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Unread 05-20-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Hi all-
I'll be catering a party of 175 people. They're getting pulled pork and cheesy potatoes, as well as mac and cheese. (going to be a bound up party).
Anyway, I'm having trouble getting a good idea for how much mac and cheese to make. My original estimate was around 65 lbs but that sounds like too much to me.
Could somebody please help?
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Now, that is not a heart healthy menu. No sirreee.

I don't quite know, but, I think I would start with 1/4 pound of M&C per person, that works out to 44 pounds total.
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1 meat--pulled pork?

2 side dishes only----both starches?

is that correct?

quantity of side dishes is determined by how many things there is to fill the plate---usually a 4 ounce portion of each side dish----however---not enough sides causes a caterer to require larger portions of the existing sides

some sort of salad or bread added to the menu may actually help you

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That's correct. I just do what they want. I think this is it.


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1 meat--pulled pork?

2 side dishes only----both starches?

is that correct?

quantity of side dishes is determined by how many things there is to fill the plate---usually a 4 ounce portion of each side dish----however---not enough sides causes a caterer to require larger portions of the existing sides

some sort of salad or bread added to the menu may actually help you

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I come up with 65# at a 6oz serving. Be aware that is half cheese sauce and half noodles. I am not sure how much the noodles will gain in weight when you cook them. Are you using regular sized buns or a slider bun?
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I come up with 65# at a 6oz serving. Be aware that is half cheese sauce and half noodles. I am not sure how much the noodles will gain in weight when you cook them. Are you using regular sized buns or a slider bun?
Regular buns. 3 1/2 inch.
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if there is only 2 side dishes then a 6 ounce serving may be appropriate----and 60--65 pounds would be close.

Potatoes I always figure 1/4 pound potato for each person---but once again---only 2 side dishes may require more.

Sometimes as a caterer I see problems with a customer's vision for a meal. I try to communicate my fears with the customer to insure a good time for all. If the guests are not happy with the meal----it is always the caterer's fault. I see problems with this menu
---ask any female if they think that this menu is ok-----if not maybe try to ask the client if you could add in a salad of some sort---just my observations and probably unwanted opinion
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For mac and cheese I use 2oz dry pasta per person which for 175 would be 22 pounds pasta.
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Perhaps they are supplying the other sides. YOu should check that out before making yours.
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My experience with mac n cheese is that a hotel pan full feeds 35-40 people.
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Thanks everybody for all your help. I talked with the couple and had them add another side to their menu. It's going to work out better for them and me in the long run.
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