Potluxurious: Community Dining Made Easy

By Christen Hill

One thing I can definitely say about saving money on food is that potlucks are probably the best way to go.  Each year, a friend of mine hosts a pie party a few days before Thanksgiving and it’s always a hit. This family-friendly event was cost effective because party-goers could control costs by choosing a dish they wanted to bring.  (I brought the coffee)

At this particular party, there were loads of savory and sweet pies. There were lots of gluten-free pie options as well. No pie was left behind. Here’s a quick rundown of what we had:  

  • Shepard’s pie
  • Hamburger pie
  • Berry pie (my personal favorite)
  • A fruit tart
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Chocolate Mousse pie
  • Frito Chilli pie

Consider hosting one of your very own dinners. There are several bloggers from which to draw inspiration. A couple of community dining bloggers that I like -Dine Diaspora and Dinner Curated – host dinners in DC where like-minded people can talk and connect over dinner.

Dinner Curated is a more upscale and intentional gathering for creative thinkers in D.C. There’s a chef who prepares the meal at a hand-picked location from the host.



Dine Diaspora is a unique opportunity for people from all around the world to come together and celebrate diverse cuisines.screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-7-54-18-pm


All in all, community dining can be fun and informal. Going out to glitzy clubs isn’t always the best way to meet people. Eating a small group dinner can be a lower barrier to entry for people just looking to meet some new friends.  That’s what makes it truly awesome.

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