Have you ever been to a block party? So much fun! My parents’ block has one every summer, and it’s a can’t miss event for us. It’s tons of work, but the girl who puts the whole thing together is a genius, and we’ve never had a bad time. Each family contributes a set sum for the purchase of grillables and accessories, and then one side of the street is responsible for salads and sides, while the other side of the street handles desserts, and everyone brings their own beverages. The block has a good mix of generations, so the potluck is everything you could hope for, a mixture of deliciously reliable standards and fun new food presentations.
One of my most favorite tricks I’ve picked up from attending is a creative method for preparing corn on the cob for roasting on the grill. The same neighbor does it every year, and after one bite I had to know her secret for achieving such juicy, flavorful summer-nirvana. Believe it or not, it’s all in the beer. The night before the party, she fills a large cooler with water and dumps in three or four cans of beer. She snips off the end of the corn tassel so the liquid can better penetrate the husks, and soaks the corn in the beer/water overnight. When she’s ready to grill, the moisture steams the corn from within the husk, and the results are perfection, every time!0