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Group Vacation Menu - Help!

I'm organizing my first group vacation this winter and have rented a cabin for 16 for four days. I will have help cooking from the non-skiers but the majority of food planning and prep will fall on me. There are two vegetarians and a few get nervous around seafood.

Trying to decide what to make. Breakfast will be pretty simple and I plan on keeping snacks and sandwich fixings around for lunch with a sort of "you're on your own" theme.

For dinner one night I figure a couple trays of vegetarian lasagna.

What else would work? I'm looking for things that can easily be made in bulk and reheated easily should someone arrive late.

Would it be rude to make a vegetable soup for the vegetarians and serve meat as a main dish?

It will also be New Years so I would like some sort of special meal.

Thanks for any ideas!

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  1. We do a vacation every year with a group of people, and everyone has to prepare one dinner. Mexican make your own burritos/ taco salads is popular (refried beans for the non-meat eaters), and so is Frogmore Stew (shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage) - something for almost everyone. It's supposed to be all cooked together, but because one person hates shrimp, and another won't eat meat, I combine potatoes and corn, and steam the shrimp and sausage separately.

    1. how about taking a crockpot with you so that you can put something to cook in the morning and serve it at night without having to slave over a hot stove? you can even make lasagna in it.

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      1. re: hala

        I am planning on bringing two slow cookers, still searching for a good vegetarian stew recipe (as easy as it should be!)

      2. What about doing a pizza night. You could prep a variety of toppings, and everybody could make their own combinations. Serve with a tossed green salad and your done! It's fun and gets everybody involved in helping with dinner.

        1. A good cheese fondue with lots of beer is traditional apres ski food in the Alps. It would serve vegetarians well. You could serve some boiled whole baby potatoes, crusty bread, veggies and the like.

          1. I don't think it would be rude at all to make a vegetable soup for the vegetarians and serve meat as a main dish. I'm sure they won't expect that every meal will be vegetarian and if you make them a special soup - I'm sure they will be grateful.

            I have been on a few ski trips myself with a lot of people eating dinner together at night. And, I'm sorry to say most skiers want some meat. Our favorite is to make a nice meat stew with pearl onions, red wine, carrots and potatoes. If you have slow cookers, that's perfect!

            Another easy thing is pasta. Make one really good vegetarian sauce (or cheese sauce) and serve some sausage on the side...