MAAAARK TWAIIIIN! Good evening, sir. You appear to be a sporting gent. If you will forgive a bit of forwardness, seeing as we are both gentlemen taking the riverboat— why yes, New Orleans, business calls there— perhaps you would be interested in hearing about an event coming up, for gentlemen of obvious taste and breeding such as yourself. It is a New Orleans Riverboat Soiree, circa 1930, at the restaurant Big Jones. You have not heard of it, sir? Why, it specializes in the cuisine of the South, sir, and a very fine hand it has with it. A very fine hand, sir. The chef, a Mr. Fehribach, specializes in dusting off old cookbooks such as Mary Moore Bremer’s New Orleans Recipes, for the very finest recipes from the glorious history of the South, and staging dinners which present these antiquities of the culinary art for the delectation of such as ourselves who can appreciate them.
So yes, it will be a dinner in the style of a riverboat soiree of the time, with turtle soup, shrimp-stuffed mirliton, duck with oyster sauce piquant— a very fine feast in the Creole style, sir. And drink! Indeed there will be— from North Shore Distillery in Chicago. It is $50 per person, plus $10 for the cocktail reception beforehand if you care to tipple, on October 4, and you can make reservations by telephoning the restaurant at 773-275-5725. So you know Chicago, sir? What line of work are you in there? Government work? You say… you seek out violations of the Prohibition laws in place in this year of 1930? No sir, no, I have never been to this restaurant, nor this distillery, as of course I would never allow Demon Rum into the bosom of my, er, bosom. Now if you’ll excuse me I have forgotten some important business in my cabin….