Is it acceptable, in lieu of food, to bring a bottle of wine to a potluck? Obviously, if everyone did this, there would be no food at said potluck, which is sort of the point. But is it ok for me to bring wine, and hope that other people will bring actual food? Or do I need to get something pre-prepared or a sad plate of grocery store cookies? (Trust me, my friends do not want me to cook.)
Dear Can't Cook,
Sure! I say play to your strengths. The point of a potluck is that everyone can do what they do best. For some, that will be a complicated, showy dish that they perfected while living in Venice that one summer. For you, it's obviously wine and who's gonna complain about that?
If you're really worried about it, maybe just float the idea to your host to make sure or send around an email thread with a casual, rough sign-up. I've been to plenty of potlucks where everyone casually guesses what they will be bringing so we don't wind up with five bags of chips and five desserts.
Bottom line: this is a party; don't overthink it. Bring what you want and make sure to bring your sparkling personality, too.