Host Family Dinner
When you think of bringing people together, most of the time a dinner table is involved. Easing the stress of shopping or cooking after a long, grueling day at the hospital gives our families the opportunity to relax and collect themselves. Creating that community of support is what Family Night is all about. To host a family dinner, please follow instructions below. You can also download these instructions here.
How to host
- Select a date on the calendar
- Prepare food (or order catered food) for 50 people (more if including volunteers)
- Arrive at 2:30pm to set up
- You are welcome to use the kitchens at Family House to prepare your meal or heat up anything as needed
- Food can also be catered – please let us know in advance if you are planning this
- Please include all ingredients listed out in case any families have food
- Serve dinner from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in our 2nd floor south kitchen. Once food is prepared, begin to put food into individual containers and split evenly amongst the 8 kitchens.
- Please feel free to walk to the other kitchens and floors to invite families if few have shown up by the dinner start time.
- Clean-up from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
- All used Family House dishware, silverware and cookware must be run through the dishwashers to sanitize for the
- Communal areas should be straightened up, surfaces disinfected and swept to ensure a clean and safe space for
- Waters/Sparkling Water – Le Croix
- Honest juice boxes for kids (has lower sugar)
- Enough food for the families
- Table décor (optional)
- Chili and cornbread
- Soup, toasted cheese sandwiches, salad
- Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, etc.)
- Baked potatoes with toppings (cheese, sour cream, broccoli, bacon)
- Homemade pizza with toppings
- Make your own hoagies
- Baby Back Ribs
- Hot dogs with salad/sauerkraut
- Meat loaf and potatoes
- Vegetable/meat lasagna
- Sloppy Joes
- Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread
- Chili bar
- Salad bar
- Soup and salad
- Picnic food (salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit)
- Stir fry
- **Due to health safety, please do not plan on any egg dishes**
- **Please plan on about 1/4 of the food to be vegetarian, and the remaining amount to be non-vegetarian**
Food Prep & Safety Tips
At Family House, Inc., we comply with USDA guidelines for food preparation and safety as detailed below. Additional information can be obtained at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation
- Wash hands thoroughly with germicidal soap and warm water before handling food, after handling raw seafood or meat, and after using the restroom, smoking, sneezing, or touching your face or
- Wash, rinse, and sanitize all equipment & utensils before and after Always wash & sanitize your knife & cutting board in soapy, hot water after handling seafood, raw poultry or meat.
- Always wash fruits, vegetables & produce before serving to wash away dirt and
- Return all ingredients to refrigerated storage if preparation is · Use a food thermometer to check all internal cooked food temperatures.
- Bacteria multiply rapidly in “danger zone” temperatures of 41degrees F to 139 degrees To ensure safety, hot foods must be held at 140 degrees F or above (most bacteria is destroyed at this temp). Stirring food frequently evenly distributes the temperature. Cold food must be kept at 40 degrees F or below.
- To destroy bacteria, poultry should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees
- Cooked food should be served immediately and hot! Food should not be left out for more than two hours and leftovers should be stored in
- Avoid keeping food in danger zone temp of 41 degrees F to 139 degrees F for more than 4 hours cumulative (from preparation to service, to cool down/storage).
- Defrost frozen products in the refrigerator (not under hot running water in a sink).
- When shopping, select all of the non-perishables first, then vegetables, leaving the meat and dairy for last.
- Tarence Dixon, Volunteer Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Karen Banks, Chief Community Engagement Officer, email@example.com
Thank you for your support!