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:
Bill & Melinda Gates
George H.W. Bush
Martin Luther King
Bill & Hill Clinton
Just a few that come to mind.
Lady Angel Forbes
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.
All alive, and in alphabetical order. Not going to bring back the dead for dinner. :)
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...
Yes to David Sedaris, although we all may need the Heimlich because we would laugh so hard we would aspirate
the great food! LOL!
Stephen J. Gould
Bill Bryson-hopefully he is off the candy bar diet
Either of my paternal grandfathers, both of whom I never met
The Dalai Lama
Kim Jung Un
Don Miguel Ruiz
Superman (it was a tough call between him or Batman)
Wonderwoman (tie me up in the lasso of truth!!)
Homer & Bart Simpson
All my quirky Chow friends !!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juan Diego Florez
The Rolling Stones
Anthony Bourdain without his wife giving me the stink eye
George Clooney and Julia Roberts
David Sedaris and his sister Amy
Hillary and Bill
Prince Harry and Pipa
Da big bruddah on Hawaii 5 O that runs the shrimp and poke truck.
Literary dinner, in NYC or London:
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)
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)