Just for fun: cooking for 100!
About a month ago my family and two other families cooked dinner at the new Ronald McDonald House in Chicago. I was looking at some of the pictures and thought it might be fun to post some of the kitchen shots here.
You TKO folks might appreciate this: when we first walked into the kitchen I said something about how great the backsplash is. My son (13 y.o.) rolled his eyes and said "Mom no one notices back splashes!" (Wanna bet?)
Short backstory: the mission of the RMH is to keep families together while their children undergo treatment or recovery at a nearby childrens' hospital. The RMH where we volunteered is affiliated with the new Lurie's Childrens' Hospital in Chicago. The house is gorgeous, new (opened in late June), has 86 guest rooms, a rooftop deck, and lots of other beautiful spaces. One of the friends we went with got us involved years ago through Hoops for Life (now Hoops for the House) basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research. DH was diagnosed with cancer 2 1/2 years ago, so the cause is even nearer to our hearts now.
Volunteers plan the menu, buy, cook, serve, and clean up, and we were in charge of an activity for the guests. (We had our kids run some games while we cleaned up.)
Since we were busy cooking for 100, I didn't take any pictures but my friend got these on her phone. You can see a bit of the kitchen and I'm regretting I didn't get more TKO shots for you!
The kitchen has 6 ovens: 2 big commercial ranges (under the large SS hood you see in the background) and 4 regular or residential type ranges. It has 2 commercial dishwashers (the kind that wash a load in a matter of a couple minutes), a few microwaves, a cool coffee maker that senses when a pot is empty (weight) and shuts of the burner, and other cool stuff.
Working at one of the two prep islands:
Cute kiddoes were in charge of salad and potatoes. They did great!
The long and awesome serving island. It has induction warmers built into the counter top (what the silver pans are sitting on) and two under-counter warming ovens (you can see one in the foreground.)
My totally cheesy smile (I was having fun!) with the awesome backsplash behind me:
The adult portion of the crew:
I so loved cooking dinner there! Looking forward to doing it again.