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The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning, 2nd Edition by Shannon Kilkenny

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Calculating Food Portions

This is one of the most difficult calculations a caterer has to make. While there are some general principles to follow, your knowledge of human nature will guide you through this process as well.

In general, the rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 pounds of food per person, but this rule can vary significantly depending on the type of event you are catering.

If you are catering a wedding reception, people will expect a good amount of food. If, however, you are catering a corporate lunch, you might expect to prepare less for the same number of people. People tend to eat lighter for lunch, and in a corporate setting, less emphasis ...

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