They also decided to compare list among the two groups to decide what they could purchase together in order to conserve. After we planned the menu we headed back to our sleeping quartered, and eventually made our way to the 24hour Wal-Mart. It was about 10:45pm, and everyone was given 30minutes in the store before they had to meet me at the cashier. The two groups had to shop, plus 1 person had to get our breakfast foods, and two others had to get everything we needed for lunches, while I took care of our snacks and miscellaneous items for the week. It was great watching them run up and down the aisles trying to get what they needed and meet us before their time was up. Each group actually came close to their budget limit, but did not go over. Also, it was great seeing them work together. It was a very healthy competition even til the end. It was interesting how the groups panned out. Group #1 had two strong characters who had to learn how to work together in the kitchen and understand that the meal had to come together and was not about their individual dishes, but he collective experience.
On Monday (Mexican Night) the menu was:Nachos (appetizer), pan fried breaded chicken, and vegetable fried rice (main course) strawberry smoothes (desert)
On Tuesday (Italian Night) the menu was:Bruschetta (appetizer), Chicken Parmesan w/spaghetti noodles (main course) strawberry filled glazed cupcakes (desert)