Is it a casserole or a hot dish? If you have ever attended a potluck meal you have certainly debated the answer to this question. If you have ever lived in the midwest you have certainly been to a potluck. Not a pitch-in. These nuances run as deep as the soda, pop or coke question.
Regardless of what you call it a potluck is a great way to connect over food. Frequently used as a way to get a lot of people together, without having to do all the buying or cooking yourself. This is a budget friendly way to throw a party. It also works great for lunch gatherings at work. In case you haven’t been to a potluck or the term is new to you here is a rundown on how to organize one and some etiquette for attending.
How to host a potluck
- get a willing group of people excited about this…excitement is especially key if this is a work event. Without excitement, you might end up with lackluster participation
- If your group is around a dozen ask people to sign up and list what they are bringing
- If your group is pushing well past a dozen assign types of dishes by the last name. For example, last names starting with A-H brings appetizers, I-P brings main dishes and Q-Z brings dessert. Without a system, you could well end up with a lot of finger food and dessert but no main dish. This method obviously doesn’t work as well at a family reunion, but you get the point.
- Try not to go to control crazy. Let a few deviled egg options show up. It will create a fun conversation about who has the best.
- Make sure there are outlets for the crockpots
- Don’t forget serving utensils, because your guests will.
- Make sure there is something to drink
So this seems like it could be pretty simple and straight forward, but there is some etiquette involved. You would think that most of this would be common sense and if you do you would be surprised to hear how many feelings get hurt at these things
- No matter how quietly you talk about that dish you hate people can hear you so just don’t.
- Take a little of everything. Unless you have religious or serious dietary objections be polite. No one wants to the one dish no one tried
- If you are the lone vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or etc don’t make a stink about how there is nothing for you to eat. Bring your own dish, ask politely about the ingredients in dishes, and just enjoy the company.
- If there are only a few vegetarian dishes available and you are not a vegetarian, do not eat all of it so the vegetarians have nothing to eat. If you love the dish that much then ask for the recipe.
- Ask for the recipes. Nothing excites someone more than being asked how they made something and if you can get the recipe. It is the highest compliment to a cook.
- If you forgot to bring something ask the host what is missing and run to the store to fill the gap. You can’t go wrong with good bread, cookies or cut-up veggies and dip.
If the picture of those brownies have your mouth watering and you want to take them to your next potluck you can find the recipe here.
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