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  1. #1
    Derek Lyons Guest

    Default How much sandwich meat?

    I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    how much would that be?

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  2. #2
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Aug 16, 7:56*am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    > I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    > how much would that be?


    What else will be served? Are these elderly ladies or teen boys? Will
    they have been doing any physical activity? Midwesterners or
    Californians? Will you be getting mostly lean meat like roast beef and
    turkey, or obviously fatty meat like salami? Better to order too much
    than not enough but do you have a use for the rest?

    One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    pounds.

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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    spamtrap1888 wrote:
    > On Aug 16, 7:56 am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    >
    >> I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >> how much would that be?
    >>

    >
    > What else will be served? Are these elderly ladies or teen boys? Will
    > they have been doing any physical activity? Midwesterners or
    > Californians? Will you be getting mostly lean meat like roast beef and
    > turkey, or obviously fatty meat like salami? Better to order too much
    > than not enough but do you have a use for the rest?
    >
    > One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    > But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    > will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    > pounds.
    >


    Ten pounds might do it; that's about 3 ounces per person. But if they
    are all football players or oilfield workers they will eat 2 or 3 times
    that. (and the Ladies' Bridge Club will probably eat less.)

    Don't set it all out at once.

    Bob

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:56:47 GMT, [email protected] (Derek Lyons)
    wrote:

    >I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >how much would that be?
    >
    >D.


    If you are actually going to go to a deli or the deli department of a
    grocery store to have the meat sliced for you (recommended), I would
    ask them how much and what kind they would recommend for a group of 50
    people. Deli departments make up food for groups all the time and
    they would know best. They can also put it out on trays for you in
    proper sizing. Do you have platters for the meat or are you just
    going to put the packages out and let everyone help themselves? (bad
    idea)
    Janet US

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:56:47 GMT, Derek Lyons wrote:

    > I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    > how much would that be?


    I vote 15lbs, focusing more on the lean cuts like ham, turkey, beef,
    and less on the salami-type things that are more for enhancing the
    other ingredients.

    1/3rdlb for each person isn't unreasonable considering you don't want
    the 50th person to be stuck with their choice of headcheese or
    headcheese. A decent deli sandwich has at least 1/4lb of meat and
    cheese.

    Don't forgot you'll need cheese, too. Consider that part of your
    50lbs. And this all depends on your bread choices, too. Bigger bread
    requires more meat and cheese.

    3lbs ham
    3lbs turkey
    4lbs roast beef
    2lbs salami and/or local favorites (like Lebanon bologna or Pork Roll)
    1 lb swiss
    1 lb yellow American
    1 lb American style Muenster

    -sw

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    Ema Nymton Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On 8/16/2012 10:21 AM, spamtrap1888 wrote:

    > One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    > But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    > will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    > pounds.


    In my experience, you are so right. I put out deli meats for a
    conference, and the meat disappeared in no time, we had to run back to
    the store. I would choose 3 different meats and 2 different cheeses,
    the larger your selection to choose from, the slower the line will move.

    Use one tray consisting of a 2-3 pound display of meat at a time, and
    keep replacing it with new trays. We had a nice selection of food to
    choose from, but that did not matter, people went directly for the meat.
    Lesson learned.

    Becca


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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:03:02 -0600, Janet Bostwick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:56:47 GMT, [email protected] (Derek Lyons)
    >wrote:
    >
    >>I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >>how much would that be?
    >>
    >>D.

    >
    >If you are actually going to go to a deli or the deli department of a
    >grocery store to have the meat sliced for you (recommended), I would
    >ask them how much and what kind they would recommend for a group of 50
    >people. Deli departments make up food for groups all the time and
    >they would know best. They can also put it out on trays for you in
    >proper sizing. Do you have platters for the meat or are you just
    >going to put the packages out and let everyone help themselves? (bad
    >idea)


    +1 on all of that. Often you can get 10 lb platters made up
    cheaper than having them cut it for you while you wait-- and they
    supply the platters that you don't have worry about retrieving.

    I'd lean toward 15-20 pounds-- and if they give me a range I'd ask for
    the higher end. There are always volunteers to take home
    leftovers, but running out is a royal pain.

