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This article was originally published earlier this year, but we brought it back because potluck season is upon us.
The only thing better than making a very, very large amount of food to hunker down with yourself: making a very, very large amount of food to pack up and tote to a potluck. Friends! Feelings! The best kind of hodge-podge supper.
Which is why we were so excited when Kristin Donnelly, the author of Modern Potluck, launched a community organizing tool called Potluck Nation—the delightfully simple goal being, in her words, "to create a movement and encourage people to use potlucks to bring communities together." Sign up for the newsletter, for gathering ideas (e.g. a potluck to fundraise for a good cause, or to foster conversation around a challenging topic) and information about real-life potlucks Kristin will be throwing.
And oh, you need some recipe ideas? These potluck-friendly (i.e. will-hold-up-for-the-car-ride-and-ensuing-day-in-the-sun) foods, and some supplies to cart them to-and-fro, will soar at your next event.
dippers to tote in a jar
A sealable vessel for the good stuff, plus a linen bag for bread, chips, and other dippers:
salads that can sit awhile
Large bowl and lid for washed lettuces and a wee dressing container, necessary:
hot, stewy things
...that will still taste delicious at room temperature.
Tote in style
Transportation for your dips and pasta bakes can be tricky. We've discovered the handiest totes—the tough canvas stands up against your heaviest cocottes. And they're available in our Shop)! The casserole tote fits dishes of many sizes, including bowls, 9x13s, and pie plates. Slip two bottles of wine (or two baguettes, or one of each!) in the picnic tote and you're well on your way to a spill-free trip to your next potluck.
Canvas Casserole Tote
Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte
What are your favorite dishes to bring to a potluck? Tell us in the comments.