Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 25 of 25

Thread: Quilter's luncheon...food ideas needed

  1. #1
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    6,359
    Blog Entries
    1

    Quilter's luncheon...food ideas needed

    My mother hosts an annual luncheon for a church charity quilting group. Two years ago, she purchased deli sandwiches and a fruit tray. Last year, I baked quiches and who knows what dessert was? It must not have been memorable! I am stumped for this year. It needs to be something not too difficult to make or clean up, but not something we'd have every day, either. We eat around noon, so it could be brunch, but light on sugar content. Any ideas? I am at a loss.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. #2
    Super Member willferg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Northern California, Sonoma Co.
    Posts
    2,695
    I went to a breakfast meeting a woman's house, and she had all sorts of things -- olives, cheese, mushrooms, onions, bacon, and on and on. You got a plate and scooped up what you liked, then handed it to someone at the stove who tossed it in with an egg and made you a personalized egg scramble.

    Maybe cooking on the spot won't work, but I remember being impressed that you could have your food exactly as you liked it, and you did half the work of putting it together. Seemed like a great idea!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


    http://quiltingquick.weebly.com/blog.html

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    1,282
    If you want to make it brunch then definitely go with different types of egg casseroles. Some of these can be prepped the night before then cooked right before time to serve. Search the recipes here on the board. You could also do a salad buffet with meat salads, vegetable salads, and fruit and cheese platters. If you serve salads thst could be sandwich fillings have trays of mini croissants.

    mltquilt

  4. #4
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    44,295
    Blog Entries
    45
    my brunch friends always enjoyed my home made baking powder biscuits with sausage/milk gravy. i rarely make that now as my waistline suffers for it.... my mouth is watering now
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  5. #5
    Super Member KimmieH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Western NY
    Posts
    1,053
    chicken salad on croissants.....fresh fruit on the side?

  6. #6
    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Holland, PA
    Posts
    4,321
    Quote Originally Posted by KimmieH View Post
    chicken salad on croissants.....fresh fruit on the side?
    And I had to read this at lunch time. Sure sounds good to me!

  7. #7
    Power Poster MamaBear61's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Milverton, ON, Canada
    Posts
    13,231
    Slow cooker soups are easily made ahead and can cook away while you work. QuiltE posted a wonderful recipe for a French Onion for the slow cooker and I made it last week and was a big hit.
    Lori - MamaBear

  8. #8
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,120
    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61 View Post
    Slow cooker soups are easily made ahead and can cook away while you work. QuiltE posted a wonderful recipe for a French Onion for the slow cooker and I made it last week and was a big hit.
    Glad it was a hit, MamaB ... and that I was not the one to be hit!!


    Expanding on MamaBs ... you could have a soup buffet with more than one soup in crocks and let them try a different one for seconds. Complete that out with an assortment of breads and QuiltNNan's tea biscuits, butter and cheese and you have a delicious lunch. Salad ... optional!

    And with a meal like that ... I'd be thrilled with a bowl of homemade fresh fruit salad !
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Beautiful BC
    Posts
    1,285
    Blog Entries
    1
    I worked for a catering company for 20 years.

    There is no reason you cannot repeat one of the meals you have done in the past.

    Soup and biscuits.
    Quiche or lasagna and salad.
    Assorted sandwiches.
    Stew and nice bread.

    Brunch:
    Wife savers are always great, make ahead and bake the day of the event.
    Fritatta
    Muffins and fruit salad for a brunch dessert

    Desserts:

    I always love fresh cookies.
    If you have different types of desserts, people will take more than one and you will need more portions.

    If you may have guests with dietary concerns, I would go with a built your own sandwich bar. Have rolls, meats, cheese, vegies (tomatoes, lettuce etc) and condiments. Each person can build their own. If you can have Gluten free crackers for those who cannot eat wheat.
    Attending University. I will graduate a year after my son and year before my daughter.

  10. #10
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,120
    Quote Originally Posted by Tothill View Post
    .......If you have different types of desserts, people will take more than one and you will need more portions.........
    Oh how true!!!!
    Ever notice on buffets where they have beef, chicken and fish, that people tend to have ALL! And good sized servings of each.

