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Old 03-25-2012, 09:23 AM   #51
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When potluck is OK - Miss Manners - The Buffalo News
She addresses one of my pet peeves: someone who wants to bring a dish to a meal that you already planned and it wasn't a pot luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:19 PM   #52
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I am never offended to bring a dish to a potluck & I enjoy going to small pot luck gatherings. When the potlucks get to be to many people, 100 plus, it seems like food poisening just waiting to happen.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #53
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I have never been offended by bringing something for a potluck. I've brought several things to work and church potlucks. Most of the people that have contributed in the past, I have known. So, I don't have a problem with their cooking practices, and I'm not that paranoid. The bottom line is... if you have a problem with bringing something or trying something from someone, then don't do it... plain and simple. I think they are a lot of fun. Everyone's tastes are different.... one person might rave about that, and another person might think it stinks. I can't remember who said it.... it is taken way too seriously.

When my family had birthday parties or holiday get-togethers, we all brought something. My grandma or aunt would provide the main course. I love to exchange recipes, and it's a great way to get to know people and cooking-style.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:01 PM   #54
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You invite acquaintances to dine, family is invited for dinner and/or potluck. If I'm inviting folks to a potluck, it's because I think of them as family.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #55
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Going to large event pot lucks the food sits at room temperature for such a long time it makes a person think what food borne illness is brewing in some of those dishes.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:12 AM   #56
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You're right about when you do potluck, you usually are inviting friends who are that, friends. I sometimes "declare" a theme; most recently it was my husband's 65th birthday and I mentioned stuff with a 50s/60s theme. It was great. I think my favorite was a fellow cookbook collector who came up with meatballs using grape jelly as one of the sauce components.

I think the thing I miss most about living in Hawaii .... well, like here, most parties were potluck and the vast variety of foods that would show up was knock your socks off great. You might have, for example, lumpia and Vietnamese spring rolls; five different noodle dishes from various Asian countries, but also a vast array of European dishes. It would be a real adventure in eating.

One thing I learned when I first moved here was that people are going to bring something even if you aren't planning potluck. After ten years, I've learned to go with it. It's an odd community in that some people are quite wealthy, some not so, and the not so (includes me) like to contribute, and this is how. For us, if we had to provide everything, we probably wouldn't entertain. So it's really become a way of life for us. Whoever is hosting provides the main dish, then "assigns" the sides. As in: appetizer, salad, vegetable, starch, desert. The guests look at what your main dish is, and coordinate with each other. The first person to call in gets to pick what course, and so forth. It really works wonderfully. But, yes, I've actually had someone say that in their culture, no one would dream of having people bring food to their house. Ironically, this couple are always happy to bring food when we host a potluck.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:42 AM   #57
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First thing out of my mouth when asked to a meal at someone's home, "Do you need/want me to bring anything?" If they say "yes," no problem, if they say "no"...still no problem. Most of the time the answer is, "yes." And they already know what they want me to bring. If they say "no," I bring a non-food hostess gift.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:27 AM   #58
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You invite acquaintances to dine, family is invited for dinner and/or potluck. If I'm inviting folks to a potluck, it's because I think of them as family.
That kind of sums it up for me!

We do a lot of potlucks because we tend to only entertain people that are close friends.

Sometimes when my partner is introducing someone new to his game group, we'll invite them over for dinner and I'll cook the whole meal, it's kind of a "getting to know" this person or couple. He holds his game here in the basement den and I really don't want strangers coming into my house, so I do this to meet them one on one.
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