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Cooking Clubs

The Food Network showed a special tonight on the revival of cooking clubs, née supper clubs. It was sponsored by Cooking Light magazine, which has information and a community area on its web site just for such gatherings. The magazine even hosts events in various cities specifically designed for these groups, to provide inspiration for themes and menus.

I'm in no position to do such a thing right now, but it's something to consider eventually, perhaps.

If you were founding such a club, or if you were involved in one as a member, what sort of guidelines and activities would you like to see? Would people cook at their own domiciles and bring their dishes, or would everyone cook together in one kitchen, making the cooking part of the event? Would the host have to cook, or would cleaning up the house be enough? How would expenses be managed? Themes or no themes? Would members' dietary requirements play a role in choosing menus, or no? How often would the group meet, and how many members would it contain?

One idea that I came up with was a cookbook-themed event, where each person would make and bring a dish, but the recipes would all have to come from the same cookbook to sort of get an impression of the author's taste and personality.

If you were doing such a thing, what would you like to see? Do any of you currently participate in a group like this?

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hehutalks
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Haven't done this, but a friend told me about one he and his neighbors regularly do which sounded great. Basically, they start at one house in the neighborhood for drinks, then walk en masse to the house of each person participating, where a course is served. The trick, of course, is having enough neighbors whose company you truly enjoy.
pointedview
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, a progressive dinner thingy? I've heard of them, but have never participated. Sounds like fun, though. The one article I read said that the only hurdle was getting people to keep moving from place to place: apparently there's a tendency to get stuck on hanging out over appetizers and drinks . . . can't possibly think why. :)
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