How to start your own vegan potluck

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.

We use Meetup.com to organize our events or you can also use Facebook Groups.

A couple of things I have learned:

Do’s

  • 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

Don’ts

  • 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:

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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About James Lucas


James has been a graphic designer for over 18 years and owns Wave Hound Surf Shop. James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife Chris started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.

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