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Who would you like to dine with?

Other than your Family who would you love to dine with if you could? My list is as follows:

Amanda Frietag
John Maxwell
Bill Cosby
Colin Powell
Jack Welch
Heston Blumenthal
Wolfgang Puck
Nancy Silverton
Paul Qui
Warren Buffet

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    1. George Washington
      Thomas Jefferson
      Bill & Melinda Gates
      George H.W. Bush
      Gloria Steinem
      Tom Colicchio
      Suzy Fenniger
      Nora Ephron
      Leonard Bernstein
      Bruce Springsteen
      Martin Luther King
      Bill & Hill Clinton
      Garrison Keillor
      Molly Ivins

      Just a few that come to mind.

      1. David Bowie
        Albert Einstein
        Richard Dawkins
        George Carlin
        Ella Fitzgerald
        Anthony Bourdain
        Dan Savage
        Trey Parker & Matt Jones
        Jon Hamm (I'll save that one for dessert)

        I think my list could use more women....

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        1. re: linguafood

          Well, will women really want to come if Richard Dawkins is there? :)

          Dawkins used to be interesting, but my how things have changed. I love this recent bit from the Daily Mash:


          1. re: Lizard

            Nice that the UK has a site similar to The Onion over here in the US. If I didn't know that, I'd have thought Dawkins had gone completely round the bend. Well-written, though.

            1. re: Lizard

              Ha! Love the "Milfs of Waitrose" calendar. And I only get that b/c I was recently in London.

              1. re: linguafood

                Waitrose is my favourite supermarket. Although not as much as John Lewis (same group) is my favourite department store. Great cafe for people watching, ya know. Love the idea of a Waitrose calendar - "vintage bintage", eh.

              2. re: Lizard

                Do you mean Richard Dawson, of family feud?

                1. re: TroyTempest

                  Pretty sure she meant Dawkins. He can be a bit of a sourpuss.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    I should have read the entire post. What a rube i must appear to be ;)

                2. re: Lizard

                  I just read the list of names. While we didn't dine together, I did have a conversation with Garrison Keillor at an event a few years ago. I think like many writer/performers he is why because he was a bit standoffish.

                3. re: linguafood

                  On that note, I'll add

                  Dorothy Parker
                  David Sedaris (how could I forget DS!)

                  1. re: linguafood

                    Of course, given Ms. Parker's predilections, she might not make it to the entrée. That witticism of hers about the number of martinis consumed and the inevitable result springs to mind.

                    1. re: mcsheridan

                      That's ok. I can be a top if necessary '-D

                4. Socrates
                  Billy the Kid
                  Genghis Khan
                  Sigmund Freud
                  Joan of Arc
                  George Carlin

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                  1. re: jammy

                    If you add Steven King, Beetlejuice and Orillia Heinz I will buy ALL the wine and hand wash the dishes at the end of the party.

                      1. re: cowboyardee

                        So Joan is invited, but not her husband Noah. (My kids loved that movie, I had it nearly memorized back in the day.)

                    1. Caligula
                      Lucretia Borge

                      May as well make it exciting.

                      1. Jacques Pepin.
                        First, I would assist him in the kitchen; then we would sit down to eat and talk food.

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                        1. re: Multifoiled

                          I'd like to Jacques and Caligula swap war stories.

                        2. Agatha Christie
                          Bill Clinton
                          Keith Floyd
                          Lady Angel Forbes
                          Robert Nivelle
                          Eleanor Roosevelt

                          And because you have to seat folk man/woman/man/woman, the final person I'd invite would have to be Mrs Harters.

                          I think it'd be a great evening. There'd be interesting talk about food and politics. I think everyone would get along great apart, perhaps, for dear old Agatha. But I fear we'd read about the evening somehow in her next book.

