Cooking brunch at RMH -- Hyde Park
posted March 8, 2013 10:30 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 20 at 8:30 AM, ronald mcdonald house -- Hyde Park
5444 South Drexel Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
RMH brunch: Dinner is great and all, but brunch is even better. So let's cook brunch for familes of sick kids at Ronald McDonald House in Hyde Park.
This event is the brunch event. We are also doing dinner. It's event page is here.

Hyde Park RMH asks that we have no more than 12 people. I don't think that should be a problem, but keep that in mind.

At Hyde Park, they ask us to cook for 30 people plus the group of us that comes, and to have brunch ready around 10am. I'm happy to help coordinate menus and food amounts and anything else that might need coordinating.

For those that haven't done this before -- they have kitchens in the houses that are well stocked with standard kitchen ware and utensils and tools. We will bring the food along for cooking. Spices they sometimes have, and sometimes don't, so it's safer to bring, but if you forget and it's common, don't worry. They're happy with us cooking whatever menu that we'd like, but to remember that we're cooking for a variety of people with a variety of tastes, so multiple dishes work better than one giant pot of stew so that everyone will be able to eat. So, what do you want to make (yourself, or as a suggestion for the group menu). Please do make suggestions, otherwise I'll accidently come up with something that's a lot of work for everyone like pierogi from scratch.

For those wanting to go, but concerned about distance, carpooling with someone else in the thread is definitely an option.
posted by garlic to Meetup (39 comments total)

I'm down for brunch and call dibs on au gratin potatoes. Although I know them as hash browns, the more I think of it, they're not. But still, yummy brunch potatoes.
posted by youngergirl44 at 10:49 AM on March 8, 2013

I have a waffle maker.

That is all.
posted by phunniemee at 10:57 AM on March 8, 2013

I too have a waffle maker.

I think I want to make fritatta or bread pudding depending on how well that fits with what everyone else wants to make.
posted by garlic at 11:24 AM on March 8, 2013

I like the idea of some sort of layered egg casserole, but I could also do homemade bagels if we'll get the egg quota done in some other way.

(I have a belgian waffle maker I could bring if needed as well.)
posted by misskaz at 8:25 AM on March 11, 2013

Ooooh, misskaz, homemade bagels... I might have to sign up for this if only for the opportunity to learn that which will certainly be my undoing.
posted by sldownard at 7:24 PM on March 25, 2013

I call dibs on cooking the pan fried chicken to go on top of the waffles.
posted by garlic at 10:36 AM on April 22, 2013

All yours.
posted by phunniemee at 11:55 AM on April 22, 2013

So, waffles (phunniemee) and chicken (me)
Breakfast potatoes and cheese (youngergirl)
French toast casserole (eamondaly)
Layered egg casserole maybe or bagels maybe from misskaz
I think we add some chopped up fruit of some sort, and that's a good menu. what do you guys think?
posted by garlic at 8:18 PM on May 19, 2013

I've never had homemade bagels (hint, hint).

Also, multiple waffle makers would be a good idea. I'll bring mine, too. (It's this one, in case you're concerned about waffle symmetry.)
posted by eamondaly at 9:12 AM on May 22, 2013

We can have a waffle-off. Which waffles taste better? Waffles with corners or waffles without corners? SQUARE WAFFLES 4 LYFE
posted by phunniemee at 10:18 AM on May 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Round waffles are clearly the superior waffle. Even distribution with minimal waste.
posted by eamondaly at 1:54 PM on May 22, 2013

Next dinner event page is here.

Also, all the waffles are good. Better than pancakes for sure.
posted by garlic at 8:47 AM on May 23, 2013

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by waste. Waffle waste? I'm pretty sure I've licked dripped waffle batter directly off the counter top, so you're going to have to be more specific here.
posted by phunniemee at 9:03 AM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

We got mentioned in the podcast for doing our last dinner, around 1:23:20 into the podcast. We made jessamyn proud!
posted by garlic at 11:16 AM on June 5, 2013

Shoot. I forgot it's Golden Bowl III that weekend. As soon as we release the schedule I'll know whether I'll have time in the morning to help out. That said, you can still count on my dish: it's made the night before, so I can just drop it off in the morning.
posted by eamondaly at 8:25 PM on June 8, 2013

Got an email from the volunteer coordinator- its a full house with 15 kids and 35 adults plus us for brunch.

