Have you ever cooked for 200 people? I haven't and I don't ever intend to either. I did however plan a meal for 200 people. For some reason it seems I put more effort into things that are for other people than for my own family. For instance, buying food to feed 200 people. I never shop the deals for groceries, I just have certain stores I shop at for certain things. However, for this dinner I scoured the sale adds, compared prices online, and at stores just to find the who was a few cents less on a jar of tomato sauce. In the end I was amazed at how much I saved in doing so, but it didn't have a lasting impact. I still go to the same stores and ignore all the sales adds that are shoved into my mailbox on what seems like a daily basis.
Here is what a dinner for 200 people looks like uncooked. Luckily I don't have to cook it all. I have my fellow Young Women leaders to help with all the cooking. We each are preparing 4 lbs. of baked pasta. The worst part of this whole process so far has been the buying and storing of 6 lbs of chopped onions. I bought the onions already chopped and they came in plastic bags, but HOLY MOLY COW BATMAN they stunk up my car. They also stunk up my fridge. I could tell when the fridge door had been opened as soon as there was a crack. Then the smell permeated my house in a matter of minutes. I could even smell onions on my clothes when I left the house. There was no escaping the smell, until I dropped off the bundles of food to the other women who are cooking. Today I don't smell onions so either I got used to the smell or it has dissipated.
So all of this food is for a fundraiser dinner for girls camp. There is really no telling how many people will show up, it could be 50 or it could be 200. I'm hoping beyond hope that it's closer to 200 because I know I don't want the leftovers. Something about preparing so much food makes me tired of it even though I haven't even ate it.
By the way, see the dead plant in the corner, just another of my brown thumb casualties.