|Re: Paying and Accounting for meals.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richard L Kohlhaas (rlkohlearthlink.net)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:12:59 -0800 (PST)|
Community Meals at Casa Verde Commons Since we moved in (2003), we have had community meals twice a week (Sundays, and alternating Tues, Weds and Thurs evenings). The Sunday meals alternate between brunch and evening meal. Currently, only about one-half of families participate; some sign up for only half the meals, and some may drop out for a cycle or two. A three-person team does the scheduling, coordination, and pantry stocking . We have four-person crews: during one cycle (about 3.5 months), EACH (adult) participant MUST be head cook once, assistant cook once, and on cleanup two times. Sometimes two people will sign up for all four jobs (two times). The head cook plans the menu, shops, and PAYS FOR THE FOOD, AND THEN EATS FREE the rest of the cycle. The menu can be as elaborate as the cook desires. This minimizes cash handling and accounting. Non-participating residents (strictly limited) and guests pay $5 per meal, with $3 going to the head cook and $2 to the pantry fund. (Guests of the cook are not charged.) The pantry is additionally financed with about one-fourth of our $7.50/adult/month community dues, and is stocked with spices, rice, pasta, flours, condiments, lentils, beans, butter, cooking oil, coffee, tea, etc. The cook can draw on this as needed. Food is usually served cafeteria-style. If necessary, the cook will prepare a vegetarian dish and offer gluten-free items. The schedule for a new cycle (after the number of those participating is determined) is posted. Participants mark the schedule when they CANNOT do a cooking or cleanup task; the meal coordinator then assigns the tasks. The menu is usually published before the meal by the head cook. There is a "permanent" meal sign-up list; persons who will not be eating and any guests are urged to so-mark the list at least three days before the meal so the cook can plan quantities. The head cook has first choice of any leftovers, and may offer them to the other diners. Very little is wasted. If a participant will miss a mealtime, they can ask another participant to pick up a "late plate" for them. The system works well. The food is usually very good to excellent. There is a variety of cuisines and very rarely has a meal been more than 15 minutes late, and very few have been missed-usually due to illness. In addition, we have potlucks (cookouts in warm weather) on major holidays. ------------------------------------ Dick Kohlhaas <rlkohl [at] earthlink.net> (719)633-8170 Resident of Colorado Springs Cohousing Community at Casa Verde Commons Completed March 2003. 34 units on 4 acres www.casaverde.us
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