For our 10th wedding anniversary my wife had the great idea to take a page out of our kids’ favorite book: Stone Soup
If you don’t know the story: 3 monks come to a village that is very suspicious of them and by pretending to teach them how to make soup from a stone, they get them to bring ingredients to share and the whole village enjoys a great feast. In Russia a similar tale is told (Каша из топора), where a hungry soldier gets food by saying he can make porridge from an axe.
We asked all party guests to bring an ingredient for the soup (only request was no raw meat). It turned out great! I started it off with a pound of mirepoix (2 parts diced onions, 1 part diced carrots & 1 part diced celery) and 3 quarts (liters) of low sodium vegetable broth – only slightly cheating over the stone and water in the story. Our guests brought: Garlic, Portabello Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots, Peas, Zucchini, Rutabaga, fresh Thyme, Oregano, & Rosemary. For the first half of the party, the soup was still vegetarian, all of a sudden there was also chicken sausage and shredded chicken and some crispy bacon on the side, which I have to say went really well with it :)
We had a little cutting station next to the pot to chop stuff and all I did before serving was adding some salt and pepper and tasting it to make sure everything had cooked through all right. It tasted quite delicious and the sense of community was a great addition to celebrating 10 years of marriage!