Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Potluck or Bring a plate

According to uncle Wiki, a potluck is a gathering of people where each person or group of people contributes a dish of food to be shared among the group.
The word pot-luck appears in 16th century England, in the work of Thomas Nashe, and was there used to mean "food provided for an unexpected or uninvited guest, the luck of the pot". The sense "communal meal, where guests bring their own food", appears to have originated in the late 19th century or early 20th century US, particularly in the Western United States, either by influence from potlatch or possibly by extension of traditional sense of "luck of the pot".

You can read further explanation about Potluck here

The term potluck is quite common in Indonesia and sometimes we have potluck dinner at a friend's house. Potluck makes the host's life easier because the host doesn't have to cook the whole dishes for everyone. 

In Australia there is a common expression called "Bring a plate". When you got an invite with note bring a plate doesn't mean that the host doesn't have enough plate hence they want you to bring a plate from home. 

Bring a plate means to bring a dish of food to share with your host and other guests. Take the food to the party in any type of dish, not just a plate, and it is usually ready to serve. This is common for communal gatherings such as for school, work or a club. If you are unsure what to bring, you can ask the host.

You can find more common Australian expressions here

Just remember when you are in Australia or you got an invite  (from Australian) with note "Bring a plate", DO NOT bring an empty plate but bring a plate with food to share. But I found that nowadays people tend to bring a bottle of wine to replace a plate of food.

When I was still living in Jakarta I don't really know how hard it can be to cook for many people, let alone for party/gathering where the dishes have to taste good otherwise your guests will go home with an empty tummy or find elsewhere for food or even they will talk about you after the party. But after I moved abroad where maid is a luxury I know that cooking for a party  is a hard work! 

In Pohnpei, party with a potluck is common too. And since there are many nationality live here  so there are always good range of food in every party with a potluck.

Whatever you call it whether it is potluck or bring a plate for Australian term, I heart this idea. Can you imagine if I have to cook and prepare food by myself for Christmas party? I probably  will spend weeks in the kitchen to cook.

1 comment:

BabyBeluga said...

Over here we do potlucks in almost every occasions we share with friends, both American and Indonesian. In the event the hosts do not expect us to bring any foods, then, guests usually show up with a bottle of wine.