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How Much Pasta, Salad, And Potatoes Do I Need For My Next Catering Event?

How much do I really need?

How to plan your catering side dishes.

We have all been there before. You hosted a great party, and the food was delicious, but there was just too much. You sent everyone home with leftovers, yet you still cannot fit the remaining leftovers in your refrigerator. We all hesitate about the right amount of food we need catered for our event. Here are a few ways to help you determine the right amount of food that is best for your event that will keep your guests and your wallet full.  

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Side Dishes

When deciding the amount of food you need for your side dishes, keep the following in mind.

  1. Do I have other sides?
  2. Are people bringing dishes to share?
  3. Is it a staple food or specialty dish?
  4. Who are you serving?
A catering half pan typically feeds 10-12 people per pan.
A catering full pan typically feeds 25-30 people per pan.
When ordering side dishes, keep in mind all the food you plan on serving at your event. We typically recommend between 2 or 3 entrees for an event. You do not always need an exact amount for everyone once you begin to add more dishes to your menu.
Dishes such as pasta, salad, and potatoes are staples to a meal. However, when you begin to add more specialty sides, keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste palate and not everyone is going to eat every single item you serve. The average person has one plate of food.
It also helps to keep in mind who you will be serving. Is your event specifically for children? Children tend to eat less than adults. Salina's catering experts suggest for kids ages ten and under that every two children are represented as one.
You know your guests better than we do. If you know that your guests are heavy eaters or vice versa, let us know so we can help you plan accordingly. 

Click here to view Salina's Catering website.  

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How to Save Smart Money on a Party Tent Rental

Celebrating big achievements is a happy necessity in life. However, it is also necessary to plan your party with a budget in mind. Here are some tips from Salina's party rental experts on how to optimize your event budget and save money on your tent:
 
#1 Consider Space for Entertainment
If you plan on having a a dance floor, it's a lot easier to accommodate the dance floor inside the tent. Some choose to set up the buffet over the dance floor, and afterwards take the buffet down and have the dance floor open. You can do the same thing for a DJ. If you plan on eating earlier and having the DJ later, you can plan on using the same area for both.
 
#2 Order Fewer Tables and Chairs
So often, we see a huge tent packed with empty tables and chairs with just a few scattered guests sitting together at each one. Unless you plan on having a sit down dinner with everyone eating together at one time, you do not necessarily need seating for every guest. People will be up and moving around. You must consider guests may use your outside patio furniture or be in and out of the house. Some guests often prefer to stay inside to escape the heat. It is better to have fewer tables and chairs under the tent to provide more space while encouraging people to sit together. 
#3 Think about What Kind of Party You are Throwing
If you are having a wedding, you will need extra room. You will want to make sure you have seating for every guest under the tent in case of bad weather. You will want extra room to walk around and socialize. You may need space for a bar, DJ, band, or dance floor. It is necessary to consider how much space you will need for a head table, gift table, card table, desserts, and beverages.If you are having a graduation party, people will most likely arrive and depart at various times. People will be eating at different times. In this instance, it is not as crucial to have seating for every guest you have invited. 
 
After examining these details regarding your event, you should be able to better determine the size of tent and number of tables and chairs you will need to rent. As always, Salina's catering experts are happy to help you determine exactly what you need to make your event a success. Call today at (708)614-9100.
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Salina's Friday Night Dartboard Challenge!

Salina's Friday Night Dartboard Challenge!

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Friday Nights Come in and try your luck at the new Salina's Dart Board Challenge! When you come in to pick up a Carry-Out order, you can try and get you entire order FREE! Check out the official rules in our posted photo. Good luck and see you at Salina's!

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Pig Roasting In Your Backyard Made Easy!

How to roast a pig from start to finish with the help of Salina's Catering in Tinley Park. We make it easy by prepping the pig in the BBQ box, so all you have to do is add charcoal, flip the pig once, then carve and serve. Cateringbysalinas.com or 708-614-9100

Give us a call if we can help!

 

 

Cooking a pig in a Cuban Coffin by Salina’s Catering in Tinley Park.

 

This is really easy to do. If you can cook food on a grill, you can roast a pig.

We do all the prep and all the clean-up.

 

Here’s a list of what you’re going to need:

Hot Gloves, towels or oven mitts for two people

A cooking thermometer

4 bags of charcoal (Regular Briquettes will do fine)

One lighter fluid

Matches or a lighter

Cutting board(s) and a knife(s)

A table to carve the pig on (we like to cover the table so we can throw the tablecloth out after we're done)

Some foil pans to place the carved meat 

Disposable gloves

A timer (I use my phone)

A party with a few guests

A fire extinguisher or a garden hose turned on might not be a bad idea also.

 

 

Prepping the pig:

This is all done by us at Salina’s

 

 

We cut off the legs (head is optional)

So we lay the pig out and cover it with olive oil and season it completely.

 We then cut it down the spine and open the pig all the way up so it lays completely flat and squeeze it between the 2 wire frames.

