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
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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