Do you like playing games? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you like to occasionally have more than just soda pop and potato chips as snacks for game night? In this Monday blog series, game industry personalities will be sharing some of their favorite recipes for game night munchies. Welcome to Gaming Gastronomy! This week I am taking a break from the recipes to discuss an option for those who do not cook or bake, or don’t have the time to prepare snacks or a meal.
I have heard from quite a few of you that you do not enjoy cooking or do not know how. Many have also said they just don’t have time to prepare anything fancy. So, you resort to purchasing snacks and drinks from the grocery or local gas station. Did you know that you don’t have to cook to have special snacks or fancy meals? It is just like going to the grocery to purchase snacks, just with a phone call ahead. What I am suggesting is catering. Now, I know what you are thinking…catering is probably expensive. Actually, it really is not and it can provide some wonderful food with no preparation on your part but a phone call and going to pick up the snacks.
Catering is especially good if you are having a larger game night such as a church game night, community game night, local convention, or just a event where you are having lots of friends and family over. For our Upland Community Game Nights I purchase trays of cookies from the local Univerity’s Dining Commons. They are amazing cookies and attendees love them. For some big events at our house, I have catered Subway sandwiches and cookies. Here are some options for you to think of for your next game night.
- Grocery – Most large groceries have a bakery and/or deli area. There you can order veggie trays, fruit trays, cheese and cracker trays, deli sandwich trays, and in some places entire meals. Kroger, Meijer, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, and Whole Foods all have great catering.
- Deli – Delis always offer large take out orders and will often present them on nice trays. Don’t think of just sandwiches, many delis also offer veggie and fruit trays to go along with their meats, cheeses, and sandwiches. McAlister’s Deli is a chain that offers catering. Check your local delis as well.
- Bakery – Local bakeries and donut shops always offer pick up of boxes of donuts, donut holes, roles, breads, and such. Our local Concannon’s Bakery has these amazing donut holes for a very inexpensive price per dozen.
- Chain restaurants like Subway – Subway restaurants offer cookie trays, sandwich trays, and gigantic subs.
- Local Eatery – You might have a great local eatery that offers catering of snacks, desserts, or meals. Check them out and you might be surprised how inexpensive they are.
The benefit of catering is for minimal extra cost you have all the preparations done ahead of time and presented in a nice manner. You just pick it up and take it to your gaming event ready to enjoy. Have you catered for your game nights?
In the coming weeks, check back here on Mondays for more delectable recipes from personalities around the game industry.