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                          1. re: Harters

                            Another post reminds me I should not have included family in the form of Mrs Harters. She's now sacked and consigned to the kitchen charged with supervising the caterers. She's replaced by Mata Hari - almost a straight swap ;-)

                          2. Warren Buffett
                            Jim Butcher
                            Sean Connery
                            Judi Dench
                            Craig Ferguson
                            Mickey Hart
                            Glenda Jackson
                            Paul Krugman
                            Nigella Lawson
                            Bill Moyers
                            Leonard Nimoy
                            Michael Palin
                            Terry Pratchett
                            Gordon Ramsay
                            Bernie Sanders
                            Kevin Spacey
                            Meryl Streep

                            All alive, and in alphabetical order. Not going to bring back the dead for dinner. :)

                              1. re: klyeoh

                                Ya I can imagine what Gandi would order. LOLOL
                                I can't imagine eating with any really great chefs. "So Mr. Escoffier, what do you think about the food here?" HAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAA!
                                No, I'd stick to people I'd really feel comfortable to be with and be able to ask them their opinions on various matters.
                                Karl Pilkington would be at the top of my list. No kidding.
                                Once you start listening to the show, (there's dozens of episodes on Youtube) you'll know what I mean.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xfUy...

                                1. re: Puffin3

                                  Gandhi actually wrote a detailed treatise on his dietary preferences :-D

                                  1. re: klyeoh

                                    Thanks for the info. I've bookmarked the site. It will make for interesting reading.

                                  2. re: Puffin3

                                    "This corn is something special isn't it? Mind if I call you 'Gus'? LOLOLOL!
                                    Sorry, couldn't resist.

                                2. Mark Herring (VA AG)
                                  Any of the female members of SCOTUS
                                  Atul Gawande
                                  Dr. Tom Frieden
                                  Manil Suri
                                  Ruth Reichl
                                  Alice Waters
                                  Mike Pesca
                                  David Sedaris

                                  Should be a lively and wide-ranging conversation.

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                                  1. re: tcamp

                                    Yes to David Sedaris, although we all may need the Heimlich because we would laugh so hard we would aspirate
                                    the great food! LOL!

                                    Jim Leff
                                    Stephen J. Gould
                                    Bill Bryson-hopefully he is off the candy bar diet
                                    May West
                                    Buster Keeton
                                    Fred Astaire
                                    Oliver Sachs
                                    Barbara Kingsolver
                                    Lauren Becall
                                    Julie Powell
                                    Elizabeth Gilbert

                                  2. Great Topic

                                    Jesus Christ
                                    Jim Morrison
                                    Kurt Cobain
                                    John Belushi
                                    Marylin Monroe
                                    Chris Farley
                                    Robin Williams
                                    Howard Hughs
                                    Ronald Reagan
                                    Either of my paternal grandfathers, both of whom I never met
                                    My Mom

                                    The Pope
                                    The Dalai Lama
                                    Kim Jung Un
                                    Don Miguel Ruiz
                                    Chef Ramsey
                                    Eva Mendez
                                    Sofia Vergara

                                    Capt. Kirk
                                    Superman (it was a tough call between him or Batman)
                                    Wonderwoman (tie me up in the lasso of truth!!)
                                    Homer & Bart Simpson
                                    Gordon Gekko

                                    All my quirky Chow friends !!

                                    1. Dalai Lama
                                      Don Henley
                                      Malala Yousafzai
                                      Carl Sagan
                                      Georges-Eugène Haussmann
                                      Julia Child
                                      My biological parents...I'm adopted
                                      Ringo Starr
                                      Don Rickles
                                      Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras
                                      Freddie Couples
                                      Jacques Cousteau

                                      and the person who invented mayonnaise..

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                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        BTW, Don Rickles & Ringo Starr are still with us; at first glance, I don't recognize some of the others so couldn't tell what their status is.

                                        1. re: mcsheridan

                                          I don't think the list has to be of just deceased, it's just in general who would you like to dine with, so the living is allowed! (although as I re-read it to make this post I now see family was not suppose to be included, I broke that rule!!)

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            Dead or alive status was not a criteria all; I just remarked on it as I thought it was odd having a list so heavily weighted toward the deceased and then up pop a couple of people who are still with us in there. I also thought perhaps Beach Chick might have confused Don Rickles for dead.

