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How much cheese for a cocktail party cheese platter?

AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 10, 2010 09:50 AM

My father has decided to cater his 90th birthday party himself. At least he has assigned some tasks to others and is buying stuff for about 50-60 in an open house format. Since my brother usually brings some really great cheeses with him from Vermont that is his assignment. He asked me how much to bring. I haven't a clue. The menu is pretty simple- shrimp cocktail, wild mushroom turnovers, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Smoked salmon platter, crudite & dip, Fruit bowl and finger sandwiches in addition to the cheese. We are thinking of an assortment of artisan cheeses and a block of Cabot cheddar. TIA.

  1. Cherylptw Mar 10, 2010 06:13 PM

    2-3 ounces per person since the cheese is not your only item or about 10-11 pounds...if it were, it would be something like 6-8 oz. per person. About any extra cheese, most cheeses last a couple of months in the fridge so should be okay until the parents return from the trip.

    At 90, it's a blessing that your father still knows what he wants to do and is able to do it!

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      cheesemaestro Mar 10, 2010 12:56 PM

      From having made up cheese platters for various size groups as a professional cheesemonger, I would say that 6-8 lbs. will be more than enough for your size group. There is a tendency to assume that every guest will eat his/her full share of everything, which hardly ever happens.

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      1. re: cheesemaestro
        cheesemonger Mar 10, 2010 07:43 PM

        Another professional vote for this approach. For this group, and the other food, choose no more than 4 cheeses at about 2 # of each, depending on wheel size, and perceived popularity. The 3 oz per person "rule" is for no (or little) other foods available.

        Don't cube, chunk off the harder cheeses, separate on platters with each having their own knife/utensil, and make it easy and fun for participants.

      2. todao Mar 10, 2010 12:55 PM

        I have a 93 year old FIL with that same level of independence. There are many things he can't do for himself (like his taxes; and his corn bread ain't what it used to be) but he doesn't know it. Have brother bring 10 pounds. At 90, dad deserves to have a couple of pounds he can keep in the fridge as "left overs".

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        1. re: todao
          AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 10, 2010 03:24 PM

          Yeah, I would except he and my mother are taking off for 5 weeks in Europe the following week.

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          AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 10, 2010 12:16 PM

          Thanks for the responses. This at least gives me a ballpark to work within.

          blueroom, we are getting him a bicycle for his birthday.

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          1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod
            blue room Mar 10, 2010 12:55 PM

            *big smile here*

          2. blue room Mar 10, 2010 11:35 AM

            "My father has decided to cater his 90th birthday party himself."
            (That made my day, and everyone else's, I'm sure.)
            I'd start to figure the cheese this way: a familiar cube of butter is 4 ounces. I'd figure no one would eat that much cheese, but might eat half that if they *really* liked it. So I'd make sure each guest has at least 2 ounces. (That's 7 1/2 pounds of cheese.for 60 guests.)
            I am curious to see if others agree, maybe I'm way off.

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              Dcfoodblog Mar 10, 2010 11:20 AM

              About 3 ounces per person. That should be 11 and a 1/2 pounds. If you've got some strong hard cheeses (like a pecorino or an aged gouda), you can do smaller chunks or shavings.

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