When my husband and his brother went to inquire about getting a test set up in the alleyway outside of their home, they were also asking about catering food for the event. That's because the tent guys and the catering guys were the same guys. The price that Chachoo, my brother-in-law, paid for the tent (18,000 Pakistani rupees. That's about $212) actually included food for 200 people.
The tent guys came early in the morning - before I'd even woken up - and began setting up the tent. I already told you guys about that here. After they were done setting up the tent, as it was getting closer to the beginning of the event's start time, they began cooking the food. Some of it had already been cooked, but I know that the kabobs and the Naan and Paratha (different kinds of Indian/Pakistani flatbread) were cooked on site.
They brought all their own pots and pans and utensils and even servingware and tableware. They all donned uniforms and became waiters in the blink of an eye.
For the beginning of the evening, I was preoccupied with my sisterly-in-law duties like welcoming the guests, making sure they all had flower bracelets, making sure all the younger female relatives were included in the circle of ladies singing and stuff like that. After the singing, about halfway through the evening, I tracked down M and asked for my camera back. He gave it to me and I started walking toward the tent's exit and he called me back and asked me where I was going. I told him I wanted to go out back and take pictures of the tent guys and their makeshift catering kitchen and he told me he'd already taken lots of picture of them because he knew I'd want to post them here! Yay Mian!
Pre-arranged trays of veggies set atop bowls of chutney to be served along with the food.
The caterers just set up a basic kitchen in the middle of the alleyway.
You can see that the bread cooking station is right outside the entrance to the tent. Look how dirty the clothes of the cooks are - no chef's whites here! On the table you can see the large balls of dough that will be rolled into very large rounds and fried up into delicious parathas. In the background you can see one guy lifting out one of the large parathas from a huge frying pan.
The waiters openning up all the bottles of Sprite and Pepsi and putting a straw in each one. (While another paratha finishes in the background.)
Here a waiter is filling up a bowl while the chef (with the beard) uses a plate as a large scoop. On the table beside them you can see the huge flatbread about to be cut into small squares, and in front of the you can see the plume of smoke from the kabobs cooking.