I love potlucks- I don't think there's any better way to meet people and really connect than over food in a private home or apartment. I joined many potluck groups, but noticed almost all of them were for vegans or vegetarians. I wanted to make a more generalized potluck and dinner party group that includes non-vegetarians too. I myself am a former vegetarian (6 years) but still enjoy cooking vegetable and whole grain loaded foods, in addition to meat, poultry and seafood.
I also have a huge space perfect for entertaining, 3br w/ a nice big patio/balcony. Problem is, it's 20 minutes out in Brooklyn. I definitely want to get some dinner party mileage in at my place, but I would imagine at some point other members of the group would offer to host at their places, which may be more convenient for all.
DISRUPTIVE, INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN ANYWAY. Inappropriate comments and/or other harassment of any member will be grounds for removal from our group. "Bringing up" divisive political/cultural debates meant to make others feel uncomfortable, aggression/rudeness directed at hosts/other guests, etc. We are opening up are homes with love and when all goes well, these potlucks can be a blast of good times, music, singing, dancing, good food, good booze, etc. It's a shame meetup.com groups in general at times attract disruptive people who come with the intent of pushing their political views on people, not respecting differences, "acting out", and bullying people. I've seen it time and time again at other groups I go to.
HIGHLY ENCOURAGED: TALK OF ART, MUSIC, LITERATURE, PEOPLE BRINGING INSTRUMENTS TO SING ALONG (I sometimes get up and perform, and other members do too), WORK, ETC...
It's inappropriate to bring up such topics at dinner parties because such topics are often brought up under the ASSUMPTION that everyone AGREES with your point of view and if they don't the are bad OR with the intent of provoking an argument with someone. We have People of all political persuasions who come to these potlucks. So please, spare us.