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Need Complete Menu suggestions for Chicken & Waffle Party

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Planning a dinner party for 20, and chicken and waffles will be the staple (a thrown back to when we all lived in LA and could frequent Roscoe's). Wanting to offer a complete menu with apps, drinks and dessert. Debating making red beans & rice with cornbread for more dinner choices (undecided). Thinking a southern soul food overall menu?? any suggestions and/or recipes are greatly appreciated...

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  1. I've done a few chicken and waffle parties. As much as I heart Roscoe's, they weren't my inspiration. I make sourdough waffles in a Belgian type maker. Still, I served it with corn, greens, and mashed potatoes. The best waffles are those made at the end of the night with the dregs of batter mixed with mashed potato, greens, and a little parmesan.

      1. Dessert: sweet potato pie would be wonderful.

        Sides: collard greens? A soul food menu seems incomplete without it.

        Other dinner option: I don't think of red beans and rice going on the same menu as waffles and chicken (not sure why), but how about shrimp and grits as another dinner choice?

        Apps: I'm not sure. Fried okra? Pickled pigs feet? Maybe something with pimento cheese? Fried chitlins with vinegar? Anything corn--maybe fried corn nuggets.