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 Post subject: Cooking for X number of people, the tips and tricks thread
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:37 am 
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I did a search and also asked, but it looks like there isn't already a thread about this. I think maybe a general thread would be good! So this could be one for anyone looking to cook for large #s of people.

Right now, I've signed up to cook a lunch for either 60-80 people or 80-100 people depending on sign ups (Have to plan for either).

What I'm thinking:

Bread/Rolls or Biscuits of some kind
Hearty soup (with as much local to New England as possible)
Big spring salad. (also with as much local to New England as possible)

Any ideas on type of soup or what should go in the salad? Tricks on the quantity of bread I need to make? How much I need of everything?

For the record: I've worked in a large kitchen before but I wasn't in charge of meal planning so quantity in this aspect is where I don't know how to deal.

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I've never provided food for that large a group, and this isn't answering your quantities question, but I'd probably want something main-meal-ish to go with the salad (or as an alternative for people who don't like salad). And are you going to provide dessert as well?

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ive got a peta pdf about cooking for 50-100 people in German (is there something like this in English?)
There's recipes for
Chili,
fried vegetables with rices
Pasta salad
lemon cous cous
stuffed peppers
wok-fried rice
black bean wraps
primo pasta
chickpea-filled bread
pueblo pie
sloppy joes
baked beans
bean soup
bean taco
hummus
marinated salad
vegetable soup
veg chili

if you want the amounts used in any of these, I'd translate.

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Try the Anarchist Kitchen's Guide to Mass Catering: http://www.eco-action.org/teapot/guide% ... tering.pdf

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Imogen wrote:
Try the Anarchist Kitchen's Guide to Mass Catering: http://www.eco-action.org/teapot/guide% ... tering.pdf


Ah, yeah, I would have recommended that if I could have remembered the name!

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Bookmarking the anarchist kitchen's guide! Veganinberlin, I'll let you know.

In regards to main meal-by soup, I mean I'm probably going to go with something fairly hearty (w/beans and rice in it), maybe chili or something like Isa's chickpea and kale soup. It's good to say that though because my personal tastes vary from what other people want in their lunches. :)

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I think my favorite soups are the Farmhouse Bisque thingy with asparagus from Vegan Easts World, and a White Bean and Escarole Soup from a Lidia's Italy recipe, which was vegan to begin with and was super easy to make. but I wouldn't make the main meal soup unless it's like chili. I think a lot of people think soup isn't a meal (obviously there is something wrong them!).
How about in addition to rolls you maybe make little mini sandwiches, or a bunch of heroes cut up into little sections? I think for that many people you need to have something else besides soup, salad, and bread. Little sandwiches would do it, and maybe some appetizers / finger foods / fruit platter.
Also are there seats at the luncheon? I know dumb question, but soup is hard to eat if it's a more standing and eating kind of deal.


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