Back in May, this question from Jan Forney hit my email box:
"I'm e-mailing you for some ideas for summertime lunch type suppers for adults. I'm a food service coordinator at our church and I have 10 weeks of light summer time meals coming up. I was wondering if you have some good and new ideas besides the typical sandwiches (ham/cheese with chips or potato salad and maybe a salad or baked beans. The group is usually easy to feed. I'm just looking for something different."
Since "no man is an island" and all men need food, most likely you'll combine food and folks more than once in your cooking career.
The need for luncheons or dinners to feed a crowd is always arising. If you are on the planning end of reunions (family, class, office, missionary), parties (birthday, holiday), family events (weddings, baby or bridal showers, funerals, religious ceremonies), church socials, teenage dates, or even informal gatherings of neighbors and friends, then hopefully this issue will inspire you with ways to feed the masses and still enjoy the experience.
Look for that "something different" throughout the newsletter in menu ideas and recipes, like Zesty Sloppy Joes, Summery Chicken Salad Croissants, Tabbouleh in Pitas, Chicken Salad Oriental, Big as Texas Chip Dip, Cake Mix Cookies or Kool-Aid Floats. You'll also find planning tips for feeding large groups as well as fun jokes and games to help you be the life of the party.
Desiri Wightman, RD, CD