The Joys and Challenges of Cooking for a Large Group
Being a guest at a large event can be a lot of fun. As a guest you are focused on meeting new people, enjoying new experiences, and eating delicious food. All of this changes when you go from being the guest to being the host. Now, you have the responsibility of preparing the food for a large group of people. You may be a great cook when it comes to making a meal for your family or for a handful of friends. But the rules of cooking drastically change when you start cooking for a larger group. It’s easy to start to feel overwhelmed.
Even if you are an experienced chef or an experienced cook, preparing food for the masses can be a challenge. You have a daunting task ahead of you. But it is a task that you can do successfully. There are some tricks that you can use that can help you turn simple meals into things that the crowds will love.
First and foremost, you will need to plan. When you’re cooking a meal for your family, you might be able to wing it. Take some of the ingredients that you have, use some of the concepts you have used in the past, put them together, and you’ve created a masterpiece that your family loves. It’s not the same when you’re cooking for a large group. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. The first step in planning is figuring out how many guests you will invite. Then, you need to identify what you want the main course to be. You want your main dish to be refrigerator friendly because there’s a good chance that a number of your guests are going to be late.
Having the right tools is key for success. If you are able to get your hands on industrial tools, such as an industrial oven, industrial blenders, or an industrial refrigerator, your task is going to be a lot easier. Focus your attention on making cocktails. Don’t play bartender. Mix these cocktails up in advance and put them in a punch bowl so your guests can serve themselves. Keep your appetizers simple and your dessert easy. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Cooking for a large group can be overwhelming, but it can also be a positive thing when done correctly.