Here inÂ Los Angeles, going green is all the rage. Â Health isn't just considered a fad: people are eating healthier with various organic diets, utilizing solar panels, and driving their Prius' (Side note: is there an plural for Prius? Priui?). Â Even the homeless recycle. So when myÂ dear friend LinelleÂ postedÂ an articleÂ on Facebook about having sustainable potlucks, I must admit that I found myself feeling really inspired. Â Â
The only rule for the meal - according to the article - is to use locally grown in-season foods (pantry items like flour & olive oil are okay.). Â In Southern California we're lucky to have a long growing season that produces a greatÂ variety of foods. Â There are so many types of fruits and vegetables that we grow in great abundance.Â Â Think of the creative dishes you could make! Â Grilled artichokes, stuffed bell peppers, fresh coleslaw! Â I mean, how many barbecues will you attend this year that has the same staples?Â It might be a great opportunity to challenge your family & friends to try something new.
You could even take it one step further... meet a few of your friends at the farmers market to pick up the groceries together! Â Or turn it into a progressive dinner, with appetizers at one stop, main course at another, and dessert at a third. Â I can just taste how delicious a fresh strawberry pie or blueberry pound cake would be. Â Â Another idea: arrive at the potluck with enough copies of your recipes to exchange with the fellow guests. Â Maybe even turn it into a contest and blind vote a winner.
At the end of the day, not only are you having a great time with your friends, but you're helping the local economy, getting a great nutrient-rich meal, and maybe even learning a new recipe or two. Â Turn neighbhorhoods into real communities, and neighbors into friends. Â Sounds like everyone wins all around.