Dinner for 75
June 18, 2014 4:16 PM Subscribe
Every year we throw a Summer Solstice party that includes a buffet dinner for about 75 neighbors and friends. I cook everything because it's easier to do that than to organize a pot luck, which isn't part of my culture. Most years, I enjoy preparing this feast. This year, I am completely uninterested and fantasizing about ordering 25 pizzas and a keg. Hope me, please!
posted by carmicha to Food & Drink (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Past efforts range from simple to decadent and include roasting a whole pig, umpteen single cuisine extravaganzas, e.g., Greek, Moroccan, Indian, Tex-Mex build-your-own, etc., huge piles of grilled fish, meats and vegetables and themed deserts (ten different pies, layered ice creams, etc. all home made).
Part of my problem is I'm hung up on wanting to maintain my reputation as a good cook. And this year is especially stressful as I'm travelling all week and won't get home until Friday afternoon, when I'll have to start shopping and cooking. Frankly, this year I just don't care, even though I love the people who come to this party and want everyone to have a good time.
I'm hoping that you can offer suggestions about 1) a fun food strategy for feeding the multitudes (appetizers, main courses, side courses, salads, and desert), preferably something I haven't already executed, that will get me excited to host this party and takes relatively little time, and; 2) how to improve my attitude. Assume I have skillz and equipment. Thanks, all!