Calling for people who enjoy participating in pot lucks, whether it is to get a great meal or to present your food specialties to others.
MEETINGS: Meetings are scheduled whenever a member chooses to host a pot luck. They can be held in private homes or in public places where we can take food (parks, libraries, your church, some fire stations, etc.) Pot lucks should be scheduled far enough in advance that they will be listed on meetup at least two weeks before the meeting.
HOSTS: The host who schedules the party provides the setups (plates, silver, and cups), plastic wrap to cover take-home plates, and the main protein dish. It is optional whether the host provides beverages or asks everyone to bring his or her own. The protein may be meat, chicken, seafood, or a true vegetarian dish (a combination of roughly equal parts of a legume and a grain). Guests pay the host the actual cost of the meat, setups, and beverage. If you would like to host an event, please contact Dara. Someone may choose to host an annual pot luck regularly. For example, I plan to host a St. Pat’s pot luck every year. It would be great if others do an annual party for another holiday.
GUESTS: Guests have the choice of what they bring: • An appetizer of 20 servings • A side dish or dessert of eight servings • If you prefer not to cook, you may pay $6 to the club treasury (in addition to the payment to the host) because we do not want to eliminate those who do not enjoy cooking. The $6 payments will be accumulated until the treasury has enough to host a non-pot luck special event (pizza party, snack of froyo, buffet restaurant meal, etc.) All dishes are homemade. No small containers of bought salad, bought chips and dip, etc. Instead of spending more money purchasing a bought cake, pay the $6, which will benefit all members when enough money has accumulated. Couples will bring two dishes or double the amount.
CHOICE OF THEMES: The host may suggest a theme, such as a holiday party or food from one particular area of the world. However, we do not want to be too restrictive because the advantage of a pot luck is that the food tends to be great because people choose to bring dishes in which they are particularly efficient. We also want to minimize restrictions because cooks do not enjoy being assigned to bring a particular item, which they may not make especially well. Several people may want to get together to schedule a “traveling pot luck” with appetizers taken to one house, the main meal at another, and desserts at a third. Or you could do appetizers and main at one house and dessert at another. For a traveling meal, the distance between each house should be no more than about a mile.
LEFTOVERS: A senior dance group in Grandview, which holds several pot lucks each year, has a wonderful policy of eating their meal, talking a while, and then each person fills up another plate with left-overs to take home. We will follow that policy at our pot lucks, however, we will not collect anything to take home until everyone at the meal has had his or her fill.
RSVPS. RSVPs can only be accepted until two days before the meal so the host has time to plan.
POT LUCK THEMES SUGGESTED BY MEMBERS: Ethnic and nationalities. Fondu or finger food. Comfort foods. Movie themes. Christmas in July. Your own heritage. Food of a particular color.