I encountered a situation this evening at a potluck and I am not quite sure what I think of it. I am debating it internally so I thought I would bring it here.
We were at a birthday party today that was a potluck bbq. We all brought meat and a salad. At the end of the night the hostess tidied up and put all of the food away leaving empty containers on the table.
I am not sure whether it is a polite thing to do to claim all of the leftovers at a party that was potluck. It doesn't feel right to me. But I am not sure if it is actually a rude thing to do. When I host and am dealing with leftovers I tend to ask those who had brought the food if they want to take or leave them. Or I tell everyone to take a bit. We all put into it so I figure we should all benefit if there is food left. But maybe that is just me.
What do you think? Who gets the leftovers at a potluck?
IME, the leftovers stay with the host(ess). Most of the time they have been offered to me but I have always declined. I suppose it's slightly rude that she didn't even offer them. Personally it wouldn't bother me if they didn't offer as I would never take them. My main concern is getting my containers back.
We have a group of friends that we regularly do potlucks with (once a month or so). We bought Styrofoam containers so that everyone can take home a little bit of their favorite dishes. That way everyone goes home happy and has an awesome lunch the following day. I'd feel terribly rude keeping everything for myself!
I would assume it stays with the host unless offered. We don't do much potlucks here but if there is an abundance of food left I always try to make guests take it with them anyway, just to avoid the waste. We had a barbecue here in June and everybody brought so much food with them that we made a lot of people take things home with them, they were generous to bring it and there was a lot left. (We kept all the wine, though!)
But in general if I bring food to a party I don't expect to take any of it back with me, nor would I automatically do so if a lot of it was left.
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I've never been to a genuine potluck, lol. Am I missing out?
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