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    Default HELP! Cooking for 300

    My hubby has to cook a feast for 300 people in Sept (and I may get drafted to help). We desperately need ideas for a menu? He doesn't wanna do burgers/hotdogs or soups/stews. Please post any suggestions. He will have access to a couple of ovens, grills, two commercial size stoves (and I'm not sure what else). I think he needs to serve a meat dish and a vegetarian dish. I'm not sure what kinda price range he is looking for. So please post any ideas you can come up with. Thanks.

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    Is this a sit down dinner or a buffet.?
    How about boneless chicken breast with rice. And fish for the vegetarian.
    You can gill the chicken breast and fish and cook the rice in the oven. Cook up some sort of veg and the stove. Make a sauce of some sort for the chicken.

    Or lasagna with and without meat. Salad a garlic bread.

    Or a pasta with chicken salad with muffins and fresh fruit. No chicken for the vegetarians.

    Swiss steak and potatoes
    You can cook the steak on the grill the day before and put in the ovens the next day. Make instant mashed potatoes and gravy on the stove and some sort of veggies. And for the vegetarians use bocco burgers for the streak.

    How about a taco buffet with spanish rice and refried beans. Brownies for desert.

    A lot depends on how much he is going to get per plate.

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    What a big job! Maybe this site might help you. http://members.tripod.com/~lotsofinfo/index.html

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    Sorry, I got a good snicker from the "fish" for the vegetarians. Most of the vegetarians I know don't eat fish.

    You could do a cheese lasagna or spaghetti dish (meatless sauce and noodles) for the vegetarians.

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    I like the suggestions of Domestic_Gal, chicken is popular and so is fish. Also, that sure is alot of people, good luck!

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    Spinning off of Domestic Gal's buffet idea, you could set up several buffets with different ethnic favorites.

    Taco bar with components for salad, boca burger, vegetarian refried......
    Baked potato bar with all the precut fixin's
    Italian with lasagna, pasta with 2-3 sauces that can be contained in crock pots
    The burger/hot dog stand is great if there are kids and can be upgraded to brats and sausages with gourmet burgers (added blue cheese or other items)
    Hot entree buffet with seasoned rice, and then stews, gumbos, stirfries to go with it.

    this is making me hungry.

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    The lasagna idea is a great one but if you do a baked ziti instead it is lots easier. You just toss the sauce, meat and cheeses in with the cooked ziti noodles instead of having to layer it all together. You could do one as a vegetarian dish and the other with meat in it. Sides could be Salad, garlic bread and maybe cookies for dessert. It could served buffet style easily and it could be made pretty economically.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll forward them to my hubby. btw it is a sit down dinner

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    Pasta is always easy no matter how many people you're entertaining. And you can serve a big tossed salad with it.

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    Hi it really depends on if the event is intended to be formal or informal.
    Informal for that quantity will be the easiest. Pork BBQ , pasta salads, potato salad, cole slaw. And possibly pies for dessert. If it is formal your best bet will be pasta and or chicken.. maybe a chicken alfredo , fresh rolls or bread on the tables a salad before and for dessert maybe cake... The hardest thing is going to be able to serve everyone and keeping the food hot. Good luck

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    This is an annual event. Some years it's informal, some a bit more formal. In the past they have served stews, jambalaya, fancy chicken dishes, bbq, crab boil, meatloaf and just about everything else under the sun. I just spoke to my hubby and he says he wants to try something kinda Hawaiian, but he's not set on it. Again thanks for all the ideas, I'll pass them along.

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    Personally I would do spaghetti.

    You can do spaghetti marinara for the vegetarian dish and make a meat sauce for the other.

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    Well, Hawaiian would be great! You could do a pig roast with all the fixin's. For that many people, you might need to do a couple of pigs. You could always do a pasta dish for the vegetarians...

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    ham would be soooooooo yum!!! We did a pig roast once when my grandfather's work did it. it was so good.

    good luck!

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    Yikes. For a Vegetarian dish I'd make something with tofu.

    As for everything else ... good luck.

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