Food for the Festivities
Time to look forward to the long weekend? We say Yes! Especially when the coming Labor Day Weekend is the perfect excuse to celebrate the traditional end of summer (if not, as many of us throughout the country are seeing firsthand, the end of the hot weather).
There are lots of online resources online to keep your party plans organized (RealSimple.com’s list is a great start for parties of all sizes).
So…how much food do you need? Here are some per-person serving guidelines from our friends at AllRecipes.com (from one of their useful planning resources):
- Appetizers: 8 pieces (2 to 3 bites per piece)
- Dips or salsa: 3 ounces (about 1/3 cup)
- Soup: 1 cup (less if it’s a creamy chowder)
- Salad: 3 ounces (1-1/2 to 2 cups — more if it’s Earthbound Organic, right?)
- Meat or main entrée: 6 ounces
- Side dishes: 5 ounces
- Iced tea, lemonade, water or punch: 1 gallon for every 10 guests (more if it’s hot)
- Beer, wine and cocktails: 2 drinks per person, per hour
- Ice: about 1-1/2 pounds per person, plus more for coolers
Especially when it’s warm, be sure you follow safe food handling practices.
And choose organic whenever you can — you’ll be saying No to synthetic chemicals, GMOs and artificial ingredients, and Yes to healthier food and a cleaner planet. Just look for the USDA Organic Seal!