If you love cooking and sharing recipes, you might want to start your own vegan potluck. Here are some of my experiences and tips.
In October 2009, my wife, Chris, and I started the Bucks County Vegan Supper Club. Our first dinner was in December and one couple showed up. My first idea was that the group would learn to make a vegan dish together. We made Moroccan Cooked Tomato and Green Pepper Salad with a Moroccan Vegetable Tangine. It took a lot longer to cook the meal than I thought it would and the couple left before I finished the meal at 8 o’clock. Our second dinner went better. The theme was The Ghost of Julia Child from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. We made bulgar, arugula, and cannellini, sautéed seitan with mushrooms and spinach, herb-scalloped potatoes, and heart shaped gallettes. We cooked for 12 people and dinner was served around 6 pm. The group suggested that these monthly dinners be turned into a potluck. The group now has over 185 members and has expanded to do more than just monthly potlucks.
A couple of things I have learned:
- Have a theme
- Be Flexible
- Be open to strangers coming to your house
- Be friendly and introduce new people to other members
- Be prepared
- Have enough seating for everyone
- Plan on it taking longer than you think it will
- Have fun
- Plan anything else that day
- Be uptight
- Have too many rules
We get inspiration from great cookbooks. Some of our favorite cookbooks are as follows:
- Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
- Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Cookbook by Allyson Kramer
- Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen Cookbook by Carolyn Scott-Hamilton
- The New Fast Food Cookbook by Jill Nussinow
- Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan
- Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry
- Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson
- Spork-Fed: Super Fun and Flavorful Vegan Recipes from the Sisters of Spork Foods by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg
Chris and I are very happy that we started the Bucks County Vegan Supper Club. We have gained a great group of friends and easily made the switch from vegetarian to vegan. The vegan supper club has also made it easier for other members to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle. Hopefully these tips will help you be more confident about starting your own supper club. Here is a good article on Cooking Light about How to Start Your Own Supper Club Club.
What are your experiences with vegan potlucks?
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