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2 pounds of meat in chili for 17 adults? it doesn't seem like much to me. And with prices here, that would cost 15 dollars for 2 pounds of ground buffalo. Yes, not "cheap", but it's honestly not that much, since beans and stock and tomato paste and spices for the chili are all fairly inexpensive. so you spend 20 dollars on the chili? for 17 adults and 4 kids, it doesn't strike me as expensive at all.
If it's too much, how about ground beef chili? or turkey or chicken chili? They are all less expensive meats. if you have to have meat, it won't be super cheap to feed 17 adults.
chili sounds like a great option, because you can make it gluten free, but the folks who eat gluten can have it without bread. it doesn't need much hands on work. you can make two batches one with and a small one without meat.
For dessert, I would say that there isn't nessicarily an obligation to provide cake for the vegans and the gluten free folks. I would provide a dessert, but maybe get some coconut milk ice cream or dairy free sorbet, so that everyone can have some. trying to have a vegan, gluten free cake will drive you up the wall.
Caroline, partner to J, post partum doula, kitchen manager, aspiring midwife, soon to be nursing student, mama to my furbaby, someday a mama to not so furry munchkins, G-d willing