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The Cookbook Club Potluck is for a those who enjoy cooking, entertaining in their homes, trying different cuisines, and are interested in expanding their culinary skills. We're a small, but active, group who host dinners in our homes and share a collaborative meal from a selected cookbook.

About our Group and Potluck Dinners:

• The host/organizer selects a cookbook, picks a date for the dinner, and sets the size of the group. Generally, the host will make the main dish, provide basic beverages, and provide plates and utensils for the meal. Attendees should bring serving utensils and any other serving or plating items specific to their dish.

• Attendees should review the selected cookbook and choose at least one item to prepare and bring to the event for a shared meal with the group. Indicate the recipe you intend to bring by posting a comment on the event's page on the meetup site. It usually works out that there's a variety of appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts.

• There is no need to double a recipe -- most people will take just a small portion and there are usually more than enough food items to fill a plate. This said, please do keep in mind the number of RSVPs and the serving size of a particular recipe. A recipe that "serves 2" likely should be doubled or tripled, depending on what the dish is.

• As mentioned above, the host will provide basic beverages, but attendees may bring any beverage they'd like to enjoy with the meal, and/or with others.

Cookbooks: The cookbooks selected for potluck dinners will have multiple copies available in public libraries in the DC Metro Area (e.g., Fairfax County, VA, Arlington County, VA, DC Library and Montgomery County, MD). Or events will be based on recipes from an online blog. Members will not need to purchase the cookbook to participate in potluck dinners.

Participation: This group will only work if everyone participates -- both attending events and hosting events. We're intentionally a small but active group. And we're hosting events in our homes please so please give the host and other attendees the courtesy of an up-dated RSVP. Anyone who registers for the group but never attends an event, no-shows, and those with chronic late cancellations will be removed from the group. It's simply a matter of courtesy to others.

Mini Chefs: While we all love children, please know that this is an adults-only group.

Food Allergies or Restrictions: Because potluck dishes are made in the kitchens of the participants, please note that there are no guarantees that these dishes are free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish or other allergens. There are also no guarantees that dishes will meet special diet restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, etc.). Apologies, but this probably isn't the best group for those with food allergies or special diet restrictions.

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