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May 14, 2014 10:27 AM

Advice from Dear Abby

From her column today:

"It's not what you put on the table, but whom you put in the chairs, that makes a successful dinner party."

Agree or disagree? Let the discussion begin!

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  1. It's not that black and white and I'd rather not have to choose between the food, but...

    but I have a better time with good company and worse food than the other way around.

    1. I can't think of a meal where I left thinking "that was the best food I ever had, but I never want to eat with those people ever again!".

      Fair enough, I've never eaten at any Michelin star rated restaurants (with good or bad company) - but I have been to a few fancy dinners for work functions and never really remember what I ate.

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      1. re: cresyd

        Boy, I can. Maybe not the BEST food I ever ate but unfortunately I've eaten a number of really excellent meals with some really unpleasant people over the years.

        1. re: ratgirlagogo

          I second THAT emotion. I will always give someone's food a second chance, but life is too short to eat with unpleasant people.

          1. re: Cheflambo

            I'd give it a 3rd. I have had some meals ruined by unpleasant or impossible to please people.

      2. Hard to enjoy good food with bad company - business dinners come to mind - I would rather be eating hotdogs in my yard with can beer and good friends than fine dining with someone who makes my stomach churn.

        my only caveat to the quote is that the food has to be palatable - otherwise the good people in the chairs need to order a pizza.

        1. I've eaten some of the best food I've ever eaten my life with some of the most pretentious, smug and obnoxious people I've ever met in my life.
          I'd have forgone the food in order not to have eaten with them…or have ever met them, for that matter.

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          1. re: latindancer

            It's difficult if they're family, and you can't get away.