Cooking up a storm
The 21st Wapehani District Winter Rendezvous had warm weather and a record attendance to go with it. Over 500 Scouts and Scouters came to Maumee Scout Reservation for a weekend of fun and feasting. There were Klondike Derbies for Boy Scouts and Cubs, shooting sports, a cooking contest, and much else. Our Happy Crew of Venturers were on hand to cook the Saturday evening Feast for the multitudes.
People look at me like I'm crazy when I talk about cooking for 500 people. But if you're a serious foodie, being given free rein to indulge your wildest ideas on cooking is a rush. And our Venturers look forward to it every year -- the camaraderie, the plaudits, the sense of achievement. Not many people can do what we do, or get the chance to, so it's like being on a championship team to cook with us. Our crew members talk about past Rendezvous the same way they recount previous high adventure trips.
I had a special joy this year. My daughter Anna and son-in-law Brian are getting involved in Scouting again, and joined us to help. Also on hand were Grandcubs Daniel and James, who had a great time. They helped, too. James turned two three days ago and then came to spend his first weekend at camp the next day.
Our menu was the most ambitious I have ever planned, which is saying something. In the end, we served up Cuban Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings, Rice, Jamaican Curried Goat, Crawfish Etouffee, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Italian Salad, Tropical Fruit Cobbler, and Chocolate Granola Bars -- all of it scratch made. In addition, we whomped up a Friday night Crackerbarrel featuring Chocolate Bacon, and fed the staff Saturday breakfast featuring Toad in the Hole and a lunch of Irish Coddle, Soda Bread, and Bread-and-Butter Pudding.Making chocolate baconJeffrey dips, Seth photobombsServing LineFriday night crackerbarrelMopping upDaniel helps swab the deckCheese!Lots of smiles at the RendezvousMaking the CutHarrison and T.J. portioning porkGrillin' and chillin'Jeffrey and Pat earn their wingsTimeoutNap time for JamesWaiting for ShowtimeHarrison, Zach, Abby, Hannah, and Seth wait to serve the first seatingLong DayAnd all of it was good