View Full Version : Parties -- raw or not?
08-04-2008, 08:26 PM
So, I am going to throw a housewarming party. Lots of my friends are not into the raw lifestyle, though very supportive.
I am thinking about the menu -- make it raw or include other non-raw things as well? I have some pregnant friends that won't do raw and I want to make sure they have something to eat. What's your opinion?
Also, any recipe suggestions? Thanks in advance!
08-04-2008, 08:30 PM
Feed them what they'll eat. I find that it is a waste of my time and money to prepare raw food for people who don't want it or won't appreciate it, so I usually will have something for myself (with enough for someone else to taste if they want) and some SAD inexpensive food. JMO.
08-04-2008, 08:49 PM
Yah, do a mix. But make sure not to buy SAD food that you actually *really* like. I know that would be hard for me to resist at my own party!
08-04-2008, 08:51 PM
Why not have them bring something to share?
08-04-2008, 09:37 PM
Great ideas so far...I would atleast keep it vegetarian.
08-05-2008, 12:06 AM
recently had a party and had these same concerns. i ended up turning it into a potluck to be sure everyone had at least one dish they would eat. i had to be sure to push ALL leftovers on guests as they left. everyone seemed to really enjoy it. it was also a great way for me to introduce some of my buds to raw (i made three dishes as hostess.)
08-05-2008, 12:16 AM
I usually just drink a Shiner, or a virgin daiquiri.
08-05-2008, 07:17 AM
When I do a potluck I make sure I tell everyone as they arrive to make sure they take any leftovers of the dish they brought, or I'll have to throw it in the trash because I don't have room to save it all. They usually remember and when they don't ... I do exactly that, pitch it.
08-05-2008, 09:25 AM
Thanks for the great suggestions everyone! I normally don't like to do potlucks because it's kind of me welcoming ppl for a housewarming! lol
I think I'll do a mixture -- definitely raw and some other dishes. The other dishes are all going home with the guests! I'm sure they will love it. Awesome, thanks so much guys. :)
Now to prepare the simplest, easiest to please recipes! (I am so tempted to do the calzone but I always smear the inside so it dries green on the outside... ugh. haha)
Not to steer too much, but why is your pregnant friend opposed to all raw food? Interesting...
Anyways, my thought would be to make some chips/dip (some flax crax, some SAD tostitos or something), guac (you'd never even think of if it's raw. It's just a tasty treat!), zucchini hummus with raw black olives and soaked sundried tomatoes added... stuff like that and maybe something like the potato salad. Just my thoughts. You could always add a couple SAD things to the mix too, like some cheese, crackers, bread. LOL.. what else? I can't remember any appealing party foods that are not raw. All the stuff that pops into my mind that makes me go "mmmmm" is raw!!! What a lucky feeling!
I'm gonna throw another two cents in! haha -- unless you're a pro at the pizza, I would not do that!!! When I first made it, my husband and stepkids rolled their eyes and made fun. I thought it was great! I guess my tastebuds have changed. Anyways, maybe you've done it plenty -- and I did get better. But for some reason, SAD folks expect the pizza to be like, pizza.
What about make your own tacos with a mix of raw/SAD shells and goodies?
LOL -- I guess you really were looking for more general info, huh? :)
08-05-2008, 10:33 AM
I would probably stick to finger food type stuff if it were me...
cheese and crackers
chips and salsa
veggie tray with raw dip
Fruit on toothpicks with maybe a raw chocolate sauce to dip in
Maybe some raw dessert sushi slice of banana wrapped in a thin slice of mango with rasberry sauce
Stuffed cucumber rounds
You could do bbq meatballs in a crockpot (so you don't have to handle them much, buy the frozen meatballs at Wal-Mart, inexpensive)
These were just off the top of my head.
08-05-2008, 08:51 PM
Thanks for the great tips! I am going to definitely try out the finger food. That should satisfy lots of appetites.
Eva - preggie friend thinks anything raw may have bacteria and side effects for baby (think sashimi, salads, anything). *shrug* To each their own.
Thanks for the response re: the pregnant friend. I think that's sad! Sad that there is so much in the news re: salmonella on raw tomatoes, spinach, etc. when it's all caused by meat factories or whatever close by. I guess we all have to make our own calls based on what we believe. So, yes... to each her own. :o
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