Originally Answered: Simple menus/ meals that feed about 50?
I have a cookbook called The Church Kitchen Handbook by Marilee Mullin-Marshall and Virginia Meers which contains recipes and menus, planning and equipment, staffing and volunteers and buffet serving in large quantities. The cookbook tells how many servings there are per unit or weight. For instance 10 pounds of noodles will make 200 servings - family style and 7 pounds of rice will serve 100. Here are some Menus they recommend:
Buffet for 50:
Tossed salad (6 pounds)
Herb and Oil Salad Dressing (1 pint)
Pear and Cream Cheese (1/2 recipe)
2 pounds carrot sticks; 5 bunches radishes; 5 bunches green onions
Pickles and olives
Freckled Rolls (1/2 recipe)
Parsley Buttered Potatoes
Carrots Julienne (7 pounds)
Chocolate Paradise Cake (1/2 recipe
Coffee - Tea - Milk
Some sample menus they list for Brunches are:
For Men - 1/2 Broiled Grapefruit with Cherry Garnish
Lil' Smokie Sausages
Butter and Jam
Coffee and Orange Juice
For Women - Cheese Souffle
Virginia's Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Orange Slice Garnish
Coffee and Pineapple or Grapefruit Juice
For Men - Virginia's Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Tossed Green Salad
Green Beans with Crisp Onion Rings
For Women - Salad Bar
Crusty Rolls and Butter
Fantastic Apple Macaroon Torte
Lettuce Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Slivered Toasted Almonds
Banana Bread and butter
And for Kids' Lunches:
Kids Favorite Meat Rolls
Rocky Road Pudding
Jello with Fruit
Hope that helps.
This book has recipes for 100 for Clam Chowder, Corn Chowder, Golden Cheese Soup, Old English Leek and Potato Soup, Oxtail Soup, Portuguese Bean Soup, and Vegetable soup.
All the roll recipes serve between 100 and 200 people. There is a recipe called Calico Cuts under Eggs and Cheese that serves 25 so you could double it. Each slice is 4 x 6 inches. Here is the recipe:
2 quarts evaporated milk
2 T salt
3 T celery seed
2 1/2 c chopped pimiento
10 pounds cheese, shredded
1 1/2 T black pepper
Beat eggs; add remaining ingredients. Roll out a thin crust from Bisquick mix and place it in a pan measuring 26 x 17". Pour egg mixture on top of this. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 375º.
Lots of meat recipes but all serves 100. Recipes like Tenderloin Tips in Mushroom Sauce, Best-Ever Baked Swiss Steak, Barbecue Beef - Country Style, Braised Short Ribs with Zippy Sauce, Swedish Meatballs, Meatloaf, Piggy Beef Bake, Oriental Beef and Peppers (Chinese Pepper Steak), Old World Cornish Pastry, Chili, Lamb, Hungarian Pork - Hunter Style, Pork Chow Mein, Ham Loaf, Corn and Frank Escallop, Veal Parmesan, Veal Marengo, Veal Roma, Veal Tres Elegant and Swiss Veal. Lots of chicken recipes - Baked Chicken Quarters, Chicken Pineapple, Chicken Parmesan, Dijon Chicken, Elegant Glazed Chicken, Sweet-Sour Chicken, Indian Curried Chicken, Lemon Chicken but again all recipes serve 100. They have 4 seafood recipes.
Under the desserts it says 1 rectangular pan serves 48 when cut 8 x 6. Eighteen (8") pecan pies will serve 108 people. Twelve pies, 10 inches each and 8 slices per pie will serve 96.
Four 12 x 20 x 2" pans will serve 100-120 when filled with cake.
Hope some of that information helps you.