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Food and logistics for the July 12 cookout

From: Charlie L.
Sent on: Monday, July 1, 2013 11:23 PM

Everyone, I have some more info about the cookout:


First, thanks to everyone who volunteered, but we need more help, which I will explain below.


Volume:   When planning a dish to bring, do not make a dish big enough for 35 people!  If everybody did that, we would have to recruit an army just so we could feed it!  Think about the arithmetic – it would be like a 25-course meal for each of us!

So, I suggest when you plan a dish (and please do) that you plan one big enough for about 8-12 people. 

For obvious complements to a picnic like this - for example potato salad - we could use two or three of them.  For more interesting/creative entries, one is enough.  This way, there would be potato salad for everyone, but the creative stuff would likely not get duplicated.  If your creative dish is a hit – well, it will just run out faster and there will still be lots of food.

Does that make sense?

I have the beginnings of a table with what people are bringing – pasted in below.


Suggestions:  I would like to see:

1.       Perhaps two more potato or pasta salads (mentioned above) – your choice of style

2.       We will  need some bread, too.

3.       Some fruit – in addition to the watermelon

4.       Appetizers are always popular – and lots of room for creativity – plus they can often double as side dishes (?)

5.       We need some side-dishes to complement the roasted vegetables.  These could be salads with greens, beans, rice, veggies, etc. like coleslaw.

6.       We have some desserts at this point but we need 3 or 4 more


I will attempt to manage the paper plates, napkins, plastic-ware, etc.

We will have the club’s wine glasses


Feel free to comment and make suggestions, too.









Kim Powell

Caprese-style appy



Diane Savarese

Roasted vegetables



Richard Kaish








Diane Macumber

Hummus/pita appy



Jerry Rajotte

Pies and cheese/crackers



Janice Chiaradonna

Potato salad



Jane Arntz



With supporting elements (sugar, etc.)



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