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Catering, Vending and Cooking For The Masses. this forum is OnTopic. A resource to help with catering, vending and just cooking for large parties. Topics to include Getting Started, Ethics, Marketing, Catering resources, Formulas and recipes for cooking for large groups.

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Old 08-26-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default Charter for Catering Section.

After many requests from members over the past few years..... ok, I've given in to opening up a catering section. My concern with doing this was that it may take away from the resources in Qtalk that members who are not catering may miss yet benefit from when cooking for large parties.

This should be a business forum. I ask that it be strictly catering/large party and business related and that general stuff be steered back to Qtalk. Even general chatter that Qtalk membership can benefit from should remain there. Keep in mind, a forum like this, many members WILL NOT even check.

Big Brother Smoke has point in this forum. Here is his vision for the charter. He be the boss.

Originally Posted by Big Brother Smoke
I am picturing a discussion area or maybe a sticky area in Q talk where we could house/store documents such as:

1. Getting Started (cost, type of rig, insurance, contracts, health department, etc.)

2. Catering Ethics (spoken and unspoken rules of thumb, the no-nos)

3. Formulas and recipes for cooking for the masses (i.e. How much to buy for 200 ribs and chicken. i.e. How many lbs. of potatoes for potaoto salad recipe for 100?)

4. How to Cost out an event for your area

5. Marketing (websites, business cards, brochures, chamber of commerce)

6. Catering resources (where to buy chafers, hot boxes, buffalo choppers, etc.)

7. Table scapes ( yes, I am serious). I would like to keep some how to tips available, because we are challenged in this area)

Here are two topics I have had received via pm in the last two weeks:

1. I need help with passed hor duerves. What ideas based on your experience do you think would work?

2. Can I come and help you at an event to get some experience?

I will volunteer to stimulate discussion, research topics, and help keep the area organized.

So..have at it guys.. ENJOY!!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Cool! I believe this will be a great resource for those of us that do this!!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Phil for this section.
BBS was thinking the same as me as i was about to ask for the same kind of thing!
Looking forward to sharing ideas and picking up some new ones!
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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Thanks Phil!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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Great idea, except for that letting BBS have point idea! You ever cater with that guy?! J/K. Smoke is a FANTASTIC caterer and I appreciate every bit of information I've learned from him in the last year. I am 100x more comfortable feeding the masses because of his guidance.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:55 PM   #6
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This is great
Catering, Contests, and Community Service

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Old 08-26-2008, 08:28 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Countryhb View Post
Great idea, except for that letting BBS have point idea! You ever cater with that guy?! J/K. Smoke is a FANTASTIC caterer and I appreciate every bit of information I've learned from him in the last year. I am 100x more comfortable feeding the masses because of his guidance.
I agree. He is definitely a great person to head this section up.

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Old 08-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Yahoo! I also think that a lot of people that don't post as often will check this out so it's a good way to keep our brother's active.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:17 AM   #9
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great thanks for this new section i think it was a much needed addition.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:41 AM   #10
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So when is the Head Cheese, I mean Chef pipe in? BBS is a level head when he's talking buisness. Got a lot to share.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:49 AM   #11
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will utilize, and share what I have to offer....
Thanks for the section....
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:42 PM   #12
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Thanks Phil. I think this section will be a great addition to the Site.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:54 PM   #13
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This should be great! Thanks BBS and Pooh for setting aside this area for us.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:12 PM   #14
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Great Idea, I just picked up a job doing ribs and brisket with potato salad, beans and slaw for 250. It is a family party and I will be partially catered by some other family friends as well.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:28 AM   #15
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Thanks guys and gals, I am back off the water and looking forward to learning and sharingwith yall in this section.
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