HOSTS & DINNERS 2016
Clive J. Anderson * Stephanie & Jay Anderson *Sandy & Brad Angevine * Pina & Patrick Basu * Nilsa & Thierry Bollier * Jenny & Chris Buchholz * Kristen & Sid Burke * Sun Sun Chung & Mark McNulty * Mary & Tim Comerford * Irmeli & Lou Corsi * Kate Coyne & Ron Martucci * Rachel & Doug Cullen * Julie & Jim Fair * Ricki Gardner & Will Cavanagh * Margo & John Hastings * James & Laura Hupprich * Tiffany Kary & Dennis Berman * Kate & Charlie Kerr * Elizabeth & Tom Lavin * Scott & Lucy Lichtenberg * Luguang Luan * Rosemary Maggiore & Kevin Christiana * Elizabeth Massie * Amy & Curt Middleton * Eileen & Ethan Miller * Maura Monaghan & Chris Morris * Anne & Geoff Nixon * Karyn & Todd Nordstrom * Julie & Patrick Normoyle * Anthea Perkinson & Shaun Gurl * Kate Pringle & John McCormick * Dominique & John Polito * Xenia Protopopescu & Robert Bourne * Debra & John Puchalla * Sylvia & Ian Rowe * Lexi & Gerald Russello * Nancy Silberkleit * Lauren & Mark Stanich * Debra & Charles Stern * Paula Wood & Josh Wallach * Laura Woods & James DiLorenzo * Margaret & Jim Young
Ali and Nino
Baku, Azerbaijan, circa 1920: where clean-shaven Russian students, mustachioed “Mohammedans,” and eunuchs (!) mingle with bare-shouldered Georgian beauties, modest fourth wives and harem girls.
Sit down to dinner, European-style, or--for the adventurous--dine on the floor in the old Persian manner. Feast on your choice of kebabs and rice pilaf or a supper drawing on Georgian traditions. Caucasian folk dancing and bride kidnapping optional!
Cabinet of Wonder:
Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology
There will be no pronged ants or mice (on toast or otherwise) at this exotic dinner featuring food and drink from around the world. Dress as a medieval scholar, a Renaissance aristocrat, Peter the Great, Christopher Columbus, an art-world cognoscenti, or in your favorite steampunk getup. This sit-down feast, curated to be “wonder-full,” is based on a work of magic-realist nonfiction by a Pelham author. (Seats 12)
“His enemies destroyed his rep, America forgot him”--
or so they’re saying on Broadway. Dress in Founding Fathers chic and hip-hop over to a Colonial-era sit-down feast. (Seats 36)
Stranded on 21st-century Mars? Dine on interplanetary fusion, featuring plenty of potatoes accompanied by delicious foods Watney could only dream of (think bacon, caviar...). Come as your favorite alien or astronaut, or wear red to honor the Red Planet. A seated dinner guaranteed to be out of this world. And yes, this "Martian" is the Matt Damon one! (Seats 24)
The Life and Times of the
Wicked Witch of the West
Follow the yellow brick road to the Green Girl’s side of the rainbow--a mash-up of Gregory Maguire's tale and the classic Wizard of Oz. Enjoy wickedly delicious savories and sweets at this cocktail-style dinner. With music from the Broadway show, and a copy of the book for everyone. (Seats 20)
Edie: American Girl
Jean Stein, edited with George Plimpton
“Be there” with It Girls and the Pop Art in-crowd at Andy Warhol’s Factory, for a ’60s smorgasbord--including shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, Jello, and anything made with Campbell’s soup. Passed hors d’oeuvres, fab food stations, and cocktails, cocktails, cocktails!
Archie Comics: Getting Drastic with Plastic
Batton Lash & Bill Galvin
It’s always the right time for Archie comics! Join Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead: the Riverdale High gang. Don a letter sweater and saddle shoes and get your fill—and comic relief—at this all-American cocktail-style dinner. Menu will include chicken Veronique and Betty's beet, green apple, and goat cheese salad. (Seats 12)
Late twentieth century, a South American capital. Diplomats and a diva sit down to a sophisticated supper of Continental cuisine. Will there be surprise guests? There will be an appearance by a much acclaimed, world-class soprano. Come elegantly dressed or as a character in opera who has captured your fancy. We promise you’ll be “captive”-ated. (Seats 24)
Please Kill Me:
Oral History of Punk
Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain
Dress like you're going to see the Sex Pistols at CBGBs: Crack out the Mohawks and combat boots for this dinner of steakhouse fare à la Max’s Kansas City, late 1970s, served buffet-style.
