Originally Posted by Phrasty
Just curious for sides like mac & cheese... How many servings do you guys get out of a 1/2 or full pan?
Half pans can come in various sizes, I have 2.5", 4", and 6" deep in standard stainless steam table pans, foil pans sizes also vary.
Your best bet is to buy an electronic scale and weigh out what you think is a reasonable portion (applies to any food item). Once you have the portion amount you can easily estimate any needed amount if you know how many servings are requested/required.
You will find that different foods may yield different portion sizes and weights and these will in turn vary with the likes and dislikes of individuals in attendance.
Also the amount of available selections (multiple sides) will also create variances.
Keep track and make a spread sheet to calculate amounts for future events. Just plug in the number needed and your spreadsheet will calculate the total amount needed.