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Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Potluck, not for me..." Obama Da Dog' (AKA James "Kimo" Rosen)

A simple plate lunch from Panda Express with fried rice chow mein, steak, shrimp
and a fortune cookie for under $8.00 is much better than the food at most potlucks.

Potluck, not for me

I never understood the concept of potluck parties. Everyone attending is suppose to bring a dish to share with whatever  number of people the host  estimates may attend.  Being a single man, if I get invited to a potluck with 15 people, am I suppose to bring enough entree or dessert for 15 people?  

Potlucks are never fare,  there are the lazy and cheap people who bring chips or prepared food and on the other hand you have the people who bring expensive salads and such delectable items like smoked salmon  entrees. Then there are  people who bring nothing to potlucks, they are usually the couples with 5 kids,  what a deal for them. I find it ironic I can buy a delicious plate lunch for under $10.00 at many decent establishments. After-all why should a single person at a potluck be required to bring enough food for 15-20 people?  

Potlucks were originally intended so the host was not out  a lot of money. However I feel they are unhealthy. You do not know the condition where each guest prepared the meals. One guest may have prepared their contribution on a diaper changing table. Someone else may not practice proper Hygiene and someone else may not know to keep the mayonnaise refrigerated, this could easily lead to many guests   contacting a variety of food poisonings.

In my day, when I was a couple and owned a business we had many parties that were always hosted by us. When I attended parties they were hosted by the host. Although not billed as potlucks I always brought something for the host, a bottle of wine, something from the garden or  a nice gourmet dessert.  

I was taught when you have a party you are the provider, not asking guests to be the provider. I know people who sponsor potlucks just so they can live off the leftovers of everyone's labor.labor. Remember that restaurant  food has to pass FDA guidelines to safeguard patrons from diseases such as e.coli, botulism and salmonella.

I would much prefer to buy a fresh plate lunch, at one of the local Chinese, Thai or Korean restaurants and go to the beach with my dog and a friend or two than attend a potluck with food made at who knows where? Restaurants need to pass inspections, there are no inspections for your friend who makes pickled picks feet in his garage.

Potluck sounds like something that a stoner might say if they found someones stash, "Potluck" Foe me potluck is just that, your testing your luck on whether you get food poisoning or don't. My monies on the traditional  plate lunch with FDA approval.

Potluck, some luck, a little luck or no luck, I'll take my chances on no potluck, did I mention I  don't like potlucks? 

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27 comments:

KimoRosen said...

...and did I mention kids usually eat first, so everything is a mess by the time you get to the potluck buffet.

Rick Comstock said...

I say if 15 people brought food for 15 people half of it get thrown away. my rule is enough for family plus 5....if it 20 or 25 people same rule applies. in your case the number is always 6.....when dinner?

Steven Eayrs said...

I prefer to call it a good way to being social equality. Those who have more can bring more, and some eat that bring nothing... Why should the government be the only place this is practiced?

Steven Eayrs said...

"bring" not "being"....but imagine it just about says the same thing

Rick Comstock said...

I'm with Steven sometime eating and typing correctly are fails but we all understand together. I've seen 15 hot dogs not feed 6 ...go figure....

Pete Antonson said...

It's the organizers who mistakenly allow kids first, especially if it's unsupervisored. There is no such rule, just as there is no contribution size rule unless you're with people you'd probably rather not be with! Again, it's the people; not the potluck!

KimoRosen said...

I understand the giving part and all that, it's more the hygienic part, all those people and all those hands not knowing where they've been. and if there is some nut case at the potluck he could slip some weird narcotic in the food?

Steven Eayrs said...

Of course you can always trust the kitchen help in resturants? Public eating is a matter of trust, anywhere.

Harmony Bentosino said...

You're not expected to bring enough for everybody! Just bring any amount, & if there are lots of people, there will be lots of people bringing stuff & plenty for everyone even if one person's dish doesn't feed everyone.

KimoRosen said...

Steve, at least restaurants need to be inspected, peoples homes are not. I am serious, I have seen folks preparing food on the same table they change their babies diapers. Harmony, that might be true, but these people all talk, when your not around they say, did you that cheapskate who only brought a bag of chips, yet eats for four! Believe they talk, talk talk. nothing else to do on Kauai...

Steven Eayrs said...

"Sounds like your hitting too many potlucks if their starting to talk about ya... lol"

KimoRosen said...

actually haven't been to a potluck in at least 2 years... I just don't like them... I like a more organized menu.

KimoRosen said...

do you know i was actually invited to a potluck wedding, the people did not want to spend money on their own wedding... I am surprised they didn't carpool to their own wedding. ironically their rich parents, and i mean rich came form another country and stayed in the nicest hotel on the island and sent their daughter off on an elaborate honeymoon and gave the couple a huge down payment on a home, yet they could not splurge on their wedding day, oy vey!

KimoRosen said...

It kind of depends on the occasion whether or not I like them. How about for Thanksgivng?

KimoRosen said...

Doesn't matter what holiday, just don't care for potlucks...

Steven Eayrs said...

Last one I was at was a week ago. Ate smoked salmon, wild goat stew, moose roast, and went home with a gift of some smoked deer meat that tastes like bacon. Was very good, and doubt there was any disgruntled dishwasher spitting in any of it.. (-:

KimoRosen said...

Steve, that's in Alaska, Hawaii is different...

Harmony Bentosino said...

I'll have what Steve had!

Steven Eayrs said...

Ha. We're both different than the other 48.

KimoRosen said...

Yes, the two states that stand alone, Alaska were the weather is cold and the people are warm, and Hawaii where the weather is warm and the people are... never mind...

Deborah Morel said...

Ha ha ha. I...never mind.

Harmony Bentosino said...

I'm glad you didn't finish that sentence.

Sandy Markley Levine said...

It really depends on the nature of the potluck. We have them at work occasionally, where we all have training in health and disease prevention. And we like it that the people who can't cook bring the chips and pop and the people who CAN cook bring the great stuff!

Sandy Markley Levine said...

At my home, no one is allowed to bring stuff, unless specifically requested. (My friend Carolyn Fermoyle will bring the apple pie that I can't make due to allergies. )

KimoRosen said...

right on sandy!

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Renee Harden said...

Seems fitting...a dog named Obama...