Beginning to stock the freezer and fridge with as many make-ahead items as I can think of. Already in the fridge and freezer: Portioned out duxelles, cooked spinach, roasted onions, potted beer cheese spread/apple chutney, orange butter, salad dressings and a couple of veggie/fruit breads, and a vat of spaghetti sauce. Also have all the dry ingredients for whole grain bread bagged up and in the freezer, and building a stock of baguettes.
Other thoughts on items I can pre-cook now to speed preparations later would be most welcome.
The limitations are severe: We're in Washington, DC, and it will be H.O.T. (As in, chili is probably not a good idea.) The Friend eats only seafood and dairy products, including Happy Chicken eggs, but no beef, poultry, pork, or lamb. (So much for a country ham with all the fixings....sigh.)
We have a second fridge, and the goal is to get a good head-start, not the entire 10 days of breakfast and dinner for 11 people. OH -- 7 of the guests are French, as in coming from Paris.