The Slow Food $5 Challenge

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  Slow Food $5 Challenge  Food52 Potluck in NYC

In a country where too many people live in communities where it's harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops, it's time we take back the value meal.

And so, Slow Food USA is leading the charge with a call to eager cooks, eaters, and producers to take The $5 Challenge and dine for $5 or less on September 17th.

You can host a meal where everyone is fed for five bucks a head, or find one near you to attend. Either way, we at Food52 encourage you to register your potluck with Slow Food, the brains behind this movement.

Real food does not have to be expensive. Time to show the world this whole local, sustainable, let's-change-our-food-systems-and-the-way-we-eat thing can be done! We can't wait to see you pull it off, so send your potluck photos to [email protected], if you like, and we'll feature some of the highlights on the site.

Need menu inspiration? Well, here's a perfect place to start: the entries to our recent contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner!

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over 3 years ago octavus84

So many people having great time back there, from what I see... It' s nice to share those moments with your friends.Math tutor


almost 4 years ago colejo

love dirt cheap idea, plus it makes me forage my garden and pantry first.a lot of recipes can be tweeked with what you have on hand and be just as good or better.more power to cheap. the tomato tart i make feeds a mob for very little and helps me keep up with the abundance of vege,s and herbs i have right now.will be out of commission 9-17 weekend but did just feed 20 folks with this tart.definitely less than $5 per including salad.


almost 4 years ago flowercityfoodie

I totally agree with this article! I am going to organize a potluck for my extended family.


about 4 years ago My Pantry Shelf

I think our dinner tonight was probably $5 for the whole family! White Beans with tomatoes (from the garden) and greens, with no knead bread for dipping. I love this idea and absolutely agree that great food does not have to be expensive.


about 4 years ago emilycbaker

Hey Everyone! I'll be hosting a picnic potluck for the $5 Challenge in Euclid Park in Santa Monica, CA. If you're in the neighborhood, please come join us!



about 4 years ago abigail.mcelroy

It can be done . My favorite inexpensive entertaining meal is the onion gallette w mustard cream sauce from vegetarian cooking for everyone. It only takes one large onion for the whole pie.And it looks and tastes divine.Very cheap. Pair it w/ a soup & a salad . done. All you need is dessert.


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I wish I could host one! But Ginger is having knee surgery so we have to keep things quiet that weekend. Next time! Looking forward to other's photos and stories.