Oooh, Can I Bring Dessert?: The Ultimate Potluck Quiz
A potluck can be an easy, inexpensive way of entertaining. How much do you know about potlucks?
What did "potluck" originally mean?
- The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
- Being lucky enough to have a cooking pot
- Arriving unannounced and taking one's chances on what's for dinner
What does "potluck" usually mean today?
- A meal to which guests contribute a dish to share
- A dinner held progressively at several locations
- A dinner party in honor of St. Patrick's Day
What's an occasion often associated with potluck meals?
- Wedding rehearsal dinners
- Church gatherings
- White House state dinners
What's a common synonym for a potluck dinner?
- "Only for the brave" dinner
- Covered dish dinner
- Potpourri dinner
Other than a food dish, what's one thing a guest should bring to a potluck?
- A serving utensil
- A dishpan
What's appropriate attire at a potluck?
- Black tie
- Retro 1950s clothes
- Informal attire
What should guests do when leaving a potluck?
- Take home leftovers of the dishes they liked best
- Take their own leftovers and dishes
- Say thanks and leave
What quantity of food should you take to a potluck?
- Enough to feed everyone present
- Enough for your own family
- The normal amount your recipe yields
What should a potluck invitation include?
- Clear information that guests should bring a good dish
- A request for money
- Reasons why you can't feed everyone yourself
What's a good way to ensure variety at your potluck?
- Make a dish of every type yourself
- Assign guests categories such as salad, bread or dessert
- Cross your fingers
Who is responsible for dishes, condiments, drinks, etc?
- Just hope people bring them as their contribution
- Unless you delegate them, the host of the party
- Anyone who chooses not to cook
What is an appropriate occasion for a potluck?
- A holiday gathering
- A birthday party
- All of the above
When should you prepare your dish for a potluck?
- In advance
- Take ingredients to the party and prepare there
- Just bring the ingredients and let somebody else put them together
If attending a potluck, do you need to bring food?
- No, there will probably be plenty anyway
- Yes, or offer to buy drinks or other necessities
- Yes, or do not attend
Is it OK to buy food to take to a potluck?
- It is OK to buy food unless the potluck is clearly billed as a sampling of guests' cooking.
- No. Never.
- Not unless you want to be labeled as someone who cannot cook
What can the host do to make sure there's plenty of food?
- Pressure guests to bring extra dishes
- Provide an ample amount of a main dish such as a meat
- Don't invite so many people
How does a potluck compare in cost to a sit-down dinner or catered buffet?
- A potluck doesn't really save much money because you have so much to do
- A potluck is just as expensive as any dinner party; you just don't have to do as much work
- A potluck is an economical way to throw a dinner party without spending much money
What does the host need to do during a potluck?
- Serve everyone
- Relax, eat and socialize
- Monitor which dishes are most popular
Is it important to have a balanced diet at a potluck?
- No, a potluck is an infrequent, fun occasion
- Yes, it's vital to cover all the food groups
- Ideally, so the host should insist that everyone eat fruits and vegetables
What's important to remember about the serving dish you take to a potluck?
- Make sure it's your finest china
- Remind people not to take it home by mistake
- Put your name on it somewhere