In our dinner group or gourmet supper club, our 8-members share in the work, the expense of entertaining, and we get to socialize regularly. This happens while we are enjoying good food and good friends. But I have a complaint about it.
My big complaint? The word “potluck.” That word has connotations of bag of chips and salsa and bland dishes that one’s family won’t eat. It’s too bad that word has such a bad reputation. Even though our dinner group is gourmet eating and we’re sharing the work of preparing different parts of the meal and we’re eating gourmet dishes, it’s really a “potluck.”
How do we coordinate our “potluck” dinner group?
- The host chooses the theme or picks the recipes. It’s usually something special and not what would be for every day dining.
- The other members in the diner group each contribute their part. We take turns bringing appetizers, salad, and dessert.
- Everyone brings something to drink.
Gourmet Supper Club
The menu from our last gathering was:
- appetizer: goat cheese, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers with crostini (that’s what we brought)
- main: braised chicken with capers and parsley from Bon Appetit (that’s what the hosts served)
- salad: radicchio salad with dressing (that’s what my friend, Robin, and her husband brought)
- side: forked oven roasted potatoes from Bon Appetit (the hosts served this, also)
- dessert: apple galette from Bon Appetit (that’s what the 4th couple brought)
These apples were sliced by hand. I would have needed a mandolin to get them so even.
The salad was radicchio and was delicious.
By sharing the responsibility and rotating homes, we end up socializing with our good friends and enjoying delicious meals. Not one person or household has to do all the work or have all the expense of entertaining. Dinner group is very frugal, fancy, and fun. After many years of getting together with our friends, I always look forward to it. I can’t wait until our next get together.
Do you enjoy potluck dining with friends? Are you in a dinner group?
Go Gingham related links:
How to organize a dinner group – why not start one? It’s frugal, fancy & fun!
Last summer’s dinner group gather is here and the appetizer we brought is here
Our dinner group followed Bon Appetit’s menu last fall
The last time we hosted diner group – in between decorating seasons
Dinner group in spring – well, it felt like winter
The appetizer – white bean dip – brought for dinner group