The Roman Lucullus, who habitually hosted luxurious banquets, one evening happened to be dining home alone. On that night, his servants prepared for him a less than grand meal. Lucullus sent it back and commanded his cooks to prepare him a more magnificent meal because, he remonstrated, "Tonight, Lucullus dines with Lucullus." Enjoying great food and drink does not have to be a once-in-a-while event. Taking the time to enjoy a great meal (at least once or twice a week) is well worth the effort.
Food and camaraderie are always more important than the event. A good crayfish stand with a few friends can be far more enjoyable than dining at a five-hundred-dollar-a-plate black-tie gala dinner in the grand ballroom of an elegant hotel.
A Great Hobby (or Profession)
Being a "foodie" has never been more popular. Television shows, blog articles, magazines, and websites like this all offer the opportunity to learn, try new things, and meet new friends. Progressive dinners, pot lucks, and informal "cook-offs" offer a great opportunity to have fun with your friends, learn a new technique, and eat some great food!
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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