Family & Friend Lunches
During a time that is so difficult, the last thing most people feel like thinking about is planning a meal after a funeral, memorial service, or Celebration of Life. We understand this and know that planning is, most times, a necessity and we can help to make this part of the process a little easier.
Why 29 Cooks?
Our Lunch packages are designed specifically for either you, a helping friend or family member to be able to easily choose a menu and price point that will work for your group. Whether you want to pick up the food, have us drop it off and setup, or to stay and take care of everything for you, options are available. If our packages don’t work for you, please feel free to access our Seasonal Catering Menu under our Catering tab, especially for smaller groups.
Where Should I have my lunch?
Locations in the Lehigh Valley range from Churches to homes, to halls. We will work with whatever location you choose. If you don’t have a space to use, we highly recommend contacting Lower Macungie Township as they rent The Barn at Camp Olympic in Emmaus (capacity 130-140 people), The Hills at Lockridge in Macungie (capacity 60-70 people), and Wescosville Recreation Center in Allentown (capacity 140-150 people). If you have a family member who is a resident of Lower Macungie, you will be offered the resident rental rate. The township can be reached at (610) 966-6924 and you can access all the information, facilities rental price sheet and pictures of each facility on their website at http://www.lowermac.com/recreation/parks .
How Many People Should I Plan for?
This is such a difficult question to answer as there are many variables. We recommend that you start by counting the absolute definite people who will come. This would normally include family and very close friends, or people who have traveled to attend the service. At this point it is more of a guess, as there is no set equation. Most of the time there are at least 20-30% more people than the initial number of definite people coming. If your loved one was very involved in groups, or has a very solid standing in the community, church or other organization, they may have more than this. While it has been tradition to invite everyone back for a lunch, it is no longer considered mandatory. If your budget does not allow for everyone to be fed, have someone in the family issue verbal invites to the group or perhaps just say it’s a private family lunch. Many people will attend a viewing or the service, but won’t attend the lunch. This is especially true if it is during the normal work week for many people.
We take all major credit cards, but due to the short turn around nature we cannot accept personal checks for funeral lunches. Some funeral homes will work with us directly on payment and bill your estate. This is acceptable as well. In all instances, full payment must be made no less than 24 hours prior to the function.
We hope this helps you to ease the burden of planning as we too have personally experienced the number of tasks and meetings that have to happen in a short period of time to be ready for the service. Our truly deepest condolences to you at this time.