In my city, and the surrounding areas, we do something that is truly unique to us. We have events that we call socials. I’m not entirely sure of the history of a social, but I’m sure it has something to do with a group of people gathering for something or other, and where I live, we’ve done it for many, many, years. I know that my parents used to attend socials in the 50’s and 60’s, usually put on by church groups in the country which allowed residents of neighboring farms to get together and visit and socialize at one time, in one common space.
As the decades went by, some aspects of a social have changed. A social has become less of a formal gathering and more of an informal party. It has become an effective way for individuals or groups to raise money for causes. As a matter of fact, it is very rare for a newly engaged couple to start planning their wedding before they start planning their social. The money raised at a social will play a huge part in helping them pay for their wedding. A social can also be sponsored by groups, such as hockey teams, to raise money for tournament trips or new equipment, for example. Entrance tickets for a social must be sold and paid for in advance, so it differs from a bar in that not just anyone can walk in.
Socials are also a great place to meet new people. Many relationships have been started, many have also ended, at a social. It’s a place where you meet friends, and friends of friends, and strangers alike. At the very base, a social is a party. A BIG party. Think of 200 to 1000 of your closest friends and people you’ve never met, in one spot. There is music, usually provided by a DJ, dancing, alcohol, potato chips and pretzels on each table, and a late lunch. Lunch which is served at around midnight, usually consists of rye bread, kielbasa which is a smoked garlic sausage, cold deli meats, cheese, and pickles. And then there’s more booze to wash it all down.
So in honor of the Social, I give you an updated version of typical Social food. I hope you make this grilled kielbasa sandwich with horseradish sauce and enjoy it with friends, friends of friends, and strangers alike.
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