Re: 150 kids at camp
Posted by Max on 6/5/2012, 6:08 am, in reply to "Re: 150 kids at camp"
Oops i pasted that menu and it pasted all wrong. I have 3 helpers and myself simple menu first week 75 people, question for scrambled eggs how long will it take each morning to cook them? How do i make them for 75 people? Also Im doing the shopping for chili one day taccos the net and meat loaf the next how much ground beef should i buy? |
: First things first, Max. You need to write a
: menu for the week. I can send you the menu
: that I used for a similar camp, but you have
: to consider it was written for a much larger
: food budget. With only $2,800 (works out to
: $3.73 per person per day), you have a pretty
: austere budget.
: Since the menu is the central document in
: any food service operation, it should
: reflect the likes/dislikes of the campers
: and staff. It must also reflect the
: available kitchen equipment and capabilities
: of the staff. It doesn't do any good to menu
: scratch pancakes if the kitchen doesn't have
: a griddle. With only 2 or 3 staff to do all
: the cooking, cleaning and dishwashing for
: 150, you won't have time or personnel
: available to prepare more than the most
: basic of menus.
: Do you have access to the menu from past
: camps? If so, talk to the cooks from prior
: years and see how they planned and organized
: the kitchen. I cannot tell you how much to
: buy because you don't have a menu. Nor do I
: know the recipes that you plan to use.
: Start by writing ideas down. What do you
: like to cook? In five days you should be
: able to cover all the basics, like macaroni
: and cheese, baked ziti, hamburgers, hot
: dogs, chicken nuggets, cheese pizza for
: lunch and dinner. Pancakes, French toast,
: coffee cake, eggs and potatoes, etc., will
: do for breakfast. You don't have the money
: to menu big ticket items. But you should be
: able to prepare plenty of food.
: Here's a punch list of things you need to
: consider in the next week:
: 1—Write a menu. This must be your number one
: task in the next day or two.
: 2—Gather recipes. You need to figure out
: what items you will prepare from scratch and
: what you will buy ready made.
: 3—Put together a purchase list.
: 4—How many staff and campers are you feeding
: each day/meal? Does the number change during
: the week?
: 5—Are you serving on paper or washable
: dishes? Paper drives the cost up and up.
: Don't forget cleaning supplies.
: 6—Does the camp director want any special
: meals? At my camp, we prepared a special
: banquet meal for the senior campers on
: Thursday of camp. Plus I did several
: cookouts. Do you need to consider vegetarian
: meals and be ready for medical
: 7—What are the legal requirements for the
: county and state? At a minimum, someone
: needs to be ServSafe certified (it's too
: late to take the test and get the results
: back now). Is the kitchen licensed by the
: county health dept, etc.?
: 8—Plan for KPs from the campers. This should
: be an action item with the camp director.
: Work with him to develop a cabin rotation
: 9—Who will do the shopping? How are you
: going to get the food to the camp? We're
: talking about a lot of food here, several
: pallets worth. How will refrigerated food
: get to the camp?
: 10—Can you recruit more staff? 2 or 3
: (include you?) means you will be working 12
: to 16 hours each day with no time off.
: 11—Have you seen the kitchen? If not, go to
: the facility this weekend and see what the
: kitchen has and doesn't have (in terms of
: cooking equipment, dishes (serving dishes
: for family style?), refrigeration, ice,
: dining room (or outdoor space), hot water,
: dish machine, etc. A trip to the camp will
: answer a ton of questions. A face-to-face
: with the on-site camp manager should help.
: Post your email address Max. I can send you
: some Word documents that will help with
: planning and organizing.
: Where is the camp located? What type of camp
: is it?
: Chef Steven
: PS--Go through my blog. Many articles will
: help you plan and organize. See the camp
: labels (camp 2005, camp 2006, etc.) on the
: right-hand column.