Gentle Readers, today’s post is inspired by a chance conversation The Practical Cook had across the pond, in merry old London, reinforced by a recent jaunt to Colonial Williamsburg. You see, apparently when we revolted, we also embraced the concept of the potluck (I think it’s covered under the right to gather unencumbered, especially involving cream of mushroom).
When you have “people round for dinner,” it is apparently unheard of to ask anyone to bring anything. But if you distribute the labor, you can hold them more often, I argued. My English companions were not impressed.
Perhaps the original potluck, the Boston Tea Party, still grates.
Three Reasons to Host a Potluck
Having recently attended a potluck hosted by The Eldest Practical Cook Junior’s class, I can say with authority that even the youth of today can join in and enjoy the experience. A huge shout-out to everyone involved in the planning, it was fantastic.
1. Community. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, sitting down with people to eat builds community. We don’t do enough of it these days.
2. Opportunity. It is a chance to share, to teach, and to learn. The 1st graders provided dessert, each class producing one. The Eldest was a “whipped creamer” for the pudding sundae. Check out the presentation, the written instruction, and the class project, all great learning opportunities. And for someone like me, the chance to taste everyone’s food is not to be passed up.
3. Frequency. It’s easier and less daunting to provide the space if you don’t have to cook everything too. The Eldest is already checking our calendar to schedule a potluck of our own. The more you do such things, the more you get back. Give it a try. And if each person/group/family is assigned one course or category, it is all easily done.
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On Friday, we’ll update the Bacon Brackets!