How do I make sure I have enough food for a crowd?
February 6, 2014 10:22 AM Subscribe
I am organizing a dinner at a local charity. They just said to expect 100 people (about 30% more than the original estimate), and I want to make sure we've got enough food and hopefully enough to leave leftovers. I've never done this before, can you take a look at my recipes and see what you think?
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We'll be serving a soup and a vegetarian chili (recipes below) with fixings, plus salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. The recipes we're using are family recipes so I don't really have a "Serves 8" or whatever measurement on them - we don't usually have sides with these so I think our normal serving is larger than what we'll be dishing out but I'm not sure. I would MUCH rather have way too much food than not enough.
From the recipes below, do you think we are making enough of each type of soup?
How much of the following should we buy?
Bags of salad mix
Chili fixings - sour cream, chips, cheese
Bottles of soda, gallons of milk
Cookie trays (I'm guessing 4 cookies/person - too high or too low?)
Chicken wild rice soup (5 batches)
2 c cooked wild rice
1 large onion
1 carrot, finely diced or shredded
1 c cooked chicken, diced
1/2 c butter
4 tbsp flour
8 c chicken broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 c half & half
Chili (4 batches)
2 medium onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 red or yellow peppers, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 15-oz can of beans, drained (pinto, kidney, great northern, small white, black, etc - garbanzos taste weird, but everything else is good!)
28-oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cumin
6 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp white vinegar
dash hot sauce