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Unread 08-26-2008, 05:06 PM   #31
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Great job guys! Everything looked really nice.

Curious about the cold items. Not sure if you were in a cool climate, but did you have them sitting on ice? Being in a very hot environment, I try to find ways to keep the salads cool without revealing loads of ice underneath.
We only had one cold item and it didn't last long enough to heat up.

Go for two stainless bowls one a little smaller than the other. Ice in the bigger one. Cold item in the smaller one. As it melts the food dish will settle down in the larger one.
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Unread 08-26-2008, 05:56 PM   #32
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Congrats BigMista and the crew. Wow what a spread. Was that Phil and Glen I saw in some of those pics?
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I am honestly thinking of buying a second pair!


P.S. We bought a wagon for carrying food back and forth when we are not cooking right at the serving location.
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Unread 08-26-2008, 07:30 PM   #34
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Congrats BigMista and the crew. Wow what a spread. Was that Phil and Glen I saw in some of those pics?
You did see Phil and Glen there working with us. Only reason I didn't menttion them is because they are rarely online.
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Unread 08-26-2008, 07:34 PM   #35
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P.S. We bought a wagon for carrying food back and forth when we are not cooking right at the serving location.
I like this idea.

Country and Big Brother Smoke are threatening to never work with me again unless I buy a truck or at least a trailer. The spending never ends...
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Unread 08-26-2008, 07:44 PM   #36
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Looks like a fantastic gig!

I know a lot of people rave about the crocs but I can't say enough about columbia hikers. They rule for long days, though they are heavier and your legs are dragging if you aren't used to them.

Did you carve for people? Saw the cutting board. I have a nice one when people are watching but I usually use a plastic cutting board set on an one edge of a cookie tray to catch the juices and bits.

I'm glad you posted this, I have a gig around this size in about a month and I've been debating on how much to prepare.
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I like this idea.

Country and Big Brother Smoke are threatening to never work with me again unless I buy a truck or at least a trailer. The spending never ends...
We got one like this. You can haul heavier stuff with the big wheels. And we sometimes even haul big heavy coolers that don't have wheels and are full of meat, etc.



Also, if you can afford one I highly recommend a meat slicer when cutting certain meats for big events. Oh, and then you need a generator for places where there is no electricity available. Yeah, the buying stuff seems to never end.
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Looks like a fantastic gig!

I know a lot of people rave about the crocs but I can't say enough about columbia hikers. They rule for long days, though they are heavier and your legs are dragging if you aren't used to them.

Did you carve for people? Saw the cutting board. I have a nice one when people are watching but I usually use a plastic cutting board set on an one edge of a cookie tray to catch the juices and bits.

I'm glad you posted this, I have a gig around this size in about a month and I've been debating on how much to prepare.

I bet the hikers would be good for days when it is a bit chilly out and I need to keep my feet warm. :)
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Looks like a fantastic gig!

I know a lot of people rave about the crocs but I can't say enough about columbia hikers. They rule for long days, though they are heavier and your legs are dragging if you aren't used to them.

Did you carve for people? Saw the cutting board. I have a nice one when people are watching but I usually use a plastic cutting board set on an one edge of a cookie tray to catch the juices and bits.

I'm glad you posted this, I have a gig around this size in about a month and I've been debating on how much to prepare.
Nice thought but hiking boots in the middle of summer in SoCal won't fly. My feet would catch on fire! They would probably be good for events during our 2 week winter though.

We did carve the brisket for the guests. Thought it would be a nice touch.

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We got one like this. You can haul heavier stuff with the big wheels. And we sometimes even haul big heavy coolers that don't have wheels and are full of meat, etc.



Also, if you can afford one I highly recommend a meat slicer when cutting certain meats for big events. Oh, and then you need a generator for places where there is no electricity available. Yeah, the buying stuff seems to never end.
For this event, we could have used a golf cart. The kitchen was almost 100 yards from the serving area. I have a blister on the bottom of one of my feet. Definitely the wrong socks in the wrong shoes.
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Maybe you needed one of these? :D
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If I had one it would probably be on four flats.
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This was a great launching pad for Bigmista BBQ! I had a great time working with the crew. The most important part of catering 201 is not to revist catering 201!

Good job, Neil and company!
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Great job!!!! The most I've done for is about 125 and I know the work that went into that one. I'm impressed!

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Gotta love when they pay you to learn. I actually keep a log of things that went right (and wrong).
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WE are reworking our contracts right now. Things will definitely be different.
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Unread 08-28-2008, 03:22 PM   #45
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Wow! Great job, Bigmista... and thanks for sharing your story with us.
I am sure you were gracious to the woman even though she has being critical.
A big tip of the hat to you and the crew!
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