THE OTHER HOLY PLACE
table with one or more centerpieces. Use votives or
lanterns to avoid open flames from candlesticks.
There is also potluck etiquette that attendees who are
making dishes should follow, both to help the host and to
avoid losing dishes and servingware.
1. When you bring a dish, it should be completely
ready to serve. No additional preparation time in the
galley should be required beyond reheating in the oven
or adding croutons.
2. Label your serving dish with your name on a small
piece of masking tape so it’s easy to return after the party.
3. Bring a serving utensil and any condiments you
want to serve with the dish. Also label these items with
your name so you don’t lose track of them.
4. Before you select a dish to bring to the potluck
party, be sure to ask the host what she or he needs to fill
out the menu. Also, find out whether there will be space
in the oven, microwave, or refrigerator for your dish.
5. Choose a recipe that is good served warm or at
room temperature, unless you will be able to reheat in
the microwave or oven just before serving.
6. Look for creative containers as alternatives to plastic
food storage containers; for example:
• A rustic wooden bowl for a salad or side dish looks
prettier than Tupperware.
• Line a basket with plastic wrap, then open two
pretty, washable cloth napkins and place them in the
basket. Fill with a variety of raw veggies (divided by
the top napkin folds) and add a little container of dip
in the middle for an appealing presentation.
• Line a basket with a bandanna or colorful tea towels
and fill with croissants, rolls, or muffins.
• Place dressings, condiments, and sauces in small
bottles or vases if you don’t have little bowls
7. If all else fails, bring a lovely bottle of wine or two or
a pitcher of sangria or margaritas.
Whatever kind of cruising potluck you host, be certain
to taste every dish, and enjoy yourself and your guests!
For some delicious potluck recipes, see the Web Extras for
this issue at passagemaker.com.