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Cooking veg for hundreds!

Hello all! I'm looking for a single dish that I can cook for several hundred people. It would be for service on a college campus as part of a grant to expose more people to local, organic veg goodness! So here are the criteria:

- Vegan (duh!), but nothing too "scary"--it has to appeal to my hippie friends and the meat-eating fraternity brother alike. That also means that it's probably best if it's not too heavily spiced.

- Easily transportable. Nothing that requires assembly--it'll have to be served in a line, quickly.

- Nothing that needs to be extremely hot or cold. 

- Something relatively different--i.e., a pb&j isn't going to leave a resounding impression of vegan cuisine. I was thinking that something with tempeh might be good, as many people haven't tried it before, but it's reliably delicious.

Thank so much in advance for your help! 

Since you said tempeh...what about BBQ tempeh? It seems easily scalable, and you can add all kinds of veggies, like bell peppers, onion, and corn to make it more balanced. Bake it for a while, and it's excellent at any temperature.

That sounds like a very positive program you are working on, good luck!

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BBQ tempeh is a good idea. How about chili? Maybe with cornbread -to show off some vegan baking. Best of luck!

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How long is the event? I'm concerned that you don't have means to keep food hot or cold - if the event is going to be longer than 1 or 2 hours, you need to be able to keep hot foods hotter than 140 degrees F and cold foods below 40 degrees F in order to keep the food safe. Obviously the food will need to be at a safe temperature immediately after cooking and for transport too - imagine how awful it would be if you put all this effort into delicious veg food, only to turn people off of it because they got sick. Good sources of food safety info are:
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/index.html
http://www.fightbac.org/safe-food-handling

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I don't know if you'd have time to order books, but Vegetarian Resource Group has a couple of books on cooking vegan food in quantity:
http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&prod...
http://www.vrg.org/catalog/quant.htm

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I think you should post your query on the forum on www.ellenskitchen.com

Don't be turned off by all the people asking how much beef brisket they need for their backyard wedding. Her site has a great collection of vegan and vegetarian recipes -- the gluten peanut "worthington" loaf is one of my favorites -- and she is a master at making menu suggestions and helping people figure out how much of everything they need and how to do it. I believe she used to cook for a buddhist monastary and now she is clearly in the food service business.

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I think you should post your query on the forum on www.ellenskitchen.com

Don't be turned off by all the people asking how much beef brisket they need for their backyard wedding. Her site has a great collection of vegan and vegetarian recipes -- the gluten peanut "worthington" loaf is one of my favorites -- and she is a master at making menu suggestions and helping people figure out how much of everything they need and how to do it. I believe she used to cook for a buddhist monastary and now she is clearly in the food service business.

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