Well...it is over & done, and could have hardly gone better. Got lots of positive comments and the client is well pleased which is what matters. The hostess & I were both concerned as cocktail hour wound down to dinner time...there were a number of folks in attendance who were not invited
She took it all in stride and we ran out of nothing. Barely:-)...I had one slice of prime rib left at the end of the night. I don't know how many people we fed...more than 80!
So...for those who are interested......what actually happened:
I used a pre-cooked & bagged prime rib from USFoods & cooked 4 of them that averaged 14.5 lbs. for a total weight of 58 lbs. Placed them in the FEC-100 at 275° and they were at 135° in three hours flat. Then briefly in to the warmer set at 140°...then into the cambro where they rested for about an hour before being sliced and served with au jus in the pan.
I did not check the temperature at serving, but they were too done for me. No pink. However, we did not have a single person ask for something more rare. They were fork tender and very flavorful & I had a number of people come up to me saying that they were much better than last years. IMO they were not, but this bunch clearly does not like pink & their opinion is what counts.
For those who might do something similar, here are the amounts I cooked and how it worked out.
80 people....probably 50 guys.
Prime Rib- Cooked 4 with a total weight of 58 lbs. Had one slice left over.
Shrimp- Peel & eat...large, beautiful and fresh off the boat from a friend in LA that owns a shrimp trawler. Served both as an appetizer and on the buffet line. I cooked about 25 lbs. of these and had maybe 10 lbs. left over. Only surprise of the night.
Green Beans- Cooked 4 #10 cans with smoked ham and onion...about 100 servings. Had about 6 servings left over.
Baked Potatoes- Cooked 75 and had about 10 left.
Salad- Used 2 of the Mixed Spring Greens from Sam's and one of their 2# bags of mixed lettuce/carrots etc., plus cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices. Probably 5 lbs. total and had about 1/3 of it left.
Disclaimer: All presented FWIW and YMMV. It worked for me and my customer last night:-) Sorry for the long post.........Best.............John