As a professional chef, one of the most frequent question I’m asked is, how much food do you need to feed each guest. So, I decided to build a cheat sheet for the upcoming holiday season! Hope this helps!
Cocktails: if you are serving throughout a two-hour cocktail party or dinner with spirits and mixers – One 750 ml. bottle of spirits will serve 17 drinks. Plan on 3 drinks per person.
Finger food: On an average, guests will eat about 3-4 appetizers each during the first hour and will eat about 3 appetizers each for each subsequent hour. Especially If consuming alcohol. My rule of thumb is to be prepared to serve : 3-4 pieces per person with alcohol and 2-3 without alcohol. 11-15 pieces will be equivalent to a full meal replacement.
Main Protein: Turkey: 1 1/2 pounds per person.
Gravy: 1/2 cup per person.
Cranberry Compote: 1/4 cup per person.
Stuffing: 1 1/2 cups per person.
Side dishes : 1/2 cup per person for more than one side dish. If serving only one side dish plan on 1 1/2 cups per guest.
Potatoes or sweet potatoes: 5 to 6 ounces per person, which is about about 1 large golden yukon, or small russet potato, or half of a large sweet potato.
Salad: plan for 1/2-1 cup of salad per person unless the majority of your guests are counting calories, then I would increase by 50%.
Bread : estimate 1 1/2 rolls per person
Pie: 1 pie will feed 8 people if you are serving additional desserts. If not, plan on one pie serving 6 guests .
Whipped topping: 1/4 cup of cream (measured before ) whipping per guest.
After dinner drinks: plan on 1 drink per guest. Depending on who your friends are.
Wine: A typical wine bottle size is 750 ml that contains 25.4 fluid ounces. The glass size determines how many servings. For example, you’ll get approximately six servings per bottle using a 4-ounce wine glass compared to five servings using a 5-ounce glass.
Sparkling wine: I usually recommend 2 glasses of sparkling wine per guest. There are 6 full glasses of sparkling wine in a standard 750ml bottle.
Coffee: plan on 1 1/2 cups per guest after a meal.
Every 2.4 pounds of food you donate creates a meal for someone else.