I quite often attend events that involve some sort of ‘potluck’ food. It can feel like a risk to rely on a random set of contributions to feed a group, but I never fail to be amazed by the fantastic meals that appear.
My learning guild meets once a month and we always have what we call a ‘shared lunch’. To be honest, we’ve got into a bit of a routine: John makes soup, Katy brings bread or roasted veg, Kate (a new member) has brought cheese and olives and I supply cake. Our less regular members tend to add something unexpected, but the basic pieces of the meal are all in place. Other occasions are less predictable.
The weekend before last, when I was teaching permaculture at Karuna, our first lunch was a pot luck. In this case you have to remember that most of the ten people had never met before and that I only gave the briefest guidelines about what to bring. Even so, we had a feast that fed us for much more than that first meal:
And it doesn’t just have to be about lunch; our cake and craft sessions at Denmark Farm rely on at least some participants donating a cake or other sweet snack. Because there’s no pressure to provide a meal, some of the spreads we’ve had for afternoon tea have been amazing:
So, next time you need to feed a group of people, take a risk and ask them all to contribute something… you never know what sort of amazing banquet you might end up with!