Epicurean Club

Recently, my husband and I started hosting "Epicurean Club." This is a dinner party dedicated to eating new and interesting foods. There are only two rules: (1) Everyone must cook from scratch (no store bought meals) (2) You may not bring food you've cooked before. Each couple brings one type of food (appetizer, side, main, or dessert) on a rotating basis. The couple who has the best dish gets to decide the theme for the next club meeting. We host once a month.

We've had one meeting so far, and tomorrow is the second. It is starting to take shape as more people want to get involved. The major benefit is the focus on strengthening couples. Each couple has to vote together on the best dish, we play games directed at couples, and no children are allowed. We're basically offering a "date night" for our friends.

Do I even need to mention the foods? It's refreshing to try new recipes. At the end of the year, we'll put together a recipe book for people to re-make their favorites. I strongly recommend starting your own Epicurean Club. You'll always get to make new things and show it off to your friends!

I've got to make a side dish tomorrow with a "citrus" theme. Any suggestions...?

TaylorCJ TaylorCJ
3 Responses Feb 27, 2009

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Thanks for the tip!

tomatoes are great for side dishes. I have a guest once, he was from Germany, he prefer his tomatoes as a dessert. I'm a cook for a beach resort. What I ussually like about tomatoes is that they are very flexible. A few people can create lot of variations in a tomato. I would suggest you chopped them up in wedges together with some shallots, onions, garlic and basil, you can also add cucumber if you like. then drizzle some olive oil, lemon juice with a dash of salt and pepper. And always remember use fresh ingredients, nothing beats the consistency of taste of a fresh ingredient.