I love dipping bread in stuff, a lot. I also love dipping chips in stuff. Oftentimes the bites of a meal that put me over the so-full-I-need-to-be-rolled-home-Violet-Beauregard-style edge feature a piece of bread picking up those last couple streaks of sauce. The other night at City House I requested a dish of olive oil for the exclusive purposes of crust dipping (plus, they had awesome, super-fruity stuff there). I have a criminal spinach dip obsession (my aunt makes a bowl of it especially for me at Thanksgiving) and a couple simple dinners I throw together are really just dips with toasted bread--roasted and squashed cherry tomatoes, spicy roasted garlic-eggplant dip and avocado+citrus+whatever herbs I have on-hand. And don't even get me started on the Allison Iraheta of dipping combos: challah in roasted chicken juices.
Now that you have that background, I can tell you about this kooky idea I've been floating for the last couple months: Dip Party. Guests come hungry and everyone brings their favorite dip (extra points for the ones that come in those crock pot things). I provide a cornucopia of dippables--toasty bread, tortilla chips, veggies--and everyone leaves full. We could even have a dip contest complete with anonymous voting, if folks are so disposed. Extra points for unusual combinations.
So, what do people think of my idea? Anyone been to a dip-focused affair? Any local places serving up top-notch specimens? And, of course, what are your favorite dip recipes? I am always looking for new ones to get my fix.