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Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
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Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
So this goes along with the previous post. We are having between 150-175 guests for our reception. Is there a good website to go to for help on figuring out how much of my food items I need to buy?

Since we are serving beef and chicken, how much do I buy of each, and do I get equal amounts of each? I'd rather have more brisket, as it's my favorite!
04-19-2007 11:24 PM
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Re: Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
Yo mandeekins, Here is a link to a site where a friend has done a great job on putting together a spread sheet to help with your decisions. I have a system that I use at my restaurant, and it has worked well for me over the years, but Cris has done a great job with this. Way to go SO-EZZY <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=25&sid=c33361f78b258067534fe3a8d9afe53d">http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewfor ... a8d9afe53d</a><!-- m --> Hope this helps man?

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T, Thanks for that link to the catering chart, So Ezzy too. I got a call for a reunion in June for a family gathering. This will help me and the ol' Traegers' "get 'er done"
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Re: Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
Hey no problem guys, it's out there as a freebie, use it, share it, and flash it around your friends and families. :wink:

Catering Planner. This takes you to the page as well, if you don't happen to have Excel on your computer, there is a link to Open Office, a freebie office suite that you can also download, to open the .xls (excel) spread sheet with.

If you have any ideas or trouble with downloading it, and I have heard of some folks (2) having problems, drop me an email or a PM with your email address, and I will be happy to email you a copy.

Most of the costing etc, are based on my purchases from what is available at Sam's Club and Costco, the whole thing is customizable from the number of guests, to the average yield you get, when cooking that type of meat.

These are averages I obtained by talking to lots of cooks, and averaging their averages, you may be more attentive when pulling pork and only get a 45% yield, if you only get a 45% yield, just change the yield next to the pulled pork, and all the figures will now run with you experience, and your technique, instead of mine.

If you have any comments, or suggestions for other things that you would like to see on there, let me know, the quantities, the serving size and the other information, and if I like it I will be happy to add to the next version.

Respice, adspice, prospice. Latin proverb.
Respice = you didn't use enough spice the first time! adspice = you ought to add spice, you know? prospice = you should be an advocate for spice!
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<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10">http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10</a><!-- m --> The latest version of my catering planner is up and about, a couple of corrections and I have made it even more customizeable on some of the sections.

This is version 3.01 issued 09/11/07.

There is going to be an additional version with an executable file that will allow you to pick selections and print a page with those selections on it, in the not too distant future.

Still free to download and free to use. Enjoy!

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Respice = you didn't use enough spice the first time! adspice = you ought to add spice, you know? prospice = you should be an advocate for spice!
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Nicely done SoEzzy, I took a look at your speadsheet and it covers more than I ever considered. Thanks for making it available to all.

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Re: Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
Thanks to Steve Brandon for spotting that B76 was protected and should be changeable.

Now corrected, New New version 3.02 online thanks also to Ray Lesko for asking me to put a version number on the spreadsheet, from now on the version number will be on the title Barbecue Review catering planner V xxx.

This is the latest, latest version! :oops:

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This catering worksheet has been around for some time on the AZBBQA Web site. I can't comment on the diffs between the one I'm linking to and the one referenced below.

Mike Trump's BBQ Catering Worksheet
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Re: Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
Mandeekeins,
You could always grab a bite at T's place and then run like hell!!

Joking only. A very special time and sounds like a good reception. Best of luck to you and your bride.

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09-19-2007 05:31 PM
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Catering planner version 3.03 available now from <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10">http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10</a><!-- m --> in the top post on this thread are the new versions of the Excel spreadsheet (.xls) and a Zipped version of the spreadsheet (.zip).

Now using the number of meats and the number of sides with an algorithm to calculate multiple meat / side figures.

Respice, adspice, prospice. Latin proverb.
Respice = you didn't use enough spice the first time! adspice = you ought to add spice, you know? prospice = you should be an advocate for spice!
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Re: Amounts of meat to buy for wedding reception?
Great job Cris, As always thanks to you for for sharing, man that's huge. Winter well my friend and happy holidays.

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Latest versions 3.06.xls and 3.06CA.xls are now available, <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10">http://www.bbq-review.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10</a><!-- m --> the first for those with only one tax to worry about the second for the Canadians with GST and PST to think on.

Changes to Chicken breasts, thighs, drum sticks, wings and tenders, now calculates from Tyson sizes in their 7lb packs.
Breasts 12 in 7lb.
Thighs 16 in 7lb.
Drum Sticks 21 in 7lb.
Wings 24 in 7lb.
Chicken Tenders 13 portions, (2 tenders / portion) / 2.5 lb bag.

Respice, adspice, prospice. Latin proverb.
Respice = you didn't use enough spice the first time! adspice = you ought to add spice, you know? prospice = you should be an advocate for spice!
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