Video #12- PROOF that we really did have a party!

by on June 12, 2008

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! :D

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!!

Dojo Dan Tests & Feast from White On Rice Couple on Vimeo.

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.

Key points:

  • 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! :D

View all our VIDEOS Here Cooking & Exploring !

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Manggy June 12, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Okay! Okay! I believe you! Hahaha! That is just staggering. Insane.

I love Aiki-Jujitsu. I wish I still had enough discipline left in me to give it a try. Seems I’ve spent all my time and patience on everything else, haha :) It’s so nice to see all those video game moves brought to life, yay!

I think planning even 3 weeks in advance would be great, considering some baked items (tart crusts, cakes, cupcakes) freeze well. (If there is still space though!)

Can’t wait to see you on tv, haha! :)


2 dhanggit June 13, 2008 at 6:18 am

next time i’m organizing a big party…i know who’ll be the right people for the job!!! i really admire you guys!!! bravo!! there aint no left overs for me..snif snif


3 Happy Cook June 13, 2008 at 6:32 am

Will keep all the key points you write for a party.
I am not giving for 70 ppl.
Just for mere 15, by the end of june as it is hubby dears b’day.


4 MyKitchenInHalfCups June 13, 2008 at 7:38 am

I believe you! I also believe I could never pull that off.
Such a perfect setting!
Great job. And once again that table and all those goodies, gadfry they look great!! You are a marvel.
Next week the camera crews . . . I’ll be here.


5 Peter June 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

Thanks again for sharing your party with us, almost like being there and the tips are very valid and noted.

As for the TV crews…yeah, I can see you two getting on the Tube….relax, add some humour and cook away!


6 evil chef mom June 13, 2008 at 8:23 am

The boys loved the video! I thought it was beautiful, it’s was like watching a very intricate dance. Can’t wait to see what happens next week.


7 FoodWoolf June 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm

I can’t wait to hear about your meeting with the producers! Crossing my fingers that you’ll be the next food network stars!

And thanks again for the shout out from Froma! So nice to know you were in my hood! Can’t wait to see you in yours!



8 Jesse June 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Oh, the table setting is just BEAUTIFUL! Just perfect!!! You guys are amazing, you’re better than professionals. I think it’s time you threw a party for your blogger friends *ahem ahem*. ;)

Seriously though, congratulations, the party looks like it was a hit!


9 Jen Yu June 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm

That is just awesome, guys! What a fantastic party and I love the b’day cake :) Great job on pulling it all off. I am muy impressed! Now what did you do with the puppers??? ;)


10 chef ledarney June 13, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Great looking spread, wonderful blog as well


11 grace June 14, 2008 at 2:59 am

awesome eats! wow, what i wouldn’t give to have anthony bourdain visit me. maybe he’ll be your next guest. if he is, i’ll fly across the country and camp out on your front lawn until you invite me in. :)


12 aforkfulofspaghetti June 14, 2008 at 4:48 am

That is some party!

So my TV friends finally got in touch? Ace! I’m looking forward to hearing about the developments…


13 RecipeGirl June 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

People didn’t believe that you had a party for 70? That’s quite strange. It would never occur to me to question the event. And it looks like it was a blast!

Can’t wait to hear about the TV show thingie… sounds like there might be some fun news to share!


14 Tartelette June 14, 2008 at 8:41 pm

It’s good to see what I do on the weekends working for a friend caterer from your perspective :) except I’ll never be on TV :( !!!
The spread is phenomenal! Great job guys!


15 Louise June 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Wow, I can’t believe you guys made so much food. That’s insane how much prep work went into that. I love food, but I don’t know if I would love food so much after having to prepare for that.


16 Christie @ fig&cherry June 15, 2008 at 1:02 am

I totally believed you the whole time about the party – but I was glad to see the video anyway! Everything looked fabulous. Good on you guys! ;)


17 Ivy June 15, 2008 at 11:52 am

Wow, That was a great achievement to make all the preparation and shall be looking forward to seeing your next post and see all about the T.V. show.


18 Julie June 16, 2008 at 9:13 pm

White on Rice TV show.. YES! Pretty please. I can just imagine having dinner parties to watch you guys.


19 Denise & Lenny June 18, 2008 at 11:54 am

GREAT JOB! Looks fantastic…. I am hungry now! ;)


20 Flanboyant Eats June 20, 2008 at 9:32 am

this is great!!!! just great!!! Awesome job. I especially like the visual of the table setting. So simple, yet so chic!


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