Do Dinner Parties Still Happen? ‘Sh-t, Yeah!’


In today’s edition of Gourmet Live, Alexandra Lange mourns the death of the sort of dinner parties her mom used to throw (“I don’t think I have ever been invited to a meal at someone’s house where the table was laid with china, tablecloth and flowers, the hosts dressed up, the food prepared, the guest list a balance of new people and old friends”), but she can rest assured they’re still alive and well at Bard College, at least. According to The Onion, “Whether it's an intimate gathering of friends making vegetarian lasagna or an all-out potluck for studio-art majors, Bard students like to throw dinner parties, and they like to throw dinner parties hard.” Says the associate dean, “No matter how hard we crack down, students will still find a way to get fresh produce from the local farmer's market and make a big garden salad or puree some root vegetables.” This isn’t the first time The Onion has poked fun at dinner-party animals. This, from 2001: “From the mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres to the palate-cleansing sorbet, it's going to be one full-throttle banquet. Shit, yeah!”

Whatever Happened to the Dinner Party? [Gourmet Live]
Bard College Named Nation's No. 1 Dinner Party School [Onion]