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(Oregon Live)   The new yuppie potluck: Each guest pays a professional chef $25 plus the cost of groceries to cook in your home   (oregonlive.com) divider line 169
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2008-08-19 04:14:35 PM  
vegan?

i'll pass...
 
2008-08-19 04:26:33 PM  
Other than the vegan thing sounds like fun. Get enough couples together to pay the chef and be surprised at the menu.
 
2008-08-19 04:43:48 PM  
Welcome to the 57th Avenue Block Dinners, where earlier this summer five households hired a private chef to turn the potluck concept on its head.

My God...it's like fondue parties all over again. It's sweeping the nation.
 
2008-08-19 05:02:40 PM  
This may be the only cooking that those custom granite counters and stainless Kenmore appliances ever encounter.
 
2008-08-19 05:28:20 PM  
That's not so very expensive.

/plus you don't have to go outside
 
2008-08-19 05:36:14 PM  
Starryeyes: vegan?

i'll pass...


Exactly
 
2008-08-19 05:36:49 PM  
img1.fark.net?
 
2008-08-19 05:37:11 PM  
More relaxing? How is a regular potluck not relaxing? Has anyone ever been to a potluck where you cooked once you got there?

I call shenanigans.
 
2008-08-19 05:37:14 PM  
If there's going to be spit in my guests' food, I'd rather it be my own, thankyouverymuch.
 
2008-08-19 05:37:23 PM  
this makes me sad to live in portland, please remember not all of us are turst fund kiddos who buy in to this crap.

FYI most portlandars love beer and coffee not crappy trends that are posted in Oregon live.
 
2008-08-19 05:37:33 PM  
Stay weird Portland, stay weird. =)
 
2008-08-19 05:37:41 PM  
Vegans?

Are they actually people or just someone who need meds and can't/won't take them?

/DNRTFA
//Eat farking meat people, your canines are their for that reason.
 
2008-08-19 05:37:46 PM  
So how exactly is this different than hiring a caterer?
 
2008-08-19 05:37:51 PM  
oh shiat it's vegan?

That kind of makes sense, it is hard to keep up with that fad lifestyle if you are not cooking at home

/im not paying some a-hole 25bucks to steam veggies
 
2008-08-19 05:38:07 PM  
Starryeyes: vegan?

i'll pass...


I have some meat for you.

/Beautiful glasswork!
 
2008-08-19 05:38:37 PM  
chaunceymo: So how exactly is this different than hiring a caterer?

The food is not made offsite from unknown ingredients?
 
2008-08-19 05:38:54 PM  
chaunceymo: So how exactly is this different than hiring a caterer?

Caterers aren't that pretenious.
 
2008-08-19 05:39:29 PM  
FuelCycle: Starryeyes: vegan?

i'll pass...

Exactly


this.

"Her mission: cook a mess of food for a bunch of families, and make it meatless, wheat- and dairy-free, and lip-smacking good."

fail.
 
2008-08-19 05:39:38 PM  
On the other hand, when the zombie invasion strikes, these people will be some of the first to go.
 
2008-08-19 05:39:50 PM  
The Block Dinners started in June, when Gates and her husband, Eric Loebel, were looking for a way to offer more hours to Entrekin, the private chef they hired last year to cook for their family a few times a week.

Looks like the neighbors are subsidizing their lazy habits.
 
2008-08-19 05:39:59 PM  
Well, other than the vegan thing, this sounds pretty much like the same thing that yuppies were doing before the dot bomb days. But, like they say, everything old is new again.
 
2008-08-19 05:40:33 PM  
"People just dive into the food," says Ruby Gates. "It's like an implosion moment."

I guess eating vegan food makes you talk like an idiot.
 
2008-08-19 05:40:41 PM  
m0llusk: This may be the only cooking that those custom granite counters and stainless Kenmore appliances ever encounter.

So, so true. Why waste so much money on a kitchen you'll never use?

Oh yeah, "itz an inveztmint".
 
2008-08-19 05:40:48 PM  
Why is this asinine? Sounds like a great idea. If I want to treat myself to a fancy dinner at home instead of a fancy dinner out, now I can do that. There's no reason why only rich people should get the benefits of a personal chef -- regular folks ought to be able to rent a chef for a night every once in a while.
 
2008-08-19 05:41:04 PM  
Plenty of caterers come to the site of the event and cook everything there. They'll even use ingredients and sources you tell them to. This woman is certainly pretentious, but the whole thing is a non-story.
 
2008-08-19 05:41:56 PM  
You keep driving to Taco Bell, submitard...

Aside from the meatless choices, I think the idea is great. Inexpensive and refreshing way to try something else. A great way for Chefs to market themselves too.
 
2008-08-19 05:41:56 PM  
Tom_Slick: Other than the vegan thing sounds like fun. Get enough couples together to pay the chef and be surprised at the menu.

Exactly. This is a GREAT time if you've got a decent chef. It's cheaper than going out with your friends, byob/wine, and have a professionally cooked meal? What's not to like? I did this a couple months ago because I won a raffle, and it was fantastic. I would definitely do it again.
 
2008-08-19 05:42:07 PM  
How can authentic "Southern" food be vegan? Isn't lard a main ingredient in most dishes?

/honestly, I have no idea.
 
