How to plan a menu

There are many things to consider when choosing food for your event, retreat or family reunion. Are you cooking yourself? Hiring a caterer? Potluck? We’ve put together these tips for planning a menu to help you make choosing the right food easy.

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Cooking for Large Groups
If you can prepare a meal for 5, then you should be able to cook for up to 50 using equipment and utensils in your own kitchen. The solution is to simply cook in batches in advance and freeze the food until the day of your gathering. Once the numbers go over 50, however, you should consider the use of a commercial kitchen (Paradise Springs offers a full use commercial kitchen) or a caterer.

Food Safety: When it comes to planning the perfect meal for your family gathering, don’t overlook food safety.

Paradise Springs Lodging information HERE

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Welcome to the Villa

Picture The Villa is our main lodge at Paradise Springs. It has seven cozy bedrooms and sleeps twenty. The Villa features a fully equipped, upscale kitchen, a large dining room that seats approximately fifty guests, and one full bathroom upstairs. Cuddle up in front of the large stone fireplace, watch a movie on one of two satellite televisions equipped with DVD players, or sit back and enjoy the stereo system.

Outside the Villa are large decks with patio furniture, a beautiful cascading waterfall, fire pit, and a large barbecue for your convenience. The Bathhouse is located behind the Villa, with country club style men’s and women’s facilities furnished with five toilets and five showers each as well as laundry facilities.

Amenities include bed linens, bath linens, toilet paper, Satellite TV with DVD/VCR, CD/Radio, large fireplace (wood provided), propane bbq (propane provided), smoker (briquettes not provided), Kitchen includes: paper towels, 3 ovens, 8 burners, microwave, toaster, 10 cup coffee pot (bucket filters) & 60 cup coffee pot (large bucket filters), household size dishwasher, large stand up freezer for ice, 3 household refrigerator/freezers, pots, pans & serving utensils, bowls & serving trays, blender, cheese grater and more. Table settings for 50 people include: dinner plate, salad/soup bowl, dessert plate, coffee mug & saucer, dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, knife, steak knife, water goblet, white wine glass, red wine glass, champagne flute.

Staying in Paradise…

Paradise Springs was originally a logging camp in the early 1900s.  Eureka Springs Park was established in the late 60’s for a recreational Christian camp and Resort that operated for many years.  The property was almost forgotten, except for a few families that were using the camp.  Today you can see the remains of the logging camp in the form of large tree stumps that still remain on the property, and a few original cabins remain through the forest as a reminder of the past.

At the present time Paradise Springs has refurbished three cabins and one large lodge known as the “Villa”, which includes a large commercial kitchen, a rock fireplace with seven bedrooms upstairs, that sleeps 20 people.  In addition there is a large meeting hall called the “Bella Pavilion” which was the original Chapel, with a one bedroom suite upstairs.  Currently, Paradise can sleep 50 comfortably.  The other cabins are all unique and are custom decorated, rustic but elegant.

Location of this property is one hour from Fresno and 15 to 30 minutes to quality eating establishments, recreational facilities, antique & collectible shopping, art galleries, museums, golf, historic train, Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park.

Paradise Springs is the ideal location for vacation getaways, friends & family reunions, weddings, group retreats, meetings and more.

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