Every once and awhile I get a really good idea – and recently that happened to be about the food theme for a party we hosted at our house this weekend. Our friend Dave turned 40! this week, and so we offered up our place and an idea for the food: “Best Burger Ever,” which turned into a massive condiment bar for either meat or veggie patties. Marika (Dave’s partner), Brian, and I basically pulled it all together on Saturday morning.
It was so incredible I just had to take photos and document exactly what was on that burger bar:
- Kaiser and whole wheat buns
- Four kinds of cheese: Swiss, Cheddar, Mozza and Blue
- Two kinds of onions
- Tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce
- Green cabbage
- Pineapple rings
- Hot peppers
- Dill pickles and Sweet pickles
- Hot chilli sauce
- Three kinds of relish: green, zucchini & corn
- Two kinds of mustard: regular yellow and dijon
- BBQ sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Red Bean Pesto
- Pickled cabbage
- Tomato Chutney
Not only was this a relatively simple way to feed a lot of people over the course of an afternoon and an evening – but it wasn’t crazily expensive either – particularly as many of the condiments came out of our canning and veggies from the garden. (In addition to all this we put out potato salad and a non-mayo coleslaw) plus snackity things. Best of all? Several people through the course of the evening said: “This is the best burger ever!” And really, it’s all about that kind of exuberance isn’t it?
This is definitely a food theme I would do again: it’s visually impressive, self-actioning (people can throw a burger on the grill anytime they feel like it), provokes discussion and debate about appropriate burger condiments (several people ended up promoting the sweet-and-sour burger), and it’s easy to do veggie and meat options for a diverse crowd.
!Plus! my zucchini cake decorated with calendula and marigolds went over pretty well too:
Sadly, that was probably our last outdoor party for awhile – we strung up a tarp to hold off the rain but if it wasn’t for the late-night hot-tub action everyone would have been pretty cold. I guess it’s dinner-party time again.