June 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The tailless dinner jacket was introduced in the USA at the Tuxedo Resort in New York. The origins are hazy, but it is a good bet that the king of England started the style trend and it later came to America where it was given the Native American nickname, tuxedo.
Like many things, Americans have multiple stories about how this style of dress was invented in the USA, even though it was already being worn in England. What have you invented that already exists?
Dressing for dinner and looking elegant in black has been a tradition for Anglo gentlemen since the 1800s. Before that it was white tie and tails. Dinner jackets that are not black or white are not Tuxedos. Of course, now-a-days, dressing for dinner for the American male may simply mean he remembered to zip and button his pants when he got off the couch. What has devolved in your kitchen?
James Bond continues the standard of dressing for dinner. In fact, put an American man in a tux and more often than not he will start ordering a poorly made martini.
Tuxedo Park may have been the first "gated community" in the USA, allowing the wealth to isolate themselves from the prying eyes of the common rabble. Mark Twain's Voss Cottage is located in this community. (Mr Twain apparently did not get the memo about black dinner jackets.)
Dress for dinner ladies and gentlemen, we will be dining out of doors and your attendance is requested at this swank affair.
Every month a new crazy theme! Lots of fun and lots of food and drink. RSVPs open 30 days prior to the event and these dinners fill up quickly. Remember there are no rules. Caryl will email the address to those attending the Wednesday before the dinner. Be sure to RSVP early as we always fill up quickly. Do RSVP though, especially if it gets you on the waiting list. Usually the waiting list people get to join us for dinner. Plan to cook on site, unless your recipe takes 45 minutes or more to prepare start to finish. Because the oven opens and closes often baked goods (excepting cookies) are best done ahead of time. Remember this isn’t just a potluck; this is about sharing the pleasure of cooking and food, and learning from one another while drinking wine 'n stuff and having great conversations. Bring what you'd like to drink plus a little to share.