View Poll Results: What does the average attendee like to eat for dinner at Rallies?
Roast beef, pork, or fish. Potato, Veg, Salad, and Desert 30 54.55%
Ham and Beans, Cole Slaw, and Desert 7 12.73%
Hamburger, Hot dogs, Macaroni Salad, and Desert 20 36.36%
Sandwiches, Chips, and Cookies 5 9.09%
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:56 PM   #15
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What no chicken!!!!!

I'm surprised at you forgetting the other white meat. I guess I won't be serving you my Warm Chicken and Spinach Salad again. Come to think of it I'm not sure I'll be eating it either.

No really, I'm not a fan of potlucks, I like the grill together idea much better. No explanation needed for those of you who know me. Having just hosted an Applefest rally with our meals based on apples which included what I would call a high-end banquet dinner and now planning for an All-American BBQ for a rally next Spring, I would repeat that they all have their time and place.

I'd want something warm and hearty in cooler weather and light and refreshing in warmer. I love the theme meals that we plan in NEU, I'm always amazed at how far some of us go in keeping with the theme.

The other big factor is what facilities or lack there of you have to work with. If we're boondocking at Scusset it'd be pretty hard to do what we did at the Applefest. Cooking for over 60 this past weekend was not a chore because of people like you who made it fun. Who says it has to be an adult activity, we had several future Wally members sporting food prep gloves and eagerly doing their part. I don't believe we heard any complaining about workload this weekend.

But to get back to the food. If I were able to have my ultimate camping meal it would have to be Juicy Ribs that fall off the bone with extra sauce on the side, chilled coldslaw, cornbread, an ice cold beer from the local microbrewery and for dessert well I'm feeling pretty stuffed after that meal so I'll have to take a little walk and in a little bit we'll take a ride down to that ice cream shack we saw and have some chocolate soft serve with a cone. I'll give the last bite to Griffin.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:16 PM   #16
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The good thing about Pot Lucks is getting to try new stuff. There always seems to be something for everyone, those who eat meat and those who don't. And, of course, the little 'uns that just eat hotdogs! I've walked away with several good recipes that I have used over and over again. I'm always willing to try something new! Then, again, those ribs sound good too!
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:56 PM   #17
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Is it the food that some people get turned off at or is it the perceived pretense, or lack thereof, of the food that people get turned off at? One man's macaroni and cheese is another man's Macarone du Fromage. Same stuff? Cool with me either way....
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Goal #1 - meet and greet. It's the people!
Goal #2 - learn something, gain a new experience
Goal #3 - share the load

If someone is getting turned off, then maybe they need to get a looser fitting beret and put some thinking into what is important ;-)

But you shouldn't wear hats at dinner and there are some serious issues too.
- Potluck, catered, common, hosted, BBQ, or what format?
- indoor or outdoor?
- If potluck, statistical or allocated?
- ethnicity, health, and religious considerations?
- tolerance for the intolerant?
- health and safety concerns and issues?
- recipe sharing?
- quantities and servings?
- themed?
- time and schedule?
- coordination with other activity?
- facilities, utensils, clean-up,

Then there is the belt problem. And the eyes vs stomach problem. And the engineering and mechanics of loading and transport.

And don't forget training newbies so they know what to expect and won't feel left out, guilt ridden, or dissappointed.

BTW, thanks from one interested in inclusivity, tolerance, and happy times with good folks in re thread title.

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Old 09-25-2006, 03:05 PM   #18
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I'm waiting for Over59 to chime in on this thread. He goes over the top with the WOW factor.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:05 PM   #19
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One thing we do differently at the pot luck dinner at the forums rally at Moraine View is to make no meal assignments for the attendees. WBCCI rallies that I have attended tend to break the alphabet down to A-G bring a vegatable, H-......etc.

My thinking is that folks should get to bring what they like and what they personally enjoy preparing. After 4 years of doing this, we don't seem to have too much of this or that. And quite honestly as a preparer of food, you soon learn what folks like and don't like. Everyone brings their own eating utensils, napkins and drinks. I tell every one to bring their own meat dish for themselves and the pot luck takes care of every thing else. It all works out pretty good. No one goes away hungry.

