Yesterday was our potluck, held as part of Slow Food USA’s $5 Challenge. We were just a few of more than 15,000 people across the country who got together and shared great food for $5 or less per person! We gathered for our potluck at Moline’s Butterworth Center, a gorgeous historic home beautifully furnished with period pieces. This was our first potluck ever eaten on gold-rimmed china!
15 Slow Food Quad Cities friends took part in our $5 Challenge meal, and here’s what we feasted on:
- Cornbread with honey butter
- Greek salad
- Green salad
- Veggie pizza
- Rice with Cajun curds and crowder peas
- Tofu scalloped potatoes
- Zucchini and leeks
- Deviled eggs
- Ricotta-orange cookies
- Honey lemonade
- Lavender lemonade
One of the best things about a Slow Food Quad Cities potluck is the conversation, and last night’s potluck didn’t disappoint. What did we talk about? The meaning of Slow Food; upcoming SFQC events; e-book readers; water filters; the difficulty of eco-effective design; recipes; house hunting; Uno; where to get Cajun curds; the Italian mural on the ceiling of the Butterworth’s recital room; Happy Birthday Choo Choo (one of us was a toddler!); hydroponic leeks; marigolds; and so much more!
After dinner, we got to take a tour of the Butterworth house. In addition to learning tidbits about the house’s history, we were each able to wander off on our own to look at the things that most interested us.
Me, I was a little fascinated with the oriental rugs in the bathrooms. And I loved how everywhere you turned, there was something new to see. Each nook and cranny and corner had its own perfect arrangement of beautiful items.
We like to hold potlucks pretty frequently – maybe once every couple months. They may not all be served on gold-rimmed china with candelabra centerpieces, but they do all include a wonderful array of delicious food, as well as great conversation. I hope you’ll join us for our next one.