Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business

Albany Food Readers Book Club
Albany Food Readers Book Club
Public group

Honest Weight Food Co-op

100 Watervliet Avenue · Albany, NY

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Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet -

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Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op (Community Room)
Plenty of room for parking. Handicap accessible. Chairs are provided!

Here is a video from the entrance of the Co-Op to the Community Room where we meet - ( from Eric Fletcher

• Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

• Date:
Saturday, February 1st, 2020


Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business


Matt Lee and Ted Lee

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• Book of the Month Good Reads Link


• Book Synopsis (via Kitchen Arts & Letters)

Vividly, compulsively readable, Hotbox is a behind-the-pipe-and-drape look at the business and drama of high-end catering.

Matt Lee and Ted Lee, best known for three award-winning books on American Southern food, turn their hands here to the culinary version of special forces: the crack teams of cooks,captains, and waiters who pull off high-stakes events night after night in locations that were never designed for dinner. Whether it’s a museum gala or a hedge-fund billionaire’s third wedding (set in a field with a stunning view of rivers, mountains, and valleys but no running water, electricity, or gas—and 500 spun-sugar cages that must be precisely placed atop individually plated ice cream wedding cakes—) everything must seem to be perfect.

Of course, it is not always so. And it’s in those moments that courage and a flair for improvisation set the great catering teams apart.

If you like Bill Buford’s Heat, or Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Hotbox will grip you.
If you can, feel free to bring a dish, treat, or drink.

*The Albany Food Readers Book Club is made possible entirely by member contributions. Monetary donations are encouraged but not required.
• How can I participate?

Don’t worry! It is easy. This is a leisurely based book community for people who read the book of the month, are trying to connect with other like-minded individuals who happen to love to eat and read.

• Basic Strategies:

Highlight passages that interest you / relate to your past experiences, write down questions, tell us how you felt about the reading, relate it to something you have experienced, what didn’t you like? what did you like? was the writing style accessible?

There is no perfect way to participate! If you'd like, check out the MESSAGE BOARD section of our Meetup page for more suggestions as well as information about our meeting structure!

Lit Lovers Book Club Discussion Guide (

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Eric - Organizer
*Monetary donations are encouraged for only those who are in a financial position well enough to merit such actions. All donations will go to offset the monthly Meet Up website costs.

The organizer's responsibility is to pay all monthly expenses to Meet Up to keep our website active. The current monthly expense is $14.99 billed upfront in 6-month increments. That said, any monetary donation to help offset the expenses will be extremely appreciated. Donations above and beyond our operating expenses will go toward special events and guest speakers.