This past week Jon and I invited some neighborhood friends over for a Best of Locally made dinner party. We wanted this to be fun and simple for everyone so we decided to put a few rules in place to ensure this wasn’t too much trouble for our guests.
First and foremost, everything had to be from a locally owned and operated small business. If there is one thing the pandemic taught us it’s that supporting small businesses around you has a direct impact on the community!
So, here’s how it worked. Each family got assigned a category, either appetizer, drinks, dessert, or main course. From their category they were asked to bring three different items within that category that they thought were the best in Utah. For example, one friend brought three different restaurant quesos for an appetizer, I provided three different pot pies for a main course, and so on.
Going along with that, we didn’t want our guests doing any of the cooking or baking. Everything had to be pre-prepared and ready to go. We did this so that our guests didn’t have to stress about making three different dishes and it gave everyone a chance to try something they may not have had before.
We all got to try the different dishes that each family brought and rank them on a scorecard! In the end, we shared our favorites and enjoyed being able to see what each other chose as their top dish.
This party was such a hit that we wanted you to be able to recreate it in your own community! Click here to download the title cards and scorecards that we used and don’t forget to tag us if you have your own Best of Locally made party!