So, the thing is that a good friend of mine knows that I'm pursuing the idea of studying culinary arts and tonight while having a some beers with another friend (I usually cook for then and they like what I do) asked me "how much would you charge me to cook for ten people at my apartment". This could be, literally, my first gig as a cook (aside for making fries eons ago in a local club). The idea is to present him three menu options on Monday. We said I could avoid dessert since we can buy some nice pastries and have some coffee. But I want starters and mains. Since I've never cooked for ten people (at most, let's say, 6 people in a really relaxed environment, all friends of family) I'm think on menus that can include part of preparations to be made in advance and use his kitchen for some final touches and plating. I would like to hear some ideas from you guys, as crazy as you want, or as simple and effective as you prefer. Maybe we can do a nice back and forth in the upcoming days until I find options I feel comfortable with. I'm pretty open to learn new recipes and try them to see how they go. Some ideas coming from the too of my head: - (main) mushroom risotto (I have some cool Patagonic mushrooms and I feel confident about my risotto). Downside is that I've already prepared that for him and some friends before, I feel a little cheap repeating. - (mail) ravioli: could be with regular, black or green pasta, filled with salmon or pumpkin or any other thing. For the sauce could be a cream with the same mushrooms I've mentioned and/or Spanish saffron and/or a couple of cool cheeses to give body and flavor,anyway I wouldn't put ALL those things together in a sauce. Also I would homemade the pasta. - (starter) a cool soup. Could be pumpkin with pesto (I've done this before and it's pretty cool) here we are staring winter! I hear ideas for other cool soups. - (starter) cheese table, variety of cheeses and some local and gourmet goodies, along with some good breads (I should step up my baking game) and some berries. What I don't like about this is that might seem a little vague, and very summmer-y - (starter) grated portobello mushrooms filled with... Something to be determined - (starter) lentils casserole with chorizo and some spice, could be a main but I don't want a stew for main, this would be served in small portions but could be a little too strong for a starter. As you can see my Italian heritage is pretty evident. Also I didn't eat meat for quite some time, so I didn't cook meat in quite some time, but I used to cook pork tenderloin or chicken breast. Im open to suggestions, something that moves me out of my comfort zone and makes me investigate, learn and practice something new. Also, any suggestions and tips to avoid freaking out when plating for ten people What do you think?