Starting your own Cooking group is boss.

Okay, so we all know that cooking and eating are two of the best things around.  Add some friends who feel the same way, a location to meet at with a roof and a place to cook, and Hey!  You’re most of the way there to having your very own cooking group.

One of the nice things about being a grown up is that sometimes you get to make your own rules (I haven’t been able to convince my student loan company to join me in this train of thought, but I’m going to keep working on them).  If you want to grab some friends and meet every Sunday for a weekly meal, do it!  If you only have time to meet once a month, okay!  Do you want to have a mystery meal night, where people bring what they want, willy-nilly?  Great.  I’m guessing you see what I’m trying to say here…I’m giving you permission to do whatever you want.  In regards to a cooking group, that is.

Here are some good guidelines, however:

  1. Pick friends that really care about cooking and making great food.  Just because Sandy is a great person to have at a party doesn’t mean she can boil water.
  2. Pick people who are going to be able to meet as often as you want so you don’t get too bound up in their scheduling.
  3. Make sure you have a good list of emails, phone numbers and addresses to get a hold of your group members.  Someone’s going to get lost on the way to your house, and it would be nice if they could reach you instead of driving around in circles while their masterpiece slowly falls apart.
  4. Decide the rules.  For example, here are the rules for our Gourmet group:
  • We meet once a month in a rotating circle of host houses
  • We choose a different theme every month which is picked by the host ahead of time
  • Every member is assigned a course (try to make sure the same person isn’t getting the same course each time!), but they can find their own recipe
  • We make an effort to find recipes that are more gourmet in nature, things that we wouldn’t normally make at home on a Wednesday.
  • The host always has the main course to make things easier for them.
  • These are just our rules, make up things that work for you!

After it’s been awhile, decide if things are going the way you want and change them up if they aren’t.  You make your group as good as you want it to be 🙂

Our group has been meeting for a long time, and I have to say it has been so nice to meet with the same people and eat fantastic food while we all catch up on what has been happening in our lives for the past month.  I hope that if you have people around you who like to cook, that you are able to make a group of your own!

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