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Pampered Chef: Bookings Hosts making too much food

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    I am just getting started with PC. From the few parties that I have had, the hosts seemed to be more concerned with fixing other snacks for the party and cleaning their house, instead of focusing on the attendence. Has anyone else ran into this? What can you do to help? I have told them that i will be making the main recipe for the evening and that I was not asking them to make any other snacks, but they always do... Not that it is a bad thing, if you have all the time in the world, but like I said, they tend to lose focus on sales. What do you all think?
    Feb 10, 2006
  2. jenniferlynne

    jenniferlynne Senior Member

    My director told me told me if this happens you should say something like "You all are in for a real treat tonight. So and so has made some extra snacks for you to enjoy in addition to what I will be making for you all". Basically, try to let them know that if they host a show they are not required to fix anything extra. You want to make sure potential hosts don't think they have to do too much work.
    Feb 10, 2006
  3. AFwife

    AFwife Guest

    I always just tell my host when they book there party that alot of food isn't necessary, just a veggie plate and/or fruits will be fine.

    If they feel like making more then that's fine with me cause hey, I get hungry. :D
    Feb 10, 2006
  4. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    I tell my hosts that some simple munchies and self-serve beveages are just fine. I always offer the Farmer's Market Seasonings as well. I've only had two take me up on it.
    Feb 10, 2006
  5. acherry

    acherry Member Gold Member

    I like to take control of it during my hostess/host coaching...after experiencing a bit of "too" much food occurring, I've started telling my hosts not to worry about the munchies as I've got it covered..and then I bring a loaf of the french bread and the oil dipping set for guests to munch on during the show.
    Its worked pretty well so far..but just a thought for ya! I like the idea of mentioning the special treat...I'll have to use that for the lovely hosts that go "above and beyond" even after mentioning the munchies have been covered...LOL...
    Feb 10, 2006
  6. dawn424383

    dawn424383 Member

    I, too, tell them during host coaching, that "extras" are not necessary. The food that I prepare will be enough. (provided they give me an accurate head-count)
    I also came across this poem somewhere (probably this board), that I include in all my hostess packets. It helps them see what they should really be focusing on!

    Dawn Trudell
    Kitchen Consultant
    Fort Wayne, IN

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    Feb 11, 2006
  7. host poem

    Thanks for the poem. I think I will put copies of it in my host packets as well. I had a show at my house once just before I became a consultant and there were 20 people in attendance and they were sitting everywhere. My neighbor volunteered to go back to her house and bring more chairs! That was the best show I'd ever had and so much fun. I do find that some are concerned that their house won't be big enough but it usually is. I didn't know mine could hole 20 people in it. Also they might ask a relative who has a bigger house to hold it there.

    Moore, OK
    Feb 12, 2006
  8. A quick question..

    What recipes are you offering your hostess. With the cookware special I have been making recipes in my Family skillet. I tell them specifically not to make too much food because I am doing a "30 minute meal" theme and there will be plenty of food. My show average has been so much higher and my bookings have been great...I feel you want people to think it's easy to host a show. I do hostess coach her and let her know I want her to be able to take advantage of her friends booking shows. I explain that they may think they have to make alot of food too..she normally is GREAT about it.

    Hope this makes sense ;)
    Feb 12, 2006
  9. Shawnna

    Shawnna Senior Member Gold Member


    can you tell us more about your "30 minute meal" theme? I want to use my cookware more at my shows. So far I have only made the turtle fudge skillet cake. Any other suggestions you have would be appreciated.
    Feb 13, 2006
  10. 30 Minute Meal theme...

    Hi Shawnna! I didn't realize you were new util I re-read your post..

    Here is my 30 minute meal theme..

    I will do one of 2 recipes..
    The Fabulous Fajita Chicken Pizza in the All the BEst Cookbook..
    This is an amazing recipe..(demonstrates cookware AND stoneware) I preprep alot of the veggies and precook the chicken in the skillet to save time. I purchased an individual Burner at Walmart for $8.97 or something silly like that.. the second recipe they choose from is the Lemon chicken Stir Fry, which was one of our old Celebrations theme show..You may be able to get the recipe off the PC Website)
    The dessert I do while the the veggies are cooking is what I call a "Decadent Chocolate Lava cake" in the Rice cooker...
    take 1 box of Cakemix and prepare it as per the box pour into the Rice cooker...DO NOT SPRAY COOKER..add 5 medium stainless steel scoops of chocolate frosting into the raw batter..1 scoop in the middle 4 around it. Snap the rice cooker on ONE SIDE and pop in Microwave for 10 minutes on high! turn it over onto the Celebrate plate or the Medium Simple Additions Square. The frosting acts like the "Lava" on your cake..Sprinkle the cake with your flour sugar shaker with Powdered Sugar..

    My results are this.. over $1500 in cookware+++PAN-o-RAMA.WOO-HOO (One of my hostesses this month purchased BOTH 5 and 7 piece Executive Grade) plus multiple bookings to get the Skillet at 60% off..and 26 Rice cookers since January 15th..LOL..amazing how the demonstration is done in less than 30 minutes! ($7150 in sales in January..and to think I rarely ever brought and demonstrated cookware to my shows in 8 years..boy was I missing out..)

    Try the Rice cooker cake at home, IT'S AMAZING..good luck and if you need more specifics you can contact me directly..
    Feb 13, 2006
  11. hvl25


    thank you for the 30 minute ideas! i am new also and this is going to be great ! i just ordered the rice cooker and the skillet!!!

    Feb 13, 2006
  12. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

    Do you make the rice to go with the Lemon Chicken? If so, do you have 2 rice cookers, or do you make the rice ahead of time? Just wondering, since I always did rice with the stir fry recipes.
    Feb 13, 2006
  13. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    Lemon Chicken Stir-fry

    The Lemon Chicken Stir-fry does not require rice. I have posted the recipe in the recipes section of this forum. The lemon chicken uses bowtie pasta. Rice would be duplicate starch.
    Feb 13, 2006
  14. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member


    I think that I was thinking it was one of It's Hot It's Cold Stir Fry recipes.

    Thank Rita,
    Feb 14, 2006
  15. Rice with the Stir Fry...

    Just to add 2 more cents..I don't use rice. As posted I make the bow ties.. I actually bring my 4 qt. sauce pot and cook the bow ties as soon as I get there. It's a great demo for 2 pieces of cookware.

    My rice cooker cake is my TADAH while the veggies are cooking. You could use the fluted pan to make the same cake, but I find more people purchase the Rice cooker and at 19.50 the Rice Cookers are piling up..Talk about an awesome add-on..I have gottena ton of e-mails telling me they made the cake and it was DELICIOUS.. :)
    Feb 14, 2006
  16. amya

    amya Member


    Something my director told me once and I always try to keep in mind is that not everybody will be as excited about sales and bookings as me. Pampered Chef is my job and so that is what I focus on. Sometimes our hosts look at their show as a way to get together with friends and families and we are there as something extra. Our hosts won't always care if they get high sales or not (I actually had a host tell me this). This makes things frustrating for us, but the way I see it, even a small show is better than no show at all.
    Feb 14, 2006
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