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What qualifies as Brunch?

Today, at 11:30, I'm serving a meal of Chicken Vegatable soup with orzo, Watermelon Feta Salad, fresh , freindship bread, coffee & mimosas.

I'm saying it's brunch, my fiance' says it's just an early lunch with cocktails.

What do y'all think?

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  1. I would say early lunch as there is no egg dish.

    1. Your fiance has the better of the argument.

      If you were serving this at 9AM I might be tempted to call it brunch because at least the hour was breakfast-y, as it were, but this is lunch in my book. Brunch needs to be a combination of breakfast and lunch in terms of food or perhaps time. Your time is clearly a luncheon time in US culture, your food is not identifiably breakfast food (eggs, griddlecakes of some sort, pastries, cooked sausages or ham, et cet.).

      1. Maybe it's a regional thing? I'd call it brunch. Most restaurants in my area (NYC) don't even open on Sundays until 10:30 or (more frequently) 11, and any time I've made plans to go out for a meal with friends or cook a meal for friends at home on a Saturday or Sunday before, say, 2:30 p.m., we call it "brunch". I like the idea of the presence of an egg dish as a determining factor, but ultimately would find that to be counterbalanced by the fact that I have never once imbibed a mimosa at lunch...

        1. I think it depends on what you serve. If there a variety of lunch and breakfast dishes, it's more like brunch. Since you're serving a lunchtime meal, I'd say it's early lunch.

          1. I agree with your fiance' and Karl S (up thread) This is an early lunch. A mimosa does not a Brunch make. ---- However, you call it as you may, and.......

            Enjoy!