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.
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.