Choose a food theme (chilli, salsa, queso, any food at all) and ask Brothers and students in the school alike to submit entries. Have participants pay a small amount ($3-5) to taste test all of the entries, and vote on the best entries.
Degree of effort:
Minimal- just advertisement in the school, reserving location, having power if the food needs to stay warm. We did queso/salsa, so we provided chips for the $3-5.
Nothing if you are just providing the “taste test”.
Number of people willing to prepare a dish is the biggest. We had gift cards for the top 3 entries to encourage participation.
Tables, power strip (maybe), crock pots (depending on the food)
rundown & Pointers
Plan how to keep food hot/cold at the school until the event; Advertising
Table set up
Monitoring that people don't take huge serving sizes