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Cooking for Crowds

Cooking for Crowds logoCooking for Crowds was designed to be used with non-profit audiences that cook food for the public as part of food fundraisers. Although the target audiences traditionally do not have professional training in cooking large volumes of food for the public or access to commercial foodservice equipment, they do take great pride in serving their customers terrific tasting food.

This curriculum was designed to show non-profit groups the food safety risks that develop when cooking large volumes of food and how to reduce those risks so that the food the group prepares is both safe and delicious. Although many of the food safety strategies recommended are similar to those recommended to commercial food establishments, the strategies have been translated into practical methods to meet the specific needs of non-profit audiences.

Cooking for Crowds is a 4-hour training. The cost of training is $35 per participant and includes a manual and digital 6-second thermometer and certificate of completion. Discounted rates are available for organizations requesting training for 5 or more participants.

For additional information about Cooking for Crowds, contact Kristin Davis, FCS Extension Agent at