Six Hour Dinner

What did we eat? What didn’t we eat? After weeks of planning a Sunday afternoon potluck, a few Boston bloggers and I finally got together yesterday to eat, drink, and be merry, For six hours. As I wrote this post last night, I was so stuffed I may never need to eat again. It was worth every single bite. Besides, we probably burned some of if off laughing. This was one of those events that should have a video recap to capture some of the fun kitchen antics, but alas, a blog post will have to do.

The stage: the home of Megan from Delicious Dishings

The cast:

Megan,  homemade pumpkin ice cream sundaes with gingerbread croutons and spiced caramel

Alicia from The Clean Plate Club, muhammara dip, mushroom pate, shrimp and grits

Daisy from Indulge, Inspire, Imbibe, leek and parsnip soup, warm Brussels sprout salad

Michelle from Fun and Fearless in Beantown, Mama Chang’s pork dumplings, cold peanut noodle salad

I made a white truffle white bean dip and a tortilla española.

The plot: Five food bloggers who just happen to get along really, really well together for a day of food and fun, starting off with a little bit of bubbly from Mayo Family Winery, Nicholas Feuillate, and Veuve Clicquot, and a bottle of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau

wine and Champagne

There was much to celebrate on this chilly, late-November New England afternoon, two engagements, a new job, some employment liberation, and new friendships that had formed over the course of the past months.


Megan’s beautiful kitchen was set for a feast with lovely autumn touches here and there, cozy food aromas filling the air.

autumn table setting

We were busy bees in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on scrumptious dishes.

The Clean Plate Club

Never have I seen so many people in one kitchen, working in harmony and happy to be there.

Boston food bloggers

Rows of soup bowls waited, creamy grits bubbled away on the stove as a warm Brussels sprout salad sat ready for goat cheese to be added, making this most beloved vegetable impossible to turn down.

leek parsnip soup grits

Martha Stewart soup

Mama Chang’s dumpling perfection sizzled and satisfied alongside Champagne bubbles.

image Veuve Clicquot

Myers + Chang dumplings

While cool peanut noodle salad added a crunch and a kick to our palates.


The clicks and flashes of cameras prevailed throughout the day, being tired from cooking and eating could not keep these bloggers down.

Boston food bloggers

The evening was sealed with a sweet, the most perfect autumn dessert imaginable, homemade pumpkin ice cream, spiced caramel, with gingerbread croutons.

pumpkin ice cream image

pumpkin ice cream with gingerbread croutons and spiced caramel

One blog post can’t capture the excellence of this gathering of creative, smart, lovers of food, food writing, and wine. More to come, including links to recipes for these amazing dishes and a couple of posts on my contributions.

Happy short week! Do you ever plan potlucks with friends? Do you have a particular dish or theme you like to stick to?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Yesterday was such a wonderful day….and I’m excited to relive parts of it with leftovers!


  2. Mark’s avatar

    Wow! What an incredible meal! Cheers to you all!


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Yum! Looks like a great day filled with fun and delicious food :)


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    I love the title and layout of the post. impressed you got it up so fast. great to spend time with you. can’t wait for the recipes!


  5. Grace’s avatar

    I love getting together with friends to cook different recipes! And of course, you can’t go wrong with a little Champagne :) Different ethnic themes are fun, tapas, roll your own sushi, etc.


  6. Alicia’s avatar

    Great post Meghan – layout is gorgeous! Yesterday was so much fun – I hope we can do it again soon!!


  7. Meesh’s avatar

    wow you guys went all out! it was certainly a weekend of great food.


  8. Joy’s avatar

    Everything looks great. It looks like you guys had some great fun.


  9. Megan’s avatar

    I love the way you wrote this post. :) I really had an awesome day with all of you yesterday. Thanks so much for coming over and sharing such wonderful food! I know Gunner already misses you!


  10. Torviewtoronto’s avatar

    looks like lots of fun
    Lovely pictures


  11. Monet’s avatar

    Potlucks with friends are so much fun. It makes it so much easier to whoever is hosting, and you get to sample so much food! It sounds like you all had an amazing time together. Lots of laughter, food and conversation! Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I hope you have a wonderful week of family, friends and food!


  12. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    My, my , my, I want in on this!!!!!!!


  13. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    Looks like a feast!!! Isn’t it nice when you are working in the kitchen with people and there’s that great vibe! I just love it!


  14. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox’s avatar

    What an awesome feast! Love the blogger mini fest. And laughed when I saw all the cameras out.


  15. Jolene (’s avatar

    I do potlucks occasionally, but usually I just cook all the food and invite friends over :-)


  16. Alison’s avatar

    Glad you ladies had fun!


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