What Exactly Is A Progressive Dinner?

As is to be expected Lin has once again come up with a topic for which I had to do some research. I had never heard this phrase before. Thankfully the research did not take too long and I found exactly what I was looking for in Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is quite clear in its explanations, I simply copy paste their version and leave my comments to another aspect of entertainment later in this LBC post.

“A progressive dinner (US) or safari supper (UK) 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. An alternative is to have each course at a different dining area within a single large establishment. In a safari supper, the destination of the next course is generally unknown by the participants, and they have to decipher a clue before moving on. In the USA, participants go to each house for the various courses. 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. A challenge is keeping the food warm and ready at each location. An alternative is to have the courses at different restaurants.
This style of eating has recently become popular as a charity fundraiser in rural Britain and is seen as a good way of meeting different neighbors in the community by virtue of each participant having separate guests.”
~ Wikipedia.

I have never been to a Progressive party and I am in no condition to experiment with one. I can safely leave that for younger people. In my time, something similar to progressive dinner would have been what we called pub crawling which on occasion turned into home bar crawling after the pubs had closed down. We would go from one home with some stock of booze to another till we had had our fill. I haven’t done that either in decades and do not visualize doing that ever again.

Anyway, thanks Lin for introducing me to another very interesting concept in entertainment.

34 thoughts on “What Exactly Is A Progressive Dinner?”

  1. In cold wet Ireland having to move from house for every course of a meal would certainly put a damper on the evening. A Pot luck supper is a much better idea. I am looking forward to a rather special family Pot Luck lunch in July, with contributions from three generations both male and female. We are blessed with exceptionally talented and imaginative cooks… I am hungry already.
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  2. I have not been invited to many of these, but your post made me smile. We had a number of interesting events when we first moved to our current house. People would knock on our door for a given course of an event – for food – something we knew nothing about and we’re not invited to. Not sure what address they wanted! So, maybe they still happen (10 years ago?)!

  3. I’ve never heard of either progressive dinners or safari suppers. They’re certainly not a culinary tradition in these parts. Personally I would rather stay put in one place than go traipsing from one house to another, but different strokes for different folks etc.
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  4. Sometimes a progressive dinner occurs a long a street of eateries – where long tables adorn the kerb/footpath – and you go from one place to another eating your fill – usually it’s some sort of charity dinner where you pay up front…

  5. Wow, we had rip-roarin’ times with these in our day. We perfected them by writing clues to where the courses would be held and then guests in teams to find their dinner. At one point we even sold these dinners at charitable auctions with soup from a witch’s cauldron in a cemetery and a main course set up on an vacant lot on a busy street corner. Fun days!
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