We had two different lunches during Staff Appreciation Week this year (we went crazy, ya’ll) and they were deeee-licious! The planning of these events was fairly straightforward, but I wanted to share a few tips to make your life a bit easier.
You may be amazing at cooking barbecue, but we up in Seattle, not so much. It’s not that we can’t. Well it is. Most of us can’t. LOL! We can make you a fantastic cup of coffee though! I didn’t want to ask parent volunteers for fifteen pounds of brisket and fifteen pounds of pulled pork, so I had the meat portion of lunch catered. Parent volunteers made the side dishes. Originally I was going to have the entire meal catered, but it was cost prohibitive.
Next up was the Chili Cook-Off. It can be tricky to recruit enough volunteers for back-to-back lunches, so I came up with an idea of a chili making contest.
I numbered each batch of chili, and had voting slips on the table. The staff voted on their favorite chili, and the cook who prepared the winning chili received a $25 Amazon gift card. I included information about the contest on the SignUp Genius form to entice parent volunteers. Main dishes are always the last item to get signed up for, am I right?!
It is, however, always easy to get volunteers to bring water bottles and condiments. LOL! We had “High Flauntin’ Water at both lunches, and it was a good thing. Some of that chili was HOT!
and Chili Cook-Off