I just so happened to have celebrated a milestone birthday and thought a) I’m celebrating this mutha with an old-school style potluck party and b) I do NOT want to eat crap at said celebration. So I designed the invite and started a Google Doc so that everyone could signup and see what everyone else was bringing. Besides the drawback of Google docs only working for peeps with Gmail accounts, the party was a raging success.
We had people with numerous food aversions & allergies so when all the food came out there was a collective sigh of relief. My brother Simmah (allergic to all animal byproducts & gluten) and another dear friend commented that this was the first party that they could actually eat other dishes than the ones they specifically made. The result was the most amazing array of gorgeous food I have ever seen at a party and Lisa and I (and it seems everyone else at the party) were over the moon.
Let’s change how we look at gatherings that revolve around eating. People are way more receptive than you think to try something different. So invite some people over and potluck that thing up. You’ll be surprised and elated on what arrives on your table. We were.