|Re: Meals and Dietary Preferences & Reqs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 14:20:02 -0600 (MDT)|
Additional options: Bring your own supper. We've been doing this on Mondays, having seen the idea on this list. Simplicity itself. Walk down to the CH with whatever you were about to eat. Sometimes someone brings a dessert or some extras, as well. Easier than either potluck (which gives me performance anxiety) or community cooking. "Place Only" request for a community meal. So if someone has a need that can't be accomodated in the group meal (maybe they are on a special weight-loss diet or such, or only eat special non-allergy foods) they can sign up for "place only", at no cost, or just show up with their own food. In either case, the social advantages of group eating remain. HELPFUL NOTEBOOK: We are just starting into the adventure of community cooking. Former teacher that I am, I made a kitchen notebook from the surveys I had everyone fill out, noting allergies and other food needs, as well as relative degree of preference for local and organic, and general vegan-vegetarian-fish-fowl-meat eating. I made a sheet at the front BY INGREDIENT, noting who had strong allergies, and who had preferences. So NUTS, for example, is followed by various specific nuts and who can't have them. Ditto for FRUITS, Vegetables, Dairy, Wheat, and a few other categories. Cooks are asked to look at this page whenever they are planning or preparing food for the group. At the very least, "red flag" ingredients can be labelled on an ingredient card by the item. (Keep your eye out for those little plexiglass card holders used at restaurants to display a dessert or wine list at each table, or thrift-shop photo frames that can serve the purpose.) _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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