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I may not get a vote for this (hell, possibly a downvote), but.... Can't you just buy some bamboo steamer baskets from a chinese grocery and figure a way to stabilize them while they are stacked together? They are available in many sizes, and I am sure this little hack would work just fine. Also, having checked google, there are very few inexpensive ...


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Fried foods neither hold nor transport well. They are best served directly from the frier. If they do need to be held, a slow oven which will keep them dry (by allowing steam from the food to leave) is the best way. There simply is no good way to hold, transport, and serve fried foods that will maintain the crispy quality. Think of every delivery meal ...


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I've been worked in the restaurant equipment and supply industry for 12 years, and have had many customers ask for these commercial electric knives. No such thing...why? Simple...electric knives are not NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved. All equipment and supplies used in a commercial food service application must comply with NSF standards. ...


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I would consider the professional equivalent of the electric carving knife to be the meat slicer, i.e. the rotating blade device most often seen behind the deli counter. At home, to break down a roast bird, take the meat off of a lamb-leg, etc., a good manual knife is most likely the proper tool. If, on the other hand, I have a large ham (cooked or cold), ...


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There's no fixed number, as you have too many other variables: How big are the people eating? (athletes are going to eat more than kids or people on diets) What are they being served with? (If it's just a table filled w/ crabs, they're going to eat more than if you have other side dishes available) How experienced are the people with eating crabs? (Some ...


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About 8oz or 225g/person is probably a good place to start. Think about when you have a standard steak or a piece of chicken in a restaurant. The pre-cooked weight will usually be in the region of 8-10oz.


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A good rule of thumb is to allow 1lb of meat (before cooking) per person, not counting small children who will obviously eat less. It's better to have too much than not enough - you can always use leftovers.


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It depends in part who you are serving--hungry college students (or those with that mindset) eat considerably more free food than do wealthy health-conscious professionals. You also need to keep in mind that while you don't want to overshoot massively, it also looks bad to run out of food. You may also need to keep in mind that a significant number of ...


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If you haven't done it before don't do this for Xmas day, it's not worth the risk. Always practise on less important occasions You need a wider, rather than taller pot. Nearly a paella style pan. And a strong arm Ingredients wise, I don't know of any magic scaling tricks for risotto The hardest part is stirring enough, but not too much, and doing an even ...


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You can get 6 pizza boxes and use them to transport the pies.


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After helping out with a few events over the years, with one of the places that we hold events renovating but removing almost all of the catering/serving gear in the process, some additional suggestions from someone who's still a notice: Try to visit where you'll be serving the food in advance, to make sure that you're familiar with the facilities, and ...


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Disclaimer: Not a professional Look at what organizations that train professionals use. For example, the Culinary Institute of America publishes The Professional Chef. My understanding is this an instructional text for the institute. From the introduction of the 8th edition: The Professional Chef is suited to a variety of teaching situations... Chapter ...


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You don't multiply the recipe. You have to make it multiple times. Risotto isn't as hard to do as its fame suggests, but it requires a very even heating. If you pile your rice deep, you won't get it right even with constant stirring. You always want a thin layer of rice in the pan. The good news: if you do it correctly, you can leave it there without the ...


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Yes, you can! Make sure to check the wings occasionally to see if the pans need to be switched to ensure even cooking. One of the racks may get hotter than the other. You can also make sure that both of the pans are placed as close to the center of the oven as possible by adjusting the rack positions.


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Most book about molecular cooking tend to be on the expert or restaurant level. For example, the El Bulli books are full with exotic ingredients, techniques and equipments that are not usually found in home kitchen, at least when they came out. Remember that the big differences between a home cook and a restaurant cook/chef are not the recipes themselves ...


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If you really want to blow them away, the best option is to cook them on-site, at least partially. If you can prepare and partially bake the crusts in advance, the rest of the process won't take as long to cook and the results will be better. If that isn't practical, 2 hours is a long time for the pizza to sit out before you transport it to a party where ...


