|Re: Meals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Beverly Jones Redekop (beverly.jones.redekopgmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:10:30 -0700 (PDT)|
I thought we were the only ones :-) " The head cook plans the menu, shops and pays for the food, and then eats free the rest of the cycle." Money-free community dinners work well for us too. On Sun, Sep 20, 2015, 8:24 PM Richard L Kohlhaas <rlkohl [at] earthlink.net> wrote: > > Community Meals at Casa Verde Commons, Colorado Springs, CO > > 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 > 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 > maintenance . > > 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. > 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-third of our $5/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. > > > > ------------------------------------ > Dick Kohlhaas <rlkohl [at] earthlink.net> > (719)633-8170 > Board Member, Cohousing Association of the US > Resident of Colorado Springs Cohousing Community at Casa Verde Commons > Completed March 2003. 34 units on 4 acres www.casaverde.us > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
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