7 Tips for Hosting a Holiday Potluck Party

5.    Open the potluck invitation to as many guests as you can accommodate for a diverse menu and atmosphere. “I travel for work all the time, but I make sure I am at the luncheon and I participate,” Kathy Doyle Thomas shares. “I think it is very important that everyone on all levels of management participates.”

6.    Use a potluck as an opportunity to add new favorite recipes to your repertoire. “This mashed ‘potato’ recipe has caused me to meet many people,” shares Susan Schenck, author of the 2-time award-winning book, The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet. “They actually go around asking, ‘Who brought that recipe?’ until they find me. One of those people ended up being a good friend for six years now, all because she wanted that recipe!” See below for recipe!

7.    Don’t throw off your diet entirely if you attend a potluck!
“If you are dieting, eat BEFORE the potluck and also bring a bit of extra food for yourself so you won’t be tempted to eat the stuff that is not on your diet,” says author Susan Schenck. “Remember, you are there for the social life, not the food! So don’t go there hungry unless it is a dieter’s potluck.”

Special Potluck Recipe by Author Susan Schenck:

Cauliflower Pâté (“Mashed Potatoes”)

3 cups cauliflower, cut up
1 cup macadamia or pine nuts, soaked 4-8 hours, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
3/4 T powdered sea vegetables
1/2 T garlic

1.    Put into food processor, using the “S” blade, adding cauliflower a little at a time.
2.    Blend until the mixture looks light and fluffy like mashed potatoes. The mixture will not only look like mashed potatoes, but the taste will also be reminiscent of mashed potatoes!

Serves 8.


1 cup miso (unpasteurized if possible)
1/2 – 1 cup chopped onion
2 T minced garlic
1 cup fresh squeezed orange or carrot juice
1 cup raw nut butter (ex: almond)
4 T Nama Shoyu
1 T raw apple cider vinegar

Alternative Gravy: 2 cups fresh carrot juice, 10 T raw almond butter, 1 avocado, 4 T Nama Shoyu, 2-3 garlic cloves, 2 T agave.

Blend till creamy, add a bit of pure water if needed.

* Cauliflower Pâté and gravy recipes courtesy of Susan Schenck

About the Experts:
Jes Gordon is a celebrity event producer and author of “Party Like a Rockstar”. For more information, please see www.jesgordon.com.

Kathy Doyle Thomas is executive vice president for Half Price Books, a family owned bookstore chain based out of Dallas, Texas with 108 stores. For more information, please see www.halfpricebooks.com.

Susan Schenck is author of the 2-time award-winning book, The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet. For more information, please see www.livefoodfactor.com.

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