Tips and Guides

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.


Latest Stories

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!

These Photos Will Inspire You to Display Your Favorite Bags

Showcase your precious totes and purses while keeping your home clutter-free

Home Improvement Projects That Don't Add Value To Your Property

Are the repairs you're working on doing more harm than good?

Decorate Your Home for Christmas for Less Than P1,500

A trip to the bookstore is in order

Have Your Audrey Hepburn Moment With An Actual Breakfast At Tiffany’s

The luxury jeweler has just opened a cafe at their flagship store in New York, and it is so swell!

A Look Inside Bar Luce, The Quirky Cafe Designed by Wes Anderson

The offbeat world of filmmaker Wes Anderson comes alive in this Italian coffee shop
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!