Hah! This video is in response to some of you who question if we really had a party of 70 people this last Saturday! Yeah, we cooked it all and we actually had lots of people over who ate almost all the food! Being that there’s a cloud of doubt because we didn’t provide pictures of the guests, just the food, we decided to put this video together as the PROOF!
We also threw this video together to share with all those who attended the party and wanted to see some of the little footage that we were able to record. There was so much going on at the party, we really didn’t get to video tape nor photograph more of the dojo members. Luckily we were able to record some footage of Sensei blowing out his birthday cake and opening up his huge birthday card.
For all the dojo members who attended , here are some clips from the Shodan tests and the party. Thanks for coming everyone and hope to see you again in December after the next test!!
Maybe we’ll finally work out all our party planning details and figure out a way where we can get the photographs and footage we need. Until then, we’ll share our party planning strategies on how we cooked and fed the large group. Many of you have e-mailed us and asked how and when we prepared all the food. Here’s a brief summary of our battle strategical planning. Keep in mind, this is all going on while we are still going to our jobs and practicing at the dojo.
1 week ahead: Plan menu. Write down dishes in their categories (ex. salads, mains, desserts) Discuss the prep time and costs going into the dishes. We tried to have at least 5 salads because these are simple and can be made one day ahead of time.
- Because we had to go to work right after, we kept the menu simple to mainly cold dishes and salads. There were no hot dishes.
- Never make a dish you’ve never made before for a large gathering. This isn’t the time to experiment. If there is a new dish we want to add, we will cook it once first.
- Know your guests & their dietary preferences.
- Time going into making a dish doesn’t make the dish tastier. A quick-to-prep dish can be as good, if not better than something that takes a lot of prep time. Skip the intricate dishes for the big gatherings, save those for the smaller ones where the details can be appreciated better.
Throughout the week: Refine menu, plan timing of making dishes.
3 Days Before: Beginning first set of grocery runs. Make sauces, dressings, frostings, pre-grated grate cheese and other small prep work for things that hold up well. We baked all the cupcakes, made the cookie dough and froze them.
2 Days Before: After work in the evening, we started more prepping. Chopping shallots, crushing garlic. Make all the dips and refridgerate . Do final grocery runs.
Day Before: Cook all base ingredients. Boil pastas, rice, finish prep on all the vegetables, marinade all the meats. All other final prep work. Make desserts. Clean house. Set up all tables and chairs in the garden and inside of house for gathering. Lay out food displays with empty dishes & labels where everything will go. Order pizza for dinner tonight & breakfast in the morning.
Our goal is to have almost everything finished , the house cleaned and dishes set up before we go to bed. The only things that we want to do when we wake up in the morning is assemble the dishes, plate them and set out the drinks.
Morning of: Guests will arrive by 1:30 pm ! Buy bread. Bake dips. Assemble sandwiches. Roll springrolls. Toss salads with dressings. All other final assembly. Put everything in their final serving bowls w/ back ups in kitchen fridge. Check all final details. Greet & meet.
News Flash: Last night we had four guests over for dinner. They’re producers and hosts for two upcoming local TV shows. What?! Are White On Rice Couple gonna be on TV? Or did they just come over for a free meal and a slew of cocktails?
You’ll have to check back next week to find out the answer!
BTW- Don’t get too excited, it’s not Anthony Bourdain…..well, not yet, at least! Hey Tony! If you’re reading this, we’ve got the menu for your dinner menu all planned out! We’re free all next month!