Even though I haven't been posting recently, I have been thinking about what to post about, so I officially put myself off the hook. : )
Today I wanted to tell you about the history of the potluck. The Webster Dictionary defines the potluck as,
pot·luckIt seems that the earliest use of "Potluck" was in reference to the times when you had to poke into the pot, and trust your luck to get something good. Of course today, you get to see your options before it makes it to your plate, so it's a little easier.
Pronunciation: \ˈpät-ˈlək, 1b also -ˌlək\
1 a : the regular meal available to a guest for whom no special preparations have been made b : a communal meal to which people bring food to share —usually used attributively potluck supper
2 : whatever is offered or available in given circumstances or at a given time
We also hear of the "Potluck" in the 16th century. When a wealthy traveler came to a inn or hostel, they were given a choice of what they would like to eat. The poorer travelers got whatever was left.
And then you have all of the different names for a potluck supper. Potluck dinner, Jacob's join, Jacob's supper, faith supper,covered dish supper, pitch-in, carry-in, bring-a-plate, fuddle, and last but not least, pot-providence. : )
Thanks for reading!