About Our Potlucks

All Are Welcome!

Slow Food Seacoast invites anyone and everyone interested in Slow Food to attend our free public potlucks. Just bring a dish or beverage to share if you are able. We use the potluck events to enjoy a relaxing meal, discuss upcoming projects and events, and get to know one another. You do not need to be a member of Slow Food USA to attend. There is no cost, as we view potlucks as important community events. However, if you find yourself participating often, please consider donating to or becoming a member of Slow Food USA to help support our activities on the Seacoast. (Read about the benefits of membership on the Slow Food USA website.)

Day & Time: For a Slow state of mind, we usually hold potlucks on the first Sunday of the month, with dinner starting at 5:30 pm and the “meeting” (business, lecture, tour, tasting, or presentation) around 6:30 pm. The schedule depends on other chapter events but is published in advance in our Email Newsletter, on our Blog, and on the Events page of this website.

Location: The location may be anywhere in the Seacoast area. It is published in advance in our Email Newsletter, on our Blog, and on the Events page of this website. Reminders are sent a few days before each potluck to confirm the details: time, location, directions, and theme. Do you know a Seacoast location willing to host a group of 25–50 people at minimal or no charge? Please Contact Us with your suggestions!

Focus: A potluck begins with a few minutes to arrange dishes, set up seats, and get settled. The Slow Food Seacoast leaders will offer a quick greeting and start introductions: Sitting around the communal table, we take turns introducing ourselves and describing what dishes we brought (and maybe why we chose them). Then we’ll enjoy a delicious and convivial meal! As dinner winds up, the Slow Food Seacoast leaders may make brief announcements about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events and open the floor to announcements. Dinner may be followed by a previously scheduled lecture, 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!

Food & Drink: Any potluck offering (e.g., appetizer, salad, main dish, side dish, beverage, dessert, fruit, cheese, or bread) is welcome! We do ask that you label your dish. For participants who are vegetarian or vegan, observe dietary laws, or have food sensitivities, knowing the ingredients is important. If food sensitivities or allergies are an issue for you or your family, please be aware that some foods may contain nuts, shellfish, and other potential allergens. If you’re wondering, please ask.

Theme: For most potlucks, we suggest a seasonal theme. You aren’t required to prepare a dish in line with the theme, but you might have fun doing so! The theme will be announced in our Email Newsletter (subscribe at the top right of any page), on our Blog, and on the Events page of this website.

BYO Beverage: Please bring your own beverage(s). Even though potluck offerings may include beverages, there may be enough for only a sample.

BYO Dining Kit: To minimize the use of paper goods, waste, and cleanup time, please bring your own “dining kit” (plate, bowl, drinkware, cutlery, and napkin). An extra bag or pillowcase is handy for bringing dirty dishes home for washing.

BYO Utensils: Please bring a serving utensil for your potluck dish!