March 22, 2015
While most of our friends were still snoozing, the group roused itself and made it to Longmont by 8:30 am on a Sunday morning to start cooking! Set earlier in the week, our menu consisted of a taco bar with all the best fixins (beef, beans, fajitas, corn salsa, jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream…etc). Not bad for a budget of around $400.
After getting a rundown on how to use the industrial equipment, we set to work on a meal for nearly 200 people. The last few dishes came out of the oven around 11:30am, right as the first folks began to trickle in. Worrisomely, we were left without the time to make a taco and test our recipes, which can be tricky at scale. Nevertheless the tacos were a hit! One hungry diner even proclaimed the lunch simply, “the best meal he had ever had at the OUR Center.”
Next came the job that no one really enjoys, but is part of any professional kitchen operation…the dreaded clean up. Amazingly, thanks to a crack team of dishwashers, all 200 plates, not to mention pots, pans and utensils were back in their rightful places before 1pm. With that, the group said its goodbye to the OUR Center staff and made its way down the street to Comida, a well-know Longmont mexican restaurant. After all that taco making, it only made sense to eat a few tacos that we hadn’t had a hand in cooking.
If you would like to cook for the OUR Center, take a look at their calendar, draft your shopping list, and put on your aprons!