Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Batch Party Open House - January 26th

Have you ever wanted to attend a batch party, but were afraid to commit to hosting one first?  This is the opportunity for you!

 I will be hosting a batch party open house on January 26th  7pm at the Shenandoah Clubhouse in College Station.

Selections need to be to me by January 18th and buy-in will be due January 21st.

 Batch parties are a great way to fill your freezer with lots of great healthy dishes for rushed evenings and nights when you have other things to worry about than dinner. In my house that is almost every night!!! Most dishes are prepared by just thawing and popping in the oven or on the grill for about 30 minutes while you heat up a bagged of steamed veggies in the microwave. The recipes all serve 6 and most can be split into 2 or more containers for smaller families or lighter eaters.

How it works!

1. Choose a recipe from the selections list and let me know- this will be the recipe that you assemble the night of the party. You will make enough of your recipe for each person there.

2. On the closing date I will make a master grocery and estimate the total bill. It will be divided by the number of participants and a buy in amount will be determined. You will need to get the money to me by the buy-in date so that I can do all the shopping and prepping for the party. After all the shopping is finished I will add up the actual total and determine if more money is due or if you will receive a refund. Usually the estimate is really close and it is only a couple of dollars in either direction.

3. On the night of the party, show up with a box or large shopping bag to take your meals home in, measuring cups and measuring spoons if you have them and a cutting board. If there is any money due then you will need to bring that as well.

4. You will assemble one "batch" of your recipe for each person there. At the end you will get to take home one of everything! You will receive copies of all the recipes and cooking instructions.

The cost to you depends on the number of participants in the party. I normally like to keep the parties between 5-10 people with 7 being the optimal number. That way you have an entire week of meals in the freezer!!

The meals usually work out to between $10-15 each (usually closer to the $10 range). I shop for cases and do bulk buying so that really keeps the costs down. The more people that participate the lower the per meal cost is because of the bulk buys and cases. Typical coast for a party of 5 is $50-75 depending on the dishes chosen. Parties of 7 -$70-85 and parties of 10 are usually right around the 100-110 range for 10 meals.  Keep in mind that all meals can be split so smaller families get double this amount!!

Please let me know if you have any questions and what your selection is.


Italian Meat Roll

California Thai Sirloin

Slow Cooker Winter Pot Roast

Flank Steak Roll

Marinated Rib eyes with Bleu Cheese Butter


Chicken Margarita

Stuffed Basil Chicken

Pepper Lime Chicken

Italian Slow cooker Chicken

Orange ~Sesame Turkey Cutlets

Chicken and Blackberry Jam

Honey Sesame Chicken breasts


Orange Chipotle Pork Chops

Lemon Herb Pork Tenderloins

Pork Chops with Maple Pecan Sauce

Honey Sesame Pork Chops

Pork Loin Roast with Brown Sugar Glaze


Carolyn said...

Wow, I've never been a part of a batch party, but it's a great idea. Obviously I am too far away to partake in this one. I hope it goes smoothly!

Rich said...

Like Carolyn, I've never heard of one of these, but it's a great idea! As I'm in Dallas, my attendance won't be possible ... but I am going to tell a couple College Station friends about your site ...

Elizabeth said...

Carolyn and Rich, it is really too bad you are too far for this. If it seems like something you might want to do where you live, let me know and I can give you some hints and recipes on what has worked for me in the past.