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a novel idea for supper

Our friend surveyed the table last month and just sighed, “This is the best thing we did.” For about 12 years, we eight friends have gathered together every three or four months to talk, relax, and eat. We’ve named ourselves the “Gourmet Club” but I’ve served meatloaf and potatoes and called it polpettone al forno.

The idea came from two neighbors I had come to know through a bookgroup/playgroup. I digress, but we used to attempt to discuss novels while our toddlers would play. When that group fell apart for inexplicable reasons, we decided to indulge in adult evenings of food, wine and conversation. It has continued now for more than a decade.dinnertable

What is the secret sauce?

Experimentation is heartily encouraged. So far, we have not had to order a last minute pizza. If it happened – no one would mind for a moment.

I do wish that over the years we had taken pictures! So many gorgeous meals, table settings, cakes and cocktails have passed before our eyes. We were so busy chatting and laughing, no one ever thought to pull out a phone or a camera. Maybe next month I’ll remember.