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Annual Potluck Party
Friday, December 16, 2011

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Organizing Team:

Marcella Carena
Michelle Gleason
Young-Kee Kim
Mary-Ellyn McCollum
Joe Lykken
Herman White

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many people should I cook for?
A. Please plan to make enough food to share with 20 people (enough for at least 20 or more servings).

Q. Can I bring a hot dish?
A. Yes, but hot dishes should be heated in a microwave. We have reserved 1-North as a holding area and can accommodate some crock pots or slow cookers. We ask that people keep their dishes hot or cold in their office areas.

Q. What sort of dish should I bring?
A. Please bring – a hearty appetizer, a main entrée or salad- that can be served cold or at room temperature or can be reheated in a microwave prior to the party. Many offices have microwaves available. You are responsible for heating your dish. Foods that represent your culture or ethnicity are encouraged.

Q. I’m planning on bringing a dish. Should I bring a serving spoon or tongs?
A. ABSOLUTELY! Please put a piece of tape on the handle of your spoon or serving utensil with your name or initials. The laboratory will provide plates, cutlery, napkins and non-alcoholic beverages.

Q. What about desserts?
A. So we don't have an over-abundance of desserts, we ask those who want to bring a dessert to do so in addition to your other dish.

Q. Can I bring my children?
A. Please do! Just remember that all children on the Fermilab site need to be escorted by an adult at all times.

Q. I may need to pick up my children after work. Can I come late?
A. Yes - please come when you can. Food will be available until around 6:45 p.m., when people will be moving to Ramsey Auditorium for the evening's entertainment. No food or drink can be taken into the Auditorium.

Q. Where should I bring my dish? How will the buffet be set up? I don’t know the ethnicity/history of my recipe exactly. How will these be categorized?
A. We will have tables along the walls of the atrium. The tables will be labeled by region: European, Asian, Latin American, African, North American, etc. We will have volunteers to direct you to where you can setup your dish. We will also have a few fusion tables for dishes that may span multiple cultures or ethnicities. We will provide food description / ingredient cards to help identify your dish, and more importantly, to help identify ingredients for people with food allergies.

Q. What beverages will be served at the party?
A. The laboratory will provide non-alcoholic punch and coffee & tea. There is an ice machine and water dispenser just outside of the cafeteria.

Q. Will any efforts be taken to make this party environmentally friendly?
A. Yes. The laboratory will provide recycled and biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery.

Q. How will I get my dishes / serveware back at the end of the evening?
A. All dishes will be consolidated in one area after the event, and you can pick yours up at that time.



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