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Perfect for a celebration or an afternoon tea. This great chilli recipe has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients. Delight friends with an afternoon tea that includes this easy carrot cake. You can bake the cake, freeze it and just drizzle over the icing on the day. Chili cook-offs raise funds through an entry fee. All chefs pay an admission fee but remember you must offer good donated prizes to the winner.
Offer different categories for prizes like spiciest chili, vegetarian chili, meatiest, chicken chili, white chili, etc. If space and facilities permit, allow chefs to prepare onsite or you can ask guests to bring their pre-cooked chili to the venue in a slow cooker. You can also rent some commercial chafing dishes to keep them warm. Everyone loves a quick hot dog on the run. So why not turn your next fundraiser into a food concession and sell hot dogs with all the fixings?
The hot dog stand is an ideal charity fundraiser to set up outside social events, sporting events, or concerts. You can rent everything you need to set up a hot dog concession stand, you just need to purchase and sell the food! Make sure you make it really obvious you are selling hot dogs for charity to set you apart from any competition. This fundraiser breakfast has participants paying an entrance fee for all-you-can-eat pancakes. It usually includes pancakes, syrup, fruit, eggs and sausage, coffee and juice, etc. Find a facility to host your breakfast and prepare your food, and ask volunteers who have food handling experience to lend a hand.
A spaghetti potluck gets special points for being very easy and inexpensive for volunteers.
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This idea is appropriate for all groups and ages. Big dinners will require a banquet hall, recreation center, cafeteria, or gymnasium space. Some malls also offer community space for nonprofit groups. Ask local grocery stores and restaurants for donations.
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You will need spaghetti noodles, tomato sauce, meatballs, Italian bread, drinks, desserts, plates, cups, and disposable utensils. Sell tickets for admission, and let guests help themselves to the all-you-can-eat buffet-style dinner.
Pre-make a variety of subs — cold cuts, Italian, turkey, or ham, and cheese. You can ask for food donations from local bakeries and delis. For toppings, you will want pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and a good variety of sauces so buyers can dress their own subs.
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For drinks, you might want to consider selling soda and water to complete the meal. An evening of wine tasting makes a fun and sophisticated fundraising event. Sell tickets to the event making sure all participants are of legal drinking age and feature four or five different wines. The winery sponsors the event and promotes their wines which keep the overhead cost down. You simply need a parking lot, a permit, and a handful of local food trucks willing to attend.
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Charge for entrance, and the food trucks can still charge their normal prices inside. Or ask the food trucks for a flat fee or a donation amount of their choosing. If you opt for a voluntary donation, be ready to name a suggested minimum. To find food trucks that do business in your area, ask the organizers of your local street fairs.
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Pick a good place for the trucks to set up before you book them. Getting permits and locking in specific dates with food trucks has to happen simultaneously. Ask people to bring their own lawn chairs, or set up in an area that already has seating options. Often, event companies have standing tables that can be rented out. Even large organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Toys For Tots have successfully raised funds using food truck fundraisers.
One of the easiest fundraisers is one that compels community members to purchase something that they already intend to buy, like lunch or dinner. You may not be aware that many chain and some independent restaurants actively solicit fundraisers. The way it works is you plan the fundraiser and estimate a certain number of people to fill the restaurant for lunch or dinner.
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What an amazing idea. And love how you brought together people from different areas in your life. I need to do this…. Thank you for this post. I will be sending out the email to solicit interest shortly. I would LOVE to have something like this with my friends. And I make a lot of food for people, lol. Silly hair, why do I keep you? Because I love you, duh. I try to pick random friends from different areas, as you did. The meal is my treat because well, I love to cook and I love to decorate the table. I love your specific suggestions.
My in-laws have had a dinner club group they meet with monthly for over 20 years and I would love to have the same experience. This is a wonderful post, and I love the idea of a dinner club. I am glad that your dinner club has been there for you during your difficult times. That is a priceless thing to have. This weekend I just joined a cookbook club. Similar idea, but we are all using the same cookbook with the intention of cooking through it Or until we all get bored and want to try a new cuisine!
Just curious — was the original inspiration a book by Jen Hatmaker??? Great post — i have a similar group of women but we are little less organized.
Still, lovely though. I call them mytribe. No, although I do love JH! I never thought about cooking for Dinner Club. The dress was always business casual or dressier. And we chose back and forth between two cities since we were located between these two cities. It was a lot of fun. Then life happened and people had some hurt feelings so it fizzled out. We managed for 12 months, 12 restaurants. What a wonderful idea! I have wanted to do this for a while, but you make it seem so easy with these helpful tips and tricks. Thanks for writing! I read your blog months ago about starting a dinner group.
My husband and I really love the idea of having a group of friends that we can share life with. When I found your blog, it came at the perfect time. Our first Dinner is Dec 7, We chose 4 couples from different aspects of our lives.