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Chowhound challenge: a light meal for 150 with very little prep

milklady | Aug 28, 2009 06:26 PM

I would love advice or ideas about what to serve for a confusing event.

We will be hosting a 6 pm ceremony. There must be food served afterwards. Here are some facts about it:

-We will not know the date of the ceremony until the day before (e.g. we'll find out on Monday if it can be on Tuesday)
- All food served must be vegetarian/dairy (fish such as salmon or tuna is okay, shellfish is not)
-Nothing needs to be fancy or even a full meal, but we're planning on more than chips and salsa or hummus and veggies.
- We don't know exactly how many people will be there, range is from 100-200, but 150 is my current working estimate
-We have a reasonably large commercial style kitchen, and most necessary equipment available for our use.
-We plan to shop at Costco, and also have easy access to bakeries, and to a fabulous produce store
-We can't spend a fortune on this, but understand that feeding people costs money
-We'll probably have about 3 hours of prep time, with 3 people working (this does not include shopping time)

The fact that we won't know far in advance when this will take place just overwhelms me, as does the time of day. If it were in the morning or even lunchtime, we'd serve bagels/lox/cream cheese/veggies/fruit/cookies.

So, who has menu and/or execution ideas for me?

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