I have been asked to make a dessert for a fundraiser in October and the organizers are expecting 500 people. I have never in my life made that much food! We will have access to a professional kitchen and the event has a few food requirements:
1. All dishes must be seasonal in nature as well as locally sourced (within 100 miles).
2. We are allowed to begin canning and preserving now as long as what we are canning and preserving is local in nature.
I live in Omaha, Nebraska. We have a wonderful food community here and I know I could ask around. But I love the CH board so much and I was hoping for a wide variety of suggestions.
I rendered my own lard just last week (from local, humanely-raised pigs) so I already have a good start on any sort of crust option.
Apple crisp and ice cream are already taken, but there are still many choices for me! Have any of you ever made anything for such a large crowd? I'll take any suggestion! Some thoughts that popped in my head were a pear/almond tart or a tomato tart, possibly.
I feel overwhelmed already and I've not even begun cooking!