Dinner for 70

A few months ago, some friends of mine suggested that we put together a fundraiser for our church that would entail me cooking for a large number of people.  They asked me “what’s the largest number you could cook for?” I thought for a minute and answered “I don’t know, maybe 40.”  A date was selected, plans were made, and we began trying to sell 40 seats for the event (which was planned to be both a fundraiser and an occasion to honor our long-serving Treasurer).

Things began to evolve and the event took on a life of its own.  The list of attendees reached 70 people at one point, though I believe we ended-up serving 66.  We also raised several thousand dollars for the church and threw a great party.

The menu included:

Two days before the event I did all of the shopping (30 lbs of short ribs, 35 lbs of potatoes, 400 spears of asparagus, etc).  The day before the event I brasied the short ribs, assembled the ratatouille, and prepared the salmon marinade.  The morning of the event I bought and cleaned the salmon, made the sauce of the salmon, chopped the herbs for the vinagrette that accompanies the ratatouille, and cleaned the asparagus.  As a result, things were very organized by late afternoon.  I had the help of two outstanding cooks (thanks, Brian and Edwin!) for the few hours before the meal was served.

Some additional photos (including the beautifully-decorated tables that Davidson and Nancy put together) are below.  I didn’t take any photos of the event for obvious reasons, but as I get more I’ll add them to this post.

Short rib


Ratatouille, asparagus, and potatoes

2 Responses to “Dinner for 70”

  1. 1 Bobbi Main-Jackson June 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Wow! What an undertaking! The food looks delicious and it sounds like the event was wonderful. Bravo!

  2. 2 Virginia Fox June 9, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    It really was wonderful! We raised over $4600 and everyone had a fantastic time.
    In addition to the yumminess of the food, I was amazed at how perfectly you estimated the amounts. There was a little salmon, ratatouille and potatoes and one lone leftover short rib!
    Thank you so much for agreeing to do this– do you think Brian and Edwin can do it on their own next time?

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