November Brunch at Ronald McDonald House
posted July 30, 2013 6:07 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat November 2 at 8:30 AM, Ronald McDonald House -- Hyde Park
5444 South Drexel Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
RMH brunch: We're becoming old pro's at this now. Let's do it again and keep that ball rolling.
This event is the brunch event. We are also doing dinner. It's event page is here. We've also done meals a couple times in the past, and those threads are all 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 around 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 pork (for instance) 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 -- we've had volunteers to drive in the past, and that'll pop up again here.
posted by garlic to Meetup (29 comments total)

I am going to think up some sort of sweet muffin type option that's dairy free.
posted by phunniemee at 6:37 AM on July 30, 2013

Muffins sound delicious right now.

I'm tempted to do homemade biscuits with sausage gravy. That should be doable, right?

Maybe we can get a frittatta or quiche going too. Yum, brunch.
posted by garlic at 11:43 AM on August 23, 2013

I think someone offered to make frittatas?

If so, I can coordinate with garlic-- want to be a biscuit & gravy team?

If not, I'm open to suggestions. I could make french toast or something in that realm.
posted by TardisCompanion at 4:20 PM on September 5, 2013

I may do a baked oatmeal or an egg strata.

If there's a ride I can hitch, I'll take it.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:29 AM on September 16, 2013

The event says 8PM, FYI.

I could do beignets. Something sweet would be nice.

Also, misskaz makes crazy good quesadillas that I think could make a spectacular breakfast option, especially with a couple of different filling options.

Crush, I got ya.
posted by eamondaly at 4:43 PM on September 16, 2013

I'm really good with eggs. I can do strata, or fritattas/spanish tortillas, or make those quesadillas Eamon mentioned. I could add eggs to some to make them breakfast-y.
posted by misskaz at 8:42 AM on September 17, 2013

alright here's the menu as we stand now -- feel free to change it up.

sweet muffins -- phunniemee
homemade biscuits and sausage/bacon gravy -- TardisCompanion and garlic
beignets -- eamondaly
baked oatmeal -- crush-onastick
egg dish -- misskaz

How's that look?
posted by garlic at 11:46 AM on September 17, 2013

It looks like I want to eat brunch right now.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:02 PM on September 17, 2013 [4 favorites]

I'm going to get a request to finalize the menu any day now. Anyone have any changes they want to propose?
posted by garlic at 8:11 AM on October 8, 2013

I might have a Girl Scout thing Nov 2 but I won't know for sure until Thursday night.

So...muffins pending.
posted by phunniemee at 8:52 AM on October 8, 2013

Muffins Pending is the name of my new band.
posted by eamondaly at 9:19 AM on October 9, 2013

I got a note from the volunteer coordinator that PJ's are being distributed to the house residents the night before and they're asking them to wear them to brunch. They said it would be cool if we wore our PJ's to brunch as well. What do you guys think?
posted by garlic at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2013

OMG i love that idea! I think it would be super fun.
posted by misskaz at 11:48 AM on October 12, 2013

But I don't have any PJs!
posted by eamondaly at 1:42 PM on October 12, 2013

Never mind. Found some.
posted by eamondaly at 2:01 PM on October 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

Shit, guys. Sorry I forgot to update...this is when our service unit is going to be having our dia de los muertos party, so instead of baking muffins I will be painting calaveras on the faces of about 40 girl scouts.

You guys have fun!
posted by phunniemee at 8:18 AM on October 17, 2013

Awaken ye, awaken
Unto the eggs and bacon. -- Iridic

Menu submitted (without muffins) , and PJs requested (but not mandatory) for this Saturday.
posted by garlic at 7:56 AM on October 28, 2013

I am having disproportionate anxiety over what to wear as PJs to brunch.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:53 PM on October 30, 2013

There will be 25 adults in the house, plus us 8 for 33 people eating our brunch.
posted by garlic at 5:34 PM on October 30, 2013

goodness. 33 people means 6 pans of baked oatmeal!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:27 PM on October 30, 2013

remember, not everyone is going to eat some of everything, or if they do, it'll be small servings.
posted by garlic at 7:09 PM on October 30, 2013

it's a small recipe--I could just scale it up and make two pans.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:37 PM on October 30, 2013

As the most proximal Mefite, I feel compelled to volunteer as sous, for anyone who feels they need one, otherwise I'll just stop by (probably not in PJs, with the blessing) and say hi.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:59 PM on October 30, 2013

Rolling out dough is my most hated thing, so if you want to help me with that I could totally use the help.
posted by eamondaly at 8:26 PM on October 30, 2013

Man, I love rolling out dough -- that's why I'm doing my biscuits from scratch!
posted by garlic at 7:14 AM on October 31, 2013

Well, I'm not a high and holy roller by any means, but I'll gladly offer my forearms as tribute for beignets.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:36 AM on November 1, 2013

I'm a dummy, let's start at 8:30 am, not 8 am.
posted by garlic at 12:20 PM on November 1, 2013

I'm worried I didn't make enough strata but I know we always have bonzo leftovers so I keep telling myself it will be fine.
posted by misskaz at 5:51 AM on November 2, 2013

cal·li·pyg·i·an /ˌkaləˈpijēən/

adjective: having well-shaped buttocks.
posted by eamondaly at 10:14 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

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