Ahoy club members. I think I'm comfortable referring to myself as a founding member of sandwich club at this point, and I'm excited that the momentum has had a big upswing. Who doesn't love a home-style lunch in your second home, 210 Elizabeth St? Below, a recap of the day as well as some sandwich club pro-tips for all of our members.
Today we did chicken cutlets with fresh mozz + roasted peppers, along with some other stuff for variety. In the past I've actually fried up the cutlets myself, but I'm afraid things have been a bit to busy around here for me to go home and cook for all you lovely chickadees and chickadudes.
Now, on to the pro tips!
How much should I spend on club sandwich?
Try to cap it around 70 bucks. Today I spent $72 and there are leftovers. Try to spend less than that. Avoid going to stores like Whole Foods unless you have something specific in mind you want to get there. Go to the MET grocery store instead, it has a great deli + fresh produce. Parisi bakery is around the corner on Mott and has amazing bread for around $2.50 a loaf. Other ways to keep the budget in line is to try and have a theme (i.e. a type of sandwich like BLTs, Turkey Clubs, PBJs, whatever) with maybe a little variation, and always consideration for the veg among us. Continuing on this...
Have a plan.
Having a particular sort of sandwich in mind to serve up on your day will allow you to buy enough of every component to accomodate everyone eating. When you spread the spread too thin, you can end up not having enough of everything. Its also fun to have a theme! In the past we've done:
- Club Sandwich Club Sandwich
- Philly Cheese Steaks
- Chicken Parm
- Meatball Sandwiches
- Bahn Mi
- Fancy Grilled Cheese
- Grilled cheese + tomato soup
And everyone loved it.
Buy too much bread
Its the worst when we run out of bread, and because its thursday, you can always eat a snack later in the day or Friday with the remainder.
Sandwich is a loose definition
Honestly I was this close to ordering a few pizzas instead of doing all this because I'm having a seriously busy week, but I got it together. Its also okay to do things like order in sandwich components (the philly cheese steak day was ordered in, as well as fajitas by the pound, and the bahn mi) We have a lot of restaurants around here that do catering, and it ends up being pretty comparable in pricing.
Sharing food with friends is the height of human civilization, and a wonderful thing to get to do with this lot.
Until next time!