NWR: Valentines Dinner for 60? Ronald McDonald House. Suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@HourThyme:  Sloppy Joes. Chili. (Regular, white bean chicken) Chicken and bisquits.

Post # 5
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a feeling these folks will very much appreciate any type of home made meal as they are probably living on fast food and hospital food.

I would do a nice homestyle buffet.  Macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, garlic green beans, cinnamon apples, mashed potatoes/gravy, rolls or cornbread, and a nice salad.  All of these things are super easy to make!

Post # 6
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’re doing such a great thing! My husbands company did the same last weekend and it was amazing. I’m always baking for them, so they asked me to be in charge of the dessert so I did a “Do it yourself cupcake station” for the kids. Very appreciated. So, this is what we served:

Salad (Cesar and Greek), anti-pasto and garlic bread

Lasagna – vegetarian and beef

Cupcakes with lots of fun decorations for the kids


It was amazing! People were so happy and thankful and the little kids loved the cupcakes. Might have cried a little when no one saw, it was just so heartwarming.

In terms of not serving anything pasta related, what about meatloaf, salad and roasted potatoes? Meatloaf is super simple to make and shouldn’t be too difficult to make for a large group. A cheaper option is to make quiche, you could do a bunch of varieties and serve with different salads. Hope this helps and if you have any questions just give me a shout!

Post # 8
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@HourThyme:  What about a soup bar? You could hae 4-5 different kinds of soup. Chicken, broccoli cheddar, chili, pasta frigioli, etc. Then maybe different types of breads. Cornbread, bisquits, wheat rolls, white slices.

Or how about breakfast for dinner? Scrambled eggs, bacon, home friends, sausage ang bisquits? Waffles?

Post # 9
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Mashed potatos, baked breaded chicken breasts, biscuits, salad are easy for big groups.

Another easy hit is oven baked chicken wings. Then you toss each batch into a different sauce (asian, buffalo, bbq, parmesan garlic) or make a sauce bar with fancy sauces. You can make them ahead of time.

this is a great and easy side, huge hit for big groups: http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2012/03/parmesan-baked-potato-halves.html


Post # 10
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Taste of Home magazine has recipes to feed a crowd…I’d be looking at those. 

I would do pulled pork or beef sandwiches, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetables and salad.  Pulled pork is a pain to shred, but you can use cheaper cuts of pork and still get great results and get the BBQ sauce from a bulk foods store.  You can cook the pork the day before, shred, and heat in BBQ sauce the day of.  The mac and cheese you can prepare beforehand, or if you feel overwhelmed by it, you can get the stouffer’s family size trays from the bulk food store and make them too.

I suggest advertising on facebook for additional helpers…let them know you’re need.  You might be surprised at who can come out and help you, especially if you mention you only have 6 volunteers.

For BBQ beef instead of pork I’d triple this:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/shredded-bbq-beef-sandwiches

Mac and cheese, I’d double this: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mac–n–cheese-for-a-bunch


Post # 11
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Schatzie821:  +1

I like this idea, all comfort foods. These people are dealing with so much emotional turmoil and I think comfort foods would be amazing.

Post # 16
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 1994



  4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (still frozen is fine)
Dijon Mustard
Whipping Cream (pint like little milk, not Cool Whip)

Put chicken breasts in 9×13 pan.
Spead 1-2 tablespoons mustard on each breast.
Pour whipping cream over chicken.
Cover with foil and bake @400 for 30 minutes. (45 min if frozen)
Take off foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
This is absolutely delicious my whole family scarfs it down! You could easily increase this for a crowd. I usually serve it with rice and broccoli. This is so awesome of you to do I’m sure the families will really appreciate it! 🙂

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