Apr 30, 2014

Catering Is Not For Sissies

Last Sunday a friend and I took part in the Spring Food Swap at The Pantry at Delancey, a local catering company. I'm not sure why it's called a swap. No food was exchanged between participants like in all of the other food swaps I've read about. However, we did swap our labor for our food. The whole group broke into small teams of two or three. 

Each team had specific assignments aimed at preparing a ton of food. Each participant would walk out with four servings of everything. On the menu: Ham Hock and Butterbean Soup with Spring Herb Pistou, Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Lemon-Caper Dressing, Chicken-Tarragon Cobbler with Black Pepper and Thyme Biscuits, assorted Vegetable Crudites with Homemade Ranch Dressing, and Rhubarb Crisp with Triple Ginger Streusel. Catering is not for sissies. It was hard work and all we had to do was what we were told. Basically, we catered a wedding for seventy-five people in four and a half hours. But it was worth it. All of the food is absolutely delicious. I don't need to do it again but I'm glad I was part of the very first food swap at The Pantry.

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