Sun Senior News Article
By Sandi Dolbee
Potlucks have been traced to the 16th century – at least that’s the first use of the word (it appeared in print in a work by English writer Thomas Nashe). Some historians said potlucks got a jump start in America during the Depression, because they offered an expensive way to provide a community meal.
While the Depression is long gone, potlucks are a popular staple for Lavender Friends Club events. The most recent one, which drew more than two dozen members to Kilaga Springs, came with a twist: a baked potato potluck, in which attendees brought an assortment of toppings to accompany their spuds.
Toppings ranged from sun-dried tomatoes and hummus to seasoned beef broccoli and organic chili. Of course, cheese and sour cream and salsa were there, too. In the words of the activities chairperson, the spuds ’n toppings potluck “was a good one.” She’s already planning another potluck this summer, with a barbecue theme.