Austin Progressive Vegetarians Message Board › BRIEF GUIDE TO VEGAN POTLUCKING


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Austin, TX
Post #: 17
1. Bring a vegan* dish to feed eight adults. If you could consume everything you brought by yourself, it's probably not enough. If you’re coming with another person, be sure to double the amount of your dish.

2. Try to bring something you’d be excited to eat. It's no problem if it's something you picked up from the prepared food section at Whole Foods or Wheatsville, especially if it's not among the popular choices so many of us get for take-out regularly. It's also OK to bring a giant bowl of fresh fruit chunks and berries--but try not to give in to the convenience of a bag of chips and jar of salsa from the aisle. Just a little thought and effort goes a long way to make enjoyable potluck dishes.
And we really want to encourage you to bring something you made. Potlucks are always better the more homemade food that there is. There are tons of easy vegan recipes all over the Web that you could easily make in the afternoon before you come. Check out this Lone Star Plate article for a list of suggestions.

3. Be sure to bring your own plates, utensils, beverage, and a serving utensil for your dish. The best thing would be to bring plastic dishes that you can take home with you to wash, rather than throw paper ones in the trash. The recycling bin at the park is not very large.

4. Don’t take huge portions or seconds before everyone has had an opportunity to get food. With such a large amount of people, it will be impossible for everyone to get a taste of everything, but do consider how many people could get a small portion from what you're about to put on your plate. If the dish is divided into small portions for you, please take just one.

*Some of you may be new or inexperienced when it comes to vegan ingredients, so aside from the obvious "no meat, seafood, cheese, dairy or eggs", here are some common "uh-ohs" that people don't always think to look for or ask about: honey, butter, chicken or beef broth, lard, gelatin, egg noodles, anchovies, and whey.
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