Experimenting with new cuisines and recipes is fun. You can try different methods of cooking, different spices, and new wines and beers! But it can get expensive or leave you stuck with a large quantity of something you don’t like. My solution? Start a Foodie Club to explore the tastes of the world. Buy in bulk, share ingredients, and then no one person is stuck with a lot of something they don’t like.
Get the Group Together!
Talk to your foodie friends and make the following decisions:
- Will you cook together? Or purchase ingredients to cook ahead of time
- Pick a date for your gathering.
- Use an online sign up sheet for courses (signupgenius is a great one)
- For more fun, add music and beverages that match your theme.
Pick an Ethnicity or Region
Talk about places you and your friends have traveled or hope to travel. There’s sure to be one or more types of food that people are interested in:
- Sushi? Why not a Japanese night?
- Curry? Why not Indian?
- Want to make your own tortillas? Try a mexican night.
- Or get adventurous, spin a globe and let your finger tell you where your tastebuds will be traveling.
Once everyone is signed up, coordinate a shopping trip for ingredients. A great source of recipes can be found at Allrecipes.com. You could also plan to prepare one dish together on the day of your event.
Take advantage of bulk buying: If your chosen cuisine requires rice, buy a large bag. Need an unusual spice? Visit an ethnic grocery, then share the item with the group. You may even find other items to add to your meal. Indian Groceries, Asian Markets, African Shops – they may be new to you, but use this as your reason to explore. And speak to the shop keepers. Let them know you’re trying new things. They may even share a recipe or two. For those who don’t live near a city with ethnic stores, try the spice islands store locator for a local grocery with the right ingredients.
The entire point of a Foodie Night is to explore new foods, and share both the cost of items and the adventure with friends. Learning about different cultures, food and music is a great way to get to explore far away countries without paying for air fare! I have a regular “cousins night” with family every few months, and we love sharing recipes, spending time together, and seeing how authentic our events can be. You may just amaze yourself.
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