Friday, October 15, 2010

Non Profit Board Retreat Dinner for 20 @ $5 Per Person

The task was to provide an afternoon snack, drinks, dinner, dessert and all utensils for a board retreat attended by 20 people…and spend as little as possible!  OK, the board gave approval for catering…board retreats only happen every two or three years with a professional facilitator so they are really quite special and important to the organization…
I looked into restaurant catering and the least I could get with delivery and clean up was $15.00 per person for dinner only and it was so minimal that …what the heck…I decided I’ll do it myself!
The dinner menu was slow cooker chili, slow cooker cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, green salad and lots of fresh French bread followed by oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  The afternoon snack was artichoke and white bean dip served with toast and fresh veggies.  The drinks were coke, iced teas and water.  I had to purchase the forks, knives, spoons, napkins, plates and bowls.
I did all my shopping in one go with the recipes in hand; I really didn’t want to have to make another trip to the market.  I was shocked when the register rang up $100.00 EXACTLY!!!  Well that was $5.00 per person including the afternoon snack!
Since I am a member of the board and participated in the retreat I could not break to set up dinner…that’s why I went with the two main dishes cooking in the slow cookers; thank goodness I have two!  Sorry the photos were shot on location without much time for set up but at least they give you the idea of what was served.
First up is a photo of the artichoke and white bean dip:

Artichoke & White Bean Dip
2 cans artichoke hearts drained
2 cans white beans rinsed & drained
2 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 generous tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil to drizzle on top
Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth
Drizzle with olive oil
Serve with sliced cucumber or toast slices

Slow Cooker Cheese Ravioli
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion chopped quite fine
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 large jar four cheese spaghetti sauce
1 can tomato sauce 15 ounces
2 tablespoons oregano
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 packages frozen cheese ravioli 24 ounces each
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook onion and garlic in oil until tender
add the two sauces and oregano
put one cup of the sauce in slow cooker then add one package of the ravioli
top with 1 cup cheese
Add the remaining package of cheese ravioli and top with one cup cheese
Pour remaining sauce over ravioli and top with remaining cheese
Cook on low for about 6 hours

Slow Cooker Chili
1pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 large onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 cans red beans drained
1 can cannelloni beans with liquid
2 cups V8 juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Brown beef, pork and onion
add the red pepper and saute for 10 minutes drain
mix in all other ingredients and put into slow cooker
cook on low for 6 hours
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks Margarine
1 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup self rising flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Beat sugars and margarine until creamy
add eggs and vanilla
add flour, almond meal, cinnamon and salt; mix well
add oats, almonds and chocolate chips; mix well
drop rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet
bake about 12 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven
cook slightly before transferring to rack


  1. Looks perfect. All the dishes looks so good and so yumm. And hats off to ur work!

  2. As a member of the Board that had the opportunity to feast on KC's cooking, I have to say it was GREAT. Everything from the dip to the cookies. The Board is now talking about making the workshop an annual event! :-)
    Thanks, KC, you are the best....Terry
    AND Happy Birthday (soon)

  3. Hi Kc dear,

    First time here...i should apologise for not dropping in sooner..Was help up with blggoing,clinic and my sweet little one..Just followed you!!:)


  4. I didn't know you could make ravioli in a crockpot, I will have to try that at one of my parties. Nice spread. I finally found your following button, it's easier for me if I get you in reader to find your posts!