# Catering portions calculator

## How do you calculate food portions for catering?

A good estimate is to use 1.5 pounds as the amount of food to be served to one person. Subdivide this by the number of servings, taking into consideration the main dishes and side dishes.

## How do you calculate food per person?

The easiest rule is the “One Pound Rule.” Provide one pound of food for each adult guest (not including drinks or dessert). Calculate two drinks the first hour and then an additional drink for every hour after that.

## How do you calculate food portions for a large group?

Take the number of your guest list and multiply it by three to calculate how many servings you will need for the appetizers. A rule of thumb is to always calculate a big group meal as though it is a buffet, even if it is a sit down affair.

## How do you work out catering numbers?

Offer 1 portion of each food per person for a sit-down meal.

Look up each food you intend to serve’s portion size and multiply this by the number of people attending the event to find out how much food you’ll need.

## How much does it cost to cater for 100?

It depends on the cost per plate, but most receptions for 100 people cost around \$5,000 to \$10,000, with average cost being around \$7,000. The average cost to cater a reception can vary, as the type of catering offered and the cuisine can both affect the cost per plate.

## How much food do I need for a buffet?

The buffet should include enough for a main entrée for guests, with 2-3 sides per person. Smaller portions of breads, salads and soups can act as great fillers too. As with breakfast and lunch buffets, dinner buffets should include a choice of dessert and a variety of beverages.

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## What is the cheapest food to cater?

1. The cheapest food to cater is any rice or noodle-based cultural cuisine. Mexican, Indian, and Thai dishes are delicious and affordable. Or, if you’re hosting an event during the day, serve brunch and breakfast items.

## How much food is needed for a party of 50?

A three hour party is a good place to start; if your party will be longer, change the calculations to accommodate the additional time.

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## How many appetizers do I need for a party of 30?

If the guest list has fewer than 45 people, plan on using roughly 6 different appetizers. For more than 45 guests, approximately 8 different appetizers. The rule of thumb for smaller gatherings is that 3 types of appetizers are suitable for 8 to 10 guests; 4 or 5 types of appetizers for 14 to 16 people.

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## How much meat do I need for 200 people?

200 people a 1/3 lb pp = 66 lbs cooked or 132 lbs of raw FOR EACH MEAT. Thats about 19 butts and 11 briskets, You have room to cook that much? If you go 3 meats, 1/4 lb pp is plenty with sides.

## How many trays of food do I need for 60 people?

With salad and sides, a full catering tray feeds about 40, a half tray about 20. Each person will take 2-3 portions of sides, so max 180-200 portions of all in total.