                                            My list was totally "among the living" deliberately, not because I thought it had to fit any criteria.

                                            PS: just for shits & giggles: http://www.abevigoda.com

                                            1. re: mcsheridan

                                              Dead or alive, my lists reflects on whom I would like to dine with..
                                              Why do you find it odd having my list so heavily weighted towards the deceased?

                                              In regards to Don Rickles, there is no confusion on my part that he is alive and well, tho' he is getting up there in age.

                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                It wasn't the heavy emphasis on the dead that I found odd; some of the other lists are also exclusively dead people. Again it was just my perception, not your choices - all these dead people, and then - oops! there's a live one.

                                                And Rickles is certainly way up there; when he makes his appearances with Craig Ferguson on Craig's late night show after Letterman, it's obvious he has to be helped to negotiate the platform but they cut the camera away so you don't see that. If Rickles is on, I'm in.

                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                  I saw Don Rickles in A/C about 5 years ago. I was so looking forward to the raw edgy humor that he was famous for. While I won't say his show was bad, it was sad. He paused in the middle of his show to talk about Sinatra and the Rat Pack and all his friends who had passed, how he was the last of his "Generation" and you could see the genuine pain in his face.

                                                  It was very difficult to get back in the mood for comedy after his stroll down memory lane. God Bless Him.

                                                2. re: mcsheridan

                                                  I met Abe Vigoda at a restaurant in La Jolla and I walked up to him and said 'OMG, I thought you were dead' he laughed and said 'If I had a nickel for every time, I've heard that, I'd be rich'

                                                  He is a very sweet man and his wife as well..
                                                  He's got a great sense of humor too.

                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                    He looked like he was dead 20 years ago. My two favorite roles Fish on Barney Miller and Tessio in a small gangster film.

                                              2. re: Beach Chick

                                                Loved that you listed your bio parents.
                                                (I'm a birthmother)

                                                Oh and the "inventor" of mayonnaise. I'm sure you've Wiki'd the article.

                                                1. re: pedalfaster

                                                  Wouldn't it be serendipitous if we found we are connected.

                                                  Xo to you pedal. .

                                                2. W
                                                  Babe Ruth
                                                  Donatella Arpaia
                                                  Gordon Ramsay
                                                  Amanda Freitag
                                                  John Lennon
                                                  Duane Allman
                                                  Dan Pastorini
                                                  JJ Watt
                                                  Robert E. Lee

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                                                  1. re: James Cristinian

                                                    W? Make sure not to serve crackers.

                                                    Also, I think the chef's name is Freitag.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      I really butchered poor Amanda, it's been changed.

                                                  2. Along your Jack Welch and Warren Buffet references James "Jimmy" Kayne was a regular customer at a restaurant I use to own. If you spent anytime around him you really scratched your head in wonderment as to how he EVER rose to the position he did in life. The eventual outcome of his career made complete sense and his unofficial title as "Worse CEO" of the 20th century is well deserved.

                                                    1. Rachel Ray
                                                      Guy Fieri
                                                      Sandra Lee
                                                      Trisha Yearwood
                                                      Ree Drummond

                                                      Pretty much anybody that almost everybody hates on Food Network from these boards. Oops forgot:

                                                      Natalie G-Cooking Channel

                                                      They can't all be bad people despite the negativity spewed toward them.

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                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                        You know what? I'd party with this group if invited. :)

                                                      2. I would love to sit and eat and talk with the people who raised and harvested my food.

                                                        1. The Duchess of Windsor and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

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                                                          1. re: BubblyOne

                                                            Oh, now that would be a dinner table to sit at. I wonder how long it would be before Lizzie scratched the eyes out of the other.

                                                          2. Martin Luther
                                                            Pope Leo X

                                                            1. I've got many lists. But one dinner party would be the Top Gear guys + Oz Clark on one side with an assortment of Top Chef alumni on the other side of the table (Stefan Richter, Tre, Stephanie Izzard, Michael Voltaggio...). And Bear Grylls has to fit in somehow.

