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buttertart Mar 8, 2011 05:14 AM

I was eating carnitas and guacamole last night and thinking about how the first place I ever saw them mentioned was in James Beard. That led me to think that something I would have loved to have done was to go to one of his cocktail parties in say 1965 (when I was decidedly under cocktail age). Just imagine the hors d'oeuvres! And the company. And the clothes.
What's your dream experience?

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    small h Mar 10, 2011 04:44 AM

    El Bulli in, say, 1992. Before I would have known what to expect.

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      buttertart Mar 10, 2011 05:42 AM


    2. Delucacheesemonger Mar 9, 2011 08:36 AM

      Actually had mine. Lunch with Craig Claiborne and Maida Haetter at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia in the late 70's. l couldn't stop smiling for weeks and even now, still grinning while writing this.

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        buttertart Mar 9, 2011 09:23 AM

        I feel faint even at the mention of this. Must have been really fantastic. You lucky thing!

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          mariacarmen Mar 9, 2011 09:15 PM


        2. mariacarmen Mar 8, 2011 10:01 PM

          An evening with Julia & Jacques - nothing fancy, just the two of them in the kitchen, cooking together, sipping wine, telling stories, laughing .....

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            Tripeler Mar 8, 2011 10:57 PM

            Would this involve having any locally produced goat cheese?

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              mariacarmen Mar 8, 2011 11:12 PM

              mais oui! ( :

              1. re: mariacarmen
                buttertart Mar 9, 2011 08:01 AM

                That would be perfectly fine by me too.

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            Tommy D. Mar 8, 2011 10:08 AM

            Mine would be the Top Chef episode with Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin.


            1. Ruth Lafler Mar 8, 2011 08:12 AM

              How to choose! Here's one specific one: the famous dinner at the French Laundry with Anthony Bourdain.

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                buttertart Mar 8, 2011 08:18 AM

                That I know nothing about, actually. Details?

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                  Ruth Lafler Mar 8, 2011 08:47 AM

                  Bourdain AND Eric Ripert for a dinner where Keller pulled out all the stops: 20 courses, each with different dishes -- some one of a kind -- for each of the four diners.


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                    buttertart Mar 8, 2011 08:51 AM

                    Holy cow. Heaven on earth.

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                      mariacarmen Mar 8, 2011 10:07 PM

                      haven't watched the video link yet, but I remember reading, way back then, that Keller made a dessert called "coffee and cigarettes" for chain smoker Bourdain.

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                        Ruth Lafler Mar 9, 2011 08:26 AM

                        Yes. On the video clip he's shown being served a coffee custard infused with tobacco from a Marlboro. Not only does he find it hilarious, apparently it tastes good.

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                          MandalayVA Mar 9, 2011 08:32 AM

                          This, very much. I would sell body parts to be there.

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                            Delucacheesemonger Mar 9, 2011 08:34 AM

                            Lucky for you your body parts are still wanted, l could not trade mine in for anything anymore

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                              MandalayVA Mar 9, 2011 08:37 AM


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