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I Need Help with a Mediterranean Menu!

annaschauffler | Jun 25, 2008 06:02 PM

Hi! I'm cooking up a dinner for a whole lot of people. It has been named, "30 Tastes of the Mediterranean". Stipulations include:

1. Recipes must not be overly complicated as there needs to be time to make everything.
2. Some recipes need to accommodate special diets, like gluten-free, nightshade-free, and dairy-free.
3. Everything has to be awesome.

If any of you peeps have good recipes on hand that would be a great fit for my menu, I'd appreciate your comments and help!

Here are the answers to your potential questions:

-I have one other cook and one volunteer (for a few hours).

-I plan to make many things ahead, such as tapenade, Skordalia, sauces, as well as
prepping single ingredients. I will be starting at least 1 if not 2 days before.

-The restrictions for GF, nightshade free and dairy-free are not for the same person, so we need some dishes to be under each category but not all three at once.

-As we are still waiting to hear about the number of people to show, I am guessing I'll be making food from upwards of 30 people. But I am very familiar with scaling recipes and I do well with conceptual cooking. I don't need specifics unless it is imperative for the dish.

-I don't think I need to tie myself down to 30 dishes, rather, I would like to offer 30 main flavors. In other words, olive oil, balsamic, cumin, basil, grapes, olives, cheeses, etc... Many of which will find themselves sharing dishes.

-Thank you! Thank you!

p.s. I have a local farm who will be providing greens, herbs, and other fresh seasonal produce. I would like the dinner to accentuate fresh flavors as well as accommodating to a warm summer night.

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