Tonight my out-of-town cousin is having the coolest party. It is an Iron Chef/Top Chef party. Each attendee had to select a secret ingredient and then the hostess picked one from a hat 3 days prior to the party. Then the attendees had to bring a dish (entree or appetizer) made with the ingredient to the party. They will be judged on a number of categories including creativity, taste, etc. At the party she is having Top Chef-ish challenges - naming spices by smell only, tasting ingredients, perhaps some kind of relay race involving constructing an hors d'ouvres. It sounds so cool.
So cool my friends and I are stealing it and doing it this weekend. Ingredients up for grabs - lemon, beer, breadcrumbs, goat cheese, peanuts, pineapple, whiskey, and bacon. I think it will be awesome.
Any other ideas for fun dinner parties??