    Likewise my soup buffet suggestion ... would definitely go thru more in totaly quantity!
    Last edited by QuiltE; 10-23-2012 at 06:00 PM.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    dallas tx.
    Posts
    4,692
    Blog Entries
    3
    Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Jello Salad[sugar free], Cookies. They also make sugar free cakes to bake. They aren't as big as the sugar ones. Tea, Coffee.

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    1,810
    Blog Entries
    1
    If you go the chicken salad sandwiches/croissants, you may want to have an additional sandwich or entree. Not everyone likes mayo or salad dressing. Two sons and a husband who cannot stand the sight of it. So they are very picky when going to buffets or visiting for a meal. We have lots of experience in going places to eat and sometimes they end up with chips on their plate.
    My personal favorite chicken salad on a croissant has grapes and walnuts.
    We love to serve a huge pot of chunky chili, with shredded cheese, sour cream, and Frito's corn chips as toppings. I don't put bowls out, I do self-serve with styrofoam cups or coffee mugs.

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Southeast Georgia
    Posts
    2,522
    Soup/chili buffet in crock pots sounds wonderful, as well as easy. Several different kinds of breads, cheese, sour cream and crackers. Maybe pound cake for dessert, as well as sugar free jello for those who are watching their waistlines!

  14. #14
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    6,359
    Blog Entries
    1
    Wifesaver is a new term for me, Tothill!! I like it!! This Board is terrific. Now my brain has some definite ideas to focus on and the logistics can be worked out. These ladies love food, so portion control will be important, too. There were some great ideas about that and the idea of mugs for soup is good! Thanks, everyone. I'll get back to you after Mom and I figure it out. At least now there are some plans. Guess I need to go check recipes on the Board.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  15. #15
    Super Member Caswews's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Quilting, crocheting, sewing and crafting in my Sewing Room...Peaceful and wonderful !!
    Posts
    5,312
    Crockpot !! Lasagne, Italian meatballs, Mexican, German, Swedish, Soups, salads. LOL We always try to do it up differently every year when the family gets together (and I do mean family- usually depending on the side of the family-mine is up to 150 people, his side-75 people ..LOL). Another suggestion (if after googling or bing-ing recipes) is pizza, calzones, salad, bread sticks.
    When Life brings big winds of change that almost blows you over.Hang on tight and Believe.
    Words and hearts should be handled with care-for words when spoken and hearts when broken are the hardest things to repair. Author unknown to me
    Do what you feel in your heart to be right; for you'll be criticized anyway-Eleanor Roosevelt

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Pleasant Hill CA
    Posts
    408
    We get together occasionally to make layettes for single mothers and work all day. At noon we break for lunch of baked potatoes done by the hostess and all sorts of toppings brought by the workers. It is marvelous with drinks and cookies before we either work in the afternoon or say good-bye.

  17. #17
    Super Member hobo2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Boonsboro, MD
    Posts
    2,723
    Blog Entries
    1
    JustmeCA you know what I like! I may have to go do this right now. What a perfect idea, and so much fun too!

  18. #18
    Super Member Teacup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    2,330
    One of my favorites is a make-your-own taco salad bar. Big bowl of various lettuce/greens. Seasoned taco meat and, if you can, seasoned shredded chicken -- put it in crock pots. Shredded cheese. Fritos and/or tortilla chips. Diced tomatoes, onions and black olives. Black beans. Salsa. Low-fat sour cream. Several salad dressings...ranch, Western, Green Goddess, taco ranch...whatever strikes your fancy, be sure to include a low-fat choice. With that many options, almost everyone can create a salad they will like. This is a hit with men too. I'm planning to make this near Thanksgiving for a family get together, a nice change from the turkey leftovers.