Anyone have any menu updates before I submit it?
posted by garlic at 2:44 PM on July 3, 2013

Looking more and more likely that I'll have to drop off my casseroles, but it all sounds delicious to me.
posted by eamondaly at 7:49 PM on July 8, 2013

How lovely, Chicago!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:23 PM on July 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

My bagel recipe makes a dozen - should I triple or quadruple it?
posted by misskaz at 12:05 PM on July 16, 2013

I personally err on the side of having leftovers, but I also don't think we'll run into that sort of issue either. So if multiplying size multiplies effort too much, I'd say go with 3.
posted by garlic at 2:35 PM on July 16, 2013

Are you guys all set with regards to manpower? I'd be more than happy to help out if there's any call for a brunchsous. Otherwise, you all just keep making metafilter be a force for awesome in the real world.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:21 PM on July 17, 2013

I expect help will be useful. Manning all those waffle makers and frying chickens won't be easy, especially with a full Ronald McDonald House.
posted by garlic at 8:28 PM on July 17, 2013

Hokay, I'll show up (and perhaps bake a bunch of bacon, just to keep the ├╝berpork reputation up). If it turns out I'm just being superfluous, then I'll go to work.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:49 AM on July 19, 2013

I've been checked out of this thread for a while, but I just wanted to say that I'M GONNA BE THERE TOMORROW with waffle stuffs. Joe is coming, too.
posted by phunniemee at 6:14 AM on July 19, 2013

I was planning on bringing my waffle maker to help out still. Do you want mine and misskaz's wafflemakers to show up?
posted by garlic at 8:27 AM on July 19, 2013

I think at least one extra would be great!
posted by phunniemee at 8:31 AM on July 19, 2013

My original plan for herby au gratin breakfast potatoes failed miserably. I may be modifying my item to be more of a casserole than hash browns, but there still will be potatoes and cheese.
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:25 AM on July 19, 2013

I think I'll stick some ham or bacon in my potatoes so we have more meat.
posted by youngergirl44 at 10:07 AM on July 19, 2013

Amanda, if it's not too difficult, maybe make one with meat and one without? Seems we get a lot of non-pork-eaters at that particular house.
posted by eamondaly at 10:13 AM on July 19, 2013

Why don't I just bake a hog or two of bacon and just have it as an optional side?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 12:10 PM on July 19, 2013

Oh no! All of my onions are packed in Tupperware with ham. I can separate them, if nobody minds that they touched.
posted by youngergirl44 at 7:28 PM on July 19, 2013

Yeah, if they've already touched I'd leave it as-is.
posted by eamondaly at 7:36 PM on July 19, 2013

So should I buy/bring bacon? or no? I've stopped eating red meat, mostly, so it's not a think I would easily take back if it's unneeded.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:01 PM on July 19, 2013

bacon is unnecessary at this point I think.
posted by garlic at 5:30 AM on July 20, 2013

Although they say not to worry about dietary restrictions, I wonder if we could press for a little bit more info for the guests at our next brunch/dinner. I felt bad about the kid with the dairy allergy, and hearing about the Muslim family from the last dinner.
posted by youngergirl44 at 10:54 AM on July 20, 2013

I think the time lag between when we submit the menu and when they know what guests will be there is problematic, in this case.
One way to side step it in the future is to plan a menu with more variety, so that there's more likely to something for everyone.
I, too, still feel badly about porking up the last dinner. My heart fell as soon as I saw the headscarves. ugh.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 12:44 PM on July 20, 2013

As a person who occasionally ends up in situations with no control over the food offered who then has to go home with a husband who hasn't eaten at all, I think it's always a good idea to offer a vegetarian option.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:00 PM on July 20, 2013

We did variety pretty well this time, assuming you didn't have gluten and dairy allergies.
posted by garlic at 2:49 PM on July 20, 2013

thank you note
posted by garlic at 3:55 PM on August 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

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