August was National Sandwich Month but I didn’t really think about them until September. It may have been because the pho cookbook had me fixated on rice noodles all summer. Now that I’ve met a major benchmark in writing the manuscript and Rory has started a new semester of teaching, I have time and motivation to wander back to banh mi. I baked a batch of bread last week and put them in the freezer. While I was thinking of back-to-school banh mi, Traca and Tim – both from Seattle coincidentally with names that begin with the letter “T”(!), pinged me about banh mi party tips.
Since The Banh Mi Handbook came out last year, I’ve been making a lot of sandwiches for casual and formal events. I’ve entertained guests with them at my home and done private and public events focused on the national sandwich of Vietnam. My experience includes feeding banh mi to 4 to 300 hundred people. It’s doable and fun and I’ve written about some of my adventures on this site. Traca and Tim got me to revisit some of the banh mi party ideas and think up new ones. Here we go –- and please don’t hesitate to share your party tips so we may all benefit.