Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

March 16, 2010

Hey, Mouse House Kitchen guests, who wants to play a game?  It’s called the “Ultimate Dinner Date” game.  If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?  The purpose of this game is not to just hang out with someone you’ve always wanted to meet – that would be called the “Ultimate Hang Out” game or something.  No, this is a dinner – so you need to pick someone that you’d want to eat with, maybe talk about their favorite foods, discuss restaurants, etc.

I’ll go first, and it will come as no surprise to many, but I would pick Rick Bayless.  His approach to cooking, his philosophy on culinary-cultural connection and of course the complete wonderfulness of his food would no doubt provide a dinner conversation for the ages.

So tell me who your “Ultimate Dinner Date” guest would be!



  1. A predictable as this will probably be, I would, of course, love to have Isaac Asimov as a dinner guest. Believe it or not, he was a well known bon vivant, and in fact, in some of his later FOUNDATION novels, spent a good deal of time describing various foods of the distant future. One of his favorite restaurants was Shun Lee’s in NYC (http://shunleepalace.lanteck.net/index2.htm) and his favorite dish, Peking Duck. But he tried and loved nearly every food imaginable. (including tripe at Loche Ober’s in Boston). I don’t think I could handle tripe.

  2. Good answer…relevant and interesting. You get an A. I bet tripe tastes good…I would try it if no one told me what it was.

  3. Ghandi…. (Oh the irony).

    More dessert for me.

    • Yes, a good answer as well…definitely food-related. It would make for an interesting dinner conversation:
      Ghandi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
      You: “Pass the salt, would ya Ghandi?”

  4. You and I eat at the same culinary table so of course Rick Bayless is the choice.

  5. Anthony Bourdaine (sp?) comes to mind – but also Ina Garten – she’ so cool. She used to be in charge of the freaking nuclear budget – then became a foodie. Oh and Giada – she just enjoys every bite of food so much…especially if it has a “crust” on it!

  6. Bourdaine would be an entertaining guest for sure, but if the food wasn’t good, he’d be annoying to be around. I’d like to have dinner with Giada, but not for food reasons! 😉

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