We are throwing a holiday luncheon in my office this year - the idea is that those of the staff that care to will cook at home and bring in a dish. I know that according to food safety guidelines, one should not try to heat cold food over sterno. All we have for heating purposes is a small microwave oven. Any suggestions? Many people are telling me that regardless of the food guidelines, I should just heat the dishes over the sterno (which will apparently take a couple of hours).
This is how this came about - one of our other offices does this every year but they have access to an oven to heat the food first. Then they are able to keep the food safely warm over the sterno.
I don't want to cancel this - does anyone have any genius ideas for how I can safely heat this food? Note: 90% of us will be taking public transportation to the office.