Dinner is served every Saturday and Sunday night to the guests of Hundred Nights. The location of the dinners is currently at the Hundred Nights Resource and Drop-In Center at 17 Lamson St., in Keene. The entire process of setting up, serving and cleaning up takes place between 4:30 and 6 pm.
Arrive at Resource Center by 4:15 to set up
Food should be hot and/or cold and ready to be served, unless you are dropping food off ahead of time and not staying to serve.
HN has three large electric roasting pans that can double as steam trays to keep food warm. There is also capacity to plug in up to three crock pots, which HN also has on site if needed. We have found that we can plug in 4 of these electric devices at a time before we blow a circuit! (one would be back up, as it is on the other side of the room!)
HN will make coffee and hot water ahead of time and we will have beverages to drink.
We are now receiving USDA commodity foods such as whole chickens, tomato sauce, canned carrots, beans, peas, corn and potatoes, juices, and raisins and dried cherries – if you would like to incorporate any of these into your meal that would be great!
Plan on feeding 40 hungry people. If there are leftovers, you can leave them here to be used the next day. Casseroles and a salad or veggie and rolls or bread with butter are perfect. If you also want to bring dessert, please bring something like bananas and clementines, brownies or cookies.
If at all possible – but not necessary – please bring:
- Sturdy Paper Plates and Bowls for 40 people
- Cups – for hot or cold drinks
- Tin foil to wrap items to take home
Generally the group that brings the food also helps with setting up, serving and basic cleaning up after the meal. We have a volunteer on site to unlock doors, help as needed with serving, sweeping up and wiping tables, and locking up. There are some groups who make food and drop it off and we will just put the food out for people to eat.
Some suggestions for menu items:
- Ham & Beans, Hot Dogs & Beans, Lasagna, Quiche, cold salads (potato, macaroni, green, tuna, fruit)
- Mac & Cheese , Chili and corn bread, Beef Stew, American Chop Suey, Hearty Soup, Grill-able items in grill season,
- Chicken Pot Pie with only top crust, Assorted sandwiches with chips
If you have any questions please call 352-5197 and ask for Carol, Jeff or Mindy!
Here is the current calendar of meal dates and groups:
September 22 – Cheshire Animal Hospital, Amanda Burdick
September 23 – St. Bernards
September 29 – Arlene Seksinsky
September 30 – Judy Horn
October 6 – open
October 7 – open
October 13 – open
October 14 – St. Joseph School, Annie Pearson
October 20 – Julie Conroy
October 21 – Julie Conroy
October 27 – open
October 28 – open