Planning a party is not a simple task; there are many areas that require a lot of attention. From selecting the right location to deciding on the menu and décor, it’s easy to get lost in the details. One of the biggest challenges we face is how much food to prepare. Since we want to make sure our guests are well-fed and free to enjoy seconds if desired, it is important that we provide them the right food in the right quantity.
Knowing exactly how much food you will need will depend on many factors, including the menu, duration, timing, the number of guests, and your budget. It’s also important to know the makeup of your guest list to determine meal sizing – the number of children, adults, men, women, etc. You must also consider what type or cuisine of food the majority of the guests would like or prefer, since the goal is to offer dishes that will be enjoyed by most, if not all.
Another factor affecting quantity is the style of the food. If you wish to order beef, lasagna or any other ‘dense’ item, you would order a few more than the number of guests expected. However, if you are thinking of ‘light’ food such as pasta or salad, you would have to order it in pounds. Also, a longer event should include starters such as soups or finger foods such as mozzarella sticks and small meatballs.
If you are planning an upcoming party, you need not worry about how to manage the food; the highly skilled and experienced team of chefs at Illiano Cucina Mediterranea have the expertise to determine quantities and prepare dishes your guests will love. For more than 20 years, Illiano Cucina Mediterranea has been one of the top and most visited restaurants and caterers, providing guests with unmatched service and satisfaction.
If you choose not to go the catering route, Illiano Cucina Mediterranea also offers party trays that are specially created to make your party planning process less of a hassle. If you are hosting a party for 50 people, you can order two and a half party trays and enjoy the event along with your guests. Each party tray serves about 20-24 people, depending on the mix of guests. You can order Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, Roasted Peppers, and much more if you are thinking of something cold, or you can choose from a wide range of chicken and veal dishes for warmer options. Since we specialize in authentic Italian cuisine, of course we have many delicious pasta dishes to offer, such as Baked Ziti, Rigatoni Caprese, and Lasagna.