Communion Season Dinner Preparation

IPC kitchen is buzzing with activities again. My church is having a very special weekend event called Communion Season on August 11-14. And to make it convenient for working families to attend, dinner will be served each night.

Today, we made four different desserts ahead for this weekend :
Coconut-Kiwi Cake for 200
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting for 200

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie for 200

Caramel Cake for 325

plus homemade salad dressings, marinara sauce, and tropical salsa which we will serve tomorrow. Posted below is the menus and I will be posting make-ahead prep list so you can see how we plan and prepare meals for a large crowd.

Preparing desserts enough for 1000 servings is no small task, but completely do-able when you have a great team of staff. I had three young ladies whom I have trained and we got busy!

Using a scale to measure your dry ingredients is critical for baking success.

When you are cracking hundreds of eggs, two-handed method saves so much time.

Dry and wet ingredients are labeled, set aside before assembly and baking.

It was a high time baking with my young staff today. Hey, who can resist playing with butter, sugar, and melted chocolate? I will be posting more photos tomorrow.

Cooking whole heap of food to feed hundreds is a challenge, but to make it taste GOOD, now that's the fun part! Here are simple but tasty menus which will be served this weekend.

Thursday Dinner
Blackened Tilapia topped with Tropical Salsa
Black Bean and Rice
Garden Salad with Sundried Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
Coconut-Kiwi Cake

Friday Dinner
Bulgogi (Korean style beef)
Steamed Rice
Stir-fried Veggies
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges & Candied Walnuts
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Saturday Dinner
Chicken Marinara
Yeast Rolls
Greek Salad
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Sunday Dinner
Pork BBQ
Lemon Coleslaw
Three Bean Casserole
Garden Salad with Homemade Ranch
Caramel Cake


  1. To cook for all those people, I cant imagine how much work that is. You are an amazing person Kay!

  2. this is a wonderful line up yummo

  3. Wow! That's a lot of food! Those dishes sound absolutely delicious...especially the bulgogi and the frozen peanut butter pie!

  4. Kay, this sounds amazing! I am in awe of you! Bet you will be plenty tired by the end of the weekend. Have a great time!

  5. You are incredible Kay! I can't believe you made desserts for 1000 people. That's nuts!
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks

  6. Wow! That is a lot of baking and cooking! Good for you Kay, I know your church family will eat well! :)

  7. You are amazing. How blessed your Church is to have you. The menus look wonderful.

  8. I was going to say, "You are amazing, Kay." Susie beat me to it, though! I think about all of the generic meals I've eaten in a fellowship hall and I know that your church must love you. I am looking forward to all of your posts on this.

  9. YAY! What a great menu to look forward to this week. LOVE IT. I'll play the piano if you'll cook. Oh, wait. You already did. Awesome!

  10. Wow! How do you have time to share this with us all? Can't wait to see more of this dinner, but make sure you take a good nap first.

  11. Wow--that's a lot of work, but I'm sure the results are worth it! And I'm sure the working families really appreciate the meal and are blessed by your efforts.