View Full Version : FIRST RAW Potluck - help
02-05-2008, 02:48 PM
I was invited on my first raw potluck - what should i bring how much. Any experiences what holds well. I will need to commute with the dish and have to prepare ahead of time. Any tips? I didn't show up at last event because i wasn't sure what to bring and how it will be.
02-05-2008, 04:10 PM
Well how much you should bring always depends on how big a potluck it is! Every one I have been to recommends 10-12 servings, but I usually bring enough for 20. :rolleyes: If it is a small potluck though (like just some friends), then 8-10 side-dish servings should be plenty. I notice you are in Toronto. Is this the potluck at Toronto Sprouts on Feb 9?? If so, their web page says to bring 8-12 servings.
If you have to prepare ahead of time, desserts keep well (as long as they don't need to be frozen) and are always a hit! Squares, pies, cookies, fudge - all of it is good! No real tips except that I recommend you try everything! I have discovered a love for certain dishes/food combinations that I never would have tried if it hadn't been for the potluck where I first tried them.
02-05-2008, 04:42 PM
We have 40-60 at our potlucks which is a lot of people!
Desserts go over great. Raw crackers are a good hit. How about raw chocolate pudding and a fruit plate to dip in it?
02-05-2008, 11:07 PM
im usually on a pretty tight budget, and things like nuts are expensive, especially if its to feed alot of people...im sort of hoarding my unpasteurized almonds at the moment as well.... SO, i usually take something simple like marinated kale (tear kale into bite size pieces, add some olive oil, grated garlic, and a dash of honey, and massage the heck out of the kale pieces until they soften :) even better if you let it set in the fridge overnight to soften more. you could also smash an avocado into this and that will reduce or eliminate the amount of oil you have to add. I LOVE this. I often also add torn dulse leaves too. YUM, and not prohibitively expensive, even if you have to feed a large group
Ive also made CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES to take to potlucks, and this has worked well too. cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, blend in fp until smooth. often times i add some bite sized pieces of marinated kale and mix it in too.
another easy, budget friendly even in large amounts idea is sprouted lentil salad. sprout lentils, add olive or sunflower oil, lemon juice, garlic, onion, parsley, assorted veggies, etc.
simple fruit salads work well too
feel free to try an elaborate recipe if you want, but personally, i usually leave those to the experts who dont have dehydrators that hate them ;) mine hates me, and most of the stuff ive made in it ends up in the dogs bowl or the compost.....
02-07-2008, 02:13 PM
Thank you for the tips - i will see what i can do - i think i am just anxious and not sure how things will be. I would love to make something likeable.
Fruit salads are my favourite everywhere i go!
02-07-2008, 06:37 PM
How fun that you're going to a raw potluck!
I hope it's a blast!
I always like trying different kinds of salads such as
especially ones with fresh herbs, garlic, or ginger.
02-08-2008, 08:47 PM
I have marinated mushrooms in namu shoyu and water. Then after 1 or days, I stuff them with pesto. Both mushrooms and pesto are inexpensive. Wonderful for potlucks - they all get eaten.
I have also rolled pitted dates in coconut for potlucks.
You can also juice some apples (if you have a juicer) or squeeze some oranges (which are in season right now), and bring 1 or 2 pitchers of juice.
02-09-2008, 09:35 AM
I'll be attending my first raw potluck in Eugene Oregon soon. The person hosting it is having different ethnic themes and the first one is Italian. So I'm bring pasta! I'll use the Sea Tangle noodles, and soften them up with Alissa's marinara sauce on top. I'm really looking forward to meeting other raw vegans.
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