Remember the incident in the New Testament when Jesus was preaching to the multitudes, and did not want to send them away hungry? So he gathered a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, blessed it, and proceeded to feed thousands. When the multitude had finished eating, they gathered the remnants and several baskets were left.
I swear that this is what happens when I serve beans and rice at a taco bar. I do not claim to be a prophet, by any means, but beans and rice just seem to multiply whenever I serve them. For example, last night we did a taco bar for 230 guests, so I made enough beans and rice for approximately 150 guests, knowing that not everyone would eat them. I think we had 200 servings left! So I have decided that from now on, no matter how many guests I'm serving, I will only make 1 recipe of beans and rice. If doing a a taco bar for 50, I will only do 1/2 recipe. Do people just not eat beans and rice? I don't know, but I do know that I left allot of beans and rice for the family to take home. Same theory goes for lettuce, tomatoes, and taco shells.
Taco bar for "big fat Mexican wedding"
The cake I made last night was enough to serve 240...it was HUGE! No way was I going to serve regular size pieces. So I cut the pieces at least double of what I usually do, and many guests asked for a piece of each, which I gladly agreed to. There was still cake left over. The cake was all iced in buttercream. Two of the tiers were covered with icing "roses" and the other two tiers were covered with ruffles, made with 1/2 fondant and 1/2 white modeling chocolate.
Cake flavors...Swiss chocolate with raspberry mousse and
lemon with cream cheese and strawberry