A progressive dinner is a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts. Usually this involves the consumption of one course at each location. Involving travel, it is a variant on a potluck dinner and is sometimes known as a round-robin. Often there is a regional theme for each dinner, such as Italian, German, or French. Various wines to suit the courses are often served at each location. Usually keeping it to 3 to 4 locations is ideal, with having a bonfire, games night or karaoke at the end.
Jennifer Rose Smith on the Camille Styles blog has started this wonderful idea with a group of friends in her neighborhood. This is a great tradition to start and have every year to enjoy seasonal food, have fun and create good memories.
“As children we tend to dream of the place we’ll live as adults, and that our best friends will be right next door. Turns out that street really does exist — we found it in a quiet corner of Travis Heights, a historic neighborhood in South Austin. None of the four couples who live there knew each other growing up, but they quickly bonded at an annual block party. With careers as diverse as their eclectic neighborhood, this crew includes a documentary filmmaker, math teacher, photographer, and radiologist. The eight friends invited us to join them on a sunny afternoon for what they call a “progressive dinner party.” Each couple opened their home to the group and offered one dish. With four amazing courses and a evening that ended with a karaoke throw-down, this group may very well inspire you to knock on your neighbor’s door and share a drink or two.”
Photography: Jessica Attie