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Kiddush luncheon
Apr 21st, 2009, 6:44pm
 
Hi Mavens. I need to pick your wonderful brains...AGAIN! OK. I live in Cow's Udder, IL and we are one of two Jewish families in the whole town. If we want bagels we have to get the from (Brace yourself!) Dunkin' Donuts or Panera, as there are no bagel stores here. (I come from NY, so between this, and the fact that my yard backs up to a CORN FIELD!!!!- kills me.) In any case, I need to cater the post-service luncheon myself. My parents, amazing souls that they are, are bringing bagels with them on the plane, so that's taken care of. The rest of the menu is:

Lox
Cream cheese
Tuna
Egg Salad
Green Salad w/ fennel, dried cherries and shaved Parm
Noodle Kugel
Corn Pudding (family recipe like cornbread but sooo much better)
Hummus (5 lbs.)
Baba Ganouj (5 lbs.)
Pita (We have a place here that bakes them fresh)
Veggies
Desserts

Here is my question: How much tuna and egg salad do I need to make? I have approximately 80 people.

Thanks so much!!! Smiley

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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #1 - Apr 21st, 2009, 7:09pm
 
have a look at the allrecipes sites main page for cooking-for-a-crowd.  it has a whole section on quantities for a crowd.  suggests you shop in 10 person increments.

i'd probably do 4lbs of each egg and tuna salad per ten ppl. just my guess.
oh Laurie319 and philliemom--could you please help us?
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #2 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 7:25am
 
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #3 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 7:37am
 
The menu sounds great! I would think that because of the variety, you might need less than what Riddle was saying. Perhaps a total of 4 pounds of combined salads (2 pounds of each type) per 10 people. You have a lot of selections of heavier dishes - the noodle kugel and corn pudding can be very filling, and the pita with those dips are heavy too. If you figure an average serving is about 4-6 ounces for a sandwich, you serve 3-4 people per pound, not including the other offerings, you would need about 15 pounds of each salad for the crowd. The real question becomes many eggs do you need to boil??
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #4 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 7:57am
 
sounds good to me. but my question is, if most of your guests are non jews are they going to eat this stuff?  or are you having a lot of relatives, too?
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #5 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 9:52am
 
momoforeo, my experience is that it's the nonjewish guests who are most enthused about this kind of  food.  After ODD's bat mitzvah, the people who all came up and raved about the kiddush luncheon were all the non-jews.
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #6 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 10:59am
 
Thanks ladies-I knew I could count on you. We are having 60 ppl + 20 from the congregation. I'd say 1/2 and 1/2 as far as the jews vs. non-jews simply because of the congregation. I think they'd be adventurous with the food. A lot of the people from my neighborhood are the non-jews and they're used to my different type of cooking.  I think only the kugel is really "jewish". Lox and hummus are pretty generic-even here. Baba g is a little more exotic. I've also been toying with the idea of importing some Gabilla's knishes. That may be the real kicker for some.  Wink  Oh, onthego: I'm estimating 150 eggs!!!!
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #7 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 12:08pm
 
2girlsmom, I will look at my catering books, but I think a 1/4 cup of each protein salad per person is more than enough.  You have lox (figure 2 oz per) with bagels and trimmings-tomatoes, onion etc,  kugel and your corn pudding (very heavy) and then hummus type stuff.  I think with green salad maybe add a fruit salad or strawberries with the desserts, you will be fine.  I have found that I always overbuy when I do these things and a couple huge cans of tuna from Costco, with celery, onion, shredded carrot, etc in it turn out to be plenty.  I would rather have extra hummus and baba ganouj than tuna!  So I would get more of those.  For desserts, I would do brownie bites and cookie assortment and figure 3 cookies or so per.  Hope this helps.
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Re: Kiddush luncheon
Reply #8 - Apr 22nd, 2009, 10:08pm
 
Thanks, philliemom. I was planning on doing fruit w/ the dessert: mandel bread, brownies and cupcakes. As for the tuna, are you saying that 2 XL Costco cans are enough? That would be amazing! Is 5lbs. each of hummus and baba g not enough? As for leftover tuna, all of my family is staying for the weekend, so extra tuna is not a problem. They'd rather eat that & have baba and hummus as a snack. Am I right in estimating about 150 eggs?
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