All the RSVPs are in, now the task of planning the meal is upon you. Here’s a quick guide that shows you how much food to plan to bring the full flavor to your next gathering. Party Portion Guidelines All amounts are per person. Hors d’oeuvres • As the basis of your meal (such as a cocktail party) – 4-6 bites, per hour • Before a meal – 6...
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Pork 101

How Much to Serve?

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All the RSVPs are in, now the task of planning the meal is upon you. Here’s a quick guide that shows you how much food to plan to bring the full flavor to your next gathering.

Party Portion Guidelines

All amounts are per person.

Hors d’oeuvres

• As the basis of your meal (such as a cocktail party) – 4-6 bites, per hour
• Before a meal – 6 bites
• As a general rule for cocktail parties, the longer the party and the larger your guest list, the more variety you should plan to offer.

The Main Course

• Ham (serving a single main course) – 3-4 ounces
• Ribs (serving a single main course) – ½ rack
• Meat, fish or poultry (serving a single main course) – 6 ounces
• Meat, fish or poultry (serving two or more main courses) – 8 ounces total
• Rice and grains (as a side dish) – 1.5 ounces
• Rice and grains (as a main course dish such as risotto) – 2 ounces
• Potatoes – 5 ounces
• Vegetables – 4 ounces
• Beans (as a side dish) – 2 ounces per person
• Pasta (side dish) – 2 ounces
• Pasta (first course) – 3 ounces
• Pasta (main dish) – 4 ounces
• Garden Salad – 1 ounce without dressing

Desserts

• Cake, tart or pastry – 1 slice
• Pudding or mousse – 4 ounces
• Ice cream – 5 ounces
• When offering multiple dessert choices, reduce each by approximately half.