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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Entertaining anxiety?

When you're the foodie in your group, you're held to a higher standard. You're expected to make the extra effort, serve the more intricate meals, host more parties. Usually you like it, right? After all, we foodies are sometimes control freaks. (Or is that just me?)
Did any of you read this NY Times article?
Has it ever happened to you? Performance anxiety on the eve of a party? Have you ever shown up to a dinner party, expecting to be a guest, and you end up in the kitchen all night?
Share your foodie anxiety tales!

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at 12:38 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

a little while back, Lynn had a guest on The Splendid Table that almost theologically discussed hospitality within meal sharing. He might be a little over zealous, but i thought the point was true and resonant:

i think the type of meals discussed in that article have lost the point. In the same way i never want my artwork to become a status symbol (i have watched a certain type of art collector boast over aquisitions from young artists as if they are the newest Burberry or LV or some other fashion brand), as much as i love good ingredients and fantastic meals, it is mostly because of what they facilitate: a magic happens around a table like that.

i also wouldn't want to deal with 'friends' that put that kind of pressure on me. it is generous for someone to have a dinner party. i quickly outgrew the need to control the entire thing. well, actually, if i do that, it just functions as performance art, and not a shared meal.

at 4:04 PM Blogger Stepf said...

You make some really valid points. I agree with you. I'm still a bit young, so my friends don't expect much. I tend to put pressure on myself, but I don't try to "keep up with the Joneses."
I think the "friends" in the article are a bit more of "acquaintances." Most of my friends are just happy to share some time together.
I did like the point in the article about popularity of ingredients. I like to "discover" ingredients, movies, restaurants, clothing trends. I've traveled more than the average American, so I think that has something to do with it.
Status symbols or newfound discoveries lose interest when everyone has them.

at 7:16 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

I find that what I prepare varies by attendees. If I know I am going to have some "foodies" in attendance I will take some extra time to make something a little snazier.

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