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Remember that book of ours that came out in October? Remember when we told you to celebrate yourselves? Well, let’s just say that you followed directions – or, as we can see, went above and beyond. All over the country, over 40 groups of Food52-ers gathered together to break bread and toast our very first cookbook together – and we couldn’t be more grateful. Check out some highlights below!

Metro Area Potluck

Metro Area Potluck 1 Metro Area Potluck 2

A group shot of sdebrango's guests, which included Food52-ers Bevi, drbabs, wssmom, Anitaelectric, singing_baker, eatart, and how to eat n' drinkSmoked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses, Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese, Cheese Biscuits, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Pasta al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta, Dukkah Deviled Eggs, and Brussels Sprout Salad a la M. Wells

Portland Potluck

Portland Potluck 1 Portland Potluck 2

hardlikearmour’s guests sitting down to eat, a total 21 adults and 4 children including Food52-ers bejugo, portlandbaker, vrunka, Bird, twowabashdad, Fork Tender, and boldnovice; their gorgeous dessert spread; guests enjoying post-potluck s’mores at hardlikearmour’s outdoor fire pit 

Seattle Potluck

Seattle Potluck 1 Seattle Potluck 2

Syronai, SKK, CookinginVictoria, and BlueKaleRoad looking all happy and smiley after BlueKaleRoad’s dessert potluck; the guests (all converted Food 52-ers) posing with their new Food52 books 

California Central Coast Potluck

CA Coast Potluck 1 CA Coast Potluck 2 CA Coast Potluck 3

AntoniaJames and pierino posing for the camera; AntoniaJames cooking up a storm; guests digging in!

New Jersey Potluck

 NJ Potluck 2 NJ Potluck 3

Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt; Griddled Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Honey; a very special little guest! Check out Panfusine’s blog post about the event here

Evansville, IN Potluck

Evansville Potluck 1 Evansville Potluck 2

LLStone and her guests enjoying dinner; Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart, Cream Cheese Cookies, and Dump-It Cake (an all-star dessert spread!) 

New Hampshire Potluck

NH Potluck 1 NH Potluck 2 NH Potluck 3

susan g  surveying the scene; Sagegreen helping herself to the spread; susan g, sheredel, Sagegreen, and their newly recruited Food52-member


Boston Potluck

Boston Potluck

A post-potluck snapshot of fiveandspice’s crew, looking all happy and satisfied. (Plus: check out those empty wine bottles they’re holding up…they can’t fool us…)



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over 2 years ago EatArt

What a lovely time that was! I remember, great people and their best-potluck-food-I've-ever-tasted dinner! Nice to see you all again, if only in a photo! It's been a joy to watch Food52 blossom even more since then.


over 3 years ago Bevi

Eva and I had such a wonderful time at the Metro pot luck. Gorgeous food, but most importantly the greatest people! It was a thrill to meet the NY F52ers.


over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Many apologies DC area people! I have just sent info and photos to the editors to see if they can add it in. We had a great celebration in November, with about 20 people attending! I've been very very remiss.


over 3 years ago Ms. T

I also have to give a shout-out to TasteFood who hosted a wonderful lunch in her gorgeous home in the SF Bay Area! I loved meeting some other CA Food52ers and our special guests from NY. So fun, and what a spread. It was like "potluck" on steroids ;)


over 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

I so failed to send in my pictures. But I will say everything was delicious.


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

They all look so fun! I am sad that NannyDeb's photos didn't make it - I know she tried to email them and got a mail demon - the Texas party was really fun too!!! We had a couple empty wine bottles :-)


over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

All these events look wonderful! We had so much fun we forgot about taking the photo until everyone was leaving - hence the empty bottles of wine...and don't you worry, there were several more! ;)


over 3 years ago sheredel

I want to indulge myself in one more comment about this party. That my friend Susan's gift to all of us is her joy of cooking and sharing with us, what she created in both food, and her home was all part of the perfect recipe.


over 3 years ago sheredel

I have many wonderful memories of the Food52 cookbook party celebration. The mix of great food, interesting people, all sharing the joy of cooking and eating was perfect. Much appreciation to the hosts Susan G. and Jay. Here's to the next one!!!


over 3 years ago Panfusine

Thanks for the chance to host an Unforgettable event, Food52.. & yes, I completely second the sentiments about A J getting to see the real face of the mysterious Pierino


over 3 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

Think of pierino as the Dark Knight of Food52, living in a bat cave in California. We have to remain masked in case Rachael Ray aka the Joker comes to town along with Guy Fieri the Riddler. The riddle is why does Guy Fieri always have his sunglasses on backwards?


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

We had a great time at our potluck, and recruited at least one new member. I really hope we get a chance to do it again for book 2! Thanks and congratulations to food52.


over 3 years ago lapadia

Had my Amtrak ticket, ingredients bought, came down with the flu, sorry I missed the wonderful time!!


over 3 years ago SKK

Such a great, great evening at BlueKaleRoad's home! These potlucks were the best. More is better! CookinginVictoria took the ferry to Seattle from Vancouver Island carrying her wonderful dish. How cool is that?


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you food52! We had a wonderful time at the party and I was thrilled and honored to have so many great cooks at the party. Want to do it all over again soon.


over 3 years ago wssmom

Definitely!!! Soon!!!


over 3 years ago susan g

It was a wonderful day! Thanks, FOOD52, for the privilege of sharing that beautiful book.


over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, FOOD52, and thank you again, sdebrango, for hosting such a great party! It was such fun meeting Bevi, Bevi's daughter, wssmom, Anitaelectric, singing_baker, eatart, and how to eat n' drink, and I hope we can all get together again this year. And I'm so jealous that AntoniaJames and her crew got to meet and see the real face of pierino.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I loved it and would do it all over again in a heart beat! I too am so jealous of AJ getting to meet and see the face of our pierino. That must have been a hoot!!