Big final meeting of 2014, books about eating, drinking & being merry or mindful

For the final meeting of the year (the Thanksgiving to New Years season is not prime time for book clubs) we have a selection of books about food and drink.

There is typically an attendance limit of 10 or 12 because a restaurant table makes discussion difficult for more than that.  Our more popular meetings usually have people who would like to attend but are crowded out. One solution (for a very special year end meeting only) is to get a private room and a co-facilitator or two and raise the limit.  

Because this is more elaborate and involves a financial guarantee by your facilitator, NO LAST MINUTE CHANGES OF PLANS IF YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  PLEASE CONSIDER THIS AS SIGNIFICANT A LEVEL OF COMMITMENT AS A WEDDING OR DINNER PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have  booked a private room at Restaurant Orsay, which will be serving their $25 brunch menu, so accepting is a commitment to order an appetizer and an entree from the prix fixe menu.  To look at the menu, click on "more" above, then go to "files."  It is the top item.  We will be using brunch Menu 2, with the modification that there will be a goat cheese omelet available as well as the options shown.


The book list:

“The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell” by Mark Kurlansky
As you already know if you are a Kurlansky reader, this writer typically takes a fairly narrow subject, drills deep and casts wide to bring you a variety of information.
"Relish: My Life in the Kitchen" by Lucy Knisley  
A graphic memoir by a talented cartoonist and cook for the time- pressed or anyone who likes the genre.
"Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think" by Brian Wansink We usually stay away from anything that looks like self-help or how-to, but his is based on real research and is plenty talk-worthy.

 "The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen" by Jaques Pepin The classic  memoir of undergoing traditional French culinary training

"Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl" The ultimate undercover critic memoir
"Shadows in the Vineyard" by Maximillian Peter   Real life skullduggery stalks the finest grapes of Burgundy

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  • Alan F.

    Anne,
    A deposit is a great idea. Less angst for you since you do all the heavy lifting and we appreciate it.

    4 · November 17

    • Chris H.

      I agree, Anne.........

      November 17

  • Susan E.

    Very enjoyable!

    3 · November 17

  • james c.

    elisa love talk u i like history and constitutional law and other nonfiction

    1 · November 17

  • Elisa

    Great meeting, thank you so much for making me feel so welcome, I enjoyed meeting all of you and hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Hope to see you in the new year!

    2 · November 16

  • Anne

    Great meeting! Thanks to everyone, I'm pretty sure all the pleased reactions to the room, food, service, and talk meant it was rewarding for all! I would definitely consider doing something like this once or twice a year! However, having lived through nervous moments about whether we'd cover the minimum revenue for the room in view of last minute cancellations makes me think there that if we do a private dining room meeting again there will be a $10 non-refundable deposit due two weeks before the meeting. Thoughts on this are welcome!

    Of course, regular meetings in open restaurant areas will not ever require a deposit!

    4 · November 16

    • Denise

      Anne: Your choice for brunch was wonderful and it was a pleasure to meet so many of the members. Thank you so much for all of your efforts in organizing this gathering. I think it's absolutely appropriate for any member who says that they'll attend o give you enough of a deposit that you'll never be out of pocket. $10 is more than reasonable. Thanks.

      2 · November 16

  • Chris H.

    It was great

    2 · November 16

  • Chris H.

    Really enjoyed it. It was great seeing everyone! Have a great holiday season and see you in January!

    3 · November 16

  • Dagmar

    Ann, Great choice as a grande finale for this year as we enter the holiday season. The topic was very appropriate for the setting since the food was excellent. Having a private room with two tables was great since there was no competing background noise.

    3 · November 16

  • james c.

    great to see everyone and talk with others about eat,drinking and our books

    4 · November 16

  • Marcie T.

    I read Mindless Eating and Relish. Relish was delightful. Mindless Eating made me feel guilty. See you all this afternoon.

    November 16

  • Denise

    Is anyone reading "The Big Oyster"? N.Y. history. Working my way through it.

    November 15

  • Suzi G.

    Enjoyed reading Relish(relished it?), but brought a horrible cold home from Israel, so have decided to stay home tomorrow. Happy Holidays to all, see you next year

    November 15

  • Kris

    Unfortunately I work weekends and was unable to get a replacement for Sunday . Garlic and Sapphires is a fun book . Have a wonderful time and see you in the New Year !

    November 14

    • Chris H.

      Sorry you will miss it, Kris. Hopefully in January!

      1 · November 15

  • Elisa

    Reading The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, it's very enjoyable.

    1 · November 14

  • Bob K.

    Hi!

    Just got out of hospital - Spine surgery. The Big Oyster was great! See you all next time.

    Bob

    November 12

  • Kate L

    HI, I changed my book. I'm reading Garlic and Sapphires and it's delightful.

    1 · November 8

  • Marcie T.

    Are we supposed to order now?

    November 8

  • Anne

    BTW, while there will be no vegan brunch entree option, there well be one meat free as well as one seafood option.

    October 25

    • Susan E.

      Or did you mean I could switch to the shrimp without the bacon?

      Menu 3 is $35 instead of $25. It also includes a dessert. If I'm ordering off menu 3 then this would be my order:

      ten dollar deviled egg
      American sturgeon caviar, butter griddled baguette, creme fraiche, Duval Leroy brut Champagne

      carolina trout
      Glazed haricots verts, toasted Marcona almonds, roasted fingerling potatoes,
      lemon brown butter vinaigrette

      house made ice creams & sorbets
      Daily selections

      November 7

    • Anne

      Trout! I'm pretty sure you could get the shrimp without bacon, but the upgrade is what I asked the manager about.

      November 7

  • Chris H.

    I got to the menu but I'm not sure what we are having. Is it Menu 2?

    October 29

    • Anne

      Yes, menu 2

      1 · October 29

    • Dagmar

      Looking forward to "real" French onion soup- "Broiled" sounds like the real thing. In a California restaurant one time when I ordered it, I found they simply floated a piece of cheese in onion soup!

      October 29

  • MARIANNE

    I'll read garlic and sapphires or mindless eating

    2 · October 29

  • Chris H.

    I'm reading Mindless Eating..........I lost 10 pounds, gained the 10 pounds back and I am definitely eating mindlessly............I need to lose 20 pounds! LOL

    1 · October 29

    • Dagmar

      Just started reading "Mindless Eating," and am at the 10% mark- a good choice. While I'm sure you're familiar with many/most of the conclusions, it's interesting and well written. The research is presented in a highly readable style. It's even made me laugh!

      2 · October 29

  • Anne

    To look at the brunch menu, click on "more" above, just under the name of the group, and from there go to "files." The menu is the top document on the list.

    October 28

  • Dagmar

    Plan to read "Mindless Eating."

    1 · October 27

  • Renee G.

    Also reading Mindless Eating. Love the research!

    2 · October 27

  • Suzi G.

    Relish has now taken up residence on my iPad

    1 · October 23

  • Kate L

    I'm reading The Big Oyster!

    1 · October 23

  • Alan F.

    I read Shadows In The Vineyard and Trina is reading The Big Oyster

    1 · October 22

  • David P.

    Reading "The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell"

    1 · October 22

  • james c.

    ANNE i couldnt find garlic and sapphires by ruth reichl but my library has book by reichl called delicious and the short cut cook by jacques pepin maybe i can read one those or go gainesville library find book on ur list

    August 19

    • james c.

      im reading mindless eating

      1 · September 25

    • james c.

      very interesting loaded with info and statistics

      1 · October 11

  • james c.

    cost of restaurant orsay

    September 25

  • james c.

    im pretty interested in mindless eating by brian wansink

    1 · August 24

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