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A Lay Pastor is getting commissioned in our church. Directly after worship service, we are having a reception for her. We want to serve a cheese and cracker tray and a fruit tray along with punch and coffee. How do we figure out how much fruit to purchase?
I'd go to either google.com or ask.com & type in food quantities for a crowd...I'm sure you'll be directed to web sites that can give you some estimates. Also, some cook books have a section on cooking for a crowd. Also, you can go to the library & check out some cook books that cater to cooking for large groups. Any caterer's in the church? They could give you a lot of help.
I did google this question and there was one site that gave me some insight. Most were using amounts for a side dish; not a short reception period. I have already checked my cookbooks. I have probably 100 of them. No caterers in the church. I would have already asked them. I will probably go with an amount in one of the websites and cut it down by 1/4. Thanks for your quick reply. I appreciate it.
I found a web site that suggested 3 oz. of cheese per person for an appetizer & 6 oz. per person for heartier portions if it was more likely to be a main course. The weather may play a part too. If it's a hot day, the fruit might be more popular. Don't know if you're planning on serving chunks of cheese or if you're going to be serving cheese balls and/or spreads, which might use less. Usually when we're having a reception for a new pastor or saying good-bye to one, we either have a pot luck or cake & coffee. Maybe you could stretch out your fruit & cheese platters with some sliced nut breads or coffee cakes - cupcakes seem to be very popular lately. Good luck. I find it's tough to guess how much people will eat. I once helped out at a spaghetti dinner at church & we had a record crowd....I served some of the people at a table & told them to start eating because we were out shopping for more spaghetti & sauce, so the other side of the table was going to have to wait a bit before they got their dinner.
I made100 fruit kabobs for my daughter's graduation party and they were very popular. I used 3 cut up pineapple, big bag of red seedless grapes, big bag of white seedless grapes, 5 containers of strawberries, and 2 small jars of marachino cherries. Sorry, not sure what the weight was of the packages of grapes and strawberries, just whatever Wal-mart had available. I threaded onto a wooden skewer a red grape, then whole strawberry, then white grape, then pineapple slice, then red grape, then another pineapple slice, then white grape then cherry. I laid the fruit kabobs around a large round platter pointing towards the center and it was VERY pretty. Had lots of compliments!
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