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For entertaining purposes the rule of thumb I've most commonly seen in your case, where the meat is the primary food being served, is about 8-10 ounces per person. That's size per portion after cooking. You are making pulled pork and brisket, and each of those will lose just over 40% of their weight during cooking. So if you assume 5 ounces of brisket and 5 ...


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For crispiness: keep the fish on a cooling rack and well ventilated no matter what - even when using steam tables, which should be fine for this purpose. For warmth: I have no idea how the fish will fare depending on how you transport it, but do not let the time between cooking and eating be longer than two hours unless you can reheat the fish with a fryer ...


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You have this same problem with most fried foods that you want to serve fresh. Anyone who makes latkes for Hanukkah knows this problem well. So it's similar to this question What technique should I use to make latkes for a party so that I don't have to stay in the kitchen? You can try what I do for latkes - I put them on a drying rack, sheet pan, ...


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My company runs several coffee events per month. Here are some of my formulations that are a result of doing coffee tastings and events around Seattle: 3-oz of coffee by weight, brewed with 62oz water will yield and aiprot or a standard 12-cup pot of coffee (60-oz brewed coffee or 7 servings if you are using 8-oz hot cups). For coffee gigs I bring 1-pound ...


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This is probably more expensive than you want to go, but Peterboro Basket does a rather nice three tier pie carrier, recommended by NYC's own piemasters, Bubby's: http://www.peterborobasket.com/p-950-peterboro-3-pie-solid-lid.aspx If you're on a budget, perhaps try getting 6 regular pie/cake boxes and 'lashing' them together with string (2 stacks of 3), ...


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I worked in an Italian place that occasionally did banquets. This is how we anticipated an adult serving: Mains (meat / pasta with sauce / fish) 160 grams (or 100 grams of protein per adult, plus 60-ish grams of sauce, garnish, etc - this allows for a bit of extra) Sides are 1/3 * 2 of mains, since people generally have more than one side. Roughly 2 ...


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Here's a stackable pie carrier that will carry up to four pies or 1 cake and 1 pie. http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Keeper-Dual-Food-Tote/dp/B0039MDTDG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_1


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I once worked int the kitchen at a chain bar-n-grill joint in the US. They specified electric knives for carving sandwiches: supposedly they made a neater cut and didn't mush the bread so much. Certainly it was hard to keep the main knives sharp enough to do a good job: cheap junk that you couldn't pay me to use in my kitchen. But teens on their second ...


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For me, I use the microwave's power setting. This is sometimes a misunderstood feature. When you don't set the power level, then it is 100%. This means during 100% of the cook time the magnetron inside the microwave is active and radiating your food. If you set the power level to 10, then during the cook time, the magnetron will not be active the entire cook ...


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Do you perchance have the time to do a "dry run" with some friends? You may find it useful to initiate a series of platings with structured feedback questions that can be answered easily (yes/no, on a scale of 1-4 rate X...), and maybe a free response if you feel like it. Serve in the environment closest to where people will eventually be eating the food(...


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When you visit your local BBQ places you normally see a few standard options. For the pulled pork and brisket, it is usually sold by weight. I believe a 1/2 Pound portion is the most common from my experience of eating BBQ with friends. For ribs, they are normally sold by half rack or full rack. A full rack is a lot of food so I would not think anyone ...


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If you aren't able to get food orders from everyone attending ahead of time, you should start by making enough for each guest to have 1 serving each of pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. I'd say 6 ribs is one serving and 4 oz (cooked weight) is standard for the other meats. Then, as a buffer, I would add on a couple more servings of each meat, depending on how ...


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What I've done in these cases myself in the past is use this reference chart to get a rough idea of starting quantities per dish. In terms of the actual number of servings I always count a full serving for anyone over 12-ish years old and half a serving for anyone younger than that. After you've done that, you obviously still have to recalculate to account ...


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It is perfectly acceptable to serve both or just one or the other. Typically crudités are considered an appetizer but, when serving crudités, a salad is not always needed. I would base my decision on what type of gathering it is and the entirety of the menu. From The Veggie Table: Crudités is a French term that refers to raw vegetables, so a platter of ...


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