Eating Out with Kids

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Eating Out with Kids

Hi. My name is Laurie Taylor. My husband Max and I have four children all under the age of twelve. One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is having a night out eating at a restaurant. You are probably thinking, "They enjoy eating at restaurants with four young children?" Yes, it can prove to be a challenge at times, but for the most part we have found ways to keep the children happy, and we all have a great time. There have been many times when other patrons have come up to us and comment on how well behaved our children are. I would like to share some of the ways we make eating out as a family an enjoyable experience for all. From toddler to Daddy, everyone has a lovely evening.


BBQ Menu Ideas For Special Events

If there is one type of food that many people like, it's BBQ. If you're planning a special event and want to please many guests, consider serving BBQ, no matter what type of occasion it is.

While BBQ is traditionally known as summer cuisine, you can also serve it at fall and winter events if you choose to have it catered. If you don't make the meal yourself, consider having it brought into your celebration by either a professional  BBQ catering service or a local BBQ restaurant. 

A BBQ-inspired menu is appropriate for almost any type of special event, from casual birthday parties and holiday get-togethers, to more elegant bridal and baby showers, and even wedding receptions. Since BBQ is versatile, you can either prepare the food in the traditional way using home-style ingredients, or with a more gourmet twist. 

Although BBQ meals are centered around some type of meat, such as burgers, steaks or ribs, you'll also be able to cater to the vegetarians and vegans on your guest list. For instance, there are many type of meat alternatives that you can grill, as well as hearty side dishes that will help round out the lunch or dinner. 

Here are some BBQ-inspired menu ideas to consider for your next special event:

1. Pulled Pork and Chicken 

One type of classic BBQ fare is either pulled pork or chicken. Not only is the meat typically tender and juicy, it can be served in a variety of ways. For instance, toss it with your favorite barbecue sauce and then pile it onto hamburger buns or rolls. Guests can easily enjoy the sandwiches as they mix and mingle throughout the event.

As a vegetarian option, you can grill firm tofu or tempeh, coat it with sauce, and then serve on a bed of lettuce. Serving the barbecue-slathered protein by itself, along with sides, is another idea.

2. Southern-Style Sides 

Complement any type of barbecued meat with classic Southern-style side dishes for a complete meal. Some mouthwatering options include creamy potato salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, French fries, and fresh vegetables served with ranch dressing.

Also, don't forget the cornbread or biscuits, served with butter and honey. Finish the meal with a sweet dessert. You can choose a fresh, seasonal fruit platter; a sweet potato, peach, pecan, or apple pie served with ice cream; or milkshakes and root beer floats.