I will be attending a dinner party tomorrow and was tasked with bringing an appetizer. The kicker is the party is about an hour from my home and I do not want to have to commandeer their kitchen upon arrival. I need something that will travel well and can be served room temperature or cold. Dinner will consist of minestrone soup and tagliatelle with bolognese, so Italian is the main theme. The party hosts are fans of big red wines, so that will likely be the beverage of choice.
My default idea if I can think of nothing else will be some sort of antipasto plate. I am kicking around the idea of gougeres, even though I have never made them before and am unsure of how they will be at room temp, hours after baking. Another thought is bringing some homemade crusty bread and a couple of different spread options.
Any ideas would be very helpful!