Pretty much each Sunday our neighbor and her three children come over and have Sunday dinner with us. That’s 8 people right there. Usually, we invite friends (and their children) over and serve a nice big dinner. On some days the number can be 9 and there have been times when we hosted 20.
The kids split off into their favorite activities while the adults sit around the table, have some wine and talk about whatever is going on.
Usually these conversations aren’t about the newest sale at Target or whether the prices are better at Walmart but fantastic, in depth talks about art, music, society, food … whatever is the most interesting topic that week. Our friends are museum people, reporters, bloggers, writers so the conversations can get really interesting hence the reason I call these dinners our version of the Algonquin Round Table.
The Algonquin Round Table was a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of “The Vicious Circle”, as they dubbed themselves, met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country.
We both love to cook and our friends are pretty capable in the kitchen as well so we usually have fantastic dinners. One time Kelly, Brian and I brought back some fresh pastrami and pickles from Katz’s Deli in NYC and had pastrami sandwiches. Another time Kelly and I made two different souffle’s. No matter what we make or who comes it’s always a blast.