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How many canapes do you assume per person?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Hi all, 

 

I've started catering for small events at my university and this has lead to the occasional paid catering gig during conferences and other university related events (university friend's party). Before university, I worked as a line cook in a restaurant. Anyway, I was wondering, when you make canapes - do you assume that everybody is going to eat 1 canape or 2? How many should you make? 

 

Thanks! 

post #2 of 4

There are numerous variables involved:

  • Time of day (after a meal = less, meal time = more, etc.)
  • Duration of event (short time = less, longer = more)
  • Beverages (wine = moderate, liquor = maybe more)
  • Demographics (men = more, women = less)

 

General rules of thumb:

  • 4-6 pieces first hour, 2-4 pieces each hour thereafter
  • Passed = less, free access stations = more
  • At meal time, increase by 25%-50%
  • Immediately following meal, decrease by 25%-50%
  • Predominately women, use smaller number, conversely for men
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post #3 of 4

Thats a pretty complete list of factors going into it....to me it provides the basis

of explaining the variables involved--as and in the end, I always

considered the bottom line being how many hor d'oeuvres per person

the client wants to pay for.

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I suppose I'm not making to little then. 

 

It's normally 15 - 30 minutes following a lecture, and I serve two canapes - one sweet one savory. 

 

I was asked to do morning and afternoon tea the other day, and it was two canapes each time (the first time was 20 minutes, second time was 30 minutes) - the second time there were left over ingredients, so I assembled them and they were eaten. 

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