 

Then we lay the pig in the Cuban coffin that is already prepped for easy clean- up

 

Please note:


 You will want to check the temperature of the pork butts (where I’m pointing to and the pork shoulders) these two areas are the thickest parts of meat. The thermometer should read 165 degrees before we flip the pig to brown the skin. 


 
So after we deliver

 

Cooking the Pig:

This is your part unless we come out to do it for you.

 

This is going to take about 3.5 hours to cook, so I want you to start 5 hours before you want to serve.

 

Read the directions on the side of the box (They are really easy to follow)

 

The pig is prepped in the box upside down with the rib bones pointing up.

Next there are 4 pieces of metal on the perimeter of the box that support the solid ash tray (the solid galvanized piece of metal with the 2 handles on it) the charcoal tray (the one with all the holes in it) this will rest directly on the ash tray.

Please note:

When adding charcoal and checking the pig you will need to shake the charcoal tray lightly over the ash tray and dump the ash tray so it doesn’t insulate the heat from the pig.

 

So let’s get started

Let’s add the charcoal to the charcoal tray and give it a little lighter fluid and light it up.

Don’t worry- the lighter fluid fumes won’t make it in the box so go ahead and do this right on top of the box like we do.

 

Set your timer for an hour and then we will check the pig for the first time.

 

 



After an hour you going to check the pig and this is what it looks like after an hour. Then you need to add more charcoal according to the directions on the box and go ahead and close the box back up.


Do this every hour until the biggest (thickest) piece of meat is cooked. Just follow the directions along the side of the box; it’s pretty dead on.

 

If the pig isn’t done by the third time leave it in until it is. Please don’t flip the pig until it’s cooked. Check the butts and shoulders with a thermometer. Please make sure that the biggest (thickest) part of the pig is 165 degrees or greater.

Then you want to have someone help you pick to pick up the pig by the rack and flip it 180° now we're going  to score the skin with a knife so the skin get nice and crispy. After we're done scoring the skin put the cover back on top of the box. Finish cooking according to the directions, this takes about  30 to 45 minutes

 

After the skin is crispy take the pig out by the rack with two people and put it up on your carving table and let it rest for a few minutes .This is a great time to show off all your hard work.

Let it cool off for a few minutes as it will be easier to remove the rack and a lot easier to carve.

 

Take the rack off by removing the 4 “S” clips and then remove the top or both pieces of rack.

 




We usually start with the Butts. You can usually break the butts at the joint, cut it if you need to. It’s as easy as pulling up on them and breaking right at the leg joint. Next I usually do the ribs.  I'll lift up on the ribs and if its difficult at all I just take the knife and cut them right out.

 

 

You can cut all of this up as you go or put the bigger pieces aside and go back and cut it afterwards.


From here it's pretty much just keep going cutting or pulling sections of meat until your left with just bones.

 

Please dump the charcoal, ashes, and drippings out of the box(after the charcoal is out) Put the rest of the pieces in or on the box and we will take it from there.

 

Enjoy your party!

 For more information Click Here for more information on the Pig Roaster

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Ice Cream Cart: 3 Reasons to Make Your Party a Little Cooler

Ice Cream Cart: 3 Reasons to Make Your Party a Little Cooler
Want to  know an excellent summer party secret? Instead of having cake for dessert, order an ice cream cart! Salina's makes ordering an ice cream cart as simple as can be. 
 
Ice cream carts are a delivery-only item. For a one-time delivery fee (Click Here to Calculate Your Delivery Charge), we drop off the ice cream cart at your location the morning of the event and pick up the ice cream cart the next day. 
 
A great feature of the ice cream cart is that is will stay cold for up to 8 hours unplugged. They are great for pool parties, graduations, 4th of July parties, birthdays, and corporate safety luncheons, employee appreciations, as well as  other events. 
 
Here are 3 of our top reasons why you need an ice cream cart at your event:
 
Reason #1 Ice cream is the perfect way to help your guests cool down in the summer heat.
 
The summers seem to keep getting hotter and hotter! Ice cream helps cool off guests while still being able to enjoy the sunshine. This is especially helpful with kids who are busy running around and playing all day.
 
Reason #2 With an ice cream cart, guests have a great variety of choices.
 
Salina's carries over 15 popular kinds of ice cream bars. A mixture of flavors allows each guest to have something they like. This makes the ice cream cart a great alternative for kids!
 
Reason #3 There is less mess with an ice cream cart because all ice cream bars are individually wrapped.
 
There's always a hassle with desserts.You need to perfectly time when to set them out, cut pies and cakes, scoop ice cream, make sure they don't sit out too long, and put them away. With the ice cream cart, you can forget about all of that! Guests can grab dessert whenever they'd like and simply toss away their wrapper. 
 
For more information on our ice cream cart rentals click  Ice Cream Cart Rental Informationl 
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.99 Homemade 1/4 pound hamburgers. Tuesday and Thursdays in May at Salina's

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.99  Homemade 1/4 pound hamburgers. Tuesday and Thursdays in May at Salina's 

Limit 10

Order one (or 10) Today!