    Jim

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    HellT Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On 8/16/2012 11:59 AM, Ema Nymton wrote:
    > On 8/16/2012 10:21 AM, spamtrap1888 wrote:
    >
    >> One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    >> But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    >> will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    >> pounds.

    >
    > In my experience, you are so right. I put out deli meats for a
    > conference, and the meat disappeared in no time, we had to run back to
    > the store. I would choose 3 different meats and 2 different cheeses,
    > the larger your selection to choose from, the slower the line will move.
    >
    > Use one tray consisting of a 2-3 pound display of meat at a time, and
    > keep replacing it with new trays. We had a nice selection of food to
    > choose from, but that did not matter, people went directly for the
    > meat. Lesson learned.


    The very first really large event I coordinated/catered, the buffet
    featured two meats and a veggie alternative for the non meat-eaters.
    We ran into huge trouble within minutes: the meat eaters got their
    meat or meats, then went straight to the veggie alternative and helped
    themselves to that, too. Since there was less of that to begin with,
    we ran out right away. Crisis.

    A quick phone call to a local restaurant got me a couple of pans of
    another veggie alternative to finish out the event, but I learned a
    valuable lesson: if the vegetarian entree looks delicious, the
    carnivores will plunder that, too. Plan accordingly.

  9. #9
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    spamtrap1888 <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Aug 16, 7:56 am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    >> I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >> how much would that be?

    >
    > What else will be served? Are these elderly ladies or teen boys? Will
    > they have been doing any physical activity? Midwesterners or
    > Californians? Will you be getting mostly lean meat like roast beef and
    > turkey, or obviously fatty meat like salami? Better to order too much
    > than not enough but do you have a use for the rest?
    >
    > One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    > But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    > will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    > pounds.


    I'd agree with that. Less if you are giving little egg rolls, but up to 1/4
    lb each if you really want to let people have big honking deli style
    sandwiches. But most deli buffets don't have that in mind. As you said, the
    OP needs to give us more information.

    And put the meat and cheese offerings at the far end, not the first part of
    the buffet. Let people put salads and veggie tray stuff on their plates
    before they get to the protein, or your meats and cheeses will be scarfed up
    before you can blink and all you will have left is rabbit food. BTDT.

    MartyB



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:56:47 GMT, Derek Lyons wrote:
    >
    >> I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >> how much would that be?

    >
    > I vote 15lbs, focusing more on the lean cuts like ham, turkey, beef,
    > and less on the salami-type things that are more for enhancing the
    > other ingredients.
    >
    > 1/3rdlb for each person isn't unreasonable considering you don't want
    > the 50th person to be stuck with their choice of headcheese or
    > headcheese. A decent deli sandwich has at least 1/4lb of meat and
    > cheese.
    >
    > Don't forgot you'll need cheese, too. Consider that part of your
    > 50lbs. And this all depends on your bread choices, too. Bigger bread
    > requires more meat and cheese.
    >
    > 3lbs ham
    > 3lbs turkey
    > 4lbs roast beef
    > 2lbs salami and/or local favorites (like Lebanon bologna or Pork Roll)
    > 1 lb swiss
    > 1 lb yellow American
    > 1 lb American style Muenster
    >
    > -sw


    Yeah, the bread size dictates a lot. If you give little egg rolls, you won't
    need nearly as much protein because they don't hold much meat. ;-)

    Depends on what they intend to serve people, a nice fat sammy, or an
    obligatory meeting/reception meal at minimal cost per person. But if it's
    decent deli style sammies, yeah, maybe down to 1/4 lb each, but no less,
    plus cheese. There is also "line pressure" where a lot of people lined up
    tends to speed people up, and makes them aware they need to share. After
    everyone has a first pass, it doesn't matter any more.

    MartyB



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'd lean toward 15-20 pounds-- and if they give me a range I'd ask for
    > the higher end. There are always volunteers to take home
    > leftovers, but running out is a royal pain.


    That's very generous! Where's the line start?

    If serving teenagers, they need 100 lbs. Just sayin'.

    MartyB



  12. #12
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    Ema Nymton <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 8/16/2012 10:21 AM, spamtrap1888 wrote:
    >
    >> One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will
    >> take. But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If
    >> there will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to
    >> ten pounds.