                                                              1. I have to add Phylis Diller to my list.

                                                                1. Daniel Craig, we would have a bottle of chilled Bollinger Annee with beluga caviar.

                                                                  1. Lee Trevino
                                                                    Arnold Palmer
                                                                    Liam Neeson
                                                                    Raymond Carver
                                                                    Ellen DeGeneres
                                                                    Bryan Ferry
                                                                    Oprah Winfrey
                                                                    Serena Williams
                                                                    Martin Scorcese

                                                                    1. Calvin Trillin
                                                                      Anthony Bourdain
                                                                      Mark Twain
                                                                      Harry Truman
                                                                      John Adams
                                                                      Abigail Adams
                                                                      Thomas Jefferson
                                                                      Julia Child
                                                                      Jeffrey Steingarten
                                                                      Joyce DiDonato
                                                                      Stephanie Blythe
                                                                      Renee Fleming
                                                                      Sondra Radavanofsky
                                                                      Juan Diego Florez
                                                                      Placido Domingo
                                                                      Maya Angelou
                                                                      Camille Glenn

                                                                      1. Dean Martin
                                                                        The Rolling Stones
                                                                        Buddy Rich
                                                                        Joe Zawinul
                                                                        Miles Davis
                                                                        Carole King
                                                                        Lara Spencer
                                                                        Chris Farley

                                                                        1. Whoopi Goldberg
                                                                          Anthony Bourdain without his wife giving me the stink eye
                                                                          Jimmy Fallon
                                                                          Keith Richards
                                                                          George Clooney and Julia Roberts
                                                                          David Sedaris and his sister Amy
                                                                          Hillary and Bill
                                                                          Jean Reno
                                                                          Prince Harry and Pipa
                                                                          Denzel Washington
                                                                          Robert Duvall
                                                                          Gordon Ramsey
                                                                          Paul Newman
                                                                          Da big bruddah on Hawaii 5 O that runs the shrimp and poke truck.

                                                                          1. John Adams
                                                                            Mark Twain
                                                                            Elizabeth I
                                                                            Cary Grant
                                                                            Brian Griffin
                                                                            Bill Nighy
                                                                            Maya Angelou
                                                                            Julia Child
                                                                            The Most Interesting Man in the World
                                                                            Ian Wright
                                                                            Keith Floyd
                                                                            Jeff Bridges
                                                                            Nick Cave

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                                                                            1. re: EM23

                                                                              Jeff Bridges! yes and his beautiful wife!

                                                                              1. re: Bellachefa

                                                                                Oh Bella,
                                                                                I was really dreaming that he might come alone. Maybe his wife could join your dinner?

                                                                            2. "[W]ho would you love to dine with if you could?"

                                                                              People who'd pick up the tab.

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                                                                              1. Francis Ona, William Walker and Miyamoto Nobuko.

                                                                                Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray could drop by as well, even though I've met the latter once before.


                                                                                1. Literary dinner, in NYC or London:
                                                                                  Jane Austen
                                                                                  Ian McEwan
                                                                                  Matthew Weiner
                                                                                  Charles Dickens

                                                                                  Rural dinner, Missouri, South Dakota, or upstate New York:
                                                                                  Laura Ingalls and a Almanzo Wilder ( I want to hear about those legendary meals in Farmer Boy)
                                                                                  Thomas Hardy
                                                                                  Thomas Jefferson

                                                                                  1. Well, first off, the food would be cooked by the late, great Laurie Colwin and me, nattering away as we cooked. The rest of the guests (sticking in this occasion to people who are still with us)
                                                                                    Victoria Wood
                                                                                    Meryl Streep
                                                                                    Bill Bryson
                                                                                    Hillary Clinton
                                                                                    Elvis Costello
                                                                                    Ben Elton

                                                                                    1. A.J. Liebling
                                                                                      H.L Mencken
                                                                                      W.C. Fields
                                                                                      Jussi Bjorling