Earlier this year I was asked to cook for a campout at the church I grew up in. My parents still attend and this year they were organizing the annual church campout.
It was an out reach to the community and while it rained most of the weekend, we had a wonderful time.
Here are some pictures of my food adventures!
|After the first meal and the pouring down rain, we moved our food table under the big dining tent to let people be fully covered from the rain. We had black carts we could use to bring the chafing dishes out to the tent, from the kitchen.|
For the second breakfast we had miniature quiches, sausage links, a fresh fruit cup, and assorted costco muffins.
|Cutting them in half allowed for people to take different flavors...always hard to choose!|
|"Rise and Shine happy campers!" Breakfast is ready to eat!|
Our first lunch of the weekend:
|Who doesn't love to pick out their own bag of chips!?|
|A different view for how we arranged the line and from the kitchen to the big dining tent. This was on the last day, when it was nice and sunny. :)|
|Build your own deli sandwich. Having servers was a big part on why this lunch was successful. We bought black aprons for them to wear, to look unified, we had gloves for serving and with their help the line moved right along.|
|We had three different types of meat: roast beef, turkey breast, and smoked ham. |
We pre-portioned them and folded them up to make it ready to put on the sandwich.
|With the rainy weather this meal was a big hit! Hot chili and hot dog bar. :)|
|Fixin's! We had a smaller pot of chili for our gluten-free guests.|
|Cheese, onions, saurkraut, banana wax peppers, and jalapeños. What else could you want for your hot dog? :)|
|Watermelon was a perfect side to this meal!|
After church lunch! We had the most guests on this meal and the sun was finally shining!
Our menu: BBQ pulled pork sandwiches (I didn't get a picture), corn on the cob, watermelon, and chips and chocolate pudding dessert!
|We had a great group, about 200 people for the last meal. The sun was out and it was a great way to end the weekend. :) Plus, packing up with sun rather than rain was nice. :)|
|Corn on the cob was fun to cook. We actually did mini portions and cut the cobs in half. We boiled them on the stove and kept them piping hot in these large crockpots.|
|Isn't this just the cutest! I love these little dishes I found that perfectly fit my little cobb-ets! It let us brush butter on top and keep the drippings from getting all over the plate.|
|Having melted butter in a crock pot was perfect for one of our servers to brush on the top of the corn.|
|These trays cleared fast! We had cookies and fresh fruit as well.|
This camp out was a ton of work, and long hours on my feet but I had the most amazing helpers in the kitchen. There were no emergencies, or kitchen disasters or last minute stresses. Everything came out hot and on time and ready to go. Our only issue was having a ton of food left over. But God used that food to provide for a local sandwich ministry that this church supported. The men were leaving for a camping trip the next weekend and used the rest of the left overs. :) What wasn't opened or still frozen was able to go back into the church for future events.
Note to self: Do not wear new running shoes when you are going to be on your feet all weekend. After my 14-hour day on Saturday, I had quite battle-wound. :( A two-inch bruise on the bottom of my left foot. :(
Thankfully my husband had a clean house for me when I got home and I could put my feet up before the school year started a few days later. :)
There were lots of fun events for the kids, pony rides, a giant bouncy house and this rock wall. My dad even climbed up to the top. Here are some of our girls climbing this rock wall.
Overall, this was super fun and gave me a little outlet for catering. My husband and I used to work as professional cooks and have catered weddings for friends in the past. I love to host a party and see things come together for the big day!