About Our Potlucks

Everything you need to know to join us for a Public Potluck Supper.

All are welcome! Slow Food Seacoast invites anyone interested in Slow Food to join us for our free Public Potluck meetings. Just bring a dish or beverage to share if you are able. We use the meetings to enjoy a relaxing evening meal, talk over upcoming projects and events, and get to know one another. You do not need to be a member of Slow Food to attend, and there is no cost, as we view these as community events that should be available to everyone. But if you find you are participating often, please consider joining Slow Food USA to help support our activities on the Seacoast. Members receive the national and international publications, get discounts on events, and help directly support our many local activities and the work of Slow Food worldwide.

Days & Times. Potlucks usually alternate between Sunday and Monday evenings, to allow those with different schedules to attend. Sunday potlucks are generally at 5:30 while Mondays are usually at 6:30 to allow for a busier weekend evening. The schedule will be published in advance, and changes are shared via email and on the Slow Food Seacoast Blog.

Locations. Locations vary. Please consult your monthly newsletter email to confirm. Reminders will be sent a few days before each potluck to confirm the details of place, time, directions, parking, and themes. We can plan a potluck for almost any location on the Seacoast willing to host a group of 25-50 people at no charge - please suggest your favorite spot!

Themes. Most of the time there is a potluck theme. You don’t have to participate in the theme, but you might have fun doing so. The theme will be discussed at the previous Potluck and publicized in the monthly newsletter and on the Slow Food Seacoast blog.

Food and Drink. Any potluck offering is welcome (appetizer, salad, main dish, beverage, dessert, fruit, cheese). We usually end up with a good variety of dishes, so don't be too concerned about duplicates. It is a great courtesy to label your food. Some participants are vegetarian or vegan, observe dietary laws. Food allergies have not been a major issue to date, so be aware that foods may contain nuts, shellfish, and other potential allergens. When in doubt, please ask.

Utensils. Whenever possible, please bring your own ‘dining kit’ to the potlucks, including plate, bowl, glassware, silverware, and cloth napkin. This cuts down on use of paper goods and on cleanup time. It’s handy to bring a plastic bag or pillowcase to hold everything, so you can bring it all home for washing. Don't forget a serving utensil for your potluck dish!

BYOB. Please bring beverages for yourself and companions. Though we often end up with potluck offerings of beer, wines, ciders, juices, teas, and the like, there may be just enough for a sample but not for your whole meal. Please plan accordingly and bring something you enjoy.

Fun & Focus. At Potlucks, we usually begin with a few minutes to get settled and set up your place and potluck dish. A quick greeting follows, then we go around the room to say hello and give everyone a chance to describe what they brought (and sometimes why they chose it). After introductions, sit down and enjoy a delicious and varied meal. Usually between the dinner and the dessert portion of the meal, Slow Food leaders will make a few announcements about volunteer projects and upcoming events, and open the floor to similar annoucements from members and others. Then we often have a specific focus, such as a talk, tour, tasting, or presentation. Dessert is the last item on the agenda. Feel free to join us for as much of the evening as you can.