April 02, 2006

Bonnett Catering Corps.

For those of you who haven't heard of the Bonnett Catering Corps., it is a small family run, non-profit organisation that cooks lunch in Knighton Parish Centre for between 60–80 people every so often.

To mark the departure of the curate and for the AGM, Dad, Mum and I have just prepared, bought, cooked, served and cleared chicken caserole and bread and butter pudding for 70 people. Needless to say, I am now quite tired!!

The three of us make a good unit really – Dad is the brains behind the operation and comes up with the menus and the portion sizes and hence the shopping list. Mum and I are the do-ers. We go shopping for 14 pints of milk, 15kg carrots…. and do all the preparation. On the day, Dad does the cooking while Mum serves and I wash up. Just for people who don't do washing up very often, plates, cutlery, serving dishes and saucepans for 70 people, takes 1 person 2 hours to wash, and a further hour to dry and put away!!!

So, if ever you fancy having private caters in for an event you are holding, look no further!!!


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  1. How much do you charge to cater for 400 people??
    …and how long does that take to wash and clear up??

    02 Apr 2006, 21:11

  2. Possible misinterpretation of your post there…

    03 Apr 2006, 15:04

  3. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

    04 Apr 2006, 22:40

  4. The trick to washing up is have two sinks / bowls. One for the actual washing (water temperature doesnt matter that much), and then a second filled with (initially) scalding hot water. As you wash everything, put them all into the hot water. When the hot water sink is full, remove all of the pots and put them on a draining board — they'll be dry in about 5 seconds (or up to about 60 depending how long the water has been there). Obviously, wearing rubber gloves is essentially to avoid burning your hands!

    06 Apr 2006, 18:57

  5. I thought Geoff's "misinterpretation" comment was funny. Well it certainly had me sniggering, and Im sure Azzie would be too!

    09 Apr 2006, 09:52

  6. So can we enlist you for next year's MC Ball then? At least then the service and food'll definitely be up to scratch! :-)

    10 Apr 2006, 12:59

  7. James

    I occationally do some catering for charity events needless to say this is non profit. It is good to see others doing the same although I couldnt really do this as a business plus the catering supplies can be expensive. Good luck in your business.

    11 Sep 2006, 09:57


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