Tuesday is the day for Time-Saving Tips and Techniques. Today I will share details of my own cooking project.
My family will be celebrating my son’s Bar Mitzvah in a few weeks. Since observant Jews don’t drive on the Sabbath, we’ve invited part of the extended family to stay overnight so that they will be able to walk to the synagogue service.
In practical terms, this means I’ll be responsible for feeding three major meals to 35 or 40 people. In addition, we are hosting a kiddush in the synagogue, a mini-meal for around 200 people. I plan to purchase the food for the kiddush, and cook the other meals myself. My sisters-in-law will contribute a dish or two.
Cooking is the easy part. What gets complicated is the logistics: sleeping accommodations, speeches, supplies, shopping, clothing, heating and serving food, seating, lighting, and dozens of other details. As a bonus, I have painters coming this week for a long overdue house painting project.
Today I made a list of supplies. I avoid disposables in my daily life, but don’t have an easy solution for this many guests. So I set up a chart with columns for each meal and calculated the number of plates and utensils that I need. After I buy them I’ll count out the pieces and divide them up into four packages, one for each meal.
I also consulted with my neighbor, a caterer. Not only did she give me great ideas for cooking, decorating, shopping, and serving, she offered to lend me tablecloths, cloth napkins, table runners and serving trays.
Readers, I need feedback here. Do you want to hear more about this or do you prefer the regular format?