The joy of potlucking

by Kelsey

Why does no one else get excited about potlucks like I do?

Perhaps it’s because I’m coming from the single, recent college grad, too-long-commute point of view — but it’s still hard for me to understand how people can’t love such loveable things:

  • abundant amounts of food, much of it homemade
  • a break from sack lunches or cafeteria food
  • a legitimate excuse to socialize and not do work, at least for a half hour or so


There is so little labor that goes into it (I am known for a mean bean dip and pasta salads), but so much reward — like those pretty little deviled eggs, spicy enchilada casseroles, a big piece of meat, crackers and fancy cheeses, pies and cookies and wine and good conversation.


What do you think? Do you like potlucks or hate them? What is your favorite dish to bring (or eat)? Tell us in the comments section below.


Photo credits under Creative Commons (from top): Flickr users slowlysheturned; paige_eliz; vilseskogen

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Matt Kleinhans December 28, 2009 - 5:28 pm

You know where I stand on potlucks. One word: G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S.

Culinary Cory December 30, 2009 - 12:54 am

I love potlucks! It's a perfect way to try new recipes from places you least expect.

SinoSoul December 30, 2009 - 8:00 pm

thought that said hot potting. potlucking blows cuz people bring stupid isht, and the host always get stuck w/ the biggest bill.

hot potting OTOH, the host still gets the biggest bill, but at least everyone cooks their own isht and the host gets to eat what he/she wants.

Kelsey December 30, 2009 - 8:07 pm

You know, that's so interesting you said that, SinoSoul, because I've never tried hotpotting at home/parties — I assume you meant at home and not a restaurant. What exactly does that look like?


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