A Passage to India
E. M. Forster
Journey to the subcontinent as the last echoes of the British Raj reverberate. Wear a sari, a salwar kameez, or your Downton-era best. You’ll relish this buffet of tandoori, nan, and more North Indian delicacies, catered by NYC's Bukhara Grill. (Seats 14)
Come to a rollicking church-hall dance in 1950s Brooklyn. The music is Irish; the crowd, young immigrants. Love is in the air, and tasty Italian-American dishes, along with Coney Island boardwalk treats, are on
the table. (Seats 36)
Muffy and Biff say: Lace those Topsiders (sans socks!), put on plaid, and pop the collar of your polo. Celebrate lockjaw, gatoring, and all things pink-and-green at this 1980s boarding-school-chic buffet. (Seats 36)
Hey, Warriors, come out to play! There’s a rumble in the Bronx tonight as New York’s gangs gather for a midnight summit. Will it be peace—or war? Dress for the street circa 1970 and dine on New York’s finest urban chow. (Seats 30)
Open: An Autobiography
Don tennis whites—or dare to dress like “the Rebel” (think ’90s mullet and neon). Look for Becker and Brooke, Sampras and Steffi, as we serve a Grand Slam of a buffet. (Seats 44)
A Surfing Life
Hang ten and hang loose at this buffet dinner featuring contemporary fare fit for a Pulitzer-prize-winning tome. From Hawaii to Fiji to Long Island: Let your inner beach bum loose—and shaka the night away! (Seats 40)
The Tequila Worm
Revel in the rich family traditions of the barrio at this Mexican-fiesta-style buffet dinner. And as you journey to the wide mundo beyond, remember the secret of the worm.
The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
East meets West on the Colorado frontier. Homesteaders, cowpunchers—and Smith girls, Class of 1909—will tuck into a hearty barbecue buffet. Pearls optional, denim de rigueur. Family memoir by a longtime Pelhamite. (Seats 16)
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: an elegant seated dinner of toothsome Italian fare. Gents, break out the tux; ladies, the 1945-style frock. Will revenge be on the menu at this meal in the last parlor Vito visits? (Seats 36)
The Jewel in the Crown
Join adventurers and imperialists for a glittering evening, set against the tumult of WWII and Indian Independence. Dine on traditional English fare along with Indian classics; a seated first course to be followed by a buffet supper. Champagne and gin will flow as the sun sets on the Empire.
Rev up for the danger zone at this 1980s naval bar serving a buffet dinner of delectable items like "Never Leave Your Wingman Wings." In your flight suits and Air Force uniforms, you’ll be set for top-flight action before the night is over. It'll take your breath away...(Seats 30)
The Life and Times of the
Legendary Venice Landmark
Venezia, 1931. Hobnob with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Peggy Guggenheim at a swanky sit-down dinner of Northern Italian classics: carpacccio, minestrone, risotto... Plus a pianist and live entertainment. Cin cin! (Seats 16)
Stephen A. Welles
Slip into your flares and platforms, then Hustle on down to a NYC discotheque, circa 1977. The buffet—and the moves—will cure your Saturday Night Fever!
The Way I’ve Heard It Should Be
Celebrate excess and pretension in an upscale Manhattan suburb (no, not us!) at this contemporary sit-down dinner based on the highly praised novel by one of Pelham’s own. Deck yourself out in your finest, from Lululemon to Louboutins (Seats 12)
John Myers Myers
Travel through the world’s great reads with shipwreck survivor Silverlock. Meet Robin Hood and Don Quixote, the Mad Hatter and Daniel Boone at this fun-filled cocktail-style dinner. How many famous characters will you recognize? There may be a test… (Seats 20)
The Last Crossing of the
On a May evening in 1915, American bankers, British grandees, publishers, and debutantes gather at the captain’s table for a sumptuous state dinner on board the world’s most luxurious ocean liner. They feast on classic early-1900s cuisine accompanied by carefully selected libations from the finest European wineries, and revel the night away, oblivious to the catastrophe to come.
E. L. Doctorow
At this buffet dinner of early-20th-century American fare, you might glimpse renowned illusionist Harry Houdini. Or seductive chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit. Ragtime ransacks history in this fabulous, free-wheeling novel. Come join in the fun! (Seats 30)
The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
Speak easy and step inside. Mingle with gangsters, molls, and socialites, all with a big thirst to quench. Enjoy a seated repast worthy of the “21” Club, and glamorous live entertainment. (Seats 24)
Murder in Three Acts
A dinner party. And a murder. Enjoy an extravagant 1930s English sit-down banquet by Nisa Lee, then sleuth with the professionals--a theatre group performing a murder mystery--to solve this thrilling whodunit! All guests will actively participate. (Seats 12)
The Joy Luck Club
Toggle between traditional life in pre-revolutionary China and the new ways of Chinese immigrants’ children in late-20th-century America. Exquisite Chinese delicacies are on the menu at this seated dinner. (Seats 12)