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Kimince May 29, 2013 07:45 PM

We're hosting a wedding for our daughter and the Caterer is providing 3 hot appetizers.... we'll be providing cheese and fruit. My daughter used to work for a place that will order the cheese for us and she knows which ones she wants, but neither one of us knows how much to order. There will be approx 160 guests...HELP!

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    jlhinwa May 29, 2013 09:44 PM

    I've seen estimates ranging from 1 to 6 oz per person for cheese platters. With three apps and fruit, I would think 2-3 oz per person.

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    1. re: jlhinwa
      Kimince May 30, 2013 09:43 AM

      Thank you for your help!

    2. EM23 May 30, 2013 10:23 AM

      Kim - You may get more responses if you post this question on the General Topics or Home Cooking boards. There are a few caterers that participate on those boards that could probably help you. In the meantime, this site might help.

      1. Delucacheesemonger May 31, 2013 06:32 AM

        Assuming a full buffet or sitdown meal afterwards, get 1-2 oz per person. Assuming apps only, triple it. Would recommend for that many people, set out two plates of 2-3 cheeses, each the same 2-3 cheeses, and be able to replace with another of the same two plates when necessary. People are hard on cheese plates and they look picked over very fast. Cubing works with fruit but always looks cheesy.

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          Ruth Lafler May 31, 2013 02:42 PM

          "Cheesy" -- lol! Levity aside, Delucacheesemonger always has good advice.

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            Kimince May 31, 2013 04:24 PM

            Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate the input! We'll try and not make it too "cheesy"! lol

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            INDIANRIVERFL Jun 1, 2013 06:53 AM

            Buy an extra two pounds of each type of cheese. One type will disappear off the trays, while another will hardly be touched. Am looking forward to your thread that will be asking how to use 4 pounds of leftover cubed cheese.

            And what type of cheeses does she prefer? Just being nosey.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
              Veggo Jun 1, 2013 07:16 AM

              Most of my favorite cheeses don't lend themselves to cubism, although I recall poking toothpick holes in jack cheddar cubes and starting a dice game at a cocktail party years ago.

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                Kimince Jun 1, 2013 07:40 AM

                I know this to be true! My daughter is a "cheese hound" she loves all kinds.... if there is any left, and I'm sure there will be, she'll take care of it! I truly appreciate all the input. We're having a "rustic" theme.... any ideas for serving? Just thought I'd throw that out there now that I'm going with about 2oz pp

                1. re: Kimince
                  Sushiqueen36 Jun 14, 2013 11:22 PM

                  Since you're going with "rustic", serving whole wheels would be an easy way to go. You can find small-ish wheels of certain cheeses in the 4 to 8 pound range. So if you go with 2.5oz pp, that's 25 lbs of cheese. 3-4 varieties will do you.

                  Grape leaves, branches, large cabbage leaves, kale... grapes... all great backgrounds. Set out the wheels on cake plates or platters at different levels with appropriate serving tools and let the guests help themselves.

                  Cashel Blue is a nice 4 lb wheel and most blues are in the 5lb range, Delice de Bourgogne is wonderful for a wedding and is in the 3-4lb range, Goudas are typically in 10lb wheels and please most everyone. Work with a local cheese monger to narrow down your selections and ask them to order full wheels for you. They may give you a larger break on pricing if they don't have to cut and wrap for you. I did a wedding a few years back and found a picture of the setup. I helped with serving but the guests mostly helped themselves. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97499679...

                  Also look up "cheese wedding cake" in search engines and you'll get some ideas for stacking. You'd probably need a server for the stacked cake sort of setup though.

                  1. re: Sushiqueen36
                    HillJ Jun 15, 2013 10:45 AM

                    Sushiq, that photo is a thing of beauty!

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                      Sushiqueen36 Jun 15, 2013 09:49 PM

                      Thanks Hill! It was a fun wedding in a vineyard so lots of great backdrops and props. And tasty cheese!

                      1. re: Sushiqueen36
                        HillJ Jun 16, 2013 09:35 AM

                        Oh wow, I bet ALL the photos were beautiful! The cheese was a (big) bonus :)

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                      Kimince Jun 15, 2013 04:22 PM

                      Thank you Sushiqueen36! Great ideas and I loved the pic of the cheese wedding cake! I will keep them all in mind when we decide how to set up.

                      1. re: Kimince
                        grayelf Jun 18, 2013 03:19 PM

                        Agree with the elegance and efficacy of serving wedges or even whole rounds.

                        One other thing with cheese plates: do make sure there are dedicated cheese knives/spatulas/spoons/servers for each cheese/wedge/round. Getting blue in the triple crème is a bit too rustic : -).

                        If you can stretch to it, consider adding some condiments as well, like a lovely fig spread. Dried fruit or whole nuts are nice too.

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                          Veggo Jun 18, 2013 05:00 PM

                          And cornishons.

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                            c oliver Jun 18, 2013 10:40 PM

                            As much as I like cornichons, I don't think they go with all cheeses. LOVE them with raclette however.

                          2. re: grayelf
                            Kimince Jun 18, 2013 07:17 PM

                            Great idea! Thank you!

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