Pot Luck Buffet for 100
Hi foodies, I need some help here.
I'm having a 'large' poker game soon. At this game I'm expecting around 100 players, possibly more. We will have a dinner break. What can I have that meet these criteria?
2) Low Cost
3) Preferably finger-type food (will have rice or pasta, cheap filler)
4) Low Prep
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to your replies.
I agree with Cathy. Are they all bringing something in the sense of a true potluck, or are you thinking of having a buffet?
If you're feeding them, you can't go wrong with sandwiches. Meatballs, roast beef, hot roast pork, sausage and peppers, etc. Or hoagie trays - get an assortment, ( Italian, turkey, roast beef, tuna) have them cut into thirds and put onto trays.
You can keep the prep to a minimum. Buy what you can from the store. Get disposable chafing dishes, disposable serving utensils, sterno, and someone to help you set up before the dinner break.
Thanks for the replies so far.
The players aren't bringing anything. What's happening is, my poker game is a fundraiser for a sports team. The parents on the team take care of the pot luck Last years game had a ton of salads and not too much of anything else. This year we are actually assigning food items to individuals to bring. The common denominator is that everyone spends roughly the same. I like the idea of meatballs..could have many variations, as well as sandwiches. A couple loukoumades each for a treat, now we're talking.
I'd definitely stick with the idea of assigning X number of salads, X number of main dishes, etc. Don't forget to assign people for rolls, condiments, plates, etc. The kids on the sports team could provide the clean up.
It's great that the parents are providing the food. Make your life easier by asking them to bring their dish ready to serve. Like meatballs in a crock pot, salad in a bowl, cold sandwiches on a tray, etc.
If it doesn't all have to be finger food, maybe you could put chili or baked ziti on the list. Good luck and have a great time.
You know it's easier to manage by e-vite because you can request xxxx meat dishes, yyyy salads, etc and people sign up for what they want. It's updated as they sign up so it's easy to keep track of.
You can pick a theme: eg. pulled pork, cole slaw, biscuits/bread, mac and cheese, corn, brownies, chips, drinks, paper products. For something that's more expensive, like pulled pork, have more people bring that. Also, things that are more labor intensive should cost less; things like soda that are easy, cost more. With a general idea of the meal, it makes it more cohesive. It can be anything--chili bar, taco bar, baked potato bar, etc.
not knowing how much time you have to prep or what kind of facilites you have to re-heat I would cook as much before as possiable and re-heat as you go.
- a couple of ham's w/ nice mustard sauce
- a whole Turkey (on the bbq rocks).
- pulled pork sliders etc.
- I love the Jerk Chicken sliders and Slaw (keep warm in a crock pot).
Various Salad etc.
if you're in a pinch a couple Giant Pizza's delivered and cut small (box cut) can also help make up any shortage in food - plus everyone loves Pizza.
My experiance with feeding a large crowd is that if you let them graze as opposed to a full sit down meal your food will go much further as people eat more slowly.
hope this helps - good luck.
Thanks for all the suggestions. Here's what the plan is.
2 pork shoulder for pulled pork done the day before
300 or so meatballs
2 pots of chili
rice & potatoes
pasta salad with and without tuna
sandwiches cut in quarters
big box of loukoumades and coffee
not bad for free food at a fundraiser..so who's coming? :)
hope it turns out ok
I'm assuming you're looking for prepared foods to purchase rather than make. also, I'm not sure how "gourmet" you're hoping the food to be. You might just want to head to Costco and see what options they have, but here are a couple of other ideas:
Loukoumades, spanakopita from Athens Bakery
Meatballs - can be purchased at grocery store