Way back in May, I made my biggest cooking commitment yet. My friend Yoshi was biking across the country from Baltimore to Portland with 4k for Cancer and needed someone to make breakfast for his team of 30 participants.
The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer. Since 2001, groups of college students have undertaken journeys across America with the goal of offering hope, inspiration and support to cancer communities along the way.
In 2012, 88 4K for Cancer participants traveled across America and were able to raise nearly $500,000 to support young adults affected by cancer.
He and his team were looking for overnight hosts as well as people to provide breakfast or dinner during their stop in Chicago. Feeding people is probably my number one favorite activity, so how could I resist cooking breakfast for a group of people doing something so awesome? With the help of a friend, I made everything the night before, drove down to the city with a car full of casseroles, and reheated the food in the ovens there.
Look how excited we are to see each other (and eat)! It was awesome to see a friend for the first time in maybe two years, and to be able to offer everyone riding for this great cause a vegetarian breakfast. On the menu:
- 3 French Toast Casseroles- I turned to someone with experience feeding 20-30 teenagers for this recipe, and these sweet casseroles with crunchy topping were a huge hit.
- 1 Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole with Cheddar and Sundried Tomatoes from The Kitchn
- Two big trays of potato and sweet potato wedges
- Mini Frittatas with spinach and onions
- A huge array of condiments- I figured that if I were riding across the country, I would miss Sriracha.
My secret goal was to have enough food that there would be leftovers for people to snack on during their rest day exploring the city. Success! Not only was it fun to cook so much food at once, but it was a blast catching up with Yoshi and hearing his stories about the trip so far. If you’d like to read about his adventure or donate to 4k, check out his personal page on the 4k site.