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RL Entertaining: The Pot Luck Club

Get a group of friends together to celebrate nothing but the love of food!


Who says you need an excuse to cook up a feast? There’s no need to wait around for the next birthday to get together with your friends for a night of gustatory delights. Look for people with a similar passion for food, and form your own little foodie club!

Read the original article ("The Pot Luck Club”) in the August 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

The Club

Get together a group of people who love to cook—or even those who just love to eat. Agree to meet regularly (say, once a month), with a new dish for everyone to try. If you’ve got non-cooking foodies on board, have them bring their latest find from a little-known resto. Members of the club can take turns hosting the get-togethers. Everyone can bring ready-made meals, but half the fun comes from preparing the food all together!

The Food

It’s best to come up with a theme—perhaps determined by the host—per get-together so that the dishes will complement one another. You can go the international route and have themes based on food from another country: Italian Night, A Trip to Japan, A Taste of Thailand, and so on. Other possible themes:

  • Finger-food Night – Serve up hors d’oeuvres alongside a selection of wine.
  • My Favorite Things – Whip up your most favorite dish and share it with the rest of the club.
  • Dessert Buffet – Enjoy a night of decadence and overload on the sweet stuff.
  • Movie Night – Make something inspired by your favorite movie—and munch on it while watching it on DVD.
The Mood

Nix the idea of serving a sit-down dinner in your formal dining area (unless, of course, this was your pre-determined theme). The idea is to enjoy food without all the frou-frou place settings, so the club can eat right in the kitchen. Keep it casual—there’s no room for primness when you’re standing in front of a hot stove. 

For Members Only

Make your foodie club extra special by supplying each member with a little box to stash all the recipes. At every meeting, members can bring copies of recipes on standardized cards to hand out to the other members of the club. Non-cooks can provide a directory of restaurants where they get their contributions.


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