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Catering Recap

January 20, 2014

After last week’s minor freak-out over Weekend Recap, I’m happy to say I have finally returned to my senses. I’ve decided to post a weekend recap if I have one and if not it’s safe to say I watched a lot of Netflix between frequent napping and snacking. 

This weekend was certainly NOT one of those weekends. As I mentioned on Friday, I had my first catering gig on Saturday. Despite a few bumps in the road it went off relatively smoothly and I think everyone was happy with the results. 

I was in charge of breakfast, lunch and snacks so I thought I’d go through what I made. The majority of the food I made was healthy and it was fun to trick people who thought it wasn’t. But there was definitely a good balance of healthy food and indulgences. Don’t be surprised if you recognize some of the recipes or some appear on the blog in the coming weeks.

For Breakfast we had a DIY yogurt bar with fresh fruit and homemade Pecan Pie Granola. There were also croissants and healthy banana chocolate chip muffins (recipe to come). 

IMG_8811The group is called The Eight & Change Collective. I’m going to attempt to explain what they do, but am 90% sure I will get it wrong. Essentially it is a group of young individuals who get together quarterly to discuss topics of interest to them and exercise their brains. Each person brings their own experience to the table to help further the group as a whole as well as on a personal level. The intelligence and ambition in the room was pretty impressive!

IMG_8854For lunch I made what I call “Jew Food”. Tuna Salad (adapted from this recipe), pesto egg salad, bagels, cream cheese & lox and a side salad. 

IMG_8831Happy customers feeding their tummies and brains!

IMG_8839The rest of the day was spent munching on these snacks. Decadent cookie butter peanut cookies and orange cranberry bars. Both were gone by the end of the day!

IMG_8852All-in-all it was a very positive experience. I got a taste for what it takes to cook for a large group and the amount of planning that goes into pulling off this kind of production. I’ve determined that for next time I need to put more effort into execution in terms of serving dishes and presentation. I’m usually not too caught up in that stuff but it definitely looks more professional. 

Now who wants to hire me next? 😉

Have you ever catered an event? What about cooking for a large group of people? Any tips?

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  • Reply
    Brian
    January 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Looks delicious! I love the idea of a DIY yogurt bar. Thanks for sharing!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    February 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Omg, I would LOVE to have been your assistant! I could totally have been the set up person! I love doing stuff like that but never really get a chance to! I’ve only hosted two family shindigs but I went ALL OUT for both! 🙂

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    [email protected], Fit, and Frugal
    January 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

    All the food looks amazing. I’ve worked on some video shoots where it’s catered and I swear I walk away 10 pounds heavier, so I appreciate what you guys do!

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    Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    January 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    It’s sounds like the perfect spread! I knew you’d make a great caterer. I’d be curious– did they give any feedback afterwards about the food? Well, of course, how could they NOT love it? But it would be kind of neat if you made up a survey monkey online and passed out a slip of paper with your catering business on it and a link to the site. Or even a paper survey I guess. That way you can figure out what they liked/disliked/wanted.

    I just have to ask- Did you make those bagels and croissants yourself? They look incredible.

    Hmm… Tips for large groups of people? Well, variety of course is great. However sometimes it’s better to have less variety and just more of each food. Too many options and people can get overwhelmed. I think you had the perfect amount!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Great ideas!!! Will definitely implement the feedback forms next time!

      Didn’t make the bagels or croissants 🙁 They were the two things I didn’t make. Would have taken way too long!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    WOw congrats on the catering girl! So cool and it suits you so much! So proud of you for quitting your old job and starting this 🙂 I will keep you in mind should I ever need catering done!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    WOOHOOO, congrats on a successful catering gig! I’ve never cooked for a huge group of people, though I used to be a server for a catering company and worked lots of huge events.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    January 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    This is SO impressive. That yogurt bar looked amazing, and so did the cookies and salads and wow, you’re so talented! I know I say that in pretty much all of your posts, but I really mean it. Ok, I wish I could cater like that… every time I try to I end up so stressed :–( Give me your talent please.
    Or cater for me. Everyday. Yeah, that’d be good 😉 xx

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