Feeding the Entire Town of Erie Colorado

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by bbally, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We were asked to feed the town of Erie, Colorado. This was a large
    event as we expected 1200 to 1800 attendees. Two hard things, the whole
    town was invited, but who would come? And the park has no water this time of the year. The second was easy to solve as we have self contained water with hot water heaters. The first? That was a little problematic as
    we have to cook to cover it all.......


    And so we find ourselves at the normal first stop of any catering! The
    fueling station, Zane is hauling the supply trailer and I am hauling the newly received Southern Pride Cooker, this is a 1100 model which we added to our line up next to the 750 model we have owned for several years.


    We have already both worked a full day, it is 8 PM and Erie is about 300
    miles north east. We will be there and we will wow them. Along for
    the ride our helping hand, Calvin... no pics of Calvin but he is a typical high
    school student.



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    We drive through the night and arrive in Longmont Colorado at the hotel.
    Check in and drop to sleep immediately. 5:30 AM comes early and we are up
    and around, a quick stop for breakfast and then the work begins. To give
    you an idea of the event staff:



    Food......Zane, Bob and Calvin Tents and site set up.... Don and his crew
    of six hands...... serving staff will be the CSU band doing it for a fund
    raiser. About 16 young adults... two of which have worked for Zane and I
    since they were in High School. A long run of pictures here as the set up
    is explained best in pictures. The kitchen and prep tents are first as
    Beef Brisket, Pulled pork and smoke sausage served with Slaw, Fruit salad, and
    potato salad all take time to prep for 1800 people.



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    The crew starts to set the site for the party.... we need our kitchen and
    prep tents up first so we can get started when the food arrives. So they
    start to hammer out the area by laying the framing for the tents in the areas
    they will be erected. As the time goes by the place gets to looking like
    an event will happen. We begin positioning equipment in its final spot for
    the next days event. It will take all of Friday to prep and cook the
    foods.



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    The weather was fantastic and stayed that way for the entire weekend.
    That was really great... a problem with the Sysco truck. Suppose to be on
    location at 9 AM.... 10:30 AM no truck... fire up the phones, heads are gonna
    roll!



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    This kind of work has the crews hungry, I have been working on getting lunch
    ready as we work on locating our Sysco truck. I have worked many time with
    Florian Wehrli of Chefs Basket....I
    know he uses Sysco regularly as we do, but he uses this Sysco House out of
    Denver, we are normally serviced out of Salt Lake City. I place a call to
    Chef Florian and ask if he can
    get his rep to help us out. "Any thing you need Bob" as I expected the
    answer would be.. I love that guy! I continue on with my lunch making for
    the crew... Zane continues to find butts to chew about the missing grocery
    truck.


    Nothing fancy for the crew, just working food!!! Polish Sausage, rolls,
    baked beans and Kraut! Plus chips and gatorade.

    look for part 2

    Chef Bob Ballantyne

    The Cowboy and The Rose Catering

    Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
     
  2. matt1124

    matt1124 Fire Starter

    quite an undertaking. howd they like it?
     
  3. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It continues on here

    And finishes here
     
  4. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice to see a true Professional added to the mix here at SMF. Nice photo journey, thanks for posting the story and pics.
     

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