The NY Times challenged 2 food writers to do a dinner party face off for 8 under $50. They also had Frank Bruni review them.
I thought this was an interesting topic. Just a week ago, I went to a dinner party with friends, the same ones that I did Spanish night with. It was a tasting night so everyone brought something to try. The host did 4 seasons of ravioli, 4 different types with different sauces to represent spring, summer, fall, and winter. Someone did 3 different salsas. My sister Laura made ribs with a classic BBQ sauce (my favorite), a peanutbutter sauce, and braised in wine. Pat brought a selection of beers. My sister Elizabeth made various cookies with peanutbutter. I didn’t have time to make anything so I brought different chocolate bars and a set of truffles from Vosges.
I am sure we all spent over $50 on our contributions. Maybe the next time we should try some of the things the writers did and limit ourselves.