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2 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

Two people, maybe? That includes myself. I'm an introvert and prefer to be self-sufficient, having many people depend on me at once for food doesn't seem appealing.

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Yah biggest I've cooked for is my family (my wife, daughter & son). I don't cook much, let alone for other people besides the family.

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3 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

About 10 people plus the 5 of my immediate and my wife and mother-in-law did the majority of the cooking. When she first came to Canada we didn't socialise a lot and didn't do parties. Once we found a bunch of russian speaking people here the wife wanted to invite them all over for supper/party. Did that several times a for about a year and now she's tired of the amount of work it takes. It didn't bother me as much because I got to focus on cooking the meat dishes which were fairly simple. The women had to make a dozen different complex salads and veggie dishes that took all day.

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4 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

About a dozen.

 

This was not a rare occurrence. My brother and I would get the house, he'd roll a joint for us to share, the beer would come out, and by the time I looked up we'd made enough food for an army. So we'd call all his friends and they'd help us eat the evidence. Tended to be around a dozen people (and a dog).

 

A common cooking binge would produce a tri-tip roast (sometimes 2), a pound of stuffed mushrooms, a lasagna, a casserole with the leftover lasagna workings, a giant pot of macaroni and cheese, an entire onion caramelized for reasons, a stir-fry made with ramen and bacon, and as many baked potatoes as fit in the convection oven.

 

Damn I miss that. 

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i cooked for relay for life from 7am to 7am for around a few 1000 in my college town to say that was crazy and busy it was.

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11 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

Hmm. About three hundred or so. I used to be a chef in the SCA so I cooked for that number on a semi-regular basis. I was never in charge (feastcrat), I was usually chief kitchen drudge. 

 

People would come in asking to speak to the feastcrat... No, I'm the chief kitchen drudge, how can I help you? Menu? It's posted on the door you just walked through. Water for the fighters? Use that sink there. Volunteers to help? We need dishwashers. Their Majesties need feast delayed an hour? -YOU- can talk to the feastcrat. 

 

I got my AoA (Award of Arms) and CoG (Crown's order of Gratitude) for working in the kitchens and keeping feastcrats from losing their minds. 

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34 minutes ago, Argentee said:

I got my AoA (Award of Arms) and CoG (Crown's order of Gratitude) for working in the kitchens and keeping feastcrats from losing their minds. 

 

Award of Arms? When I read this I automatically got an image of you as a female version of the Muppet's Swedish Chef. Cooking with all the best utensils, chainsaws, battle axes, high explosives....

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12 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

That I have personally cooked for? Probably around 30 or so when we did an pseudo-Open House for our then new home. Said cooking consisted of meat that simply needed to be put on the grill as well as two portabello mushrooms for the two weirdos I invited. :p

 

Largest I've arranged/planned for would be my wedding, roughly 125 people or so, but we only cooked a small portion (read: cookies that were given out to all the guests). Not sure this counts in terms of what you were asking of course.

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Had to give these two first four a think...

 

On 9/1/2017 at 4:45 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 1st of September: They say no good deed goes unpunished.  What good deed have you performed that You were punished for or had unforeseen consequences?

 

I have told this before (attempting the TLDR version):

 

I helped a friend foil a test cheat....there were unforeseen results:

 

—the cheat wound up scoring a zero on the test (0 out of 20 questions),

—wound up  publicly exposed in front of the entire junior class and the teacher,

—was backed into such a desperate corner he loudly blurted out, "...I don't KNOW, I copied all the answers...!!" in front of all those witnesses.

 

( :ph34r: But my role was never discovered :ph34r:    )

 

16 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

2nd: I was once entrusted with cooking the spaghetti for about ~120 people. This amounted to watching a giant pot of water come to a boil (the literal watched pot!) and when it finally did, dumping the spaghetti in. I have since learned this may be the lowest skill task I could have been assigned. 

 

3rd: Not sure if this counts; but the tavern guests would've said, Huzzah. Twice, maybe three times, I wound up helping fetch the Keg for a SCAdian Barony. (Had pickup truck; will travel...) That was probably a good example of no good deed going unpunished. I did the first run as favor to the guy that usually handled it and thereafter my truck became the usual suspect for accomplishing the task. 

 

4th: There was this strange Art Project in college that involved food and the safe use of food coloring. The assignment was to make food, but cause it to be an unusual color (color experiments = art). This culminated in a feast/picnic for the whole class where these foods would be shared. I think whatever I brought was blue. The lesson I learned was that my cooking really ought not be inflicted on others no matter what color it is. 

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A couple of times a year, I'll throw a cook out for various events.  Birthday, graduations, graduations, it's a Saturday and so forth.  I usually invite a bunch of people, and around half show up.  The largest has had about 30 people or so.  Most people bring a dish so I just make a couple of sides and the protein.  I had my labor day party yesterday and smoked four racks of ribs, two pork loins and a chicken.  I also grilled a bunch of hamburgers.  

 

I'm still full.

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Brother and I cooked for about a dozen people one weekend at an SCA thing. We almost mutined because the "kitchen" was badly set up, but our leader person made things better. I never went back because I got busy with school, but I think my brother did it a couple more times.

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On 2-9-2017 at 4:20 PM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

15 people.

 

X-MAS tradition every couple prepares a course.

It was the first year I met my girlfriend, and I was responsible for the main course.

 

I made two.

A stew with wild boar.

Pork Tenderloin

 

 

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On 2017/09/02 at 10:20 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

 

I worked for years as a banquet cook and regularly did several events a night with several hundred people at each of them.  That kind of experience made cooking at home for dinner parties a snap.  I've had a dozen or so people over for dinner and didn't even break a sweat.  As far as banqueting disasters go, I've witnessed too many to count.  I used to work with an old army cook, and he taught me all the black arts of cooking to get yourself out of a jam - need a twenty pound prime rib cooked from frozen inside of a hour?  He could do it (you just didn't want to know how . . .).  The key is to never panic.

 

The Egg

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On 9/2/2017 at 10:20 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

Last weekend I ran a camping event for 311 people. It was a passion project spanning 3 years of planning (mostly just fact-finding the first two years), a staff of 15, and a $6000 budget. They want me to run it again next year...

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On 9/2/2017 at 11:20 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd to 4th of September: What is the largest group of people that you have cooked for?  What is the largest gathering you have hosted, arranged or planned for?  Feel free to tell any amusing stories relating to the event.

Cooking and hosting all by myself? Maybe five or six.

 

With the family? Over 50+. I come from big families. Particularly on my mother's side. And we usually have big family gatherings on New Year's and during summer.

 

Makes me think of my mother when she receives guest. The amount of food she cooks feels exponential. For some reason, each additional guest that comes doubles the amount of food served. Makes for a *lot* of leftovers.

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