    >
    > In my experience, you are so right. I put out deli meats for a
    > conference, and the meat disappeared in no time, we had to run back to
    > the store. I would choose 3 different meats and 2 different cheeses,
    > the larger your selection to choose from, the slower the line will
    > move.
    > Use one tray consisting of a 2-3 pound display of meat at a time, and
    > keep replacing it with new trays. We had a nice selection of food to
    > choose from, but that did not matter, people went directly for the
    > meat. Lesson learned.


    You have to set up a line to control the direction in which people feed. All
    plates, utensils, and napkins go ONLY at the end of the buffet where you put
    the salads and veggies. That way the only way they can go straight to the
    meat is by jumping the line.

    Some potato and pasta salads will appeal to carnivores too and fool them
    into taking up plate space before they get to the meat. ;-)

    MartyB



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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Aug 16, 10:56*am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    > I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    > how much would that be?
    >
    > D.
    > --
    > Touch-twice life. Eat. Drink. Laugh.
    >
    > http://derekl1963.livejournal.com/
    >
    > -Resolved: To be more temperate in my postings.
    > Oct 5th, 2004 JDL


    The standard is 3 ounces of meat and 2 ounces of cheese per person.
    Of course the type of people attending the event plays a large role.
    For a function that's attended by only women you could cut it down to
    2 ounces of meat per person. If it's all men, bump it up to about 4
    1/2 ounces per person.

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    Derek Lyons Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    spamtrap1888 <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Aug 16, 7:56*am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    >> I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >> how much would that be?

    >
    >What else will be served? Are these elderly ladies or teen boys? Will
    >they have been doing any physical activity? Midwesterners or
    >Californians? Will you be getting mostly lean meat like roast beef and
    >turkey, or obviously fatty meat like salami? Better to order too much
    >than not enough but do you have a use for the rest?


    A variety of ages, tending mostly towards middle aged and older. No
    significant physical activity. All lean meats. Salad and raw veggies
    will accompany the meat and cheese.

    Thanks for the tips, sorry for the lack of details.

    D.
    --
    Touch-twice life. Eat. Drink. Laugh.

    http://derekl1963.livejournal.com/

    -Resolved: To be more temperate in my postings.
    Oct 5th, 2004 JDL

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    George M. Middius Guest

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    On Aug 16, 4:11*pm, George M. Middius <glanb...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > djs0...@aol.com wrote:
    > > The standard is 3 ounces of meat and 2 ounces of cheese per person.

    >
    > Can't be -- that's too heavy on the cheese. A better ratio is 3-to-1.


    On the meat and cheese trays that I've gotten from the grocery deli
    the ratio is 4 pounds of meat and 3 pounds of cheese. So I was
    actually being a little conservative on the amount of cheese.

  17. #17
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    spamtrap1888 wrote:
    >
    > On Aug 16, 7:56 am, fairwa...@gmail.com (Derek Lyons) wrote:
    > > I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    > > how much would that be?

    >


    > One problem is that the more meat people see, the more they will take.
    > But if they see plenty of other food, they will take less. If there
    > will be salads, chips, desserts, etc., I would get eight to ten
    > pounds.


    For 50 people I would say more like 20 -25 pounds if you are the only one
    providing the meat. That's a lot of expense for just you....I hope the
    occasion is worth it.

    G.

  18. #18
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    When I was faced with this situation, I didn't offer a lot of choices. Otherwise, they all grab for the turkey and leave the ham. You get my drift.

    Offer a lot of mayo, mustard, let and tom and the stuff will go faster. Also, I found that rolls are easier to fill when going thru a buffet line than sliced bread. Mine was a DIY buffet deal and they HATED the bread.

  19. #19
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    Derek Lyons wrote:
    >
    > I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    > how much would that be?


    Personally, I'd tell them, "Right! I don't think so. Homey don't play that."

    G.

  20. #20
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: How much sandwich meat?

    Gary wrote:
    > Derek Lyons wrote:
    >
    >> I've been asked to buy sufficient sliced deli meat for 50 people...
    >> how much would that be?
    >>

    >
    > Personally, I'd tell them, "Right! I don't think so. Homey don't play that."
    >
    > G.
    >


    Nice, an "In Living Color" reference. I haven't heard that in years. :-)

    Bob

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