|Re: Meal Cleaners� any good solutions for getting 'em?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: oomkaj [at] juno.com (oomkajjuno.com)|
|Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:36:18 -0700 (PDT)|
At Newberry Place, we follow a similar pattern. We have 8 teams of 4 adults; team 1 takes care of all aspects of the meal the first week, team 2 the second week and so on. Each team cooks once every two months (we have weekly common meals). And we mix up the teams yearly. Works well! Anita ---------- Original Message ---------- From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> To: dlmandel [at] pacbell.net, Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Meal Cleaners�any good solutions for getting 'em? Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:45:22 -0400 David -- if you're replying to my post on TVC's meal system -- it's almost precisely the system you describe for your community! :-) Perhaps my explanation was more expansive than yours but it mimics yours in almost every way. And as you say ... it's a VERY simple system! Best -- Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church VA 703-688-2646 On Jun 25, 2012, at 11:45 PM, David L. Mandel wrote: > > Sounds so complicated. > Our way simpler, yet flexible system has worked well for 19 years. To keep > you from having to look up old archive entries, here's a summary: > Everyone (exceptions allowed for periods of hardship) joins a cook team for a > quarter. Some remain stable for years. Some people like to trade partners > regularly.Teams can be from one to four people. The number of times you cook > per quarter is the number of people on the team -- again, lots of flexibility > for personal preference.The team picks any day it chooses for a meal, posting > the menu five or more days in advance. Meal days vary, and no one misses out > regularly because of a weekly conflict. > The team shops, cooks and cleans. It can divide the tasks if and as it > chooses.There's a target budget of $3 per person/meal, which is, of course, > what's charged to eaters. Some meals come in under, some a bit over. But no > need to calculate precise charges per meal -- which would be impossible > anyway, because usually at least some ingredients come out of the stocked > common pantry.Eaters are billed from signup lists, cooks credited for > reported purchases. Simple accounting; rarely does money actually have to > change hands.Leftovers are available to be taken as available, with an honor > system signup sheet, from which people are charged. This helps encourage > sufficient quantities, reduces waste and equitably allocates the costs to > people who take leftovers.David (Southside Park, Sacramento) > > > --- On Sun, 6/24/12, R Philip Dowds <rphilipdowds [at] me.com> wrote: > > From: R Philip Dowds <rphilipdowds [at] me.com> > Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Meal Cleaners�any good solutions for getting 'em? > To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 3:55 AM > > > Cornerstone has invented (or borrowed) a credit/debit approach to meal > participation, which can be loosely characterized as "cook once, eat four" > � meaning that each time you do some meal work, you get to sit and eat > four times. One of our members maintains and posts the scorecard. > > In this case, "cook" is defined to include (1) shopping; (2) cooking; or (3) > cleaning. So three credits are available for each meal. It gets a little > vague in that most cooks prefer to do their own shopping; sometimes > two-person teams split both shopping and cooking. Cleaning is often done by > people who want to be part of the meal program, but don't picture themselves > as good cooks. No matter who is getting the cleaning credit, there are often > several people helping out at clean-up time. Accomplished cooks tend to > clean up after themselves as they go, and tableware varies by menu > complexity, so the amount of clean-up at the end of the meal can be quite > variable. > > Cost of ingredients is split equally among all the diners for a particular > meal. In theory, cooks and shoppers are supposed to limit ingredient costs > to $4 a diner, but increasingly this feels like a number from the 1990s, and > is not workable. More often, meal costs are $5 to $10 a diner � with > the high side prevalent for either fancy meals or large quantities. Some > cooks like to make more than enough, to accommodate those who show up at the > last minute. Leftovers can be taken away on a first-come-first-serve basis, > and some households are pretty successful at scavenging two meals for the > price of one. > > Community meals tend to happen once a week, on Sundays, and are often big > production numbers. We've recently taken some stabs at establishing a > mid-week dinner of simpler fare. Overall, about 2/3rds of the community is > seen with some regularity for community dinners; about 1/3rd is rarely seen. > > Philip Dowds > Cornerstone Cohousing > Cambridge, MA > > On Jun 24, 2012, at 1:57 AM, Martha Wagner wrote: > >> >> Our food team would like to know how other communities have successfully >> dealt with a scarcity of after-dinner cleaners. Our kitchen does get >> cleaned, but often it's the same people who step up to clean when others >> don't sign up or cancel after signing up. Our community does not use >> established cooking or cleaning teams, and anyone can sign up for meals >> whether or not they cook or clean though we request that everyone put in one >> meal-related hour per month. Both cooks and cleaners do get participation >> hours and all adults pay for the meals they eat. We have two regular dinners >> most weeks. 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