Are you tired of doing the same old bake sale for your fundraisers? Now, there are different tasty ways that you can make your fundraiser a success and enjoy good food at the same time!
Here are some cool culinary ideas to keep in mind when planning your next fundraiser:
These dinners are simple enough to organize and easy on the volunteers since each person can contribute one dish. Potluck dinners bring back that old-fashioned approach to getting everyone together and sharing dishes without putting financial burden on the host. You can also bring your recipe in with your dish and give it to those who enjoyed your dish.
You can request donations by means of admission fees, or you can have people pay what they think the meal is worth. In our experience, people have paid more than we’d think to charge.
Potato Buffet Bar
Start tempting your guests with a buffet potato bar. All it takes is a bunch of baked potatoes and small fixings, like cheese, sour cream and bacon. Create a station consisting of potato carving tools and fixings. Then set up a contest to see which participants has the best dressed potato and offer prizes for the top winners. You can charge a fee per potato or for each admission.
BBQ Head-to-Head Grilling
Putting up a barbecue contest is one reason for firing up the grills and taking out your barbecue tools. You can grill just about anything you can think of: steaks, hot dogs, burgers, sausages, or chicken. You can even grill vegetables, corn-on-the-cob, or even skewer vegetable chunks.
Host a contest and get the guests to judge contest participants with best grilling skills. Set up different categories like “best grilled meats,” “best grilled vegetables,” or “best grilled sauces.” Gain funds via an entry fee or start charging hungry donors per plate.
Chili Creationg Contest
This fundraiser not only rakes in money, but it’s also the reason to interact and share cool chili recipes with each other. For this, chefs will have to pay for an admission fee. It’s essential to provide worthwhile prizes for each winner. Create various categories for each prize.
Leave chefs a bit of time to make their chili during the competition. Get more donations per bowl and even provide canned chili sauces for audience to raise more funds.
Blue Plate Bidding
This is a fun fundraiser with a bit of traditional twist. First, you’ll need pre-made meals which can be done by volunteers or trained chefs, or even culinary students. We have found students and other people that are interested in becoming a chef are everywhere, and love to hone their craft! The meals can be simple, unique, or adventurous. Each dish is thoroughly covered to hide its identity. Participants will be tasked to bid on the concealed meals.
Have food warmers ready to ensure that each meal remains hot until the start of the bidding. You can set your own bidding price tag for each dish. This may also depend on the cost it took to make each meal.
You can raise funds by selling sub sandwiches near any sports event. It’s guaranteed to be a winner. Create a wide range of cold cuts ahead of time, such as roast beef, ham, turkey, or cheese. You can even ask food donations from your local deli shops or bakeries. For the toppings, don’t forget to include tomatoes, onions, pickles, lettuce, and different sauce varieties for customers to make their own subs. We have stopped putting sauces right on the sandwiches themselves, and started having packets of condiments for people to take if they like.
Chocolate Bar Charity
Selling candy bars is one great approach to making money for your cause. This is particularly true if it’s an office where employees crave for snacks in the middle of the afternoon. Most people have a weakness to chocolates and will find it difficult to say no. You can even get kids to do the work for you by selling them door-to-door. Having chocolate bars plus a sweet smile equates to plenty of money raised.