I have volunteered to run the cub scouts end of year banquet. The scouts theme for this year is American historical/famous figures, cities, landmarks etc. Needless to say, our dinner should reflect the theme as well as cater to the tastes of 6-11 year olds and their parents. We would like to create a menu that draws from each of the 5 regions - Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and the West. Modern recipes tend to cross-over....I hope to keep it authentic, simple, have the offerings marry well, and be economical....any suggestions on what to serve? Thanks for your help. Lesann
What a fun event you're gonna have! While I'm thinking of stuff I might suggest for my daughter if she had that assignment; I'm thinking of a regional American cookbook I bought for a friend at the Native American Museum in Washington D.C. I think it had a bunch of good stuff for you there - or ideas you could simplify for the young-uns palates I'll try to find it and get back to you. EmoryJ
Just off the top of my head. You really could change up the courses, but this, I think, allows for most of it to be done ahead of time.
Appetizer: Midwest: Mini deep-dish pizzas (in mini muffin tins)
Soup: Northeast: Clam Chowder
Salad: Northwest: Greens with Washington apples and Tillamook cheddar
Entree: Southwest: Enchiladas
Dessert: Southeast: Georgia peach pie (or cake, maybe)
I had a thought since BBQ is basically an all American dish, how about samplings of each regions specialties? I know I would love it and most children love BBQ.