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Unread 01-15-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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I have a cousins wedding to cook for this spring and just curious what everyone would estimate for the menu below. Not cost just the amount to prepare.

Invitations: 150 people

Pull Pork
Green Beans
Cheese potatoes

Thanks for the help.
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I have a cousins wedding to cook for this spring and just curious what everyone would estimate for the menu below. Not cost just the amount to prepare.

Invitations: 150 people

Pull Pork
Green Beans
Cheese potatoes

Thanks for the help.
For the pork, I would cook about 100 lbs. This should give you minimally 50lbs. of cooked. You should be able to serve 1/3 lb per.

For the other two sides. I would use allrecipes.com This website is great for recipes and scaling.

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I do what Big Brother said, and maybe add 20% meat for for extras.

Usually at weddings we find that most people are big drinkers, but not big eaters.
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You may want to be even more safe and go with 1/2 lb per person, unless you have one more side.
1/3 lb scares me a little with only two sides.
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You may want to be even more safe and go with 1/2 lb per person, unless you have one more side.
1/3 lb scares me a little with only two sides.
That's a good point as well.

Something to look at is how big are your side portions going to be? If you are giving 8oz side portions then you will be putting a lot of food on a plate. If you are giving 4oz side portions then you will be putting only about 13-14oz of food on each plate.
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6-7 #10 cans of green beans and 3.5 full size pans of potatoes...maybe 4 pans as people seem to really like cheesy potatoes.
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I have a cousins wedding to cook for this spring and just curious what everyone would estimate for the menu below. Not cost just the amount to prepare.

Invitations: 150 people

Pull Pork
Green Beans
Cheese potatoes

Thanks for the help.
Money Wedding 120# butts, 8 cans of beans, and 4 pans of tators. Family Wedding add on a couple more butts and drop a can of beans..
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