Chef’s Night In

Thank you for your interest in providing a meal for our guests! Enjoying a home cooked meal is a welcome respite after a long day at the hospital. Feel free to contact us with questions at any time. We will be happy to schedule and help coordinate your group’s Chef’s Night In meal. Jessica.Cummings@brooksrehab.org

Suggested Menus:

Please submit your menu at the time of scheduling your dinner. Guests will view your menu via our “Peek Into the Week,” which is posted in the house one week in advance.
Please do your best to provide a healthy balanced meal for our guests (e.g. main dish, starch, vegetable, fruit, salad, dessert, etc.) Desserts are enjoyed by ALL!
Meal themes may be incorporated and create a fun atmosphere for the guests; such as picnic night, southern home cooking, ethnic cooking, or holiday themes.
Please bring food that is already prepared and ready to warm up. We have four ovens and stoves, as well as microwaves that can be used to warm up meals.

Serving:

Food is served buffet style. It’s helpful if small signs are placed in front of each dish identifying the ingredients.
All food must be served by members of your group.
Plastic food handler gloves MUST be worn when handling and serving food at Helen’s House. Gloves will be made available.
An approximate headcount will be given to you before your serving date.
We ask that your group arrive no later than 4 p.m. and food be ready for serving at 6:00 p.m. Guests begin arriving back from the hospital around 5 p.m., often tired and hungry. Some may return as late as 6:00-6:15 p.m. Expect to continue serving until 7:15 p.m.
Your group may include a minimum of three and a maximum of 12 servers.

Set Up/Clean Up:

Helen’s House has pots, pans, dishes, glasses, utensils, paper napkins, salt and pepper. Your group is responsible for dinner clean up. A Helen’s House volunteer will assist your group with set up, serving and clean up.
Weekends: A Helen’s House staff member and one volunteer are typically on duty.