On Lightning, Bottled: An August Dinner Update

Up until, say, a year and a half ago, the largest number of people I had prepared a dinner for was, I don’t know, eight? Ten, perhaps? In spring 2017, I started leading a team for Union Station Homeless Services’ Adopt-a-Meal program, where we regularly served 50-60 people during our monthly dinners. In July, a group of us walked into a kitchen and prepared our first Pasadena Community Supper Club meal for three times that many people.

The question is not “How did you do it?” It’s “Can you do it again?” (And again…)

Well, to be honest, I don’t know. I think so. We’re going to try, anyway.

Before our first Supper Club meal, I did not do a test run of the menu, even a single portion or a small dinner for four. Largely that was due to the fact that my wife and I were out of town until the day before the dinner. This time it’s different. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” and all that stuff. So, last week, Brooks and I prepared for our community group the full dinner we will be serving at August’s Pasadena Community Supper Club dinner.

If you can’t tell - which would be a bad sign - the menu is as follows:

  • Roast beef, specifically a top round cut
  • Mashed potatoes with homemade gravy
  • Fresh green peas

Not pictured, but to be included at the full dinner, will be a roll and dessert. I’m going to let the Costco bakery handle the rolls again, and that may end up being the plan for at least the foreseeable future. I do not think it would be possible, given our current kitchen setup and limited oven space, to prepare this same quantity of dinner rolls along with the entree and sides. We’ll put fresh bread under #goals category for now.

I’m beyond excited to serve this meal to our friends and neighbors at Centennial Place. Roast beef is, arguably, the archetype of Sunday dinners.

This Supper Club event will once again feature a brief faith-based community service before the dinner. Pastor Dan Davidson of Rose City Church, their band, and my wife will be leading the service again this month. We will be joined by pastors and members from First Baptist Church of Pasadena, who will be helping serve the meal, making new friends, and getting some ideas about leading an upcoming month’s service. Very excited for that!

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