I'm no stranger to feeding large crowds, either sit down dinners or serving buffet style. I married into a large family and it only kept getting larger. During these occasions several people act as hosts/ helpers. In this instance DxW is one of the judges and she has to stay out of the kitchen.
When the kids were little, we had pancake breakfast at least one day when we were up at the lake weekends. Plus the kids almost always got to invite one friend each for a playmate. I was usually able to keep up with feeding several kids at a time and then later we got a electric skillet and I could do more. Lot of flipping going on, I remember that.
There will be 2 judges and possibly 4. I invited one SIL and her Fr to stop by in between Saturday garage sales.
Now the strategy I have worked out. So far. I made 4 batters tonight . Take them out of the frig early in the am. I will make Alix’s batter tomorrow am, since I have never made Dutch babies. There used to be a local resto/ chain, that the servers had to Physically Run your order out to you when it came out of the oven. I won’t be doing any running. It’s entirely possible that the eggs, which I perceive act as a leavening agent/ lightener, call it what you will, would be just fine overnight too, with just a whirr in the morning. It’s regrettable that the judges won’t see the soufflé effect as they come out of the oven before they settle.
I figure, bake Alix’s first. Fry bacon while hers are in the oven. Start platters of small size pancakes and make #’d stacks on platters in the oven to keep warm.
I like Steve’s serving idea, visually. I already decided, make small size pancakes and keep pancakes arranged the same on each plate. I think I will put a stack of plates in the oven to warm as well, so everything is served Hot or appears as fresh as I can deliver. I made 5 Circles on 3 x 5 cards and judges can enter 1st, 2nd 3rd etc inside the circles. I intend serving with just butter until they have had several bites, then they can add syrup and there will be bacon and a bowl of fruit salad to serve alongside. I figure judges can write comments on the back. The Chief offers several ideas what to look for in judging. I also intend having everything ready so I can sit down and have breakfast along with the judges. That part will be a minor miracle.
As an incidental, which I didn’t first think about (!?!) I had to clean the house Today !! Vacuum the latest cat hair off the furniture and scrub the bathroom. I didn’t consider this part of the contest. Sheesh. Bonus points for everyone, incl me for having a spic and span house. Yeh-yeh, it’s not always picked up, clean yes, but not Guest Clean.
Finally, everyone deserves to enter a picture. I have yet to reach the digital age. I have a stack of 1930’s blue depression glass Fire King 4 inch casseroles. I always knew these would come in handy some day. I will bake the Dutch babies in these. Everyone else’s pancakes gets baked on my trusty cast iron griddle. I am most familiar with it so they will all get the same accuracy and care in making sure they look their best when served. Attached is a Fire King depression glass example.
I hope everyone is having fun with this.