Not sure how much food you need for party guests? We can help! (Plus: Our favorite chili recipe)

Seven Loaves partiesHaving some friends and neighbors over to watch the game, to celebrate a birthday, or just to get together is always fun– and it doesn’t have to be hard!

But a lot of people stress about how much food to get for these occasions. You don’t want too many leftovers, but even worse, you don’t want to run out of food mid-party! We can help you with this.

Seven Loaves Party Platters

Of course, if you want to keep it really simple, Seven Loaves can provide delicious, made-to-order platters that are ready to serve. You tell us how many guests you expect and we can take it from there.

seven loaves antipasto platter

 

We have antipasto platters with genoa salami, prosciutto, ham, pepperoni, olives and cheeses, served w/ flatbread and crackers. These platters start at $65 each serving up to 20 people.

 

 

Seven Loaves vegetable platter
We also offer vegetable platters with freshly cut carrots, celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and jicama. These are served with Asiago Peppercorn Ranch and garnished with carved radish flowers. Starting at $35, this sized platter serves up to 15.

 

seven loaves cheese board

 

If you want a cheese platter, we have one offering domestic and imported cheeses served with assorted crackers and fresh fruit garnish. These start at $100, serving up to 25 at this size.

 

We have many other appetizers, platters and dips available for your gatherings. Check them out here and see if you’d like for us to provide the platters for your next party!

seven loaves platters
Tenderloin display
seven loaves fruit tray
Fruit display
Seven Loaves salmon display
Salmon display

Do-It-Yourself party? Seven Loaves Tips…

When you want to take care of it yourself though, we can help you there too.

One of the hardest things about hosting a get-together is figuring out how much food to get. We’ve had years of experience with this, and want to share what we’ve learned.

With a reminder that 16 ounces equal 1 pound, here are our recommendations on how much food you’ll need for your next get-together:

Meat:
We recommend about 4 ounces (or 1/4 pound) per guest when serving deli meat. When serving a sandwich, 4 oz. is generally about 6-7 slices.

Cheese:
When serving cheese, we recommend that you make the ratio of meat to cheese about four parts meat to one part cheese. (Each pound of meat = 1/4 pound cheese)

Crackers:
We suggest 1 ounce  of crackers per guest

Chips and dips:
Chips: 1 ounce per person
Dips: 2 ounces per person (volume)

Vegetable platters:
4 oz. of vegetables per person
Favorite options: celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, jicama, carrots, and cucumbers
Dressing: 1 to 1 1/2 ounces per person (volume)

That should cover you on meat and cheese platters, chips and dips, and vegetable platters.

But you also can’t go wrong with a big pot of chili for your group! If you decide to go that route, here’s our favorite chili recipe:

Seven Loaves chili

Seven Loaves Chili

Serves 10

Ingredients:
2 1/3 pounds of ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 red onions, sliced
5 fresh jalepeno peppers, sliced and seeded
8 garlic cloves, whole, peeled
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 pound dry pinto beans
14 oz. beef broth

Optional toppings:
Green onions, sliced
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Fritos corn chips

Directions:
1) Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until browned, about 6 minutes.
2) Add jalepenos and garlic, saute 1 minute
3) Add ground beef, and cook until brown, about 5 minutes
4) Add chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Then add tomatoes (with juice), beans and broth. Bring to a boil.
5) Reduce heat and simmer until chili thickens and flavors blend, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.
6) Skim any fat from surface of chili

Ladle chili into bowls and add optional toppings, if desired.