I had a fun discussion in class today. Our chef likes to tell us to perform when we cook, to execute each step as if it were the most important and do so with pride. He tells us constantly, “It’s like you’re cooking for Grandma. Or the person most important to you.”
That started a fun conversation: If you could invite three people, in all of space and time, to a dinner party, who would they be and what would you cook for them?
I heard everything from Jango Fett to Megan Fox and a million (mostly fictional) characters in between. Imagine having Forest Gump, Captain America and Bobby Flay at your dinner table!
Here was my response: Walt Disney, Audrey Hepburn and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Of course, I’d make them all their own separate meals. Walt would get an all-American classic: hearty chili, with a merengue pie for desert. Walt was a simple eater, a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Cooking for him would require very little effort, meaning I could focus on listening to the stories he’d tell. We would drink coffee after dessert and discuss his future plans for Disney parks and whether or not he’s disappointed with the modern-day Disney Channel on television. I would also ask him to get me into Club 33, and hopefully he would oblige.
For Audrey Hepburn, I’d serve a wild mushroom risotto with fresh English peas. We would drink champagne, toast our classiness, and for dessert delicately nibble on dark chocolate mousse. We would have refreshing conversation about Hollywood and men and beauty and feminism, and perhaps she’d share some shopping tips on where to buy fabulous sunglasses.
Lastly, for Laura Ingalls Wilder (her husband Almanzo in tow, of course), I would serve a lovely rack of lamb with pasta alfredo and serve a delicious golden raisin bread pudding with butterscotch and cream for dessert. They could share stories of life on the prairie (and I, a prairie native myself) could smile and nod and agree as we spoke about blizzards and horses and the general horridness of it all. Laura would describe Pa’s fiddle playing and they would become close family friends.
It is becoming quite clear to me I was born in the wrong era. I can’t think of many modern-day dinner party invitees, other than perhaps Jennifer Lawrence, Joey from Friends, Neil Patrick Harris or Robert Downey Junior. Or Mikhail Baryshnikov, although I’m sure he eats very lean and clean.
As for other past celebrities, I’d certainly invite Fred Astaire, Julia Child, Shirley Temple, William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln.
Fictional characters might also include Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia, Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Mina Harker from Dracula, Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and Indigo Casson from Saffy’s Angel. Also, Jo from Little Women and Hamlet from Hamlet.
Yep, that about sums it up.
How about you? Who would you invite to your dinner party, and what would you make for them?