For our members’ convenience, below is a reprint of a helpful article from Angus Ross (the former money collecter/hassler). Also new this year – each evening someone gets to volunteer to take out the garbage (this task may prove to be more popular than bringing the meat!).
Guidelines for OHCC Tuesday Night Feasts
THE current price for the Tuesday night dinner is $5 — as it has been for a number of years. Last season, the club had to pick up a significant shortfall over the period. For 2009, if we do not stay within certain price limits, the cost for the dinner will have to increase to $7 per person — with all the change-handling problems that it involves. The following guidelines are intended to help us keep the best Tuesday-night feast in Toronto at $5 per person.
- During the first four weeks of the season, you should count on there being about thirty to forty people for dinner. After that, you should count on about fifty. Look at how many there were at the previous week (we’ll show the number on the board) and use that as a guideline. Check the weather forecast, work on the lower end of estimated numbers; if good weather, use a higher range.
- Try to bring food that can be frozen and used in following weeks if numbers don’t pan out. (This works for meat/bread/some desserts.)
- Before buying for a Tuesday night, check to see what can be used from the fridge/freezer. This is especially true for butter, salad dressing, dessert/ice cream.
- While we all love fancy and exotic foods, the following is an indication of prices that will help us to stay within bounds.
Green salad: 40c per person
Other salad: 50c per person
Bread: 40c per person
Meat: $2.50 per person
Wine: $1.00 per person
Dessert: 60c per person
Total: $5.40 per person (this gives some allowance for lower numbers in the early season)
Here are some comments and suggestions:
You should hold off on the exotic spices and ready-prepared meats if the per person price goes well over the suggested budget.
Wine: look at some of the Argentina/Chile/Italian wines as being of good value. Malbec in particular is both tasty and inexpensive. Check the 1.5 litre bottles as they can be very good value. We normally get the equivalent of three 750ml reds and two 750 ml whites, with and extra red if the summer numbers seem to be going high. See the list below of suggested wines.
Carry a lot of $5 bills and sign up to bring one of the meal items.