# Catering portion size guide

## How do you determine portion size 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 much should a person eat at a buffet?

Each adult will consume 1 pound of food total; children, about 1/2 pound. The more options you have, the less you need of each; decrease the main course portion sizes by 1 to 2 ounces if served on a buffet.

## How do you calculate food for a buffet?

1. Know the tare (empty) weight of all of your hotel pans and platters. …
2. Use a software program or costing template to calculate the actual food cost of every item leaving the kitchen based on the recipes. …
3. Divide the total cost of your buffet by the number of covers (paying guests).

## How do you price catering food?

Add together your food costs, labor, rentals, bar services, service fee and taxes to find the total price to quote your client. Draper’s Catering estimates the following per person rates: Hors d’oeuvres: \$26 to \$36. Buffet dinner: \$26 to \$37.

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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 do you need for 40 guests?

There is no magic formula or standard for exactly how much food you’ll need for a party. Some people will eat more or less than expected, a few guests might not show up, or someone might even bring an extra person or two.

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## 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.

## How many rolls do you need for 50 people?

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## How many items should be on a wedding buffet?

Regardless, accounting for eight ounces (or roughly one cup) of salad per guest is a good rule of thumb when considering how much food to serve at your wedding. Most wedding reception meals also include two to three side dishes, and couples can expect to order four to six ounces per side, per guest.

## How do you plan a party menu?

In general, a dinner party menu should include:

1. Appetizers – I usually keep them on the lighter side – one hot, one cold at most; sometimes just one and a bowl of nuts or chips.
2. Main dish.
3. Two side dishes (one vegetable, one potato/rice/grain, or sometimes two vegetables)