2008-08-19 05:42:53 PM  
Sponsor a vegetarian, anyone?

www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net (new window)
 
2008-08-19 05:43:31 PM  
this isn't really asinine, if anything it's kind of kewl. it's not everyday normal people get to eat food personally prepared by a real chef in a private atmosphere. if you do it all the time you're a pretentious anus, but i'd definitely give it a go.
 
2008-08-19 05:43:42 PM  
Nexus of the Crisis: chaunceymo: So how exactly is this different than hiring a caterer?

Caterers aren't that pretenious.


and they don't have quite as fancy hats.
 
2008-08-19 05:43:47 PM  
As the SO of an excellent personal chef, I hope this catches on like wildfire.
 
2008-08-19 05:44:20 PM  
I flew out a caterer for my birthday party. And hired a band.

Great food and music and a great experience.
 
2008-08-19 05:44:30 PM  
Submitter has too much time on their hands and too little worries if this is what's getting their panties in a bunch these days.
 
2008-08-19 05:47:31 PM  
eqtworld: That's not so very expensive.

/plus you don't have to go outside


I'm not a big fan of the vegan thing, but this seems like an entirely reasonable price.
 
2008-08-19 05:48:23 PM  
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vegan?..

I'll pass.
 
2008-08-19 05:48:26 PM  
pxlboy: FuelCycle: Starryeyes: vegan?

i'll pass...

Exactly

this.

"Her mission: cook a mess of food for a bunch of families, and make it meatless, wheat- and dairy-free, and lip-smacking good."

fail.


I came here to point this out. Thank you for making my life easier.
 
2008-08-19 05:48:29 PM  
CapitolG: this makes me sad to live in portland, please remember not all of us are turst fund kiddos who buy in to this crap.


Right. A great many of you are simply nitwit retards that seem to believe that how you cook (or don't cook) dinner makes you a 'better person' than the other guy.

Seriously, what America needs is a good Eugenics program. WTF is up with all of this petty idiocy that we're swimming in these days?
 
2008-08-19 05:48:58 PM  
DrBenway: Submitter has too much time on their hands and too little worries if this is what's getting their panties in a bunch these days.

Try the irony. It's delicious.
 
2008-08-19 05:49:02 PM  
Meh, paid a chef friend (who happens to own one of my favorite restaurants) to cook a birthday dinner at my friends house. He supplied the food as well.

/good time and actually was cheaper then eating out.
 
2008-08-19 05:49:10 PM  
How can authentic "Southern" food be vegan? Isn't lard a main ingredient in most dishes?


Bacon fat, but nod. Kind of ridiculous. Also don't get the "no wheat" kick vegans do. Did wheat become an animal when I wasn't looking?
 
2008-08-19 05:49:42 PM  
m0llusk: This may be the only cooking that those custom granite counters and stainless Kenmore appliances ever encounter.

Sadly, THIS. I've cooked for some of these (shockingly overpaid) mofos and they don't know how to use any of their kitchen gear. Sad.

On the other hand, $25??? That's cheap as hell!

On the other other hand, vegan? Go fark yourself. You're not a chef.
 
2008-08-19 05:49:53 PM  
CapitolG: this makes me sad to live in portland, please remember not all of us are turst fund kiddos who buy in to this crap.

FYI most portlandars love beer and coffee not crappy trends that are posted in Oregon live.


you should move to Oklahoma or Texas... This sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy your neighbors and a good meal - bring the beer and wine too...
 
2008-08-19 05:49:56 PM  
Starryeyes: vegan?

i'll pass...


In really big chunks too.
 
2008-08-19 05:50:40 PM  
Yuppie? Young Urban Professional? That's a term from the 80s. All those guys are now Msuppies. Middleaged Suburban Professionals.
Yeah, all those Beamer drivin' $300.00 haircut having, Rolex wearin' and California Haute Cuisine eatin' young singles ... got married, got fat, bought houses in the burbs, drive an SUVs, where they still wear topsiders and no socks but and have two kids named Ethan and Rachel who think their parents are the lamest thing since ... well ... wearing topsiders and no socks.
 
2008-08-19 05:51:30 PM  
Allen. The end.:

On the other other hand, vegan? Go fark yourself. You're not a chef.


Believe it or not, the fact that you eat penis doesn't mean that you have a big penis.
 
2008-08-19 05:51:37 PM  
Tom_Slick: Other than the vegan thing sounds like fun. Get enough couples together to pay the chef and be surprised at the menu.

^This. I've always said if I ever came into money (like, ridiculous amounts) I'd hire a full-time cook. I hate cooking. And food shopping.
 
2008-08-19 05:52:00 PM  
It's a non-story, so perfect for Fark.

but in the article it says people were all little 'eh' about the idea of eating vegan until they -tried- her cooking.

Which means that the meals are probably very good, even the kids are eating it, the families involved aren't vegans, but the cook is, and she's giving them a taste once a week of a vegan meal... a good one.

So, good for the chef, and good for the families, and hey, those kids are eating healthy... better than most kids you see.

frankly, I haven't got a problem with this, and were I near them I'd probably want in on the food goodness.
 
2008-08-19 05:52:09 PM  
yuppies? people still use the term 'yuppie'? Seriously? Am I living under a rock over here? (rhetorical)

what the crap are the specific requirements for being a yuppie if yuppies do, in fact, still exist?
 
2008-08-19 05:53:44 PM  
Sounds like a cool party idea except for the vegan part.
 
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