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nancybloom Feb 15, 2007 07:39 PM

We are having a party for 400 and Mexican foods are the theme. I thought it would be fun to have someone making and cooking tortillas to eat. Does anyone have an idea of a place that can set this up, like a portable tortilla making station? Any ideas could help. Thank you.

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  1. Carrie 218 Feb 15, 2007 10:09 PM

    We did something similar to this when I worked at a winery and the harvest party is hosted by the vineyard workers. Wtih 60+ people cooking and bringing food, having only four or five people making tortillas didn't nearly keep up with the demand. For 400 people, you would need something like 30 or 40 people making tortillas! I'd advise against it unless there are TONS pre-made and you get some to just re-heat them while others are being made a la minute.

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      joee Feb 16, 2007 08:46 AM

      > We are having a party for 400 and Mexican foods are the theme.
      > I thought it would be fun to have someone making and cooking tortillas

      Do the math.
      Say each person ate 2-3 tortillas. That would be approx 1,000 tortillas.
      Say it took 30 sec to make and 1 min to cook each tortilla.
      That would be 1,500 "tortilla-minutes" (heh), or 25 hours, of labor.

      Volunteers couldn't make one per 30 seconds.
      It would take a Mexican grandma to do that.
      We have one of those aluminum presses and we probably
      take closer to a minute each.

      Tortillarias sell masa. You have to say "masa for tortillas".
      As opposed to masa for tamales. And you would certainly
      have to order ahead of time. Of course, they also sell tortillas.
      The best tortillas are the freshest tortillas. You can often
      find them still warm in the packages. Again, for that many
      order ahead. What city are you in?

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      1. re: joee
        josquared Feb 16, 2007 10:29 AM

        That's what I was thinking as well - making tortillas for that many people is probably too labor-intensive to work (reminds me of my Dad when he tried to fry enough lumpia for my brother's wedding reception of near 500 guests.)

        Is there a tortilleria nearby? I've seen restaurants and vendors stop by a tortilleria nearest me and literally pluck several of bags of freshly made tortillas off the conveyor belt for their needs - perhaps you can pre-arrange with one in your neighborhood to produce a certain number of tortillas and then have someone pick them up as they're produced

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