Have you ever been to a Progressive Dinner?
November 30, 2023 2:22pm CST
A Progressive Dinner, at least the kind I am referring to, is when you have your appetizer at one home, a second course at a different home, the main entree someplace else, and finally, dessert someplace else. My church’s youth group is doing one Saturday, and the appetizer is being done at my dad’s house (his wife said she wanted all the youth to know where their pastor lives so if they ever need to seek him out they’ll know where to go). I thought she would do just one little appetizer, but she’s preparing five different types, plus hot cider and cocoa. After the appetizer, they’ll chat, then load up in the van, and go to the next course. The route they planned is just 14 minutes long, hitting four houses in total. I remember doing it at a different church when I was a teenager, and even though I was a shy teen, it was nice to get to know some of the people that had no kids in the youth group, that I had not interacted with before. I like the thought of the younger generations getting to know other people they might not be familiar with other than seeing briefly on a Sunday morning. I don’t remember what I ate at that progressive dinner way back when, but I remember the elderly lady whose house we were at, talking about having been in the circus! I never would have known something so fascinating had I not talked to her at that dinner. What a delight she was! Have you guys attended progressive dinners in any capacity? Would you enjoy attending one (assuming Covid is not a huge worry where you are right now)? Would you sign up to be a stop for the dinner? I can’t help but think of what @marguicha would make for every course.
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I had a progressive dinner at the Caesar Palace in Las Vegas. It was a dinner with entertainment. We had the appetizers in a first room where a magician played some tricks, them we moved to another room with other entertainments for the following dishes. I enjoyed a lot. I am glad your Church youth group is doing this, it will be a lot of fun.
This is a totally new concept for me. I think this is a good idea for genuinely building up community relationships. May be something similar could start here, but distances and the increasingly hectic lifestyle could be a deterrent. Yet if pursued properly, it could be exciting as well.
• Rockingham, Australia
We have attended a progressive dinner and have also hosted a couple of different courses. They are great fun and, as you say, good for getting people to know others. It is also less work for the hosts to have to prepare only one course. Less expensive too.