Originally Posted by kitchenelf
Is your New Year's buffet a "soup to nuts" affair or finger foods, or a combination but really no specific entree, vegetable, salad, etc. Post what you have done in the past - I love to do stuff like this and there's just a few people here who are REALLY good at it (ok, there's a bunch)
Looking forward to your menu.
Kitchenelf, thank you so much for your willingness to help! I'll try to remember to bring in my previous years' notes tomorrow.
While I'm very familiar with it, I have to admit I don't really have a clear understanding of what the phrase "soup to nuts" means
. I'm guessing it means "everything" maybe? In that case, I guess so: it's a full, formal meal with many (way too many ...) options for each course, only served buffet style because my house is too small to serve 20 people otherwise.
My usual "skeleton" or "template" menu is thus: nuts and appetizers (which I fight serving thinking it will cut appetites, but my hubby always overrides!) / bread and 3 starches / 3 salads / 3 meats (usually beef, chicken, pork) / at least one seafood (prawns are popular, have done salmon) / extras like relishes, sauces / 3 desserts.
When I bring in my notes you'll see where I've gone wrong!
Thanks again. Look very forward to having your thoughts. (P.S. -- if I'm hijacking this thread in anyone's opinion, please let me know and I'll start a new thread.)