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Some where in way out West Texas
    Posts
    2,935
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    One of my favorites is a make-your-own taco salad bar. Big bowl of various lettuce/greens. Seasoned taco meat and, if you can, seasoned shredded chicken -- put it in crock pots. Shredded cheese. Fritos and/or tortilla chips. Diced tomatoes, onions and black olives. Black beans. Salsa. Low-fat sour cream. Several salad dressings...ranch, Western, Green Goddess, taco ranch...whatever strikes your fancy, be sure to include a low-fat choice. With that many options, almost everyone can create a salad they will like. This is a hit with men too. I'm planning to make this near Thanksgiving for a family get together, a nice change from the turkey leftovers.
    I was also thinking of a chili or taco meal. Both are quick and easy, as well as filling, and not a great deal of clean up. I have a great quick, but extremely rich - lemon cake that I make, serves a large group, but needs to be kept in refg. until serving time. 1 deluxe Duncan Heinz lemon cake mix, 1 box of instant lemon pudding mix, 1 can Eagle Brand milk, 1 med to lg. carton Cool Whip. - Bake cake according to box directions, allow to cool for 5 min. then take a very small wooden spoon handle or something small like that, and poke holes all over the top of the cake., then pour the entire can of Eagle Brand milk all over the top of the cake, and make sure that it gets in the holes, I usually pour it slowly so it can soak in,. Next allow cake to cool completely until pan is cold to the touch. including bottom of the pan. Then mix lemon pudding according to pkg directions, and spread pudding over the top of the cake, then spread the Cool Whip (that has been thawed) all over the top of the pudding. Serve. NOTE I normally bake this cake in a glass pan or in a throwaway tin foil pan. You need at least a 9x13-15 pan for this cake. Everyone loves this cake and it is moist, but is rich, most only eat one piece.


  20. #20
    Super Member Elisabrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Cody, Wyoming
    Posts
    6,395
    I vote two types of soup can be made in advance and served hot reheated. Say Roasted Butternut Squash soup and maybe simply chicken soup for those who want meat too.. and bread, butter and salad if need be maybe a mixed one two types of dressing easy and then low sugar type dessert? take canned pineapple put a small layer in a plastic drink cup small ones.. then a small layer of orange manderines slices then top with whipped cream. It looks like candy corn and this is fall (hence the squash soup). wait just checked your in florida..ok plan b

    one hot pasta dish one cold pasta dish maybe pesto with chicken for the cold and red sauce for the hot? easy done make ahead and reheat.. bread/butter, same dessert. tada! memorable is the group not the meal.. we eat every day its how fun it is to share it that makes it. Put something special on the table like a pumpkin hollowed out and filled with flowers, easy to do memorable.. little pumpkins with name tags..
    depending on the size of the group you have to figure diabetics, people on strict other diets, vegans, vegetarians, so meat food and non meat food, veggies to be safe and fruit cups with or without sugar. you can buy sugar free pineapple or pears canned. lite whip cream also

    good luck keep it simple you will have so much more fun.. remember its the fun of the event not the food.. just keep it good and keep it simple everyone will like it then. bet they ate all the sandwichfood just fine last time.. people graze its just the way we are.
    Linda
    Here today... why what a lucky bunch we are.

  21. #21
    BMP
    BMP is offline
    Super Member BMP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    2,504
    Blog Entries
    4
    Soup and sandwich bar.

  22. #22
    Super Member Rose_P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas, USA
    Posts
    2,127
    Here's a soup that's a little different and people always like it when I've served it. Got it from a pumpkin can label years ago, but here it is online: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipe...up/detail.aspx

    If you use vegetable broth it would be okay for vegetarians. I don't like the taste of canned milk and find that regular milk works fine in the recipe. Sometimes I add half and half. Also, I don't bother with pureeing it. I like the onion bits in it myself and have had no complaints. You could serve it with something easy such as chicken salad sandwiches and a veggie tray or how about crackers and a hunk of soft cream cheese with chutney poured over it?
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

  23. #23
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    6,359
    Blog Entries
    1
    These are good ideas. Thanks for that Pumpkin Soup recipe. It sounds yummers!! Mom and I will go over these idea this next week and make some decisions. Our take home favor is a mug mat.
    :-)
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  24. #24
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Keene, New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,270
    I was just reading articles about savory cupcakes
    Google it and you'll find lots of ideas
    I'm enchanted by the idea of mac and cheese cupcakes

  25. #25
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,120
    Just thought of these ones, that I can highly recommend!
    Why I didin't think of them sooner, I do not know!!

    The bonus of choosing a crock option is that you don't need to fuss over them as much as if your food was cooking in the oven or on the stove top. Plus if your ladies want to finish some stitching and eat later, it will hold the food over easier for you and them.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...t-t204176.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...e-t203920.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...t-t201903.html
    .
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.