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Old 09-25-2006, 03:07 PM   #20
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As for favorites - the Huck Finn idea seems to be a theme. Whether salad, entre or desert it seems simple and compound work. Potato or macaroni or fruit jello salads. Sloppy joes, BBQ stuff, stews, casseroles, steamed veggies for entres. Cake, cookies, pudding. And, always welcome is someone's specialty.

It seems drink often gets ignored as a shared item. I like the water cooler with some disposable cups handy as a basis. Soft drinks in ice can be interesting as the variety depends upon who is providing. Coffee and tea are a good idea. The problem here is that these usually require direct cash outlay so are better done as a delegated thing.
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Wally types now equals attendees... I've been corrected

I wanted to put this question out there because there are some nagging questions in my mind about food at rallies and why some have very strong opinions about food. Does the potato define us?????

Is it the food that some people get turned off at or is it the perceived pretense, or lack thereof, of the food that people get turned off at? One man's macaroni and cheese is another man's Macarone du Fromage. Same stuff? Cool with me either way....

It would seem that the numbers support the notion that we need a variety of food at rallies, which I think is the case today. Variety is GOOD! If you don't like the burgers bring your steak, if you don't like the steaks bring your burger. Just be there and enjoy the people around you. That's what it's all about.

Aren't there enough issues at work already?

Well said, Doug!
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I knew that Rally Food would be a hot topic. I intended to start a thread on this subject but was reluctant due to the fact it would receive many unnecessary negative comments. But to some people it is an important but a delicate issue.

The dilemma is that they don’t enjoy the quality of the food, don’t want to insult the host but would like raise the standards. Cost is usually not the issue. Quality, selection and care in food preparation are important factors. Part of the enjoyment of traveling is having at least one good meal at the end of the day.

We’ve been to some rallies where the pot luck and catered dinners were great and some where the pot luck contributions were based on the lowest common denominator. And one catered dinner was equivalent to grade school cafeteria food. I can honestly say I had better college and military food (institutional food), but that was because it was well-planned and prepared by a professional food service group that perform their act three or four times a day.

In some cases the rally host doesn’t have much control over the quality and service of the caterer when the event is planned weeks in advance via telephone or Email with someone in a distant town.

I guess if we are to exchange beneficial comments and suggestions on this topic it should be broken down into three sub topics, i.e., 1.) Breakfast, 2.) Pot Luck, and 3.) Catered dinners.
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I love all food (as my fellow NEU members know) and we have some really creative "cooks" in our group.

I love that our group is taking things to higher levels. I love quality and lots of thought. When I see our members working they seem to be having a blast creating their culinary delights! I know I enjoy eating them (not the members the food!)

Of course I am with M&M with a favorite item idea. ribs, ribs, ribs, beans, and leon's pie. Rumor has it that a bbq rally may be in the future? Over59 and Muddy_Hollow?

As for facilities, Muddy_Hollow along with Over59, M&M prepared the meal of the century in the pouring rain, under tents. Leg of lamb, roast pork, chicken, scallop potatoes, homemade applesauce, apple crisp with ice cream and a WARM custard sauce.

But in all fairness I enjoy the grill your own eat together idea too. We seem to come up with a theme and go from there.
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Oh wait, I also like the happy hour treats....Carla's pinwheels!
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Dadgum! Y'all are all making me hungry. I might have to join the WBCCI just because of all the good FOOD.
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Food is the universal gatherer...that and happy hour I am not to picky on what I eat, I would prefer it to be edible and not cause too much distress That being said, I enjoy cooking and eating, so I will take the time to make a different dish rather than the same old, same old.

Elaine L...you mentioned BbQ? Tarheel and I have talked about having a Barbeque carvan thru the Virginia and the Carolinas. Every stop would be at a different place

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Wally types now equals attendees... I've been corrected
I saw your thread starting to go South, and headed it off at the pass to keep it on topic, instead of drifting into what to call WBCCI members. It seems to have worked, at least so far.
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Food is the universal gatherer...that and happy hour I am not to picky on what I eat, I would prefer it to be edible and not cause too much distress That being said, I enjoy cooking and eating, so I will take the time to make a different dish rather than the same old, same old.

Elaine L...you mentioned BbQ? Tarheel and I have talked about having a Barbeque carvan thru the Virginia and the Carolinas. Every stop would be at a different place

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