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    Post #1 - December 7th, 2021, 9:02 am
    Post #1 - December 7th, 2021, 9:02 am Post #1 - December 7th, 2021, 9:02 am
    The holiday season is noted for many traditions, one of which involves seafood. While it may not exactly be a Feast of the Seven Fishes, Nhà Hàng Viet Nam offers a wide variety of seafood dishes to feast on, including a specialty, cá kho tộ (caramelized braised fish). (Thanks to C2 for doing the legwork/research on Nhà Hàng Viet Nam.)

    So, the Small Household Food Exchange will convene for its holiday celebration Sunday, December 19 at 6:30 pm at Nhà Hàng Viet Nam, on Argyle Street in Chicago.

    We’re hoping to make this a true (if somewhat small) holiday party — if you’re not into exchanging food, join the group anyway as a way to celebrate the season!

    The Small Household Food Exchange, among other things, is an opportunity for like-minded folks to gather, share the ordering power of a group, and describe and show off their cooking skills.

    So, if you want to, get to work cooking dishes to share with other LTHers. (And don’t worry about the questionable rumors about LTH palate sophistication — often the simplest dishes are the best.)

    Or don’t … maybe you just want an excuse to try an interesting restaurant … everyone’s welcome to join for the three c's — camaraderie, conviviality and companionship.

    We’ll cap attendance at 12. Those who exchange dishes will have first priority, but they should post by Wednesday December 15, to allow cooks to plan, shop and create.

    The Basics
    We’re always interested in fresh blood. Even if you can't exchange, please join us for dinner and conversation! But we hope some will bring a few samples of the cuisine you enjoy at your home; it’s a great way for all of us to get to know each other better, discuss food and cooking techniques, and ultimately, later, have a meal at home that we might not have thought of making for ourselves.

    What is the Small Household Food Exchange, you may ask.
    Most importantly, it’s a gathering of like-minded folks at an interesting restaurant for a meal, taking advantage of the ordering power of a good number of people to share and sample a good number of menu items.

    The Small Household Food Exchange started so that those of us in 1-2 person households who love to cook aren't stuck eating that big pot of chili for a whole week. Instead, we make 4-10 servings of one dish, and bring home 4-10 different dishes. Exchanging participants bring one pre-portioned serving of their food for every exchanger who has RSVP’d to come and bring a dish that month. The priority will be for entrees, meats, soups, salad, stews, pastas, grains, etc. (Check the Events Board, there’s a separate Dessert Exchange.)

    The fine print
    Number in the group: We will cap attendance for this gathering at 12, (food exchange participants at 8), so that, this month, participants are never making more than 8 servings of anything. Couples can be counted as one serving, or two — if you come as a couple, please specify whether you're bringing one or two dishes to exchange.

    There will be no restrictions on the food – we’re an omnivorous bunch. IF ANYONE HAS ANY ALLERGIES, PLEASE LET THE GROUP KNOW.

    The containers/delivery system: Everyone in the group should use the GLADWARE 3 1/8 CUP PLASTIC CONTAINERS (7” x 7” square container with a blue lid). Look for this on the label:

    You’ll portion your food into those containers to bring and hand out at the gathering. You can freeze them or not depending on your schedule and when you make your food. If you use something else to deliver your food that month (Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, etc.) you should also return the empty containers from the last round so that everyone always has a stash of these containers for the exchange, and no one has to run out and buy more. Ideally, everyone will find a way to label their containers, describing the contents, so we don’t end up staring into our freezers at a field of blue-lidded containers and wondering what’s in each one (not that there’s anything wrong with the occasional surprise …).

    Please RSVP your attendance by responding in this thread, ideally about one week before the monthly gathering. If you're exchanging, please post what you're bringing at least three days before the gathering.

    The organizer will monitor the thread to see what people are bringing. The organizer will also make reservations for the group at the restaurant where we will be gathering.

    Hope to see you there!


    Dinner and Exchange
    nr706 — Honeynut Squash soup w. bacon
    Cathy2 —

    Dinner and sparkling company (no need to sparkle if you don't feel like it)
    anyone brave enough to join us, like GAF

    Save the date!
    Sunday, December 19, 2021, 6:30 pm

    Nhà Hàng Viet Nam
    1032 W Argyle St
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Last edited by nr706 on December 11th, 2021, 9:49 pm, edited 3 times in total.
  • Post #2 - December 7th, 2021, 7:30 pm
    Post #2 - December 7th, 2021, 7:30 pm Post #2 - December 7th, 2021, 7:30 pm
    I’m in for dinner but no exchange for December. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
  • Post #3 - December 8th, 2021, 10:34 am
    Post #3 - December 8th, 2021, 10:34 am Post #3 - December 8th, 2021, 10:34 am
    Thank you, Cathy!

    I am in for dinner.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #4 - December 16th, 2021, 11:52 am
    Post #4 - December 16th, 2021, 11:52 am Post #4 - December 16th, 2021, 11:52 am

    If you are kicking around wanting to do something, please join us!

    Plus one for now.

    Making squash lasagna.


    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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