I know many of my American friends are all too familiar with the 55 foot salad bar, the baked sweet potatoes, simmering soup pots and dessert buffet. Well, for me that’s a dream. A dream that could inspire the most fabulous potluck of all time.
I love a good theme party. They inspire unique creations that would never have been imagined without the artificial parameters set by the host.
Potluck themes I’ve attended: seasonal, local foods, pies, hummus, rainbow, round-the-world, cookbook focused, brunch, cylindrical Sundays (yes, it was odd), chilli, food tour of Barack’s life, appetizers, the list goes on and on.
I’ve even been to a build a dish potluck before where we picked out recipes from a fancy cookbook (Milliennium) and assigned the various components to the guests. Everyone brought their individual elements and we built the menu together.
Build a bowl is a similar idea but without all the constraints of following one recipe. Here you basically use your guests to create the most incredible salad bar imaginable.
Assign out basics like
: quinoa, brown rice, shredded kale or mixed greens.
Then let everyone use their imagination to fill up a huge table with tasty options.
There are so many possibilities, just think of the best salad you’ve ever had and choose a couple of the star ingredients.
For example: roasted beets, grilled asparagus, shredded fennel, fresh berries, candied nuts, baked sweet potato, tempeh bacon, carrot slaw, zucchini noodles, grilled peaches, avocado slices, fresh corn, etc.
As the host you could prepare a number of dressings, like this lemon tahini or this dragon bowl sauce to enhance the wonderful combinations your guests create.
Ask everyone to bring their favourite eating bowl and let them build a meal that is to their taste with some experimental additions influenced by the palates of their friends.
This set up is ideal for groups of people who have different dietary preferences, allergies or diverse food budgets.