Y'all— a slang expression used in the American South that means the plural of "you"; a short, slang form of the standard form "you all"
Barbecue — an outdoor social event at which people eat food that has been cooked on an open fire
Dogs — slang for '"hot dogs" (Eating real dogs is taboo in the United States.)
Potluck — a type of social event to which each guest brings something to eat or drink
Dorm — abbreviation for dormitory (slang)
Off-campus — property near a college or university that is not owned by the college; literally, off the university campus
Caf— abbreviation for cafeteria (slang)
Junk food— food that is not very good for you, usually containing a lot of sugar, salt or fat
Junkie — an addict; originally someone addicted to heroin
Nut— a slang term for a crazy person, or someone overly enthusiastic about something
Habits — customs; the usual way of doing something
Discuss the following questions:
1) Why do you think Elsa was surprised that her professor invited the class to a party at his house? Would you be surprised if this happened to you?
2) What are two reasons that might explain why Rick chose to bring potato chips to the party?
3) Do you think that Rick and Jeanette like the same kind of food for dinner? Explain.
4) Have you ever been to a potluck party? What do you think about the custom?
You are planning a get-together for Sunday. You wish to give your friends a fabulous time - they really deserve it after hard work. In order to please all your friends you will have to work everything out, down to the last detail. Find out your friends’ tastes in food and soft drinks.
 & Reading
Where would you prefer to go to have a snack / to have supper with your boyfriend (girlfriend) / to eat and have some fun?
Read the following texts. Explain the meaning of the underlined phrases and use them in the sentences of your own.
At the Restaurant
The Old Mill,
The Quay, Wardleton, Sussex
This week we decided to look at a small family-run restaurant in the village of Wardleton. 'The Old Mill' is newly opened and overlooks the River Wardle, and we had heard several favourable comments about it. Because we had been advised to book early, we managed to get a nice table with a view of the quay. We were made very welcome and the service was excellent because it is a small family business. The proprietor, Jeff Dean, runs the kitchen himself and his wife, Nelly, showed us to our table.
Although the choice of items on the menu was very extensive, it was rather traditional. A long menu always worries me, because a large menu often means a large freezer! We started with Wardle Trout and although it was fresh, it was spoilt by the number of herbs. For my main course I chose the pepper steak, which was the speciality of the day. I thought it was almost perfect because the chef had chosen excellent meat and it was cooked just long enough.
My wife ordered the roast lamb, and although the quality of the meat was good, she thought it was a little underdone. Though the vegetables were fresh, they came in very small portions and were rather over-cooked for our taste. However, the bread was fresh because it had been baked on the premises. I have often complained in this column about the difficulty of finding any restaurant which serves a fresh fruit salad. Luckily, this one did. Even though it must have been very time-consuming to prepare, it was a delight to see, and I had a second helping.
As usual I chose house wine, as this is often the best way to judge a restaurant's wine list. It was a French-bottled table wine which was quite satisfactory and reasonably priced. The bill, including coffee and brandy, came to $37, which was acceptable for the class of restaurant, although that did not include service.