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Salina's Football Friday 12/27/13

Salina's Football Friday 12/27/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Packers get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Football Friday 12/20/13

Salina's Football Friday 12/20/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Eagles get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Football Friday 12/13/13

Salina's Football Friday 12/13/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Browns get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Tuesday Trivia 12/10/13!

Salina's Tuesday Trivia 12/10/13!

It's time once again for Salina's Tuesday Trivia! 5 random winners who guess correctly will win a FREE  BBQ Pizza with Sausage, Onion and Bacon!


Today marks the anniversary of the first Nobel Prize Winner. Who won the first Nobel Peace Prize and whey did they win it?

 

Remember, you have until midnight TONIGHT to get your guesses in over on our facebook page. Good luck!

 

Don't forget that Salina's is here for all of your Holiday food needs, whether it's for individual orders or party catering! We're open Tues - Sun with delivery starting at 10:30!

 

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Salina's Friday Night Dartboard Challenge!

Salina's Friday Night Dartboard Challenge!

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Friday Nights Come in and try your luck at the new Salina's Dart Board Challenge! When you come in to pick up a Carry-Out order, you can try and get you entire order FREE! Check out the official rules in our posted photo. Good luck and see you at Salina's!

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Salina's Football Friday 12/6/13

Salina's Football Friday 12/6/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Cowboys get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Tuesday Trivia 12/3/13!

Salina's Tuesday Trivia 12/3/13!

It's time once again for Salina's Tuesday Trivia! 5 random winners who guess correctly will win a FREE Diamond Bread in the flavor of their choice!


Today marks the birthday of a giant leap in medical science. What procedure first successfully occurred and where did it happen?

 

Remember, you have until midnight TONIGHT to get your guesses in over on our facebook page. Good luck!

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How to Place a Catering Order Online and Apply a Coupon Code

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Salina's Football Friday 11/29/13

Salina's Football Friday 11/29/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Vikings get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Tuesday Trivia 11/26/13!

Salina's Tuesday Trivia 11/26/13!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! It's time once again for Salina's Tuesday Trivia! 5 random winners who guess correctly will win a FREE Diamond Bread in the flavor of their choice!


Who was the first US President to start the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey?

 

Remember, you have until midnight TONIGHT to get your guesses in over on our facebook page. Good luck!

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Delicious Individual Turkey Dinner at Salinas!

Delicious Individual Turkey Dinner at Salinas!

It’s Thanksgiving Week! Why not celebrate early with an Individual Turkey Dinner from Salinas!

You’ll get all the classics, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Gravy! All you have to do is heat it up!

This is a great option for anybody who is looking for a quick Thanksgiving meal with little effort or just wants a quick preview of the Thanksgiving feast to come.

 

Try one today!

 

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Salina's Football Friday 11/22/13

Salina's Football Friday 11/22/13

It’s Football Friday! First 25 people who correctly guess the total(combined) score of the Bears vs Rams get that percentage off their next carry out order! Bear Down!”

Total score(add both team scores)=% off your next order. Maximum discount $50.00 Valid up until next Sunday night. Please give us at least an hour after the game to figure out who won. If no one guesses the correct score we will take the 1st without going over . if there is a tie, we will pick winners randomly. Guesses need to be in before kickoff.

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Salina's Tuesday Trivia 11/19/13!

Salina's Tuesday Trivia 11/19/13!

It's time once again for Salina's Tuesday Trivia! 5 random winners who guess correctly will win a FREE Diamond Bread in the flavor of their choice!


We all know about President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, but who was the other speaker to give a speech that day?

Remember, you have until midnight TONIGHT to get your guesses in over on our facebook page. Good luck!

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Sports Viewing Party Catering in Tinley Park and Orland Park

This is sports season with the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls games going strong. Find a Tinley Park or Orland Park catering company for your sports viewing party and have your friends and family come over and watch a game. Don’t worry about having to cook for your guests; instead, opt to have your food catered. You can enjoy your party and serve up all of your favorite game day foods.

 

Sports viewing parties are fun for the whole family. Looking for a laid back and casual get together for your friends and family? A sports viewing party is the perfect opportunity to invite your friends and family over and to host a party. Sports parties are casual- guests can dress in their team’s jersey and jeans and drop in for an open house style sports party anytime during the game.

 

Sports parties are also extremely easy to have catered. You won’t have to spend a fortune on catering for a sports party. Your guests will appreciate any simple foods that you order from your local Tinley Park or Orland Park catering service. Keep it simple with a few specialty pizzas or order some finger foods and appetizers to feed a hungry crowd. Buy some beer and soda and you are all set with your food and beverages.

 

By opting to use a Tinley Park or Orland Park catering service for your food you can also guarantee an easy party set-up and clean-up. Your caterers will provide disposable plates and silverware along with disposable serving utensils. You won’t have to spend any time in the kitchen preparing food or cooking. Clean-up will require a minimal effort on your behalf.

 

Throw the ultimate sports viewing party bash in your home and enjoy the party as if you were a guest. Invite all of your friends over for a fun laid-back good time and let your caterer handle all the hard work.

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