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How to Order the Perfect Amount of Food for Your Next Event

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 12:04 PM


The date is set, the guests have been invited! Now how do you feed them all? The question is worthy of some consideration. No host wants to be in the embarrassing situation of having run out of food. Neither is it good to over-order, over-pay, and have to throw out leftovers – or find people not too stuffed to refuse to take home a doggy bag.


First, consider the length of the event. For example, an evening cocktail party requires considerably less food than an entire afternoon or all-day event. The longer guests remain, the more they’ll consume. When estimating, always round up to be on the safe side. Some will eat more, others less. It will all balance out in the end. Try to anticipate which foods/drinks are most popular and will disappear quickly. Order more of these selections.


Keep in mind that having a myriad of different food options means that you should serve them in smaller portions. People will want to try a little of everything, so you can offer bite-sized portions and they’ll still have sufficient. Lucky Boy offers a variety of food with catering options over $250 – here is a quick overview of how to plan your menu.


1. Appetizers – If you’re having just an evening function with no dinner, plan on at least 10 – 15 pieces per person. Round up, especially if it’s going to be served buffet style, as people tend to eat more than if a tray is passed.


2. Beverages – Plan on about 3 beverages per person, with coffee drinkers consuming on average one cup every 1.3 hours.


3. Breakfast – People usually drink 2 beverages on average – either juice, coffee, tea, etc. Fruit makes an excellent breakfast dessert. Choose from Pancakes, Egg Sandwich, Egg, Ham & Cheese, Hash Browns. Plan for one sandwich per person.


4. Lunch – Sandwiches make a great lunch. Choose from Steak Sandwich, Charbroiled Chicken Sandwich, Pastrami, Double Cheese Burger, BLT Sandwich, Avocado Sandwich, Tuna Melt, Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Fish Sandwich or Patty Melt. Offer a selection of drinks like water and soda. If you’re having sandwiches, allow for 1 -2 per person.


5. Dinner – Offer a vegetarian option like an Avocado Sandwich, Garden Burger or Green Salad plus sides like Fries, Onion Rings or Fried Zucchini; Plan for one entree and two sides per person.


Visit Lucky Boy at 640 S Arroyo Parkway or 531 East Walnut Street. Visit for more information.



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