Who doesn’t love a good potluck?
I’m a big fan of potlucks. At least once every six weeks my team brings in food from home so that we can all pig-out throughout the work day. This gives me a chance to show off my kitchen skills and fluff my mood at work. Some tips I’ve learned over the years that I’ve participated in potlucks are:
- It tends to be cheaper to cook food for my folks than it is to buy enough food to feed them
- Never, ever cook with nuts or anything else that people can be allergic too.
- Let’s face it, we don’t miss the nuts in most foods that call for nuts in the recipe!
- Keep aluminum pans in the kitchen to fill with the food(s) you’re planning to take to work. This way you don’t have to clean the bowl or bring the leftovers home
- If you’re going to be making the main course, have one or two of your teammates contribute money to offset some of the cost
- Schedule an appointment on your work calendar with a reminder of 1 day before the scheduled date
I will admit that there are some people that I’ve worked with over the years who’s general appearance has made me question whether or not I really want anything out of their kitchen. Those are the folks that I encourage to bring in plates, napkins, forks/knives, chips, soda, etc. That way they can participate and mentally I’m at ease that I/we will be okay. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who keep their area’s clean, drive nice cars and have a well kept appearance may have issues with housework. In those instances what I don’t know most likely won’t hurt me.