The Gleeful Gourmand: The Top Of Your Guest List - Thanksgiving Edition

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Top Of Your Guest List - Thanksgiving Edition

"If you could have dinner with a famous person, either dead or alive, who would it be?"

That question. It gets thrown out during icebreaker games, first dates, and sometimes when everyone is just plain bored. It sounds like a simple question, but it's deceptive. Usually the person asking is trying to decipher your interests; and your character. The answer to this question could potentially say a lot about who you are as a person.   I've recently asked it of myself after reading a particular article in Bon Appétit.

As a Christian, I feel like I would be expected to say that the famous person I would have dinner with is Jesus. And while nothing would please me more, He wouldn't be my answer. First, you know the story of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus? When Jesus came to visit, Mary sat patiently listening to Him, while Martha futzed around, trying to make things perfect and grumbling about why she was left with all the work. Jesus told her not to sweat the small stuff and just relax, but it was hard for her.

I'm a Martha. I like to lie to myself and say I'd be like Mary, but I'm totally a Martha, especially when it comes to holidays. Things don't have to be perfect (I know there's no way they every could be), but they have to be close. I would be way too nervous with Jesus there at the table. I would over-think absolutely everything about the food. And while I know in my heart He wouldn't care, I would. Secondly, I would want to ask Him a lot of hard-hitting questions. Nit-picky questions. And I have no idea if He'd answer them or not, since in this scenario I'm very much alive and not throwing Thanksgiving dinner in Heaven. I would monopolize the conversation like no one's business. I'm pretty sure my other guests would get angry. They might even leave.

So what famous person would I most like to have dinner with? Is it M.F.K. Fisher? Judith Jones? Hemingway? Jane Austen? Bono? Nope. It would be this guy:

Nick Offerman, who plays the hilariously stoic and awesome Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation." I recently read his Q&A in Bon Appétit in their Thanksgiving edition, and after reading it I thought, "I would LOVE to have Thanksgiving dinner with that man." First: Because he's so hilarious, and laughter is a very important part of any dinner party. Secondly: He seems to enjoy good, but simple food. His "Corn...My Way" sounds terrific, and he could bring it as a side dish. The burgers he likes to make also sound amazing (lamb and sirloin with grated Gruyere or Parmesan), so I imagine we'd get along so well he'd invite us all over for a cookout sometime. And make those burgers. Thirdly: He owns a woodshop in L.A. He could whittle a tablescape for my Thanksgiving table. Maybe some carved Tom Turkeys?

Read his Q&A here, and tell me you don't think he would make an awesome guest. Who's at the top of your list? Leave it in the comments, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Kirsten Oliphant said...

I think I'd invite him just for the stache. As for me, I'd want Conan or perhaps Mike O'Brien for some awkward fun.

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