It All Started with a Sandwich: A Food52 Community Potluck

June 17, 2013

It all started with a sandwich: a divine, roast pork shoulder sandwich, seasoned with garlic and rosemary, balanced by a spicy-acidic cabbage and radish slaw. When sdebrango posted this recipe to Food52 -- it would go on to win Community Pick status in the Your Best Cheap Feast contest, most deservedly -- I decided I needed to taste it, preferably as soon as possible.

And since I already knew Suzanne, also known as sdebrango, to be a great hostess of potlucks, I suggested we all throw one -- and I offered to bring a glut of homemade ice creams in exchange.

Soon, Virginia Kellner (wssmom), Aleksandra Mojsilovic (queensashy), and Azita Houshiar (Fig and Quince) were also on board, and a date was set.

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We all met at Suzanne’s Brooklyn brownstone one sunny day to share food and drink and conversation. We passed many happy hours in Suzanne’s kitchen. Here is what we ate:

Wssmom contributed her famous, super-flavorful, Finger-Lickin' Finger Lakes Chicken. She also brought a tall carafe of gingerroot's Last Call, boozy and redolent of jasmine green tea.

Sdebrango, of course, made her portable pork sandwiches. The pork was perfect, tender and falling off the bone, and the slaw acted as a perfect foil. These sandwiches were messy in the best possible way. 

She was also testing BlueKaleRoad's Pickled Asparagus, so we were the lucky tasters.

Fig and Quince brought a variety of springtime Persian treats. First up was Tut, a mulberry-shaped sweet made from ground almonds, cardamom, and rosewater.

She also brought spring green almonds and sour green plums. 

Queensashy brought her very fancy Brandied Tropical Fruit Cake, a warm-weather version of Sri Lankan Christmas cake, and a batch of sweet and salty Fig and Rosemary Cocktail Cookies. I contributed ice cream, as promised -- batches of Ginger and Raspberry Jam, Vanilla Chocolate Fudge, and Vanilla-Mascarpone with Roasted Pears, all using top-quality milk, cream, and eggs from the Hudson Valley.

Happy, full Food52ers after their Brooklyn potluck.

Photos by Cristina Sciarra

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Cristina is a writer, cook, and day job real estate developer. She studied literature, holds an MFA in Fiction Writing, and completed the Basic Cuisine course at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She lives in Jersey City with her husband--a Frenchman she met in Spain--and their sweet black cat, Minou. Follow her writings, recipes, publications and photography at theroamingkitchen.com.


gingerroot June 18, 2013
What a lovely gathering. Thanks for sharing! Totally tickled that my cocktail made an appearance.
fiveandspice June 18, 2013
This looks so fun, you guys! You make me wish I lived in Brooklyn. :)
Jean B. June 18, 2013
Is there a way to find out the whereabouts of other Food52 folk in our own areas in order to create our own group potlucks? This would be a hoot! Btw, I live in a small town in Central Illinois.
Kukla June 17, 2013
The food does look fabulous, but your happy faces show how much fan this potluck was! I so much would like to hang out with all of you there!
Kukla June 17, 2013
I, of course meant fun.
dymnyno June 17, 2013
Thanks for the great share! The food looked delicious and you all looked so happy!
Devangi R. June 17, 2013
Aww. I missed the wonderful company and the delicious food. Lovely pics.
Kristen M. June 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your day with us -- and such lovely photos!
healthierkitchen June 17, 2013
What fun!
Kitchen B. June 17, 2013
Oh wow.......I hope you're up to some summer meets New Yorkers......What a wonderful thing to make and meet new friends and faces. Food52ers are the coolest people ever!
Cristina S. June 18, 2013
Let us know when you're in town!
Fig A. June 17, 2013
Cristina! It was a pleasurable get-together with lovely food and even lovelier company and it's very nice to have a souvenir of it. But where are the pictures of your fabulous ice creams? (A very yummy part and treat of that day for sure.)

Thank you for putting this together!
ps looking at the fun group photo I regret pulling a Greta Garbo!
Cristina S. June 18, 2013
I did send in some pictures of the ice cream! But I think they might all have been vertical, so that might explain the absence. Coincidentally, I'll be whipping up batches of Market Strawberry Sorbet and Triple Midnight Chocolate tomorrow :)

I had such a great time, and I hope we do it again soon!
drbabs June 17, 2013
I so wish i could have been there!
Merrill S. June 17, 2013
What a feast!