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I Love Potlucks

For the past couple of months I have been seeing all of these delicious looking food pics from local restaurants pop up in my Twitter and Facebook feeds with the tag #epiceaters. A group of girls (most of who I know in real life via blogs/social media) formed what I like to call and “eating club” and are calling themselves epic eaters. They meet up at local restaurants to enjoy good food and good company. I have pretty much been drooling over their photos and mentioned to my friend Jen that I would love an invite to the group and just like that I started receiving e-mails about dinners, brunches, potlucks and more. I feel pretty lucky since it’s not often that you find cool girls who also like to eat (I mean really, no…I don’t want to “share” an appetizer for dinner).

My first epic eaters gathering was a potluck at Diana’s house. Diana is currently in the midst of an eat in month challenge so she graciously offered to host all of us foodies for dinner on Sunday evening. I LOVE potlucks…especially with fellow foodies.

I debated what to bring and even recruited your help on Facebook to help me decide between chocolate dessert or savory scone. Well, I went with savory scones and they were so delicious! I was so happy with how they turned out. These are feta, chive, black pepper and sea salt scones and are topped with an egg wash, smoked paprika and more salt and pepper. I used this recipe from Joy the Baker and can’t recommend it enough. I will definitely be repeating it and trying different variations.

Brittney made pumpkin mac and cheese from Eat, Live, Run.

Erin made a kale and apple salad with bacon that was to die for.

Kseniya brought Russian dumplings with two different preparations. Traditional with butter and sour cream and Asian style with soy sauce and pepper sauce.

Here’s my plate with the items listed above along with Diana’s filipino adobo pork and rice and Jen’s cheese and crackers. Quite a spread! I loved the diversity!

We were entertained by Diana’s well-trained Corgi, Bailey, who chilled on his bed with his lion while we were eating and then brought Diana his food dish when it was time for his own. Too cute.

Dion told us she was bringing a surprise drink that wasn’t liquid. We all laughed when she pulled a fishbowl jello shot out of the fridge. Can we take a moment to appreciate the scuba guy? Hilarious.

Spoons up. Ready to dig in.

I dipped my spoon in the fishbowl a couple of times. Jello shots for a Sunday night girl’s dinner (I don’t even remember the last time I had one!)? I knew I liked these ladies! ;)

We finished up the evening with an apple and cranberry crisp that Diana baked. We’re thinking we will make these dinners a monthly thing and stay tuned for upcoming restaurant trips. So glad I invited my way into this group! :)

Do you like potlucks? Do you have any go-to dishes? (And does anyone else struggle as much as I do when deciding what to bring!?)

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  • Kerr carter January 22, 2013, 8:08 pm

    I love the idea of epic eaters! And the fish bowl Jell-O shot. I think I am going to have to start this with my friends!

  • kat January 22, 2013, 8:12 pm

    We had a weekly potluck going with all of our Asheville people, who, as you can well imagine, are also all major foodies. I miss those Wednesday nights!! It was 14 of us, or 7 couples, so the selection was to-die-for. And of course, we all also brought a bottle of wine per couple. Good times. Sigh.

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:47 pm

      i can only imagine the delicousness of that potluck. sounds like a really fun tradition and a great way to break up the week.

  • Katherine January 22, 2013, 8:17 pm

    I <3 this idea! You so cute w/ your spoon.

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

  • Nicole{spinsushi} January 22, 2013, 8:30 pm

    That looked like so much fun! Here is my go to http://www.elanaspantry.com/asparagus-basil-salad/

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:46 pm

      thanks for sharing! looks great!

  • Kristina @Run and Assimilate January 22, 2013, 8:47 pm

    The epic eaters thing is great! That’s a great way to try new places and new foods!

  • Paige @ The Balancing Act January 22, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Now that’s my type of club! That has to be the coolest Jello shot ever…I might have to replicate it for my friend’s upcoming 21st birthday!

    I love attending potlucks and typically stick with a crowd favorite. Next week I’m taking my Black Bean, Corn, & Feta Salsa to a party…It’s easy, healthy, delicious, portable, and great leftover…If there’s any left, that is!

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:46 pm

      ha, the fishbowl would be PERFECT for a 21st bday celebration!

      that salsa sounds really yummy!

  • Lindsey January 22, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Potlucks make me anxious. I’ve lost 77 pounds and sometimes that obese girl inside me wants to gobble up multiple plates! I’ve definitely gotten better as I’ve discovered moderation is the key. Old habits can be hard to break though.

    That said, oh my goodness those scones look amazing! Was the pumpkin macaroni good? I’m a huge fan of pumpkin ravioli but have yet to try pumpkin mac & cheese.

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:45 pm

      i totally get how that could be a struggle but i’m glad to hear you’re making steps to overcome. the pumpkin mac was good! not overly pumpkin-y…which was good and the pumpkin replaces some of the cheese and is still creamy so it lightens it up a bit.

  • Brittany (healthy slice if life) January 22, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Why group is this and how do I get an invite?

  • Brittany (healthy slice if life) January 22, 2013, 10:37 pm

    What group is this and how do I get an invite? :)

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 22, 2013, 10:57 pm

    This is such a great idea!! The food and company both look great :)

  • Becky @ RunFunDone January 22, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Looks like fun! I LOOOVE potlucks, but mostly because I hate cooking so much, so I love it that I can make a plate of brownies and walk away with a full meal!

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:44 pm

      haha, love your take on it! :)

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 23, 2013, 8:34 am

    Ummm, jealous! Everything looks fab.

  • Eliza January 23, 2013, 9:54 am

    I agree, Potlucks are so fun but its so difficult to figure out what to bring. Last one I went to I made these chicken skewers with tzatziki from With Style and Grace, and they were a huge hit!
    http://withstyleandgraceblog.com/2012/09/13/healthy-chicken-skewers-tzatziki-sauce/

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:43 pm

      these look awesome! thanks! skewers are always good party food.

  • Grace @ PracticingGrace January 23, 2013, 10:25 am

    I’m throwing a potluck this Sunday!! To celebrate my graduation from YOGA TEACHER TRAINING. Yayyyyy. I could use the dish ideas!!

  • Lauren January 23, 2013, 10:45 am

    any chance you could get the recipe for the kale salad? it looks amazing!

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:44 pm

      i can ask, erin said she may post it. i’ll let you know if she does!

  • Katie M January 23, 2013, 11:21 am

    I seriously adore your blog. Everything at that potluck looks amazing. Keep up the good work! :)

    • Jen January 23, 2013, 6:38 pm

      thank you so much katie! :)

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 23, 2013, 12:20 pm

    This is such a great idea! I laughed at your comment about sharing appetizers…so true. Looks like you girls had some good eats- and those biscuits! What can be said?

  • She Rocks Fitness January 23, 2013, 4:06 pm

    What a awesome idea! PS: love that these women love to eat! It’s always fun to be with women who love talking about food just as much as they love eating it. Jello Shots in a fish bowl is pretty genius. All looks DELISH and you should totally make it a monthly thing.

  • Danielle January 23, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I think you uploaded a picture of you working out instead of your plate ;)

  • Christine January 28, 2013, 12:00 pm

    So I’m catching up on my google reader and just read this post and those scones sound amazing! I think you are responsible for about 40% of my bookmarked “must try” recipes that I need to get around to making! :)

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