Debi Shaw - Cooking for dinner parties
Friends at the Table will teach you how to plan your menu, organize the event, and get it all on the table at once. Seasonal menus, tips for table decorations, and music selections make this a book for novice and expert alike. With plan-ahead instructions and ingredients you can find at your local grocery store, Friends at the Table is the ultimate how-to guide and cookbook for modern day supper clubs.

A Nostalgic Glance at Years Gone By
A supper club in the 1930s and 1940s was a gathering place for people to meet and enjoy an evening of fine dining, drinks, and usually live musical entertainment. The setting was semiformal,which may have required a tie. The menu often included surf and turf, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding. These supper clubs launched many musical careers and introduced the doggie bag. Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman are some of the well-known musicians who performed in supper clubs around the country during the swing/big band era. Picture Desi Arnaz at a club playing to an audience of stylishly dressed patrons seated in club-chair style booths and sipping martinis.The nostalgic appeal of these early supper clubs is attributed, at least in part, to the longing to recapture a period when people made time for each other. In todays world where we eat many meals on the run, an intimate dinner with friends is a great luxury.

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Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club Cookbook