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Planning a menu for 70

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi there,

 

Newbie here, in need of some help planning a menu for about 70 people. It's a first birthday party for our little princess.

 

On the menu:

 

Hamburgers

Hot dogs

Pork BBQ

Pasta salad

Coleslaw

 

Homemade three-tier birthday cake

 

Chocolate brownies

Banana pudding

 

Water

Pepsi

Sprite

Sweet tea

(Depending on location) Beer, wine, sangria

 

The problem I'm having is figuring out how much of everything we'll need. I know it's pretty unlikely that someone will have a burger AND a hot dog AND barbecue AND pasta salad AND coleslaw, but we want to be prepared. The guest list is equal parts people who don't eat much and people who eat like horses.

 

So, I have two specific questions, really:

 

1. Should I allocate for everyone to have a bit of every single thing on the menu, even though that might not happen?

2. What is a good, cheap option for the six or so vegetarians who are coming?

3. If someone could help me figure out how much of each thing I would need for 10 people (we don't have an official guest list yet, and 10 is an easy number to work with), I would be very grateful.

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 10

some questions for you:

what is your budget?

where will this event be held?

what type of 'kitchen' will be available?

how will you be cooking the food?

will you prepare the dogs & burgers at the event or before hand at a different location?

is this going to be a buffet?

are you firm on this menu?

post #3 of 10

My rule of thumb is generally about 1/2 lbs meat per person. 

post #4 of 10

Kids like franks best.(50 is enough) Past salad 5 to the pound average . Burgers 30 should do. BBQ pork 5lbs total. Its a birthday party so birthday cake only, maybe with ice cream. Forget pudding and brownies. Slaw 12 lbs should do it. 

 

Consumption is based on time of day, number of males and females ratio  woman eat less ,also  people eat less in hot weather. Length of function.

 

I would have some baked beans cheap and filling

 

Biggest error made  for portioning  is one to one  example 100 guest =100 franks  100 burgers. that's enough for 200.so its a waste.  GOOD LUCK

 

water, pepsi ect  100 cans or bottles total Tea 2 gallons

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Wow, speedy replies! Thanks, everyone.

 

RE:

 

some questions for you:

 

what is your budget?

Very limited. We don't have a set budget in the sense of we don't have (for example) $300 put aside for food: we have very little money to work with here, so we don't have anything put aside. We're actually trying to work the menu around the budget, hence calculating everything down to the penny.

 

where will this event be held?

At an outdoor picnic shelter.

 

what type of 'kitchen' will be available?

An outdoor grill. That's it! I plan on making everything in my kitchen at home. The BBQ will be prepared by F-I-L or pre-prepared, depending on budget. We will rent chafing dishes.

 

how will you be cooking the food?

Grilling the burgers and hot dogs;

 

will you prepare the dogs & burgers at the event or before hand at a different location?

Cooking at the event. The dogs are actually already cooked, so will just need heating on the grill. They can be ready quickly if the burgers take a while.

 

is this going to be a buffet?

As in, all the food will be on a table, and everyone can help themselves? Yes

 

are you firm on this menu?

No, but we're very firm on it being cheap! My husband is pretty set on the barbecue

post #6 of 10

I have another question:

Is it hot where you are?

Here in the desert southwest of the US, it’s HOT!  If it were me, I’d re-think the mayo based salads, unless you have a way to keep them cold.

Another thought, if it were me, I’d do just the dogs & burgers if DH is set on BBQ-ing and drop the pulled pork, $$$$$$.

As to the vegetarians in your crowd, I would have no clue… bocca burgers? 

Maybe check out the thread :

 

http://www.cheftalk.com/t/68194/good-vegan-eats-vegetarian-too

 

 

<edit- I must be losing my mind, could someone let me know when they find it please, HA! I said that same thing twice... sorry>


Edited by kaneohegirlinaz - 6/16/13 at 8:35pm
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yes, it is VERY hot where we are (Georgia USA). The venue is a nice shady spot, but shade will only go so far, of course.

 

A note about the 'vegetarians': really, I use that word as a generalisation. They're actually just picky eaters, in all honesty. One has told me she's "not vegetarian but tries to avoid meat", one will only eat certain kinds of meat... Yeah, there's a few like that.

post #8 of 10

well, remember that you won't please every guest, meh... wink.gif

post #9 of 10

OK.   K-Girl has recommended that you look at a very interesting thread (LOL @ Myself).  Really though, there are some really good recipes in there that would work for you.

 

Roasted Red Beet Hummus   post #72   

 

post #58   post #59 (this doesn't suck @ room temp, believe it or not)   post #61   post #64   post #67   post #78   post #117 (big hit)

 

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho   Summer Peach Caprese Salad   Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Mango and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

 

Moroccan Stuffed Tomatoes   Avocado and chickpea salad sandwiches   

 

Let me know anytime if there is anything more I can do for you. 

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kaneohegirlinaz View Post
I’d do just the dogs & burgers if DH is set on BBQ-ing and drop the pulled pork, $$$$$$.

 

This may be an error in translation ;)

 

Here in GA, BBQ = pulled pork with barbecue sauce, in a hamburger bun.

 

Cooking food, whatever that may be, over charcoal = grilling

 

What my husband is set on is the pulled pork in barbecue sauce.

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