Women selling takeaway curry

Takeaway curry club

Nicola Mills, PTA member, Tibberton Community Primary School, Tibberton, Gloustershire (107 pupils) shared her takeaway curry club success:

'We had planned to hold our annual curry and quiz night for the autumn term, but didn't have the usual take-up in ticket sales. We didn't want to cancel the event entirely, so we decided to offer those with a ticket a takeaway curry to reheat and enjoy at home. It seemed everyone thought it was a great idea and it quickly became popular!

We took orders from two weeks up until three days before the event, with some extras sold on the day. For the first event we took 50 orders via the playground and school office, and the second took more than 70.

Through my glamping business, Mrs Mills' Yurts, I cook campfire suppers for guests, so I had lots of catering experience. Our first menu offered beef madras or vegetarian korma. Each serving came with spiced potatoes, naan bread, rice, poppadoms, pickles and onion relish, plus tiffin for dessert. For the second event we had more choice: lamb curry, chicken korma and spiced aubergine curry. We found that more choice prompted more sales.

As a registered food business, my kitchen was used for preparation. I sourced the ingredients from a local butcher and our local farm shop donated vegetables. It took six hours to produce 70 curries and portion them up with the help of a team of volunteers. Each meal cost £3-4 to make, and we made them the day before. On the day, we bagged up the orders with packaging from Booker, adding a hand-drawn label, napkins, cooking instructions and a fresh flower posy. It looked fabulous! The food was stored in my large fridge until an hour before collection time, when I transported the food to school in polystyrene containers. Orders were then collected from the school gate.

We charged £10 per meal, with most people taking two curries for a family. And groups of friends ordered and ate together. Everyone loved it, and we raised around £500! It's a great way for parents to support the PTA without the time commitment, and we're confident it's going to be a regular event.'

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