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Aug 22, 2007 11:33 AM

Throwing a party for 30, how much food do I need?

We're having a bbq party. The menu includes bbq pork and grilled chicken sandwiches, cole slaw, pasta salad, black bean and corn salad, and a green salad with gorgonzola and pecans. 30 adults. I was wondering:
How many lbs of pork bbq?
How many chicken breasts?
How many lbs of cole slaw, pasta salad, and black bean salad?
How much green salad?

Thanks everyone...

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  1. You kind of have to know your audience. But, here's a rule of thumb I use for large parties:
    - figure 1/4 to 1/2 lb. per person of the TOTAL of all your salads. If you think one will go faster than others, obviously plan more. So, like 12 lbs. total, divided up among 4 salads.
    - figure 1/2 lb. meat per person for pork and chicken - will you have more pork than chicken eaters? 15 lbs. of meat, you call how much chicken and pork
    - estimate 1.5 buns per person
    - estimate 3 full glasses of whatever liquid you are serving per person (and 3X the number of plastic cups- 90- or whatever you will serve in)
    - if you are doing cookies/desserts, figure 1 of each kind per person
    - always, always, get more ice than you think you need, somehow it always disappears
    Remember, always better to have too much (you can freeze leftovers) than too little!
    Good luck!

    1. I always figure on 1/2 lb of meat per person including kids (to balance out the big-eater adults) and lots of the salads.