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. This is ALWAYS a tough one.  The meat ratio will be fine since the men might eat a little more and the ladies might eat a little less.  You should have a small amount left over.  I usually figure a pound of tater salad will feed 4 people (maybe) so I usually provide 1 pound of sides per 3 people.  I always say if you leave my BBQ hungry it's your fault.  I know I over cook but heaven forbid I run outta food.  I can't think of anything worse.  I once went to a party and all the portions were weighed out, ie: 1/2 ear of corn per person.  Had to go home and eat a sandwich.  We have many professional chefs here and maybe they will weigh in soon with better suggestions.  That's the way I do it.  Hope it helps.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny
     
  3. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I appreciate the reply!  I like your motto "if you leave my BBQ hungry its your fault"! 
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    for potato salad and coleslaw my catering info states 4 oz. portion per person. as 4 oz. is standard for most sides
     
  5. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    4 oz per side, per person?
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
  6. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yup
     
  7. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow!  Thanks for the reply!  So That works out to just under 15lbs of Coleslaw, potato salad and beans per person.  Now I am getting a little nervous!
     
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    theres a catering guide in here somwhere, or maybe it was before the crash many years ago. I have it in my downloads and refer to that when help is needed. if you see Dutch on he is a good one to ask also.
     
  9. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    always best to have some extra you know!
     
  10. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Agreed!  No way I will be know as the guy that ran out of food!  [​IMG]
     

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